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Mommies need snacks too! Sometimes we’re doling out snacks so often to our kids, that we forget to give them to ourselves. I’ve been working really hard on finding better snacking alternatives for myself to munch on throughout the day. I used to grab for a cookie or a handful of chips, and now I’m realizing that I need to snack smarter in order to keep feeling better. As much as I’d love to have the time to slow roast chickpeas or bake some kale chips, I usually don’t have the time to make such time consuming snacks. Because of this, I’ve had to come up with some tasty snacks that are high in nutrients, but low in prep time. Here are some of the things I’ve been snacking on lately, and some easy snack ideas for you!
All of these snacks are either NO prep or easy prep, and they’re all full of flavour. I’m finding that filling up on snacks with lots of texture and flavour help me get through the day without craving sugar or empty calories.
7 Easy Snacks
- A Handful of Berries Eating fresh vegetables or fruit provides more fiber than drinking juice.* Plus, they’re so easy to grab from the fridge, wash and snack on. If you’re smart (I’m still working on this!), you can wash them in advance. I like raspberries and blackberries as flavourful snacks or as dessert.
- Baby Carrots I love that baby carrots are already washed and cut and ready to go. They also contain a whole lot of Vitamin A!*
- A Handful of Plain Almonds Almonds are loaded with fiber and good fats**, and they’re satisfyingly crunchy. They’re also great as a topping on breakfast oatmeal.
- Apple Slices with Natural Peanut Butter This combo is so tasty. The crispness of the apples and the smoothness of the peanut butter is such a great pair! You can also make “apple nachos” by drizzling apple slices with peanut butter, honey and topping them with nuts.
- A Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Throw some frozen fruit like strawberries, peaches and bananas with a little bit of plain yogurt and orange juice in a blender for a quick and tasty drink. I’ve just recently introduced spinach to my smoothies, and it’s surprisingly good. To save time, you can put all of the ingredients minus the juice in a plastic bag in the freezer to grab and blend.
- Slices of Whole Wheat Flat Bread with Hummus If I’m craving soft bread, I reach for some whole wheat bread and hummus for dipping. It totally satisfies my carb-y cravings during the day and the hummus provides protein.
- Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips These are a tasty alternative to potato chips. They provide that crunchy texture that I often crave, but they’re much lower fat (60% LESS FAT than 20 g of the leading potato chip, to be exact), and they’re 90 calories per 20 g. My favourite flavour is the Multi-Grain flavour – they have a really yummy, savoury taste, and I love their texture. They’re great to quell that post-kid bedtime chip craving when I’m watching TV with the Hubs.
Cracker Chips are available at most major grocery stores (I found mine at Walmart) and they come in a great resealable bag so that I can take out one serving and save the rest for later.
It’s taken me a while, but now that I’ve learned that I need snacks too – and ones that are easy to prep and good for me – I am avoiding binging on things that make me feel icky. I feel like I have more energy to mother my girls (and they require A LOT of energy from me, let me tell you) when I’m remembering to snack throughout the day.
The thing I need help with now is to remember to prepare snacks for myself before we go out for errands. Do you guys do this? What are your tips? I think this is the next step in my smart snacking journey!
When I go out tomorrow, I’m going to start by throwing a container of Cracker Chips in my bag so that I have something good to eat on the go! If you’d like to try some Cracker Chips too, here’s a $1 off coupon for you!