I seem to always be hungry…yet, I’m often busy these days. The kids and I are out many mornings from right after breakfast until nap time, meaning we need to eat lunch and snacks while we’re out. For us, both for budget and health reasons, fast food isn’t an option.
Instead, I have to plan ahead. I bring snacks with us. I, and most pregnant women, need things that are high in fat and high in protein. I don’t do well with sugar, and these days any high-carb foods (bread, potatoes) doesn’t go that well either. Most snack foods are, unfortunately, grain-based and loaded with carbs or sugar. I’ve finally gotten a good list together of snacks that fit my needs, and which are relatively frugal too!
Here are my top 5 on-the-go snacks:
1. Jerky — Everyone in my family loves this. I make it myself, so it’s much cheaper than store-bought, and I think it tastes better too. It gives me the protein boost I really need when I’m hungry. It also keeps a long time, so if I stash some in my car and forget for a week or two…oh well.
2. Almonds — I love these, and they also don’t go bad. A small handful can give me a little boost when I need it.
3. Dried fruit — We usually choose cranberries and prunes, because they are the cheapest and we like them a lot, but any dried fruit will do (if it matters to you, read the label for added sugar and sulfur dioxide. Or make your own!). It’s sweet but not too sweet and tastes yummy. You can make a trail mix of various nuts and dried fruits, too, if you like.
4. Almond butter and fresh fruit/veggies — This doesn’t keep as well so you have to be paying attention. Bring a little cup of almond butter (or peanut butter if you wish; my kids are sensitive to it) and fresh fruit or veggies like apples, celery, carrots, etc. Dip it in and you have a nice snack! My kids really love this too.
5. Cheese and crackers — My preference is almond flour crackers, but you can choose what you prefer. Bring slices of cheese with your crackers (or skip the crackers) for a good protein-and-fat boost.
There are other snacks I sometimes bring too, including kefir smoothies, other nuts, beans (good finger food for kids too), and various leftover meals.
What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?
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