Mix It Up With These High-Protein Meatloaf Muffin Snacks

Want a different kind of protein snack? Try these tasty meatloaf muffin recipes from STACK Expert Kait Fortunato.

Quick protein snacks, timed around workouts, are an important part of an athlete's day. They prevent hunger extremes and keep your blood sugars stable. As long as you have a source of protein, you can go beyond traditional snacks like nuts, cheese or protein bars.

One of my favorite tasty, high-protein snacks are individual meatloaf muffins. If you have more than one, they can also serve as a meal. They are great because you can vary the mix-ins, choose different meats for flavor and vitamins, and freeze them for a portable, quick snacks.

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Directions

  • Start with 1 pound of meat (turkey, lamb, beef, chicken).
  • Add an egg and 1/2 cup of bread crumbs for a binder and get creative with mix-ins and sauce (BBQ, marinara, ketchup, mustard).
  • Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  • Fill with the meat and mix-ins combination, and brush with a light coating of sauce.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

My favorite meatloaf muffin recipes

Italian Meatloaf (inspired by Men's Health)
Base: Ground turkey
Mix-ins: Basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese
Sauce: Homemade or store-bought marinara

BBQ Meatloaf (inspired by Whole Foods)
Base: Ground chicken
Mix-ins: Shredded sweet potato and onion
Sauce: BBQ sauce

Traditional Meatloaf
Base: Ground beef
Mix-ins: Celery, carrots, onion, peas
Sauce: Ketchup

Lamb Meatloaf (inspired by Southern Living)
Base: Ground lamb
Mix-ins: Diced green peppers, garlic, onion and rosemary
Sauce: Feta dip or Greek yogurt sauce

Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf (Inspired by Eat, Live, Run)
Base: Lentils
Mix-ins: Walnuts, onion, carrots, celery
Sauce: Spicy brown mustard

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