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Dietitian's Top 5 Favorite Protein Chips

May is National Physical Fitness and Sport Month, and while we know protein is important for reaching our health and wellness goals, we don't always have time to sit down and eat a full meal.

Luckily, Hy-Vee's HealthMarket is constantly evolving to help you find more tasty snacks with a boost of nutrition — including salty snacks like chips!

The challenge with many of our favorite salty snack foods is they lack one super important and satisfying nutrient: protein. Think about it:
-Pretzels? 2 grams of protein
-Potato chips? 2 grams of protein
-Tortilla chips? 2 grams of protein

How can you get more protein in a pinch? It's simple: Swap out your favorite salty snack for a dietitian-approved protein-packed option.

Chip, Chip, Hooray! 5 Protein Chips We're Obsessed With

  1. Beanitos Hint of Lime:
    I was first introduced to these bean-based chips 9 years ago, and they've become a family-favorite (picky Dad-approved even)!
  2. Quest Protein Chips Ranch Tortilla Style:
    The title gives it away, but these tortilla style chips are packed with protein (19 grams per bag to be exact).
  3. Safe + Fair Hickory BBQ Pea Protein Chips:
    When it comes to plant-based protein, pea protein products continue to be on the rise. Not only allergy-friendly, these delicious, hickory BBQ-flavored chips are popped and baked, so you can enjoy a satisfying serving of 23 chips with 9 grams of protein.
  4. Harvest Snaps Lightly Salted Green Pea Crisps:
    Not technically a chip but, with all the “veggie” straws and chips on the market providing minimal nutrition, this is the real deal when it comes to a veggie-inspired snack. Listing green peas as the first ingredient, these crisps will leave you pleasantly content and not overly thirsty due to their low-sodium content (yay, heart-healthy snacks FTW)!
  5. Wilde Chicken Chips - Chicken & Waffles:
    It was only a matter of time for someone to take American's favorite lean protein (chicken breast) and turn it into a chip! Get your sweet and salty fix satisfied along with 10 grams of protein.

Keep in mind, protein is best absorbed if spread out throughout the course of the day. As a rule of thumb, aim for 25-30 grams of protein per meal to ensure you're meeting your protein goal.

Looking for more food ideas that complement your fitness? Just in time for National Physical Fitness and Sport Month, Hy-Vee's team of registered dietitians is offering complimentary, virtual Food and Fitness Nutrition Tours! Learn the basics of eating for performance. Plus, receive shopping tips and product recommendations to help add more nutrition to your cart. Visit our Hy-Vee Dietitian website to sign up today and check out our wide variety of other nutrition services.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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