Chronicles of a New Mum: Quick, Healthy Summer Snacks
Grab and Go Snacks
Now that the weather’s nicer, we’re out and about more. If I don’t toss snacks in the diaper bag, I’m more inclined to stop in a café and eat a 400 calorie pastry – eek! (When I was pregnant, I did that a little too often, and I’m still dealing with it now!)
Fruit: This is a no-brainer kind of snack. Apples, bananas, and oranges can withstand being bounced around in a diaper bag. If you’re packing berries or grapes, put them in a container so they don’t get squished and leak all over everything. Dried fruit is also a good option, too.
Trail mix: this is my go-to for a filling, high protein snack. I portion it out ahead of time (if I brought the whole bag, I’d probably overdo it). I like to add a tablespoon of chocolate chips because, let’s be honest, trail mix is so much better with a little bit of chocolate. This way, you get your sweet/salty fix.
Crunchy stuff: I’m also a fan of low-fat pretzels, whole grain crackers, and graham crackers for something a little sweeter. Eat these with a string cheese or something that’s high in protein, or else you’ll probably still feel hungry.
Drinks: I’m obsessed with flavored sparkling water. Zero calories and so refreshing on a hot day.
At Home Snacks
You can get more creative with snacks at home. But I’m definitely not getting too creative (at this stage in my life, I’m all about simplicity). Here are some of my favorites:
- A sliced apple with peanut butter
- Fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt with a little granola, fruit, and/or flax seeds mixed in
- Smoothies made with fat-free Greek yogurt as a base and fruit (or even veggies like carrots or kale)
- Hard boiled eggs (I make a bunch of these and keep them in the fridge so I can grab one whenever I am in the mood. Sometimes for breakfast, I’ll make a piece of 7-grain toast, spread some avocado on it, and top with sliced egg, and a dash of salt and pepper. So good!)
- Hummus, veggies, crackers
- One of my friends sent me a recipe for making homemade “breakfast cookies” which sound super simple. I’m definitely trying it this week. To make six cookies, you mash two bananas with ¾ cup dried oatmeal as a base. Then add any combination of ingredients that sound good to you (coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, maple syrup, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, chia seeds, etc.) until you have cookie batter. Shape like cookies on top of a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip over and cook for six more minutes until browned.
And speaking of snacks, it’s time to go have one…