HRA’s Top Five High Protein Snacks

Protein, Protein, Protein… truly the macronutrient of the moment. We recently wrote an article about just how much protein we are consuming as a nation, and how many products are now protein-fortified. From milkshake companies to chocolate manufacturers… everyone is having their slice of the high-protein pie. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the weirdest and most wonderful high-protein products.

Cocoa+ Protein Chocolate

Yep, you’re reading this correctly – whey-protein infused chocolate. Online retailer Cocoa+ first started selling their high-protein chocolate bars last year, and they’ve proven a hit with protein buffs everywhere. Marketed as a ‘healthy way to add more nutritious protein to your diet’, each bar contains 19g Whey Protein Isolate, 55% cocoa content, as well as being high in fibre – and not to mention delicious. The chocolate comes in a variety of flavours: orange crisp, mint crisp, almond and espresso, to name but a few. How long before we see this in the mainstream retailers?

Tesco Finest High Protein Loaf

To some, this may seem a little strange – a sliced, seeded, wholemeal loaf…with 5.1g of protein per slice. Fortified with extra wheat protein, this is a cupboard staple for anyone looking to boost their protein intake but avoid costly and sometimes unpleasant supplements. It does, however, beg the question, has protein-infused gone a bit too far?

Muscle-Food Protein Pizza

Mm….pizza. Cheesy, high-calorie, carb-y goodness – everyone’s favourite cheat meal. That was, until online protein-loaded website musclefood developed their low carb, low-calorie, high-protein pizza. Containing less than 400 calories per serving and coming in 12 varieties, including pulled pork, peri-peri chicken and even garlic bread, is this too good to be true? More to the point, why isn’t it everywhere already?

Naked Tropical Protein Smoothie

Protein and dairy drinks such as milkshakes are of course now something we strongly associate together – being the traditional protein-shake blend. Smoothies and fruit juices aren’t something that’s been associated with protein…until now that is. Naked have brought out their Protein Tropical Punch Smoothie, with 20g of protein per 250ml bottle. According to them, ‘Each bottle packs quite a punch!’. With apples, grapes, passionfruit, banana, oranges (and of course soy protein), we can’t wait to give it a try.

Insect Bites

Although these aren’t fortified with protein, would it really be a list of weird and wonderful snacks without some insect protein? Growing fears about the future of food sustainability thanks to over-farming and over-population have led to some experts believing that this is our actual future. Websites such as muscle-food have been selling protein-loaded insect snacks such as buffalo worms, mealworms, grasshoppers and crickets for ages – but now it seems everyone is catching on. Brands such as Yumpa and Eatgrub now sell bars made with cricket and grasshopper powder. I know we said we’d try anything once, but…….

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