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30 Quick & Easy Protein Snack Ideas

Need some quick and easy protein snack ideas? Here are 30 tried and true ideas that require very little time and effort!

Quick Protein Snacks

One of the things that has helped me be more functional this pregnancy is making myself eat some type of quick protein snack every few hours — even when I was very nauseous and it was the last thing I felt like doing! I’ve found that protein snacks give me more energy and actually (usually!) makes me feel less nauseous to make sure that I don’t have an empty stomach.

I mentioned this idea of eating quick protein snacks on my Instagram account, and someone said they struggled to come up with quick protein ideas. So yesterday, I asked my followers to share their favorite quick and easy protein snack ideas. I compiled the following list based upon their suggestions and some of my favorite ideas.

30 Quick and Easy Protein Snack Ideas

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs — Make a bunch of hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot and keep them in the fridge. You can also mashed them with some mayo, mustard, and salt/pepper and spread on toast.
  2. Scrambled Eggs — I like to put a little cottage cheese in them while they are cooking + top them with a little cheese.
  3. Edamame
  4. Cheese Cubes and Almonds
  5. Beef Jerky
  6. Rotisserie Chicken — Buy it and keep it in the fridge. You can eat it cold or warm it up!
  7. Epic Bars
  8. Tuna — The grab and go packets are especially easy!
  9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
  10. Wasa Crackers or Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter
  11. Lara Protein Bars
  12. Lunch Meat with a Dill Pickle
  13. Hummus and Veggies
  14. Mixed Nuts
  15. Trail Mix
  16. Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Nuggets
  17. Cheese Sticks
  18. Energy Bites
  19. Cashew Butter with Apples or Bananas
  20. Greek Yogurt
  21. Cottage Cheese
  22. Nut Thin Crackers with Cheese or Peanut Butter
  23. Bean and Cheese Burritos
  24. Beef or Turkey Sticks
  25. Turkey Pepperoni
  26. Collagen — You can mix it into your coffee or tea and it’s tasteless
  27. Kodiak Cakes Frozen Waffles with Peanut Butter
  28. Chocolate Milk
  29. Greek Yogurt Parfait
  30. Justin’s Nut Butter Packets
  31. Applegate Chicken & Maple Sausages

What other quick and easy protein ideas would you add to this list?

My Completely Honest Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Review

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Thinking of purchasing the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? Be sure to read this honest review first to help you decide whether it is worth paying for or not.The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

Due to its popularity back in May, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on flash sale again for two days only!! If you missed it back in May and wished you’d bought it, here’s your second chance!

My Honest Review of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

I know many of you look forward to purchasing this every year. It’s such a HUGE bundle of resources on all things homemaking.

I mean, hello, for just $29.97 you get access to:

  • 27 eBooks
  • 30 eCourses & videos
  • 25 printables
  • 16 workbooks
  • 3 summits
  • 2 membership sites

For real! And that’s why so many of you buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle year after year… because you get access to so many new resources (many that you might never discover on your own!) for just one flat rate price of $29.97.

Is It Really Worth $29.97?

Many of you might be on the fence about whether you should purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle or not.

You’ve seen multiple emails about it from various email lists you are on. You’re wondering whether it’s really as amazing as it looks. You might have even been thinking that it sounds too good to be true.

Yes, you get a LOT of resources for just $29.97! Considering that the supposed retail value of all of the items bundled together would be almost $2300, that can seem like a c-r-a-z-y deal!

However, I want you to be really wise and intentional in how you spend your money. Which is why I’m writing this really honest review. I’ll share my thoughts on what I liked and what I didn’t like.

And then in tomorrow’s post, I’ll share what my favorite resources were from the bundle.

Yes, I Went Through Every Single Resource in the Bundle!

I got so much positive response from doing honest reviews of The Ultimate Productivity Bundle and the Master Your Money Bundle that I knew I needed to also do the same for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

But let’s just say, this was a MUCH bigger undertaking to go through every single ebook, online course, and product in the bundle.

