I’ll admit it. I’m not the most pleasant person to be around when I’m hungry.
As a busy mom and wife, I don’t always have time to prep and plan like I plan to. I try, but it doesn’t always work out. Besides, I prefer fresh food. So snacking is essential.
I like to keep a few healthy options on hand to keep me satisfied – and happy – until my next meal.
I learned early on in my fitness journey how easy it is to sabotage your fitness goals if you overdo it in the snack department. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Once we realize snacks are not meals this whole snacking thing starts to make a lot more sense. Snacks are not meant to fill us up. They are meant to hold us over until our next meal.
In fact, to snack or not to snack is a personal choice. Snacks aren’t always necessary when we eat regular balanced meals throughout the day.
But for busy moms a sensible, well-timed snack that fits in your bag or purse is the perfect solution to stay on track with your goals. Snacks also help keep us and our family focused and fueled throughout the day.
Here are a few of my favorite grab-n-go snacks:
Apples, bananas, and berries are a good mid-morning pick-me-up before lunch. A serving of fruit is filled with fiber and fructose (sugar) for a boost of energy that will hold us over until our next meal.
Peanut, almond or sunflower each of these nut butters go great with whole grain or sprouted bread for a simple yet satisfying snack option. You can also swap out bread for a brown rice cake if that’s your thing.
You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to enjoy a protein shake. Regardless of your preferred eating preference (vegan, vegetarian, etc) there’s a shake option out there for you. Protein is satiating, meaning it helps us feel fuller longer and when you’re in between meals isn’t that what we want?
Eggs are a good source of protein and healthy fat when you eat the yolk. I eat the yolk most of the time. But especially as a snack.
Almonds, cashews or walnuts are a practically perfect snack to hold you over until your next meal. They are full of fiber, healthy fat and carbs. You can find perfectly portioned options at places like Trader Joes. Their Just a Handful nuts and mixes make snacking simple and convenient which is perfect for a busy mom.
When you need a quick snack skip the drive through and head to the grocery store for a small, ready-to-eat salad. Companies like Elevate Super Foods delivers convenient healthy ready-to-eat salad options. Try their Nutty Cranberry Superfood Salad to curb your sweet tooth with superfoods. With 8 organic, non-GMO, options ranging from power grains to sunny chicken caesar, you’re sure to find the perfect superfood salad snack for you. Like they said, they are raising the salad bar.
FYI – I like to get two salads for under $6 at Costco. Great deal!
Yogurt is another protein packed snack I love. With a few toppings it’s easy to customize to your taste buds with fruit or homemade granola. But yogurt can be a bit tricky. Some yogurts aren’t the best option. Some are filled with sugar which isn’t good for weight loss. Still, greek or coconut yogurt with a bit of fruit or home-made granola is a satisfying snack for moms and kids.
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