Finding healthy bodybuilding snacks to munch on between your meals can be surprisingly difficult.
Many quick bites at the supermarket are loaded with sugar and harmful preservatives.
While pretzels, potato chips, or peanut butter muffins take five seconds to add to your shopping cart (and disappear down your throat even faster), they offer zero nutritional value.
Even many protein bars, despite being advertised as a healthy meal replacement to the fitness crowd, contain a paltry amount of protein while they're laced with extra sugar.
You can find a much more nutritious and fulfilling mouthful for $3 than a glorified candy bar.
What Snacks Are Good for Lean Muscle?
I can't help but laugh at many suggestions that pop up in Google search for healthy bodybuilding snacks:
Chicken wrap tortillas...
Homemade protein peanut butter balls...
What is this, the season finale of Hell's Kitchen?
You ain't no culinary wizard.
And you have better things to do than spend all day in the kitchen trying new recipes.
When I'm in the mood for a chicken wrap and pancakes, I head over to my favorite restaurant down the block where I get to enjoy them without having to lift a damn finger.
But cooking at home?
I want it to feel effortless. That means no whipping batter or stuffing Ziploc bags.
A quick and healthy bodybuilding snack for busy guys should fulfill four criteria:
- High in protein
- No added sugar
- No (or minimal) additives
- Fast and easy to prepare
With that in mind, let's talk about which bites work best for gaining mass and losing fat.
Best Protein Snacks for Muscle Gain
You know the age-old bodybuilding axiom:
Include a quality source of protein at every meal.
For a quick pulse of protein on the run (one that doesn't require any refrigeration), pick any of these:
- Beef jerky
- Mixed nuts
- Canned tuna or salmon
By placing a mini cooler in the back of your car, you can expand this list to include cottage cheese, Greek or Icelandic yoghurt, and cold cuts of ham, beef, or turkey.
They all travel easy, taste great, and keep you full until your next meal.
Best Bodybuilding Snacks for Cutting
The best snack for a guy aiming for six-pack abs is lean, clean, and green:
Lean proteins, clean carbs, and green vegetables.
A shrimp, tuna, or egg salad (see #3 on the list below) gets you ripped in a heartbeat.
Top 5 Healthy Snacks for Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
We've all been there...
You're jonesing for a speedy, nutritious bite to keep your fitness quest on the right track...
But don't have more than five minutes to spare.
Give these goodies a go.
#1. Protein Smoothie
Nothing beats a protein smoothie for a quick and delicious snack.
Throw a scoop of protein powder and a few fruits/berries in a blender. Press "go". Drink.
If you're lean but skinny, and need to gain more size, add some oats and peanut butter into the mix for another few hundred calories.
#2. Icelandic Yoghurt (Skyr) & Fruits
A cup of Skyr (a thick and creamy Icelandic yoghurt), contains a decent amount of protein with negligible carbs.
Strawberry & banana, pear & vanilla, and caramel are my three go-to flavors.
Mix it with some fruits or berries, and it beats any sugary treat you're saving for cheat day.
#3. Egg Salad
One of my all-time favorites, an egg salad covers all your nutritional bases:
It's rich in protein, vitamin, minerals, and good fats.
Meal prep takes just five minutes:
Boil or cook 2-4 eggs.
Slice up 3-4 vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, or avocado.
#4. Roast Beef Sandwich
I'm not a huge sandwich guy because I don't tolerate starches well.
But I can still enjoy a roast beef sandwich now and then without wrecking my physique.
- Fresh bread
- Natural butter
- Edam, gouda, or other cheese for flavor
- Tomato and avocado for freshness
- Roast beef cuts to bring it home
As far as quick post-workout grubs go, this one is the bomb.
#5. Jerky & Berries
Combine a small bag of jerky with a plateful of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries...
A perfect pairing packed with protein and pep!
You don't want to sabotage your get-lean efforts by goofing up between lunch and dinner.
These five healthy bodybuilding snacks will tide you over until chow time.
Not only do they taste great...
They're also super fast to whip up for some extra calories on the go.