Healthy snacks for moms on the go has become one of my favorite things to talk about because it is THAT important. If there’s one thing that helps me get through each day as a busy mom, it’s snacks! I know so many of you are constantly on the go or you’re constantly doing something, like me. That’s why I need to share with you my favorite snacks that are nourishing and provide you with stabilized energy throughout the day.
One thing I’ve noticed over and over again with my mom clients that are working on losing weight and wanting to tone up is that they tend to put their health and their nutrition on the back burner. And if there is one thing I know about nutrition and motherhood is that you MUST take care of your health if you want to be the best mom, wife, woman, boss, whatever version of yourself.
Having healthy snacks that you can bring with you anywhere can help you feel full while doing your thing and it can help you avoid fast food and vending machines.
So today, I will be sharing a roundup of snacks that are fast and easy to eat, tasty, and healthy for moms who are always on the go.
15 Healthy Snacks For Moms On The Go
An excellent source of protein and calcium. Super easy. Grab an apple with it and you’re good to go.
A few tips here: choose the whole-fat option (2% is also okay). The fat helps vitamins absorb better and it helps keep you full for longer. Also, choose Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein than other yogurts. And if you’re trying to make choices that align with your weight loss and health goals, try to choose plain Greek yogurt and sweeten it yourself. This is because flavored yogurts are sugar bombs, even the ones with the fruit on the bottom. You’re much better off adding fresh fruit yourself and sweetening it with honey or maple syrup.
Not all snack bars are created equal. If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much I love That’s it. fruit bars. They are made with simple ingredients and it’s so easy to add some nuts or yogurt on the side. Find snack bars with simple ingredients and zero grams of added sugar.
Another personal favorite. Eggs are loaded with protein and you can easily add a fruit or veggie on the side to balance it out.
Try finding whole grain english muffins to add some fiber into your day. Top it with nut butter, mashed avocado or a boiled egg on the side to create a filling snack that will keep you going until your next meal.
Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, pistachios help to keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check.
This is a protein-rich and quick snack. However, it is important to read the ingredient list when it comes to choosing the brand as some of them are loaded with added sugars and preservatives. Try to find some with minimal ingredients. If you love beef jerky, try to have it occasionally (instead of regularly) and balance it out with lower sodium options. There are also plant-based jerkies you can try which may be better for your health!
This is a no brainer and probably one of my most frequent go-to snacks. It’s easy to carry and I’ll sometimes bring a side of raw almond butter to dip my banana in. YUM.
Trader Joe’s has a great raw trail mix option (see picture below) or you can create your own.
My homemade trail mix recipe: pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, cacao nibs, unsweetened toasted coconut flakes, & whatever else looks fun in your pantry. Mix it all in a glass jar and use it whenever you’re on the go. You can also throw some of this mix in your smoothies, on your yogurt, or mix in some nut butter and spread it on whole grain crackers.
An easy way to boost your fiber intake, applesauce is a great snack that you can just keep in your purse. You can also buy applesauce pouches instead of those small containers for even more convenience. Eat with some nuts or string cheese to add more nutrition and you’re solid!
This is a personal favorite. I like to cut dates down the middle, remove the pit and stuff them with a spoon of peanut butter. So easy and delicious and it helps curb that sweet tooth in a nutritious way. You can watch how I make them in this video here and here!
When it’s air-popped and lightly seasoned, popcorn is a healthy snack. That’s because it is a whole grain, and high-fiber whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other health problems.
Loaded with protein and fiber, chickpeas are the perfect on-the-go snack. You can roast them ahead of time and use whatever spices you like to tailor them to your taste.
Chocolate covered banana bites
This is a very quick recipe that you can keep in the freezer for whenever you’re craving something cold and chocolatey. Chocolate banana bites are simply sliced bananas dipped in melted chocolate and then frozen. You can watch how I make them in this video here!
Chia seed pudding
Make this ahead of time when you know you’re going to be busy and have a full schedule. This is one of my favorite snacks because it is SO good and it is so energizing.
Here is my favorite chia seed pudding recipe:
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Mix the ingredients together and let it sit for at least a few hours or overnight in the fridge. After the chia seeds have expanded and the pudding has “set,” stir the chia pudding before serving and add your favorite fruit, nuts, seeds and spices on top.
There are so many options at grocery stores or at any convenience store when it comes to healthy snacking. You can choose any fresh fruit or veggie, easy protein options like jerky, greek yogurt, boiled eggs, cheese, or trail mix.
When choosing what to snack on, try to pair nutrients together. This means adding fiber, healthy fats and protein options together to create a more balanced snack. This helps keep blood sugar levels stabilized and keeps you full between meals.
Bottom line is that snacking is super important for us moms because we are constantly being pulled in many directions. We need to prioritize our energy levels and our health so we can show up in the best way possible. So take some time to create a list of healthy snacks you can grab at your next grocery trip and you can even take a few minutes each week to prep a few snacks ahead of time.
Hope this has been helpful!