We have all had those days where we reach for snacks constantly. It can be so tempting to snack in between meals and eat the wrong things, especially when we are hungry. If you’re a mother, reaching for what’s easy seems like the norm as it’s often hard to find the time to cook at all! But eating better meals and snacking healthily will help you during the difficult and challenging times, and is why it’s highly recommended. Here are some quick and easy snack foods that are not just good for you, but leave your taste buds watering and your stomach full and satisfied – because health comes first!
This option is one of my favorite breakfast choices, and also makes a great snack. It’s also best pre-made, and if you make enough of it, it can last you the entire week! And kids love it too! Overnight oats are full of fiber and super easy to make: simply take a jar, fill it with oats, milk, and then your other choice of toppings, including fruit, nuts, chia seeds, etc., let it sit in the fridge for at least several hours and voila – your meal is ready to go!
Fruit Slices with a Twist!
Unsweetened peanut butter regulates blood sugar, and can help to lower cholesterol and aid in the maintaining of a normal healthy weight, as well. One of my favorite ways to get more into my diet is by adding a bit of peanut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, etc. works here too), over slices of apple, pear, or banana, giving them a little extra style and flavor that my whole family loves. It also adds some extra protein and healthy fats to your snack, which helps keep you full and satisfied for longer too! For those who are allergic to nuts, a nice alternative is a dusting of either cinnamon or nutmeg, which gives a fun flavor to your fruit and is a healthier alternative to the cookies or chocolate bar you tend to gravitate towards! I will also add some coconut butter too, which again adds healthy fats and helps to keep you full for longer.
Rye Crackers Spiced Up!
For that midday snack, a rye cracker, or rice cracker, can easily be turned into something delicious. Simply smear it with hummus, top it off with a teaspoon of green pesto or a squeeze of zesty lemon, add some diced cherry tomatoes and top it off with a sprinkle of black pepper (optional, obviously) and you have yourself a healthy snack that fills you up and is full of fiber and protein!
If you’re looking to lose weight then going Greek is great! A diet from the Mediterranean is a great way to go. Just look at all the fish and healthy rice dishes, and don’t forget Greek salads! A little yogurt with honey and fruit, or a small bowl of olives, feta, and nuts is a great way to get a little bit of protein into your diet and is a great snack to have halfway through the day when cravings start. It will also help your immune system. Mixed all together with a little dash of salt and olive oil and you are certainly going to feel fulfilled. These little snack pots are going to be good for the kids too but of course, be careful so they don’t choke on any small pieces or nuts. Here are some other great meals to help you lose weight, as well.