8 High-Protein Snacks That’ll Satisfy Your Salt Cravings

’Nice’ cream, protein cookies, and mug cake recipes are all over internet. We get it—people want to eat healthy while indulging their sweet tooth. But what if you’re a ‘salt person’? Does no one understand the struggle of turning down nacho cheese corn chips?

Fear not, salt-lovers, we’ve got your back. These savory, health-conscious snacks will satisfy even the greatest itch for greasy potato chips without catapulting you into the world of salt, fat, and calorie-overload. Plus, these eats all contain at least five grams of protein per serving, so they’ll fill you up and keep your health and fitness efforts on track.

SuperEats Chipotle BBQ Protein Puffs

Cheese Doodles don’t quite fit into our healthy-eating routine—but these SuperEats protein puffs pretty much nail the light, airy, crunch of those frighteningly-orange supermarket snacks. The chipotle BBQ flavor is sweet and spicy at the same time, and a serving of puffs provides eight grams of protein with only eight grams of carbs.

Quest Cheddar And Sour Cream Protein Chips

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t secretly love the powder that covers our fingertips after polishing off a bag of cheesy-good chips. Quest’s cheddar and sour cream Protein Chips are perfectly flavored for that finger-licking purpose—without the stomach ache and salt-burned lips other chips might leave us with. With just five grams of carbs and 21 (yes, 21) grams of protein, these might just be the most macro-friendly chips in all the land.

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Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Honestly, is anything better than the pungent, salty flavor of salt and vinegar chips? Yes—when that same flavor is coming from a super-good-for-you piece of kale instead of a grease-soaked potato. Gimme Some Oven’s recipe for salt and vinegar kale chips will make you want to eat your leafy greens. There are about seven grams of protein in an ounce of kale chips, plus a bonus dose of minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Protes Spicy Chili Lime Protein Chips

With a little paprika and jalapeño, these spicy chili lime chips pack just enough heat. They get their 15 grams of protein per serving from pea protein, and they’re a flavor-filled way to sneak some extra protein into your day—whether you’re vegan or not. We’ll take ‘em with a side of guacamole, please.

Seapoint Farms Sea Salt Dry-Roasted Edamame

Edamame (a.k.a. soybeans) aren’t just for sushi night. Just dry the beans, add sea salt, and you’ve got a portable crunchy snack that also happens to provide 13 grams of plant-based protein along with a whopping eight grams of fiber. Now that’ll hold you over ‘til your next meal!

Spicy Garlic Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

You know those chickpeas that have been sitting in your pantry for the past six months? Grab ‘em, and then fire up the oven for this too-easy healthy snack. These spicy garlic roasted chickpeas from Yuri Elkaim will throw a crunchy flavor party in your mouth while using simple, wholesome ingredients you already have in the kitchen. And since an ounce of chickpeas contain about five grams of protein and five grams of fiber, they’ll fill you up, not out.

Enlightened Foods Sea Salt Bean Crisps

These bean crisps will satisfy your need for the crunchy goodness of thick-cut kettle chips. And with just four simple ingredients, these crisps are significantly lower in fat. A serving comes in at 100 calories, with just three grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, five grams of fiber, and seven grams of protein, for a well-balanced snack.

Three Jerks Original Filet Mignon Jerky

This is not your average jerky. This is buttery, tender filet mignon jerky—and, yes, your taste buds will know the difference. With a powerhouse posse of flavors and spices—including soy sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce—this is the chewy, meaty snack your salt-loving taste buds need. Oh, and a serving packs 12 grams of protein. Not too shabby!

Related: Satisfy your sweet tooth, too, with protein bars and cookies.

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