You pay attention to every morsel your kid eats, but during a jam-packed day of work or running around, it’s all too easy to forget about nourishing yourself. The result? A frenzied trip to the drive-thru or vending machine after you suddenly realize you’re on the fastest train to starvation central. That’s why it’s important to have your handy dandy healthy snacks for moms.
Yes, we truly need our own category of healthy snacks. When you’re a busy mom, your snacks have some heavy lifting to do. They have to be fast, easy, tasty, and healthy.
Every parent can benefit from having a stable of go-to snacks like these basics: low-fat or nonfat string cheese, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hummus, black bean dip, and whole-grain crackers. But let’s be honest those aren’t going to curve your “tasty food” cravings.
If you’re going to go to the trouble of preparing something these days (ESPECIALLY from scratch), it had better be special, right? And these recipes are.
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
I’ll let you in on a secret – overnight oats do wonders for your gut health specifically. Hello resistant starches and prebiotics!
1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, dairy or dairy-free, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, or dairy-free yogurt, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/4 cup small diced strawberry, 1 scoop protein powder or collagen powder, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together in a sealable jar. Let it soak in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but it’s best to soak overnight for 8 hours. This will create a creamier consistency.
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2 (15-ounce cans) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved
8 ounces roasted red peppers, peppers only, no liquid
½ cup tahini
¼ cup aquafaba/chickpea liquid, or more, for a smoother texture
¼ cup olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your Vitamix and secure the lid. Remove the lid cap and insert the tamper. Turn the blender on high for 30 seconds and use the tamper to push the hummus into the blades. Add more chickpea liquid, if desired, for a smoother consistency.
Green Protein Power Smoothie
Smoothies are always a quick and healthy way to get your nutrition in. Here’s one of my favorites. The mix of natural sugars, vitamins, and minerals from the banana + mango + spinach combo really helps to perk you up while the healthy fats and protein from the pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts keep you feeling satiated.
- 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- ½ cup (125 ml) chopped mango, frozen
- 1-2 large handfuls of baby spinach
- ¼ cup (60 ml) pumpkin seeds (Pepita seeds)
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
- optional: ½ scoop (approx. 30ml) vanilla protein powder + ¼ cup (60ml) water
Layer the ingredients and get to blending!
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I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite healthy snacks for moms. I know you can get busy, but please make sure to take care of yourself too.