Protein Snacks for Massive Gains
8 high-protein, whole-food snacks that pack everything you need to keep building muscle between meals
Protein Powerhouse: Shrimp
Why We Love ’Em
Like many white-flesh fish, shrimp are high in protein and low in fat. A 4-ounce serving of shrimp yields approximately 23 grams of protein, 112 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. They’re also an excellent source of selenium, vitamin D and vitamin B-12. Shrimp can be cooked shelled or unshelled, and served hot or cold.
When to Eat ’Em
High in protein, low in fat and with zero carbs, shrimp make an ideal snack for bodybuilders anytime during the day. The only concern is if you’re packing them to take with you as a snack for later. Just make sure to use ice packs in your cooler bag or store the shrimp in the fridge, so they stay cold until you’re ready to eat. Nutritional bonus: The seafood cocktail dip traditionally paired with shrimp is usually low in calories.
Serve ’Em Up
Shrimp takes only about 5–7 minutes to cook, whether sautéed, grilled, baked or broiled, so they’re a quick protein fix. For some added flavor, toss the shrimp with a tablespoon of olive oil, some chopped garlic and seasonings (e.g., sweet chili pepper, cayenne, chili powder) before cooking.