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Macro-Friendly Snacks: 5 High Protein Snack Ideas

By Tami Smith

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If you’re on a macro-tracking journey, welcome to the club! I’ve been tracking macros for a few years now and have loved the lifestyle shifts and body composition changes I have seen as a result counting macros.

However, we can sometimes feel a little stumped when it comes to macro-friendly recipes. For most of us, we want to keep things simple and streamlined so it’s easy to track. We also want the foods we make to be delicious, satisfying, and, of course, easy on our macros.

Over the last few years, I’ve come to love a handful of macro-friendly snacks that I eat on repeat. I chose my 5 favorite macro snacks and am going to share them here with you in case you’re looking for some inspiration to keep things tasty and fun while you track your macros and work towards your goals.

What Makes a Snack Macro-Friendly?

breaking down macro friendly snacks

Before we get into our 5 macro snacks, let’s first define what it means to be “macro-friendly” as it seems that this is kind of a buzzword these days. To be macro-friendly simply means a portion of food or recipe that gives you a lot of food without making a major dent in your daily macros. 

Typically, a macro-friendly food will be high in protein and lower in fats and carbs. If something is macro-friendly, it will generally fit really well into your macros and keep you feeling full and satisfied at the same time. A lot of bang for your (macro) buck!

Ok, let’s get into the good stuff.

Jello Yogurt Bowl

jello yogurt bowl - macro friendly snack

This has been one of my staples for years, and there are tons of iterations of this macro-friendly snack on the internet. This snack always feels indulgent and refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 1 container 2 Good Yogurt (or a similar greek yogurt option)
  • 1 container of sugar-free Jello (any flavor you like)
  • 2 tablespoon lite cool whip
  • ½ cup frozen berries

Optional toppings

How to Make

This is so simple, you cannot mess this up. You will literally just toss all the ingredients into one big bowl, mix it up, top it with your favorite toppings, and enjoy! It looks like garbage but tastes like YUM.

Macro Breakdown (without optional toppings)

Calories:

198

Protein:

20g

Carbs:

18g

Fat:

5g

Protein Shake Bowl

protein shake bowl macro friendly snack

Ok, so this one is basically a protein shake but thicker (think Wendy’s Frosty consistency) in a bowl with toppings and eaten with a spoon. I don’t know about you, but I find eating something with a spoon is much more satisfying than slurping it down with a straw.

Ingredients

Optional Toppings

  • American Dream Nut Butter
  • PB2
  • Crumbled G2G bar
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Fruit
  • Anything else that sounds good!

How to Make

Pour almond milk, xanthan gum, and protein powder into your blender and add ice on top. Blend for 1-2 minutes until the ice is completely crushed and the consistency is thick and smooth. Pour into a bowl, add your toppings, and enjoy.

Calories & Macro Breakdown

Calories:

190

Protein:

25g

Carbs:

10g

Fat:

6g

Built Bar

built bar macro friendly snack

This is one simple, no ingredients to gather and no preparation needed, but this is one of my most favorite macro-friendly snacks of all time. Built Bars are unlike any other protein bar on the market. They are basically a soft, chewy, chocolate candy bar, but with a great amount of protein and super low calories. I eat at least one of these every single day. Highly recommended for any stage of macro tracking you might be in.

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Calorie & Macro Breakdown

Calories:

150

Protein:

15g

Carbs:

18g

Fat:

4g

Rice Cake with American Dream Nut Butter

rice cake peanut butter - macro friendly snack

Crunchy, sweet, and so satisfying. A simple rice cake topped with American Dream Nut Butter and use discount code: FHM) is a macro-friendly treat that won’t disappoint. I like to use this snack as a pre-workout thanks to the nice carb dosage, but it’s perfect for anytime you need something to hold you over until your next meal.

Ingredients

  • Rice cake (I really like the Quacker chocolate ones)
  • American Dream Nut Butter (Almond, peanut, or cashew, they’re all drool-worthy!)

How to make

Grab a rice cake and slather on some ADNB. Simple as it gets!

Calories & Macros

Calories:

219

Protein:

10g

Carbs:

19g

Fat:

12g

Pancake Bowl

pancake bowl - macro friendly snack

If you follow any popular macro accounts on IG, then you might have seen the pancake bowl floating around. So many people use pancake bowls for their macro cap, and I can totally see why; it’s warm, filling, and indulgent without blowing your macros. I mean, does it get any better than that?

Ingredients

How to make

Mix the pumpkin, pancake mix, and protein powder in a bowl, microwave on high for a minute or so (will depend on your microwave), top with your favorite nut butter, fall in love. 

Calories & Macro Breakdown

Calories:

432

Protein:

38.5g

Carbs:

30.6g

Fat:

19.1g

Go Enjoy Some Macro-Friendly Snacks!

Alright, those are my current favorite macro-friendly snacks that I eat weekly. Remember, there are lots of ways to make things macro-friendly, all you need to do is prioritize protein and make sure the carbs and fats are aligning with your daily allowance.

If you try one of all of these snack ideas, let me know what you think! The best place to connect is inside our private FB community, Fit Home Healthy Life. See you in there!

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About the author 

Tami Smith

Tami Smith is a certified Nutritionist and an ACE certified fitness trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness. She studied business and earned her bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Tami is a mom of two and women's health advocate. Her passion is to help people live a fit, healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise!

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