Food & Nutrition

High protein crisps that’ll give you a tasty protein boost (top 6 we’ve tried)

Published by Finn Hayden

Getting protein into your diet, particularly if you're trying to build muscle, is important. But the bad news is that for many people, it's also quite hard. This is particularly true if you're following a vegan diet, or if you have to avoid certain animal products for dietary reasons.

 

That's why we love it when brands manage to sneak extra protein into products which we happily would have eaten anyway. We've published guides previously about foods such as protein pasta and protein bread which makes it really easy to get that extra protein into your diet, but protein crisps might be our favourite of the lot.

 

To us, lunch isn't lunch without a bag of crisps. So to know that we can enjoy a bag of crisps and get some extra protein into our system is music to our ears. There are quite a few options out there at the moment when it comes to protein crisps, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best protein crisps that we've bought and tried. Let's get into it:

IronMaxx Protein Chips

We're very impressed by the IronMaxx Protein Chips, not just because of how much protein they contain but also because of how great they taste. Made from soy protein concentrate, these crisps have a 40% protein content and every bag contains a whopping 20g of protein. We tried the salt and vinegar variety (pictured) which tasted really nice and had what we'd describe as a normal, crunchy texture. Learn more and buy them here - amazon.co.uk

IronMaxx Protein Chips

KetoKeto Crunch Puffs

If you're a fan of the Wotsits crisps from Walkers then we think you'll really enjoy these Crunch Puffs from KetoKeto - made using pea protein and navy bean flour, they're packed with plant protein, with a very impressive 39g of protein per 100g. These crisps are baked rather than fried, so as well as being really high in protein, they're also low in calories and carbs. Oh, and they're very tasty too. We're big fans of the cheese flavour, but you can also buy them in Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar. Learn more and buy them here - amazon.co.uk

KetoKeto Crunch Puffs

Hippeas

Made using chickpeas which are a great source of plant-based protein, these Hippeas crisps are not only very tasty, but they're also a great source of protein. These crisps contain 16g of protein per 100g, which is pretty impressive, especially given that they're 100% vegan. They're available in a few different flavours, but we like the Salt & Vinegar vibes flavour (pictured) the best. Learn more and buy them here - sainsburys.co.uk

Hippeas

Proper Crisps Flame Grilled Steak

We actually included these Proper Crisps in our low calorie crisps guide, because as well as being high in protein, they're also low in calories. Made using real potatoes, they're definitely what we'd describe as proper protein crisps and they were probably the tastiest protein crisps we tried for this guide. We've tried all of the Proper Crisps flavours but we think the Flame Grilled Steak flavour is best, which really reminded us of the Flame Grilled Steak McCoy's. They contain 8.5g of protein per 100g, learn more and buy them here - ocado.com

Proper Crisps

The Curators Salted Pork Puffs

These Pork Puffs from The Curators brand are really interesting, and remind us of some of the pork scratchings we reviewed recently in terms of taste. Made using the finest pork rind, they've got a delicious salty taste. They're also packed with protein, with a 25g bag containing a whopping 17.8g of protein. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com

The Curators Pork Puffs

PopWorks Sweet Chipotle Chilli

We included the PopWorks crisps in our popped crisps guide, but as well as being popped, they're also high in protein. Made using corn and a seasoning which contains whey powder, the crisps contain 7.4g of protein per 100g. We love the flavour of the Sweet Chipotle Chilli PopWorks crisps, which are sweet with a lovely spicy kick. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.asda.com

PopWorks

Bepps Black Eyed Pea Popped Barbecue Crisps

These popped crisps from the Bepps brand are made using black eyed peas, an excellent source of plant-based protein. Each 70g bag of crisps contains 9g of protein, an excellent amount. We really enjoyed the Barbecue variety, which have a lovely smoky sweetness to them and are very moreish. They're also 100% vegan which is a bonus. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com

Bepps popped

We hope this guide helps you to find some great-tasting protein crisps to snack on. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations. If you want to read guides about other high protein snacks, check out our beef jerky guide and our biltong guide

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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