If you’re a mom, then you’re probably all too familiar with meeting incessant snack demands from your kids. But how are you managing your own snack needs?
Many moms either:
Don’t plan to have a snack themselves and then end up “grazing” throughout the day
Don’t plan to have a snack and then end up all out bingeing in the pantry between meals
Just eat whatever is left in their kids’ lunchboxes
Decide that grown-up snacks can be cookies because you make the rules around here
Assume that moms are machines that can run without food...and then wonder why they’re so tired and cranky
There are no judgments here...I’ve definitely done all of these things!
The truth is: moms need quick grab-and-go snack options--that aren’t too fussy to make and that will also be nourishing (since parenting is a tough gig and you’re body needs all the help it can get!)
I try to keep my focus simple and get 3 basic components in every meal or snack: protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
I also try to keep things gluten-free and dairy-free as much as possible, since those foods tend to be triggers for a lot of autoimmune issues (and literally every woman in my family except for me has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder--including my oldest daughter, who has Celiac Disease).
So, I just play it safe and keep my diet as anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense as possible.
And since these “mom snacks” double as healthy kid snacks, I like to keep things simple and only make one snack that everyone can enjoy (except for #15 on the list--unless you’re cool with your kids having caffeine!)
Here are some of my favorite “Mom Snacks”:
(BTW, I’m not an affiliate for any of the brands linked below...I just happen to really like them)
A handful of raw almonds (or walnuts, cashews, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
Nut butter with apple slices (peanut, almond, cashew, or walnut butter)
Carrot sticks with nut butter
Quick guacamole (smashed avocado, salt, pepper, and hot sauce) with cut-up bell pepper strips
Ants on a log (These aren’t just for kids! If you aren’t familiar, this is a celery stick with nut butter of choice smeared inside and raisins dropped on to look like ants)
Bell Pepper Quarters with hummus spread on top (basically cut the 4 sides of the pepper, but don’t cut into slices so you have a flat surface)
Turkey, Mayo, & Arugula Roll-ups (Applegate Natural Turkey Deli meat (or another humanely raised brand) spread with keto Mayo (I like Primal kitchen brand, which has a great chipotle-lime flavor), topped with arugula or spinach and rolled up. Stick a toothpick in it to hold it together while you eat it.)
Iron-Rich Trail Mix: ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup whole raw cashews, 1 TBS Dark Chocolate chips (I use Pascha Organic Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Chips), Optional: 1 TBS Raisins. Mix the 4 simple ingredients in this ratio and then you can make a big batch and put it in individual snack bags/containers.
Orgain Organic Nutrition Chocolate Protein Shake
Cut Up Veggies with Dip (Carrots, Celery, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, etc) with Dip of Choice (Olive tapenade, hummus, guacamole, tahini, etc.)
Snack Olives (Black, green, kalamata, etc.) with grass-fed beef jerky (I like Epic Nutrition, but there are lots of good brands out there)
Homemade Energy Ball Bites (Ingredients: ~ 6 Medjool dates, ~1 cup raw almonds, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut, 2 TBS chia seeds, ~ 1 TBS cocoa powder. Instructions: soak the dates and almonds until they are soft; drain and blend in a food processor with the other ingredients and then shape into balls) Note: there are a ton of variations you could make with these!
Boiled Egg with a piece of fruit (Sliced kiwi, clementine, berries)
Bowl of Magic Spoon Cereal with Almond milk
Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen Latte --or-- Mug of green tea with a handful of nuts
My Biggest Snack Tips:
Wash and Cut up Vegetables in snack-size portions and keep them in your refrigerator so they’re easy to grab
Batch-make as many snacks as you can that will keep well (i.e. trail mix or energy ball bites)
Keep your favorite dips and spreads on hand in your fridge
Keep a variety of nuts in your pantry at all times
Use pretty reusable containers or segmented plates--presentation matters; the more attractive your snack, the more “attracted” you will be to eat it
The best time to prep your snacks is when you’re not already hungry
Don’t keep junk food in your house--if it’s there, you have to rely on your willpower not to eat it (and that’s no fun)
What are your go-to snacks? I hope these ideas will help you feel your best as you wrangle your kids :)