If you’re looking for some healthy snacks for moms that aren’t going to ruin your diet, then you are in the right place!
As moms, our lives can get BUSY. Especially when we are running around from soccer practice to music lessons to dentist appoints, plus trying to find time to exercise and get dinner ready for everyone.
Sometimes you need a little snack to tide you over until your next meal. There is no reason though, that your snack can’t be a healthy and nutritious one.
A busy life doesn’t have to interfere with your goal of being healthy and fit. So first I’m going to go over what actually goes into a healthy snack nutritionally and then I will give you some of my favorite suggestions.
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What goes into a healthy snack for moms?
So the first thing we need to discuss is what goes into a healthy snack for moms. A healthy snack is going to be food that is high in fiber, protein, or healthy fats.
All of these qualities contribute to helping you feel full longer so you don’t feel the need to eat as much. Plus they have a variety of other great health benefits. Let’s break each of them down a little more.
Benefits of fiber
According to the Mayoclinic, fiber is a key component for healthy snacks for moms because it does 2 things. 1.) it helps control blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar drops it can make you feel shaky, moody, and hangry.
2.) high fiber foods tend to be more filling than low fiber foods. This means that you’re likely to eat less and feel satisfied longer when you eat high fiber foods.
Some good sources of fiber are:
Beans, peas, and other legumes
Nuts and seeds
Benefits of protein
Protein is a key component in healthy snacks for moms because it helps fill you up faster. This means you aren’t going to want to eat as much or feel the urge to eat as often.
Protein also increases recovery from exercise or injury, helps to reduce muscle loss, and helps build new lean muscle. Here are some good sources of protein:
Nuts and seeds
Beans and peas
Benefits of healthy fats
So before you get all nervous, when I say fats, I’m referring to healthy fats, not “bad” fats. According to HelpGuide.org, healthy fats refer to monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are good for your heart, cholesterol, and overall health.
These healthy fats are great for healthy snacks because they help you feel more satisfied after a meal. Which, you guessed it, makes you feel full longer and want to eat less often.
Some of the other awesome health benefits of healthy fats are lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol levels, and lower risk of heart disease and stroke. They can also reduce inflammation in the body.
Here are some good sources of healthy fats:
Olive, canola, peanut, and sesame oil
Nuts and seeds
Healthy Snacks for Moms for Moms on the Go
So now we know that we want to be looking for foods high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats for our snacks.
You can always prepare some of these foods at home and take them with you on the go. I’m also going to include some good options if you want to buy these foods while you are out and about as well.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. That makes them an awesome choice for a healthy snack. You can stop at any convenience store and usually find a selection of prepackaged nuts or seeds to pick up.
If you like nuts try:
If you like seeds try:
If you want to stock up at home, check out these great options:
Cheese is a great source of protein and healthy fats. You can easily find cheese sticks in the grocery store to stock up for the week, or you can find them at convenience stores while you are out and about.
Nut butter is high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This is another snack that packs a lot of nutritional benefits in one little package.
Some popular types of nut butter include:
If you are out and about, peanut butter is going to be your easiest option to find. You can get some apple slices or carrot sticks to dip in it.
If you want to stock up at home, check out some of these options:
Fresh fruit is high in fiber and other great nutrients. If you are using fruit as your snack, aim for fresh fruit if possible instead of dried. Dried fruit tends to have added sweeteners in it plus it has lost a lot of its fiber, so it won’t help keep you full for as long.
If you are out and about, you can find fresh fruit at gas stations and convenience stores. You can also pop into a grocery store and pick up some fresh fruit when you are on the go.
Here are some fruits that are high in fiber:
Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein. You can often find them at gas stations and convenience stores if you are out and about. You can also make them at home ahead of time to have handy throughout the week.
Fresh Vegetables and Hummus
Another great healthy snack for moms is fresh vegetables and hummus. Fresh vegetables are full of fiber and other great nutrients and hummus is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Fresh vegetables and hummus are a little harder to come by if you are out and about. You might need to stop at an actual grocery store to pick some up, but that isn’t too much harder than stopping at a gas station.
You can, of course, stock up on fresh vegetables and hummus at home and take it with you on the go.
If you want to stock up on hummus, here are some great options:
Trail mix provides a great mix of nuts or seeds, plus a little sweetness. It’s high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. You can find great trail mix options at the grocery store, convenience store, and most gas stations.
Here are some great options to stock up on or to look for in the store:
Final thoughts on healthy snacks for moms
So there you have 7 healthy snacks for moms, plus some great ideas for snacks you can buy on the go or make at home. Whatever snack you choose, as long as it’s high in protein, fiber, or healthy fats you will be making a great choice.
What are your favorite healthy snacks to eat when you are on the go? Comment below or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com. Follow me on Pinterest for more healthy snack and meal ideas.
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