Homemade Protein Snack Boxes

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Healthy, quick, inexpensive and easy to throw together, these protein snack boxes will help keep you and your health on track!

Protein snack boxes

I haven’t been doing a very stellar job with my healthy eating. Yes, I’m busy (who isn’t?!) but man, I’ve got to figure something out!

Enter this little nugget of a recipe, though can you even call it that? Just a bunch of protein-rich snack foods in plastic containers that stay put in my fridge until I need a snack. Something small I can make ahead and save my future self’s butt. Figuratively and literally. If I make something ahead and have it ready and waiting, I am way more likely to eat it. Make an inconvenient food into a very convenient one and just like magic, it becomes easier to eat healthy. You’ll be thanking yourself later!

The last few weeks, I’ve been trying to have intention when preparing something healthy, like these Protein Snack Boxes, so instead of reaching for cake or cookies or the bag of chocolate chips (because I’m desperate and have nothing else in the house) I reach for one of these. It’s definitely something you can feel good about eating that has waaaay more nutrition than those chocolate chips that will keep you fuller longer.

I filled mine with: peanut butter, grapes, celery, crackers, cheese and a hard boiled egg, though here is a bigger list that you can mix and match in your snack boxes. Use what you have or what is on sale.

  • turkey or ham lunch meat
  • cheese strings, laughing cow cheese, mini babybel cheese
  • beef or turkey jerky
  • berries, sliced apple, green grapes, sliced pear, oranges, kiwi, dried fruit, etc..
  • carrots, cucumber, olives, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, edamame, etc..
  • hummus, almond butter, sunflower butter, etc..
  • cashews, almonds, pistachios, etc..
  • 1/2 protein bar
  • rice cakes, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc..

I’m not too concerned about getting a certain amount of macros in each day, but I find that as long as there is *something* prepped in the fridge and ready to eat, I will eat it whether that is healthy or unhealthy. If lasagna is in the fridge, I’ll find it and eat it. In the moment, I usually don’t have will power and am just hungry. Plus most of the time, I just need something fast before I head out here or go do that. So, these have been super helpful having around and I thought I’d share today! 🙂 What do you make ahead to help your future self out? Prep veggies? Pre-make meals? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great day, friends!

5 from 10 votes

Homemade Protein Snack Boxes

HEALTHY, QUICK, INEXPENSIVE AND EASY TO THROW TOGETHER, THESE PROTEIN SNACK BOXES WILL HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK!
servings 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 6 oz peanut butter  four, 1.5 oz packs
  • 32 wheat crackers
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 4 oz cubed cheese
  • 4 stalks celery

Instructions

  • Open four plastic sandwich-sized containers. Fill each container with one hard boiled egg, one pack of peanut butter, eight crackers, 1/2 cup grapes, 1 oz of cheese and 1 stalk of celery.
  • Seal with lid and refrigerate up to 5 days.

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Nutrition

Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade protein boxes
Polaroid photo of granola bars

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36 Responses
  1. Laurie-J

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great idea. I keep several of the items in the fridge in ziplocks but I always dislike standing on my head trying to gather stuff to put on a plate for a snack.. I love the idea of just grabbing a premade assortment, Also helps with portion control, too!! Thanks again!!

    1. Nicole

      5 stars
      I love this list! I have purchased the dual sided snack boxes (Target has several types) so I can keep the crackers fresh and they won’t get soggy. I was in a cheese and crackers rut so thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Julianna

      Here is the list that she put in the post, minus the one line of dairy.
      turkey or ham lunch meat
      beef or turkey jerky
      berries, sliced apple, green grapes, sliced pear, oranges, kiwi, dried fruit, etc..
      carrots, cucumber, olives, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, edamame, etc..
      hummus, almond butter, sunflower butter, etc..
      cashews, almonds, pistachios, etc..
      1/2 protein bar
      rice cakes, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc..

  2. Alison

    This is a great idea for the kids’ sack lunch at school. Or heck, I’d even bring this to work for lunch. It’s way healthier than most other things I would end up grabbing to eat. I am going to try this. Thanks Lauren!

  3. Kelly

    This is perfect! I joined Weight Watchers recently, and with their new program, most of what you suggested is zero points!! I need to do this… it will give me no excuses for eating bad stuff!

  4. Grandma Honey

    5 stars
    I’m so glad I saw this…because tomorrow I’m picking up granddaughters up from school and I will have one of these packed and ready for each of them.. I didn’t know they sell little PB packs. I’ll pick up some of those tonight!

  5. Kelsey

    I’ve been making these snack boxes as an easy and quick work lunch, especially when using your pressure cooker hard boiled egg method. Thank you for the simple but great idea!

  6. Tammie

    Great mindset Lauren! I love the sargento’s balanced break cheese snacks also but found much cheaper to make. Bulk pepper jack cheese that I dice, honey roasted nuts (or almonds) each in a snack sized ziploc bag along with a small box of raisins. Easy grab, less expensive and healthy!

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    1. Heidi

      The only carb would be crackers and fruit on this list. Some vegetables would have carbs as well, but celery does not. Melon, Berries, and peaches contain lower carbs than an apple or banana, and cucumber, celery, mushrooms for vegetables.

    1. Melis

      To keep your apples from browning, if you slice/chop them, toss them with some Fruit Fresh or other pectin. You can find it in the aisle at the grocery store where they have canning supplies. It doesn’t add any flavor.

  8. Roenna Thomas

    Snow peas, dried bananas and 10-12 chocolate chips. For on the go I also grab Special K Choclatety or Special K Strawberry cereal in a baggie, sans milk, and eat it like granola.

  9. Cindi Mc

    5 stars
    Leave out the Crackers & Grapes to make it TRULEY Hi Protein Low Carb Friendly. Add another Low Carb Veg like Baby Carrots. Their NOT really needed & TRUE High Glucose Spikers !!! 😊

  10. Nicole

    I love this list! I have purchased the dual sided snack boxes (Target has several types) so I can keep the crackers fresh and they won’t get soggy. I was in a cheese and crackers rut so thank you for the inspiration!