I’d love to see what you snack on on a daily basis. I’m a busy mom always on the run, and I know you just had a little one. Can you please share a few of your favorites? Thanks! ~Leslie
I’ve only been a mom for a month now, but I feel like having a newborn is a bit of a crash course. Sleep deprivation and being on call 24 hours a day fills up anyones calendar nicely. With each stage comes a new set of challenges, but one thing that remains constant is the press for time. If only there were more hours in a day! Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, or a pre-teen, you are likely doing a juggling act to say the least. While children are the very best gift at all, it’s important to take care of ourselves to in order to give them the best of us!
To make snacking both easy and healthy I do put a little work into the preparation for some of the mini-meals. I wish everything was always ready to eat! I go for items that are nutrient dense–it’s not always what I want, but after years and years of not realizing why I wasn’t satisfied (both energy and hunger) an hour after eating a bag of pretzels, I would’t go back. Finding that balance between taste and nutrition is definitely the most satisfying! Another added bonus: if your kids want what you’re having you’ll most likely feel good about giving it to them. Well, that’s if you want to share 😉
Here’s what I snack on:
- Veggies – I either go straight for a bag of organic carrots or sugar snap peas or baby tomatoes, or what I have a moment to prep I cut up some bell pepper, jicama, celery, what have you, and put it all together in a container so it’s easy access when I need it. Sometimes I enjoy them plain, or pair it with this delicious healthy spinach dip, guacamole, hummus, or black bean dip if I want something more filling.
- Fruit – My usual go-to is an apple or banana (whole fruit, not dried!). No slicing needed, and banana’s already come pre-wrapped so super easy to take anywhere. I also love a good grapefruit or “cuties” mandarins.
- Nuts & Seeds – Whether its just almonds by themselves (read more about the healthiest way to consume them here) or my own homemade trail-mix where I toss together almonds, pistachios, cashews, pepitas, sunflower seeds, and goji berries. It’s a great snack item to keep in your purse or diaper bag!
- Chia bars – I love Health Warrior’s little grab-and-go chia mini-bars. Most bars are pretty unhealthy (more about that here) but these totally make the cut! My have flavors are chocolate peanut butter, acai berry, and dark chocolate cherry. I haven’t tried them all though!
- Eggs – Hard boiled or these mini-frittata muffins. One makes the perfect snack! Especially pre or post workout.
- Energy bars – make your own matcha balls or get a quality bar without all the calories, sugar, and crap.
- Nut butter – Justin’s single serve packets are awesome. Pair it with your apple or banana above, or tear off the corner and squeeze it straight into your mouth for a quick dose of heathy fat and protein. While it’s tempting to get the ones paired with maple syrup or chocolate, for a snack I just have the regular! If you really are needing a sweeter treat, squeeze it into a date like I did here. Yum!
- Edamame – Dry roasted or fresh in the pod. Both ways are tasty! I make sure to get organic since most soy (in the USA) is GMO.
- Juice – A fresh veggie juice is so refreshing!!! I usually have a combo of celery, spinach, cucumber, and carrot. Beets are a nice addition too! If there’s no time for juicing or stopping at a juice bar, Evolution Fresh and have some tasty green juices which can also conveniently be found at Starbucks.
- String cheese – the organic full fat variety. As my friend and I were just talking about…there’s no such thing as a skim cow! Best to just keep it real!
- Kale chips – Either make your own like I did here or get a store bought variety that isn’t a million dollars 😉
- Avocado – because whether it’s alone or on a piece of toast it’s pretty much the best food ever. We bought our house because it has an avocado tree. Well at least that was my reason anyway. The pomegranate tree didn’t hurt either.
- Roasted chickpeas – a perfect blend of protein, carb, and fiber. Both salty and crunchy, sign me up. Recipe here or buy them at the store made by The Good Bean.
Those are my favorite, easy snacks, what are yours?! I could always use some fresh ideas. Literally 😉