What It Is: This is a different type of snack food than you’d normally find at a sports nutrition store. It’s not a bar, a protein cookie or an energy gel — it’s a bag of chocolate-covered almonds. At least that’s part of it. These delicious cocoa-dipped nuts are also infused with whey isolate to bump the protein content to 10 grams per 230-calorie packet. Optimum’s Protein Almonds are the perfect snack for the hard-training guy or gal looking for a convenient way to get in more protein and healthy fats.
What It Tastes Like: The sweet chocolate coating hits your taste buds first, followed closely but the satisfying crunch and delicious fats from the almonds. They’re sort of like Peanut M&M’s, only healthier and more muscle-friendly. Protein Almonds come in three flavors: dark chocolate truffle, chocolate jalapeño and cinnamon roll.
What’s in It: 230 calories, 10 grams protein, 15 grams total carbs (1 gram sugar), 16 grams fat (8 grams saturated), 2 grams fiber (per packet)
Where to Get It: Vitamin Shoppe and vitaminshoppe.com; $24.99 for a box of 12 packets (Possibly eligible for a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal, as well.)