If you’re a mom, chances are you’ve put the needs of others before your own a time or two. Maybe this even happens more often than you’d like to admit. Besides, who has time to eat when you’re busy making sure the kids are fed, the laundry is folded, and everyone makes it to soccer practice and ballet on time?
When you’re constantly running from one thing to the next, or just running after rambunctious toddlers, it’s important to make sure you take time to refuel. After all, even Super Moms need to eat!
When you’re on the run or in between meals, the key is to reach for a nutritious snack that’s high in the satiating power of protein. Processed foods are loaded with empty carbohydrates and sugar which is a surefire way to crash and burn. And you, mama, certainly don’t have time for that.
If you have an hour to spare, you can easily prep snacks for the week ahead of time. Luckily, for those of us who simply need the convenience of grab n’ go, there are some great options for that as well.
Hard Boiled Egg
It’s a classic, but it’s also a no brainer. Eggs are packed full of good-for-you nutrients, and a hard boiled egg boasts an impressive six grams of protein. In just 15 minutes, you can whip up enough for the entire family to enjoy all week. As an added bonus, they’re virtually crumb-free.
The best part about energy bites is that they are incredibly easy to customize based on taste preferences or ingredients on hand. And since you basically just dump all of the ingredients into a bowl and form into bite-sized balls, they couldn’t be easier to make. This is a great recipe for the tiny sous-chefs in your life, too!
If your protein bar has unfamiliar ingredients that you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not that great for you. Skip the junk and fillers and grab something with a clear, minimal ingredient list. RXBAR makes a great option in a variety of flavors and they couldn’t be easier to stash in your bag. You know, for those times when you’re sitting in the carpool pickup line and realize you forgot to eat lunch.
With at least 10 grams of protein per serving and a commitment to quality and responsibly raised ingredients, this is one jerky snack you don’t have to feel guilty about. Four unique flavors means you won’t get stuck in a variety rut and the package size is perfect for on-the-go!
Let’s not forget about the classic, drinkable protein option. Simply blend one cup of milk (any kind!) along with a scoop of protein powder, dollop of nut butter, frozen banana and maybe even a handful of spinach or kale for an extra nutrient boost. Perfect for those hot summer days when you need something cool and refreshing that isn’t loaded with sugar or empty calories.
Perfectly salty, crunchy and totally portable. Roasted chickpeas are not only nutty and delicious, but super easy to customize in terms of flavor. It can be fun to experiment with the spices you already have on hand and each serving packs an impressive 8 grams of protein.
This particular recipe for overnight oats has over 20 grams of protein, but you can add or edit ingredients as needed. Simply assemble everything in a small jar or container with a lid the night before and pop in the refrigerator. Just don’t forget to grab it on your way out the door!
When you’re tight on time and need something that’s easy to transport with a ton of staying power, pack a snack with a punch of protein. You’ll stay fuller longer which means you get to spend less time feeling ravenous and more time mommin’. Everybody wins!
What are some of your favorite portable snacks?