The Best Snacks for Busy Moms (So You Don’t Resort to Eating Cold Chicken Nuggets)
Running errands, carpooling and working long hours can take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to keep your energy levels up and your hunger at bay. But all snacks are not created equal. Below, the six best options for moms who just need something to grab and go. Add these to your Amazon cart, ASAP.
Dried Mango Slices
When you’re craving something on the sweeter side, reach for a few slices of dried mango. The tropical fruit is rich in vitamins A and B complex, antioxidants and dietary fiber, so there’s no reason to feel guilty if you reach for seconds.
If you’re looking for something that’s going to fill you up, an RXBAR is your best bet. They’re all made with simple ingredients like egg whites for protein, nuts and dates so you’ll be left feeling satisfied. Plus, these protein bars come in all sorts of flavors like chocolate sea salt, blueberry and coconut chocolate, so there’s one for every type of mood you’re in.
Found in just about every mom’s fridge, lunch box or purse, string cheese is a fantastic snack when you’re constantly on the move. It’s low in calories, it has protein and calcium, and it pairs well with crackers or an apple.
Whether they’re raw or roasted, almonds are jam-packed with nutrients (hello, healthy fats) and help increase the feeling of fullness. Try buying preportioned bags so you can easily run out the door, or store them in a big glass jar and divvy them up the night before a busy day.
Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, go for air-popped popcorn. It’s a great source of fiber, low in calories and super versatile in flavor (you are allowed to season it, you know). We recommend sprinkling on some nutritional yeast, which has a Parmesan-like taste and offers extra protein.
Few things are better than fresh citrus. Much like any fruit, clementines are an optimal snack because they’re healthy and delicious. And unlike some fruits (ahem, apples and bananas), they don’t need to be washed and don’t bruise as easily, meaning they’ll survive the morning commute in your tote bag.