In fact, after going through about 30 of them, I started to wonder if I had up and lost my mind in making this commitment. But I’m here to tell you that I did it — and if this post helps you make an informed decision about whether or not to buy, then it will have been worth the hours and hours I invested! 🙂

My Honest Thoughts

Here are my honest thoughts on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle:

The Negatives:

  1. Some of the products had an inflated price tag. The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is supposedly valued at $2300. I’m going to be honest and say that I felt at least 25% of the products had an inflated price tag. And, truth be told, I likely wouldn’t use at least 60% of them. So for me, the value would be really and truly more like a $300 to $400. Maybe, possibly, more like $500. But definitely not $2300.
  2. A few of the products were hard to access. Due to the nature of how the bundle is set up, you have to individually download/sign up for each product. This can be frustrating because it means you have to set up account after account for each product you want.
  3. Many of the courses required my email address to access. Guess what that means? My inbox is now getting a lot more emails because in order to download or sign up for a product, I had to give out my email address and now the author put me on their email list.
  4. A number of the products will not be your cup of tea. The products in this bundle are from a wide variety of sources and I cannot see how every single one would ever appeal to every single person. There are a number of homeschooling products that would only appeal to homeschoolers. Some of the products are from a very Christian perspective and these would only appeal to Christians. The resources for moms that would only be helpful if you have kids or care for children on a regular basis. And so on and so forth.
  5. There were SO many resources. This can be a positive or a negative. I personally loved it (see below), but I can see where some people could feel overwhelmed by it. It could make you feel like you need to do more and be more… like you should homeschool and set up a cleaning system and learn how to hand letter and take up sewing and practice hospitality and redecorate your house right away and all at once after buying this bundle.

*I completely understand that this is one of the reasons authors are willing to heavily discount their products in the bundle, but the irony is that I’m now getting quite a few extra emails that are promoting the bundle to me from these very authors! I really would love it if those who have products in the bundle make sure to tag people who come into their system so that we aren’t getting their bundle promotion emails because we downloaded a product from them that was in the bundle we already bought!

The Ultimate Homemaking BundleThe Positives:

  1. There were SO many resources. As I said above, this could be a positive or a negative. For me, I loved that there was so much variety. I loved that I could buy one bundle and get access to a plethora of different courses and resources on all sorts of topics.
  2. There were some really high-quality products. I was thoroughly impressed with how many of the courses and ebooks were well-done, well-designed, and truly quality. It felt like the folks at Ultimate Bundles were very careful with what they accepted this time around and it showed in the caliber of the products.
  3. I was personally very inspired by a number of the resources. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources, I felt so inspired by the amazing women who put all of these together and who are out there doing such great work through their online businesses.
  4. I learned a lot from the resources. In going through the resources individually, I learned a number of new things when it came to makeup application, home decorating, and time management.
  5. There were so many different perspectives — truly something for everyone! While I said above that not all of the resources are going to be your “cup of tea”, because there is such a wide variety of resources from so many different people with difference perspectives, you are definitely going to find at least 5 or 20 different courses and ebooks that will likely be very helpful and beneficial for you personally.

Want to Know My Favorite Resources From the Bundle?

Like I said, I went through each product in the bundle myself and tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my top picks from it.

I had initially planned to share my list today as part of this post, but it ended up being so long that I felt like I should turn it into two posts. Stay tuned for that post tomorrow!

Ready to order the Bundle?

For two days only, you can get all of the resources in this Homemaking Bundle for just $29.97! Plus, there are some AMAZING bonuses that you’ll get! (You can see all the bonuses towards the bottom of the sales page HERE.)

Click below to purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for just $29.97!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

P.S. This bundle is backed by a 30-day happiness guarantee. Not sure whether this is a good fit for you? You can go ahead and purchase. If for any reason, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle doesn’t live up to your expectations, you can request a full refund — no questions asked.

How to Finally Break Free from Anxiety & Stress

Need some practical encouragement to move past anxiety, stress, and survival mode? Longing for life of more wholeness? Don’t miss this episode with Aundi Kolber!

