All the time, I hear people say they tend to get “hangry,” but my question is: What is the term for kiddos? Because mine get BEYOND hangry if we miss a snack and their blood sugar gets too low. Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to?!
We get to that point and it’s like, QUICK, get them calories. ASAP!
And when you’re in a pinch, you want something quick, easy, and healthy for your kiddos, right? (And for ourselves, I suppose!)
But I have to tell you, it isn’t always easy coming up with healthy snacks for myself and my kiddos! And snacking for me is crucial since as writing this as I’m pregnant with twins! Particularly, in the early weeks of my first trimester, I wasn’t really eating meals — just literally snacking around the clock to keep my nausea at bay!
Why are snacks a good thing?
I feel like snacks often get a bad rep, though! I think it’s because when people think of “snack food,” they equate it to “junk food.”
Here’s why I always recommend at least 2 snacks/day:
- It helps you stay energized all day
- It decreases your cravings
- And maximize your metabolism
Snacks are such an incredible tool! By eating throughout instead of having 3 big meals, you feel energized all day long — no mid-day slumps! You’ll also feel less inclined to overeat at dinner time and more inclined to choose healthier options due to decreased cravings! And, to top it all off, eating every few hours actually help your metabolism to function more efficiently.
But what foods should you eat as a snack?
Ideally, your snack will contain whole foods, protein, a little fat, and plenty of nutrients! The combo of protein and carbs (or some fat) will help keep you full until your next meal.
My favorite snacks tend to be…
- Healthy & nutritious
- Not a lot of work
- And kid-friendly!
My Family’s Favorite Easy & Healthy Snacks (Kid-Friendly & Mom-Friendly)
- Beachbar: Of course, I have to start with our favorite protein bar, or as my daughter calls them “the healthy bar” — and yes, they’re kid-friendly! We literally go through 3+ boxes/month because my kiddos are so obsessed with them. They’ve got 10 grams of protein, they’re low in sugar, and 100% natural ingredients. Learn more about Beachbars here.
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: Easy, quick, and great protein! 2 eggs = 1 serving of protein. I’ll make an entire batch for the whole week (also great for making egg salad sandwiches if you like them!)
- Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese: Opt for plain yogurt drizzled with a bit of honey for sweetness. I also always recommend whole milk or 5% options, see why you should skip low-fat & 0% yogurts.
- Fruit: 1 cup of berries or 1 medium sized apple or ½ banana = 1 serving of fruit
- Cheese: String cheese or small individual cheddar cheese packs are convenient
- Raw Veggies & Hummus: Choose whichever type of veggies your kids like and pair them with your favorite hummus (healthy fat!)
- Whole Wheat Pita Chips & Hummus: For those kiddos that refuse to eat veggies
- Whole Fruit Smoothies: Many recipes call for some type of juice for a liquid, but I suggest opting for something like coconut water to decrease the sugar! Add in some yogurt for added protein as well.
- Mixed Nuts (unsalted): Such an easy and surprisingly filling snack – just watch the serving size!
- Apple Slices & Nut Butter: Nothing better! Check out my list of best & worst peanut butters (and alternative butters).
- Cherry Tomatoes with Mozzarella: A great summer-time snack
- Turkey Roll-Ups: We like to do turkey slices with a little smear of cream cheese
- Olives & String Cheese: Olives contain good fat and my kiddos LOVE them!
- Slice of Bread with Peanut Butter & Honey: Our favorite is Thin Sliced Dave’s Killer Bread
And, let’s be real here — of course, my kiddos still love the classic kid snacks that maybe aren’t as healthy as I’d like, but a little treat every once in awhile never hurt anyone! You have to let kids be kids sometimes, right?!
Best High-Protein Snacks
Protein is crucial during a twin pregnancy (they say you should have a minimum of 175 grams of protein a day). So, I also wanted to share my personal favorite high-protein snacks!
- 2 hard-boiled eggs with 1 apple
- Cottage cheese (with a little honey) & 1 cup of berries
- Rice cake with PB&J
- Beachbar with a piece of fruit
- Piece of toast with nut butter & sliced banana
- Greek yogurt (plain, whole milk) with a drizzle of honey & handful of homemade granola
- Daily Sunshine and apples. This is actually a protein shake designed for kids, but great for adults, too! You can mix it with just a little water to turn it into a great dip for apples!
- Superfood shake (Shakeology) with ½ banana and 2 tsp peanut butter
- Avocado toast (whole grain bread, avocado, sprinkle of “everything but the bagel” seasoning)
- Egg “muffins”: Baked egg dishes in a cupcake pan with veggies mixed in! Easy and portable.
- Energy Bites: Essentially taste like cookie dough — yes, please!