Healthy, quick, inexpensive and easy to throw together, these protein snack boxes will help keep you and your health on track!
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!
Homemade Protein Snack Boxes
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 4-1.5 oz. packs peanut butter
- 32 wheat crackers
- 2 cups grapes
- 4 oz. cubed cheese
- 4 stalks celery
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.