Missed previous episodes of The Crystal Paine show? You can listen to them here.

Okay, I know I’ve said this before about other episodes, but I truly think today’s episode was one of my very favorite podcast recordings to date!

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Aundi Kolber is a therapist and I felt like I got a therapy session just by spending an hour with her?! 🙂 Listen in to the episode and you’ll see what I mean.

Aundi has a gift of sharing so eloquently and yet also in such a heartfelt manner. She just exudes such peace and calmness, but also such profound wisdom and understanding of how we are wired.

In this episode, we not only talk about what’s saving our lives (I had to laugh that she talked about something related to brain science and I talk about leggings!) and the books we’re reading, but then we dive into some deep heart topics. She shares what it means to Try Softer (the title of her new book), the difference between Big T trauma and little t trauma and how we might be experiencing the aftershocks of little t trauma without even realizing it and this might be at the root of our stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.

Aundi explains thoroughly how the body processes pain — whether physical or emotional. And she provides very concrete suggestions and ideas for how we can start to take steps toward more healing and wholeness.

Whether you feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed or whether you know someone who does, this conversation is highly important and one that you do not want to miss. I have thought of it over and over again since we recorded last week and will be taking so many nuggets of truth from it to apply to my everyday life.

In This Episode: 

[00:25] Welcome back! I am so excited to have Aundi Kolber on the show!

[01:06] Aundi shares about a little about her background and family

[03:43] Meaningful walks are saving Aundi’s life — and the brain science she shares here is fascinating! And then, to keep things a little more down to earth (!), I talk about my new favorite leggings.

[09:25] We discuss our current reads, including one written by a therapist and a novel I finished last week. 

[13:08] Why did Aundi write Try Softer? (I loved that she wrote it as a love letter to her younger self!)

[17:20] We talk about the stigma surrounding the word “trauma” and why it’s important to understand if you’ve experienced little t trauma.

[19:27] How can you tell if you’re holding onto the pain of the past and how does it show up in your life?

[23:50] What does it mean to “try softer” and how can we apply this in our every day lives?

[27:37] Aundi shares practical first steps for beginning to break free from stress, anxiety, and survival mode — even if you feel so stuck and overwhelmed that you don’t know how to take the first step!

Links and Resources:

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Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

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My favorite sweatshirt is as low as $16.99 shipped today!

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One of my favorite Amazon sweatshirts is featured on the Amazon deal of the day today! It’s $16.99 to $19.99 with free shipping and comes in a lot of different colors.

By the way, the photo on Amazon of the sweatshirt makes it look more distressed, but mine came and it’s brighter and more shiny as shown by these photos.

I pulled the drawstring out of the hoodie part since they were really long and you either need to cut them or just pull them out. Also, the pocket stitching is a little loose and it’s come undone a little bit with a lot of washes, but otherwise, it’s held up really well and I’ve worn it over and over again and washed it many times!

They have so many cute styles and many of them are just $16.99 shipped today! I just ordered this one shown above, too! I’ve been wanting to get a camo patterned top for the fall and am so excited to have found this deal!

By the way, I’m wearing a size small in these pictures. They were taken months ago, but even at almost 12 weeks pregnant, I’m so happy that I can still wear this and, based upon how it fits, I think I should be able to wear it for quite a bit longer!

Psst! Speaking of tops I love, did you see that Cents of Style has their wildly popular Jagger Boyfriend V-Neck Tee for 12.47 shipped when you use coupon code RADJAG at checkout?!

I love these shirts!! I have two of them and have worn both of them over and over again! I especially love that they are long and roomy and so cute with leggings. In fact, I’ve pretty much been living in the above outfit for the past few weeks!

