When you’ve got a newborn around, sometimes taking care of yourself falls pretty low on the priority list. In-between changing diapers, marathon nursing sessions, and clothing changes it probably feels like you have very little time to actually stop and have a meal. And if you have a toddler around, too? Well, you can just forget about it. You’ll be lucky if you have enough time for a bowl of cereal.
BUT, even though you may feel like you don’t have enough time to stop and have a meal, it’s still important to get as much quality nutrition as you can in order to keep yourself fueled for the demands required of a busy mom … especially if you’re nursing.
This is when snacking can become your best friend. Things that you can easily eat while you’re on-the-go or while multitasking will become the best thing that ever happened to you. If you aren’t careful though, snacking could also become your downfall. It’s easy to just think of snacks as convenience junk food, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
There are a ton of great (and simple!) snacking options that aren’t of the Pop Tarts and potato chips persuasion, that require little to no prep, but will keep you feeling healthy and fueled up for your daily tasks! Here are some of my favorites …
1. Snack pouches
I already love snack pouches for my toddler since they’re quick, easy, and the one surefire way that I can use to get her to eat veggies, but they’re not just for kids! Happy Family has a whole line of adult snack pouches and they’re a great way to make sure you get in your fruits and veggies even when you’re busy, which is great for someone like me who has a total veggie aversion.
When you don’t have time for a meal and only have time to chomp on-the-go, fruit is an obvious choice. I prefer apples and bananas, because they’re easy to take with you and they’re filling.
3. Veggies + Guac/Hummus
Veggies are a great, healthy option with plenty of fiber to keep you full and fuel you as you chase around little ones and a dip is a great way to spice them up if you’re not a big veggie lover like myself. I love dipping baby carrots in guacamole lately.
Try: This yummy mango guacamole that’s both sweet and spicy!
I keep a bag of almonds in my purse at all times so I can have a good snack option when I’m out and about with my littles. I also eat them often when I’m at home to give me a protein boost when I need it.
5. Hard boiled eggs
Sometimes it may seem like the majority of quick snack options are carb and sugar-filled and don’t have much staying power, but with a little bit of planning you can be sure to have some good protein-packed options available as well. Boil a batch of hard boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge for convenient snacks throughout the week.
6. Black beans
Another great protein-filled option is black beans. I like to roll them up in a wheat tortilla with a sprinkle of cheese when I need a more substantial snack.
7. Greek yogurt
I’ll admit that Greek yogurt does take a bit of getting used to if you’re used to the regular sugary varieties of yogurt, but after awhile you’ll prefer it. It has way more protein and I love the creamy texture. I like to add a teeny bit of real maple syrup and berries to mine.
I’m pretty sure smoothies must have been the invention of a busy mom somewhere, because they’re seriously brilliant. As much as sitting down for a meal would be the most ideal scenario, it’s not always a possibility. A smoothie is a great way to pack a ton of nutrients into a glass and the best part is that you can take it with you from room to room as you’re handling daily tasks. Perfect!
Try: This blueberry avocado smoothie made with greek yogurt that is filled with antioxidants, healthy fats, and lean protein!
9. Snack bars
During the newborn phase after I had my first child I pretty much lived on granola bars and while they were convenient they weren’t the most nutritionally balanced choice. Thankfully I’ve realized that there are a lot better snack bar options out there now — ones with less sugar and ingredients I can pronounce. My favorites are Larabars and Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut Bars.
10. String cheese
String cheese is pretty much the epitome of convenience snacking. Nothing to cut up or prep. Just a grab-and-go protein fix. Perfect!
What are some of your favorite quick and easy snack ideas?
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