Easy, Healthy Snacks For Busy Moms
As a mom, the day can get busy fast. So finding time to get in a quick snack so you don’t become “hangry” is essential. Here are some quick and easy, healthy mom snacks to help you keep your energy up all day long.
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Why You Need To Eat Mommy Snacks Throughout The Day
The number one thing you need to get through a day with young kids is energy. The second is patience. As we all know from the popular Snickers commercials a few years ago, we can all get ‘hangry’ when we haven’t had enough food.
So we need mommy snacks each day to help us stay energized and patient.
Easy Grab and Go Snacks For Moms
Grab and go mom snacks consist of snacks that are store-bought and therefore super easy to just grab on the way out the door. These mom snack ideas are healthy and pre-made to help keep your energy up all day long.
Full of protein and calcium, and conveniently wrapped, these little snack sticks can help keep mom going for a long time whether at home or out running around with the kids.
These crunchy little crisps can be a healthy alternative for potato chips. The salt and crunch give you the same feel, but you are getting loads of protein and fiber that will hold you longer than regular chips. Not only that, but these crisps are made from real green peas, lentils, or black beans. My favorite are the Wasabi Ranch Green Pea Snack Crisps.
Baked Apple Chips
If you like sweet and crunchy, then you will love Bare Baked Apple Chips. They are baked and made from real apples with no added sugar. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to try them, but found them to be quite good. They may not be something I eat all the time (I am a salty kinda girl) but I will definitely enjoy them when I need something a little different.
These can be a great “every now and again” on the go snack. Due to the high carb and sugar content, even though it is natural sugar, I don’t recommend eating them every day. But they do provide a good amount of protein and fiber since they are made from dates, other fruits and nuts. There are loads of different flavors. I like the Blueberry Muffin the best.
Nuts are a great high protein, high fat snack that can keep your hunger away for a long time. Not only that, but nuts are a great source for many vitamins and minerals we need in our diets.
I think of seeds as a “cousin” of nuts. Because while different, seeds are also super good for you, have a lot of protein and also contain good fats. My favorite seeds to have a stash of in my mom bag are sunflower seeds in these little go bags.
I love beef jerky. But I know that some of it can be a little “scary” when you think about the preservatives in them. So I always opt for organic brands like Country Archer (amazon), Simple Truth (Kroger), or 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods). Of course there are plenty of other brands, so just find one you like. I normally like the teriyaki flavored ones.
Dried fruit can be a great substitute for real fruit when you are on the go. Just keep a bag of dried apricots, banana chips, or another dried fruit you love in the car or your purse. I like to have a few nuts or seeds on hand as well to help level out the sugar from the fruit.
The day they made these convenient little Jiff cups, I thought it was such a great idea! And now you can get natural and organic peanut butter packs too. So I throw a couple in my car or purse for a quick and easy protein punch. My favorites are Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter Pouches. And if you are more of an almond butter fan, I like Barney Butter Almond Butter Bare Smooth Pouches.
And the even better alternative to dried fruit…fruit that is not dried! Because fruit has more water content, it will fill you up faster. But remember to eat a little protein with your fruit so you don’t bottom out from the sugar.
Trail mix is the perfect mom snack to get a little bit of fruit, a little bit of nuts, a little bit of seeds and maybe even a little bit of chocolate into your daily snack. Make your own or try one that is store-bought.
I am unfortunately lactose intolerant, so the next two I cannot eat unless they are dairy free. However, yogurt is a super quick and easy mommy snack when you are running out the door. It tastes good and it is full of protein. Try to opt for one that has less sugar (like greek yogurt) and don’t forget a spoon!
Kefir is similar to yogurt, packing in a ton of protein and tasting really good. But an added bonus to kefir is that you can drink it, meaning you don’t have to remember that spoon.
If you love wasabi like I do, then you may fall in love with wasabi peas. Since they are actual peas, you are getting plenty of protein and a little fiber. And the wasabi gives them a completely unique flavor and spice you just can’t find anywhere else.
Edamame is a great high protein snack with plenty of fiber. And the saltiness will help curb your craving for other more fattening mom snacks like potato chips.
Dark chocolate almonds
There is no better way to snack on a high protein, high fiber nut, than to add dark chocolate to it. Eating almonds as a snack, as with any nut, will help hold off your hunger for longer. Adding chocolate to it is just an extra treat with antioxidants.
