This easy Copycat Starbucks Protein Box is easy to make at home and so much more affordable. Pack up individual boxes for the week packed with hard-boiled eggs, fruit, vegetables, hummus, and deli meat.
If you’re looking for the perfect snack to keep you satisfied and energized between meals, you’ve found it. With the perfect balance of savory and sweet, this delicious and nutritious Protein Snack Box never gets old. It also doubles as a perfect on-the-go lunch.
I’ve always considered myself a big snacker, but it can be difficult to find one snack that covers all your bases. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that anymore! Variety is the spice of life and this Protein Snack Box has everything you need for a delicious snack that will keep you feeling great all day long.
A good snack is one that’s relatively low in calories and sugar, but high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. While it can feel like the easier choice to grab one of those giant variety packs of potato chips at the store and grab one whenever you’re in the mood for a snack, those bags are filled with little more than empty calories and a ton of fat.
This simple snack box is easy to throw together and extremely budget-friendly. I like to set aside a little time on Sundays to play some music and put together my snack boxes for the week. It’s actually pretty therapeutic and ensures that I have a healthy and filling option to reach for throughout the week whenever I’m in need of a snack.
What's in a Protein Box
This satisfying snack box is filled with all the nutrients your body craves and none of the unhealthy additives in processed snacks. The key ingredients you will need for this snack box include:
- Hard boiled egg: This nutrient-dense food is loaded with protein, B vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants.
- Grapes: These little treats are nature’s candy! Grapes are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamins C and K.
- Cheddar cubes: Not only is cheddar cheese delicious, but it’s packed with protein and calcium.
- Deli lunch meat: You can use any kind you like; turkey, ham, chicken, or roast beef. Deli meat is low in calories and high in protein, making it an excellent addition to any healthy snack box.
- Cherry tomatoes: These are filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boost immunity, improve your skin, and help protect against disease.
- Sugar snap peas: Ultra low in calories and high in protein, fiber, and beneficial vitamins, these are incredible additions to a healthy diet.
- Hummus: This delicious spread is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also makes a great dip for the deli lunch meat, veggies, and cheese.
Why is Protein Important?
Protein is an important part of any healthy diet because it plays a huge role in the creation and maintenance of your body’s cells. It helps to fuel your cells and provide you with the energy you need to stay active. Eating high-protein foods throughout the day help keep your body feeling satisfied and provide a ton of health benefits. Some of the top health benefits of protein include:
- Acts as an essential macronutrient
- Maintains hunger spikes
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Builds muscle, skin, and cartilage cells
- Helps regulate hormones
- Repairs damaged cells
- Helps maintain muscle mass
More Protein Snack Ideas
I love mixing it up with different snack boxes each week to prevent myself from getting bored. Get creative and have fun trying different combinations to keep things interesting so you’re always looking forward to your next snack! You could even switch it up day to day, so that each day is filled with a variety of different snacks. To get you started on your healthy snack prepping journey, here are some ideas for different healthy foods to try adding to your snack boxes:
- Almonds, cashews, pistachios, or walnuts
- Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries
- Clementines or mandarin oranges
- Pita chips or crackers
- Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
- Bell peppers
- Babybel cheese, string cheese, or cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Dark chocolate
- Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
How to Store This Dish
These healthy snack boxes keep well in the fridge, making them fantastic options for meal prepping at the beginning of the week. I wouldn’t recommend freezing your snack boxes, but when stored in airtight meal prep containers they’ll last through the week. It only takes about 15 minutes to prep a week’s worth of snack boxes, so I suggest doing it over the weekend when you have free time. This way, you will have a fridge full of snacks to satisfy your snacking needs throughout the week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:
When is the best time to snack?
I highly suggest listening to your body and letting it tell you when you’re in need of a bite to eat between meals. A good rule of thumb is to wait at least two hours after your last meal and two hours before your next meal.
What are the key components of a good snack?
A good healthy snack should be low in calories and high in protein, fiber, and nutrients. The purpose of a snack is to keep you feeling energized and satisfied in between meals. Unhealthy processed snacks like potato chips and candy may be fun to eat, but they’re known as empty calorie foods that contain none of the nutrients your body is actually craving when you feel hungry. This is why you often feel like you’re still hungry 20 minutes after chowing down on a 200-calorie bag of your favorite chips.
What should I include in my snack boxes?
When I put together snack boxes, I try to stick to foods that are high in protein and fiber, as well as foods that are high in vitamins and minerals. Foods like lean meats, cheeses, nuts, fruits, and vegetables are all great additions to a healthy snack box.
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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