My first 3 months of motherhood taught me one thing about food. You never know when you will have a chance to eat or for how long.
I vividly remember one morning a few weeks in when I put the babe down for her nap and practically sprinted to the kitchen and started grabbing things out of the fridge and cupboard to put together a meal. I was starving and had no idea how long she would say asleep.
I inhaled my meal that I put together in minutes and she stayed asleep for another two hours. Ha! But it could have been one of her 15 minute cat naps, you just don’t know.
I have become even fonder of snacking than I was before but if I don’t play the snack game right I will end up snacking for hours on end, a few crackers here, a few raisins there, and never really feel the least bit satisfied.
With that I put together a few of my favorites snacks that are so easy and convenient that you don’t even have to think about anything, you just grab and go.
My two favorites are Siggi’s yogurt and Fage 2%. Both are higher in protein to help keep you full and satisfied. Top with granola (Purely Elizabeth is my fav), chopped apples or berries, shaved chocolate or whatever sounds good to you.
The whole food foodies and clean eaters are angrily reading this right now about to say that protein bars are not healthy and are glorified candy bars. Maybe some of them but the idea with protein bars is that they are super convenient. If you are looking to add more protein to your diet and you like the way they taste then these are a great option for you.
Protein snack packs and such.
I have not eaten a snack pack since 5th grade but recently I am loving this quick and easy done for you option. These are from Costco and could practically be a meal but have apples, sunflower butter, cheese, and hard boiled eggs. Other varieties have grapes and apples, pretzels and cheese, veggies, and hummus and pita chips.
Meat and Cheese plate.
This one you actually have to open some containers, unless you put them in baggies in advance. Here I have a piece of salami, a couple slices of garlic chicken breast from the deli, and some cheese. Crackers are a good addition too to round out this filling snack.
Banana and nut butter.
A good old banana and peanut butter or in this case almond butter in an on-the-go packet. Some carbs to give you an energy boost and some fat to sustain it.
Lastly one that you actually have to prepare but will be so happy you did.
Egg veggies muffins.
- 5 eggs
- ¼ cup of egg whites
- ⅓ cup of broccoli
- 4 mini sweet bell peppers
- ¼ cup of onion
- 2 tbsp of feta cheese
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- ¼ tsp of smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
Pulse the veggies in a food processor (or chop finely if you don’t have one).
In another bowl whisk the egg and egg whites together.
Line your muffin tin with muffin liners, spray with a non stick spray and fill cups about ¾ full.
italia-meds at 350 for 15 minutes.
Freeze extra if you can’t use them all at once.