If you’re like most parents, snacking is a grab-and-go situation. Many are so busy that they don’t eat between meals at all—and they often find themselves in a slump by mid-afternoon. When you’re always on the go, proper nutrition will stabilize your energy level and mood while curbing stubborn cravings. Here, we’ll list a few high energy snacks for busy parents.
A smoothie is a great option because it’s so portable; just pour it into any cup with a lid, and it’s ready to go. Remember, though, that smoothies containing dairy products should be kept in insulated containers, so they stay cold and are safe to drink.
To build the perfect smoothie, start with a liquid base such as fruit juice, water, or milk (non-dairy is fine). Add veggies and fruits, as well as a high-quality protein powder. If you have a bit more time, make a smoothie bowl by thickening the mix with chia seed, flaxseed, avocado, or additional fruits and vegetables.
Low carb and full of protein, jerky is the perfect snack for a busy parent. Because it is so chewy, it will force you to slow down and enjoy it. Choose preservative-free and grass-fed meat jerky when possible.
Long considered diet food, cottage cheese has come into the mainstream. A sensible portion of full-fat cottage cheese is a great choice; it’s filling and has plenty of protein, calcium, and vitamins A and D. Sweeten the deal by stirring in some fruit or make a savory snack with spices and bacon crumbles. Boost your snack’s fiber content with seeds and nuts.
They’re not just for guacamole anymore! Avocado is a versatile snack that can be prepared in numerous ways. It’s rich in fiber, which makes it a great choice for continued satiety. It’s also high in potassium and vitamin C.
A classic snack, the hard-boiled egg makes our list because it’s low in calories and high in protein, along with vitamins A, B12, and D. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and store. After they’re cool, leave the shells on and peel them as needed. Shell-on boiled eggs will last up to seven days when refrigerated, while peeled eggs only last two to three days.
It’s creamy, thick, and if you choose plain, it can be savory or sweet. Greek yogurt is a great snack that’s high in calcium, protein, and vitamins A and C. When seeds, nuts, and fresh fruit are stirred in, a little bit of yogurt goes a long way.
Whether it’s smoked, steamed, or canned, fish is another good option. It’s filling and lean, not to mention versatile. Eat it alone, in a wrap, stuffed inside a bell pepper, or spread on whole-grain toast or crackers. Add fresh vegetables and fruit for a fiber-filled, satiating snack.
While most of us would never think of it, leftovers are an excellent snack choice. Instead of grabbing fast food, take full advantage of the dinner you made last night. Not only is it more nutritious, but it’s also less expensive!
Snack Right for a Busy Lifestyle
When snacking on the go, choose simple and unprocessed foods. Those who snack for health rather than convenience often notice significant differences in how they feel and look. By choosing foods rich in fiber, protein, and nutrients, you’ll make a big investment in your health.
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