Foodie Friday: Convenient, Portable Protein for Healthy Snacking


The days of justifying grabbing a candy bar or bag of chips are over: The golden age of healthy, convenient snacking has arrived. Today, we’ll look at the innovative ways food companies offer up quick and easy protein-rich alternatives to fill the on-the-go junk-food void.

P3 Portable Protein Packs

The folks at Kraft Heinz are no strangers to protein-rich snack foods between their bite-sized Oscar Mayer deli cheeses and meats and their tasty Planters Nuts. Now, hungry consumers can quell their afternoon cravings with P3 Packs, P3 Plates, and Oscar Mayer Natural Meat and Cheese Plates. They’ve been unofficially dubbed Lunchables for adults” and fit the bill for a portable pick-me-up that provide a satisfying mix of various meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, seeds, and sweet treats like chocolate covered fruits.


Sargento Balanced Breaks

Sargento has taken the concept of a cheese plate and made it portable with Balanced Breaks—individual trays of cheeses like white cheddar, pepper jack, and gouda, with sweet and savory accompaniments like honey roasted peanuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and roasted walnuts. These trays make a great snack when you’re in a rush or anytime you’re in the mood for an impromptu picnic.


Niman Ranch Snack Packs

If charcuterie is your preferred upscale snack, check out Niman Ranch’s artisan snack packs featuring beautifully crafted, clean label offerings like prosciutto, Genoa Salame, and hot sopressata alongside complementary favorites like olives, gourmet crackers, Italian cheeses, and chocolate-covered almonds. It’ll transport you to a culinary vacation in just a few convenient bites.


Power up your snacking with some protein this weekend, and Happy Foodie Friday!


And, of course, for something a little weird…

We’ve mentioned the potential crickets and other edible insects have to provide high-quality, eco-friendly protein to open-minded foodies. With that in mind, health-enthusiast and entertainer Terry Crews decided to have a little fun with cricket protein powder. Enjoy the expressions on his surprised test subjects’ faces in the video below!

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