Gretchen’s $63 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 5


2 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.49 each

1 Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $1.99

1 gallon Milk – $1.59

3 bags Simple Truth Chips (6 count) – Marked down to $0.99 each

3 boxes Kind Bars – $1.99 each, used 3 $1 Ibotta rebate and 3 $1 Kroger Cashback rebates – Free after rebates

2 boxes General Mills Cereal – $1.79 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $1.29 each after coupon

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.89

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.89

1 Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs – $2.50

5 pkg Jello Pudding – $0.99 each

5 pkg Danimal Smoothies – $0.99 each

3 bags Apples – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.29

1 pkg Red Grapes – $2.30

Total after coupons and rebates: $32.85


1 Old Fashioned Oats – $2.45

1 lb Ground Beef – $3.39

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 bag Snack Crackers – $1.35

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.89

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Mild Cheddar Cheese – $1.69

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 Honey Bear – $2.89

1 bag Baking Potatoes – $2.39

Total: $30.56

Total for both stores: $63.41

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Eggs, Donuts (after church treat)


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese/Crackers, Lunch at my moms (We are bringing apples and energy balls.), Cheese Quesadillas, Salad Bar, Leftovers


Hot Dogs over the fire, Chips

Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks

Grilled Hamburgers, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Pumpkin Muffins (from freezer), Steamed Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad

Baked Potato Bar

Out to eat

How to Save Money on Groceries When You Only Eat Whole Foods

Is it possible to save money on groceries if you only eat whole foods? In this post, I give some of my best tips and encouragement for how to keep your grocery budget low, even if you only eat whole foods.

I have been scouring the internet for easy, budget friendly meals for those on a strict diet. Over a year ago my health was a mess and we figured out my body has a sensitivity to toxins in the environment, particularly from plastic, treated water, and also chemicals used on food. I found I feel so much better when eating whole, organic foods and organic meats. However this shot our grocery budget up to a crazy high amount.

We live in a sparsely populated area in the midwest, one stoplight in our whole county. Healthy food is not cheap. I am desperate for ideas on how to have a “beans and rice” budget but not sacrifice the progress I have made in my health. I would love to hear insight on this. Thanks and God bless your journey! -Kristy

First off, Kristy, I just want to encourage you to know that you are not alone. I have heard from many other women who are in similar situations. And I’ve also seen many women who have found very creative ways to eat very healthfully on a tight budget.

One of my local friends, Cheapskate Cook, is a fantastic resource for how to eat healthfully on a budget. She constantly inspires me with her outside-the-box ideas!

I also wanted to share some other strategies and suggestions that might help you in your journey:

1. Have a can do attitude.

The first step to lowering your budget is believing that you can. If you think you can’t, you probably won’t be able to. But if you believe you can, you’ll likely be motivated to figure out creative ways to make it happen.

When there is a will, there is usually a way.

2.  Cut your budget in other areas.

Now, that said, I’m not saying you should be unrealistic or put undue pressure on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other people or other budgets.

Also, realize that getting creative could mean choosing to cut back in other budget categories in order to give you more wiggle room in your grocery budget.

For instance, maybe your family choose to drive an older car and not go on vacations and live in a smaller home in order to free up extra money for your grocery budget. Everyone has different priorities and it’s okay if your priorities are very different from another family’s priorities.

3. Buy in bulk.

Research all of the local farms in your area to see which ones would be willing to sell to the public. Could you drive an hour or two to buy half a cow and save $1 or $2/lb.?

Are there any orchards or farms nearby that would be willing to sell you their produce “seconds” for less? Sure, it might not be as pretty as full-priced product, but they will taste just as good!

What about stores that are within a 50-mile radius of your home that might offer organic items and would give you a discount if you were to purchase in bulk?

Also,  check to see if Azure Standard delivers in your area. If not, could you start a group so that they will come to your area?

4. Grow your own.

One of the best ways to save on produce is to grow your own. If you have kids, make it a family affair. Challenge yourself to see how much of what you usually buy at the store can be grown or made yourself!

5. Look into online options.

There are so many great online options nowadays that offer great deals on natural and organic products., Amazon, and Vitacost are a few of my favorite sites. But I’m sure if you start looking, there are many others, too!

Tip: Type in the price point you want to pay for items you routinely buy from at and they’ll send you an alert when the price goes under that amount!

What others ideas do the rest of you have for Kristy? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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