protein packed snacks for walks and hikes

5 Protein Packed Snacks for Walks, Hikes, and Food Emergencies

Finding yourself constantly reaching for processed snacks? You’re not alone! One of the top reasons we snack on less-than-healthy options is that we didn’t take the time to prepare. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a list of easy-to-prep, 5 protein packed snacks perfect for your walks, hikes, or when you’re hit with a “lack of food” emergency. Prepping these ahead of time will help you avoid temptation and keep you fueled with nutritious choices. Let’s dive in!

1. Canned Salmon Salad Wrap

How: Combine canned salmon with diced celery, a small amount of Greek yogurt, and a splash of lemon juice. Wrap it in a large lettuce leaf or a whole grain tortilla.

Why: This wrap adds a delightful crunch and extra vitamins from the veggies, plus fiber from the tortilla. Salmon is a fantastic source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and less mercury than tuna, making this snack both satisfying and nutritious.

Pro Tip: Prep a few of these wraps at the start of the week and store them in an airtight container. They’ll be ready to grab and go whenever you need a quick, healthy bite.

2. Greek Yogurt with Berries and Nuts

How: Add a handful of fresh or dried berries or banana slices and a sprinkle of chopped nuts (like almonds or walnuts) to a serving of Greek yogurt.

Why: Greek yogurt is high in protein, and the berries or bananas provide natural sweetness and vitamins. Nuts add healthy fats and a bit of extra protein, making this a balanced and delicious snack.

Pro Tip: Portion out the yogurt and toppings into small containers for a perfect, ready-made snack. Just grab one from the fridge when you’re heading out!

3. Applegate Farms Turkey Slices

How: These are ready-to-eat lean protein slices, perfect for packing and eating on the go.

Why: Turkey slices are high in protein and low in fat, making them an excellent quick and nutritious snack option. They’re perfect for when you need something quick and satisfying.

Pro Tip: Pair the turkey slices with a piece of fruit or some sliced veggies for a more balanced snack that adds fiber and vitamins to your diet.

4. Hard-Boiled Eggs

How: Prepare a batch of hard-boiled eggs in advance and store them in a small cooler pack to keep them fresh.

Why: Hard-boiled eggs are high in protein, portable, and incredibly easy to prepare. They’re a classic snack for a reason!

Pro Tip: Peel the eggs ahead of time and sprinkle them with a little salt and pepper. For an extra boost, add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of paprika.

5. Edamame

How: Pack dried or shelled edamame for a convenient, plant-based protein snack.

Why: Edamame is high in plant-based protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making it a powerhouse snack that’s both tasty and nutritious.

Pro Tip: For an extra flavor kick, sprinkle the edamame with a bit of sea salt or a dash of your favorite seasoning.

By prepping these protein packed snacks ahead of time, you can easily avoid the temptation of processed foods and keep your energy levels up, whether you’re out for a walk, hike, or just need a quick bite. These protein-packed options are not only delicious but also provide the nutrients you need to stay fueled and focused.


Q: How long can I store these snacks? A: Most of these snacks can be stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. For the best quality and taste, it’s ideal to consume them within this time frame.

Q: Can I customize these snacks? A: Absolutely! Feel free to swap ingredients to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. The key is to maintain a balance of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Q: Are these snacks kid-friendly? A: Yes, most of these snacks are great for kids too! You might want to adjust the seasoning or portion sizes based on their preferences.

By taking the time to prepare these snacks, you’re setting yourself up for success. Not only will you avoid the temptation of less healthy options, but you’ll also ensure you have the energy and nutrients needed to power through your day. Happy snacking!

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