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30 Protein-Packed Small Meal Ideas Under 250 Calories

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For anyone who hopes to build a LEAN body with a killer set of abs, eating copious amounts of protein and high protein foods is an absolute must.

Eating 5-6 small, protein-packed meals is a phenomenal way to do it. Especially if your stomach can’t handle 3 larger meals every day, or eating small is more your style.

In that spirit we’ve concocted 30 delicious, high-protein, low-calorie meal ideas that rev metabolism (they’re thermogenic), build muscle mass, and keep the body fueled all day long.

Each recipe comes loaded with 15+ grams of protein and clocks in sub 250 calories.

For all protein powder based recipes, check out our full-blown Protein Powder Buyer’s Guide for our top recommendations and value picks.

*’30 High Protein Small Meals Under 250 Calories, V2’ is our second article featuring 30 LEAN recipe ideas with over 15 grams of protein and 250 calories or less. You can access the second edition and 30 additional protein-packed small meal ideas here.

 

30 Protein-Packed Small Meal Ideas Under 250 Calories


 

High Protein Meal 1: Chocolate Banana Protein Shake


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Ingredients: 

Nutrition: 215 calories, 25 grams protein

How To: Blend everything together (we like the Vitamix for best results).

 

High Protein Meal 2: Berry Blast Protein Shake


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Ingredients:

Nutrition: 216 calories, 25 grams protein

How To: Blend everything together (we like the Vitamix for best results).

  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein (110)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (42)
  • 1 cup raspberries (64)
  • water

 

High Protein Meal 3: Mango Madness Protein Shake


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Ingredients:

Nutrition: 217 calories, 25g protein

How To: Blend everything together (we like the Vitamix for best resultss).

  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein (110)
  • 1 cup mango chunks (107)
  • water
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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

Come be friends with me on Instagram (@BRYDISANTO) & Snapchat (BRYDISANTO).
Bryan DiSanto