Eating nutritious, balanced snacks can be a struggle as a busy mom. It seems like more than half of the time I am worried about what my children are eating and drinking and often forget about myself and fueling my body.
According to WebMD “If you start off your day with breakfast, and then continue eating every 3 to 4 hours, you’ll provide your body and brain with a steady stream of nutrients so you don’t go overboard at mealtime.”
Mindful eating is so much easier to do when you have snacks that will give you the balance of nutrition you need to avoid those dips and sustain your energy until your next meal.
Here is a list of my favorite go-to snacks that are balanced with complex carbohydrates and protein so I can avoid the cookie when I feel my body start to crash, which is typically every day right around 3:00 pm!
Hard boiled eggs. These little guys pack just the right punch of protein and really help you go feel full. After two hard boiled eggs and a big glass of water I always feel so much better.
Greek yogurt and granola. Raspberry Greek yogurt with protein granola is a favorite in my house. The kids love it because it tastes like ice cream and it is the perfect late night snack if you have a sweet tooth. This also is full of amazing nutrients, protein and good ol’ vitamin D. Your biggest problem might be keeping it stocked in the house because it goes so fast!
Deli meat wrapped in lettuce. I love to buy fresh smoked meat from the deli. Sometimes I will do different flavors of turkey and ham but my favorite is mesquite smoked turkey. Roll up a few pieces with a large romaine lettuce leaf and you are good to go! If I’m at home I’ll add a squirt of mustard to give it a little extra flavor.
Protein bars. Built Bars are specifically designed to give you the protein you need to keep going! I love to eat one before a workout, in the afternoon, or a late night snack. Use the code
My favorite is coconut, raspberry, or banana flavor. Slip a few of these bars in your car or purse when you need a nutritious snack to sustain you through your day! I also like to eat them before an early morning workout to have something on my tummy that isn’t too heavy but will give me the energy I need.
Cottage cheese & apples. This is something that I tried as a kid when I was at a friends house and have loved ever since. I was super skeptical about mixing the two, I don’t think we even kept cottage cheese in the house! I now LOVE turning to cottage cheese as a protein source because of how easy it is to mix with a fruit or vegetable or even top your salad with in lieu of salad dressing.
Almonds. Nuts of any kind are a great go-to snack but almonds in any variety are my favorite. This is one snack I like to buy in small portions that I can keep in my purse when it’s been a little too long between meals and it is mess free.
Nut butter with apples. This snack is a little harder to travel with but if you cut up the apples ahead of time and buy small peanut or nut butter to go packs you are good to go. Again the salty and sweet mix just really hits the spot.
String cheese & orange. You could grab any fruit/veggie combo with string cheese and have a nutrient dense snack.
Hummus & cucumber. Delicious. I am partial to English cucumbers as you can leave the skin on and not have a bitter taste. I also love garlic hummus or sun dried tomato hummus.
Tomato, cottage cheese, avocado & cucumber. This combo is a little harder to travel with, but if you prepare this ahead of time it would be a delicious lunch or snack on the go kept in a refrigerator. It has crunchy and savory in all the right places and if you are looking for something a little spicier I love to add organic salsa to the mix. Trust me, it is gold and will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Guacamole and pita chips. Guacamole packs on the go are a yummy way to add healthy fats and vitamins into your diet. Use this to dip veggies, chips, or whole wheat crackers and you’re good to go.
We all like to treat ourselves once in a while, so here is a fun fact I thought you would all like to know!
Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and believer in creating your best momlife the way you see fit. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, my hope is you’ll find something here to make your life a little better/easier. Let’s be friends on social!