You may cringe when I say that dry cereal is a good on the go snack mom, but cereal can have some benefits if you choose a good one. Something made with whole grains and one that is low in sugar can give you the crunchy satisfaction you need in a snack and help you keep your energy up while hanging with your kids.
Easy Healthy Mom Snacks
These snacks take a little extra forethought, but are still super easy and healthy snacks for moms. Just prep them at the beginning of the week or even the night before and you will have a quick and easy mom snack when things get hectic during the day.
I love chia pudding and there are loads of favors you can add to make it extra delicious. Just add about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to a ½ cup of whatever kind of milk you choose. Add some honey or other sweetener if you prefer, and top it off with some berries. Put it in the fridge at least overnight, and you will have a snack that is ready for you whenever you need it.
Apple and peanut butter
I love apple slices with peanut butter. As a make ahead mom snack, just slice up some apples (add a little lemon water if you are making these the day before), place the slices in a bag, then grab a natural peanut butter packet and the bag of apples on the way out the door.
Fruit and cheese
Fruit with protein is always a good idea in order to keep your blood sugar in check. So grab some cheese slices or cheese cubes with some cut up fruit and put them in two separate bags. Then when you head out the door, you can grab the two bags to snack on throughout the day.
Deli Meat and Cheese Roll
This is a super easy way to get in some protein and fat that will keep you from noshing on “bad for you” snacks during the day. Just grab a slice of deli meat and a slice of cheese, put them on top of each other and roll them up…then eat it. You can make several meat and cheese rolls at the beginning of the week to put in the fridge for a super quick high protein snack.
I normally make my own kale chips from an actual bunch of kale. Just take out the ribs, chop the leaves into “chip size” pieces, add some soy sauce or salt and some olive oil, spread them out in one layer on a baking sheet, and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 325 degrees. The time may be more or less depending on your oven. Watch them closely so they don’t burn.
Cottage Cheese and fruit
I love cottage cheese with cut up grapes. And now you can buy the individual size cottage cheese at the store, so it makes it super easy to have a mommy snack on the go.
Hummus Cut Veggies
Grab a few of those Sabra hummus cups at the grocery store and then, at the beginning of the week., cut up some yummy veggies to put in the refrigerator and use them to dip in the hummus when you get hungry. Or take it all on the go.
If you have found a way to make a smoothie ahead of time and not have it get yucky, then I would love to hear it. Otherwise, you will have to make a smoothie in real time. Meaning you may only want to do this when the kids are napping and you have the time to put in. But smoothies…if done right…can be a great high protein, high fiber snack to help get you through the day. Here are some ones to try.
I love roasted chickpeas and could literally eat them all day long. The trick is to actually use dried chickpeas, cook them in a slow cooker, and then roast them…instead of using the canned ones which can get weird texture wise. This is the method I use to cook my dried chickpeas. This site also has loads of recipes for roasting and using your cooked chickpeas.
These make ahead mom snacks are perfect for a mid afternoon snack or on the go snack when you are short on time. There are loads of variations, so here are some great recipes to try out.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are easy to make ahead, full of protein and good fat, and easy to take with you if you have to run out the door. To make hard boiled eggs, just place your eggs in a pan of cold water, slowly heat them until the water boils, turn the heat off and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Then immediately pour off the hot water and replace it with ice water to stop the cooking.
An avocado is creamy and satisfying to eat. It also has high amounts of good fat and fiber keep you from getting hungry. Just cut it in half lengthwise, take out the pith, and enjoy with a spoon. Not sure how to cut an avocado? Here is a helpful step by step guide.
If you have some extra time on the weekend, then making some baked egg cups is a great snack for mom throughout the week. Using a muffin tin, just add eggs you have scrambled (uncooked) and whatever you like in an omelet (ham, veggies, cheese?). Then bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Need a recipe? Here is one with several egg cup varieties.
Mom Snacks Made Easy
Keeping up your energy and health doesn’t have to be difficult. The mom snack ideas on this page can help you find some easy ways to keep up with your busy days. And they are so yummy, I wouldn’t be surprised if your kids start asking for some of mommys snacks!
Happy Mom Snacking!
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