Celebrate Independence Day with these delicious, nutritious, high-protein snacks, perfect for large gatherings. These snacks are easy to prepare and will satisfy and energize your guests.


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1. Grilled Chicken Skewers

  • Ingredients: Chicken breast, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, assorted vegetables (bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions).
  • Preparation: Cut chicken breast into cubes and marinate in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Thread chicken and vegetables onto skewers. Grill until fully cooked.


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2. Turkey Meatballs

  • Ingredients: Ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs (whole wheat or almond flour), Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Preparation: Mix all ingredients, form into small meatballs, and bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes until cooked.


3. Shrimp Cocktail

  • Ingredients: Cooked shrimp, lemon wedges, cocktail sauce.
  • Preparation: Arrange cooked shrimp on a platter with lemon wedges and a bowl of cocktail sauce for dipping.


4. Deviled Eggs

  • Ingredients: Hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt (instead of mayo), mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Preparation: Halve the hard-boiled eggs and remove the yolks. Mix yolks with Greek yogurt, mustard, salt, and pepper. Fill egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle with paprika.


5. Greek Yogurt and Berry Parfaits

  • Ingredients: Greek yogurt, mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), high-protein granola.
  • Preparation: In small cups or jars, layer Greek yogurt, mixed berries, and high-protein granola.


6. Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

  • Ingredients: Canned tuna, Greek yogurt, celery, red onion, salt, pepper, and lettuce leaves.
  • Preparation: Mix tuna with Greek yogurt, finely chopped celery, and red onion—season with salt and pepper. Spoon the tuna salad into lettuce leaves and serve.


7. Beef Jerky Platter

  • Ingredients: Various flavors of beef jerky, nuts (almonds, walnuts), cheese cubes.
  • Preparation: Arrange beef jerky, nuts, and cheese cubes on a large platter.


8. Protein-Packed Veggie Dip

  • Ingredients: Greek yogurt, ranch seasoning mix, assorted fresh vegetables (carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices).
  • Preparation: Mix Greek yogurt with ranch seasoning mix. Serve with a variety of fresh vegetables for dipping.


9. Edamame

  • Ingredients: Shelled edamame, sea salt.
  • Preparation: Steam edamame according to package instructions and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve in large bowls.


10. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

  • Ingredients: Cucumber slices, smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill.
  • Preparation: Spread a small amount of cream cheese on each cucumber slice. Top with a piece of smoked salmon and a sprig of fresh dill.


11. High-Protein Smoothie

  • Ingredients: Greek yogurt, protein powder, almond milk, mixed berries, spinach.
  • Preparation: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve in small cups or jars.


12. Mini Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

  • Ingredients: Sliced turkey breast, cheese slices, whole grain tortillas, mustard, or hummus.
  • Preparation: Layer mustard or hummus on tortillas with turkey and cheese slices. Roll up and cut into bite-sized pieces.


13. Chickpea Salad Cups

  • Ingredients: Canned chickpeas, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, celery, salt, and pepper.
  • Preparation: Mix chickpeas with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, chopped dill, and celery—season with salt and pepper. Serve in small cups or lettuce leaves.


These high-protein snacks will satisfy and energize your guests during your July 4th celebration. Enjoy!

The author, Gray Gaines, is a certified fitness and nutrition coach who helps excel in fat loss, wellness, and fitness. Get her Complete Guide to Grocery Shopping FREE. Check out her podcast, With All Due Respect.