Like most of you, I am a go-er and a do-er. So, I can relate to how easy it is to wake up in the morning with your little one(s), and immediately go into super mom-mode. You know, feeding, changing, bathing, wiping, dressing, the long list of mommy-hood demands, and before you know it; you look up, and half the day is gone, and you haven’t eaten. Am I the only one that gets caught up like that? Sometimes, I attack the day with a one-track mind “Chara, take care of the little people and get your to-do list DONE.”
I cannot lie, now and then, the feeling of pride and accomplishment when I knockout a bunch of tasks within a short amount of time (happy dance moment), seems to outweigh the trade off of taking a break and doing something small like fixing breakfast, or eating a snack in between nursing Amana. However, I’ve learned the hard way, (more than once or twice), it’s better in the long run to take care of yourself! My children require a lot of time, attention, and energy! I’m not my best self when I’m hungry (I have a hunger attitude that is too much to handle). So, in the spirit of self-care and being my most efficient self, I came up with a small list of inexpensive snacks and foods that are quick to make and/or easy to eat. When I go grocery shopping, I try to purchase a few of these types of items, so I always have a quick food option available.
1. Two-Step Prep
This list includes things that have two steps like fill & pour or heat & eat.
- Cereal (your favorite) that you don’t share with your kids. I love Rasin Bran Crunch.
- One-minute instant oatmeal. It’s quick and one of my favorite breakfast go-tos.
- Leftovers! There’s nothing wrong with going for last night’s hit. I place most leftovers in those disposable containers; easy heat & eat situation.
2. Grab and go (or eat)
These items work for when you have to go somewhere in the morning, but you may be rushing. Or, when you’re on a roll with knocking out your list, but need to do some quick nourishment.
- Yogurt!!! Easy to grab one and run, or grab and quickly eat. My new favorite is Oui by Yoplait. I love the custom foil lids, the thick creamy texture, and can’t get over those adorable, reusable glass jars!
- Granola or other breakfast/snack bar. I’ve had a deep love for granola bars ever since I can remember, and it’s a life saver when it comes to quick snacks.
- Dried fruit. There are so many possibilities with this! You can do a single dried fruit like, pineapple, mango, or apple chips. Or you can do a mixture of dried fruit. I love banana chips with mango and pineapple (tropical vibes)!
- Trail mix. This a great option because there’s usually a little bit of everything; nuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, candy or yogurt chips. So yummy, and easy to keep on-hand.
- Snack packs. I absolutely love the invention of these! There are different kinds of snack packs; fruit and yogurt dip or peanut butter, pretzels and cheese, or my favorite, the Sargento Sweet Balanced Breaks (think salty, savory, sweet).
3. Prepped Go-tos
I occasionally take care to do snacks like this. These are snacks that take a little putting together, but once prepared, are great to grab.
- Fruit smoothies. Yes!!! I purposely buy a couple of bags of frozen fruit in case the mood strikes for a delicious smoothie.
- Sandwiches. I love a great PB&J, but on busy days, it helps if it’s already made.
- Breakfast Burrito. Homemade breakfast burritos hit the spot! They’re great for breakfast or brunch.
- Veggie bags. I usually pre-cut some celery and carrots and place them in a baggy. These double as great after school snacks for Rhyse and Rhyan.
The list I shared is just a good start. I know there are probably a lot of other snacks or quick meals. If you have some other favorites, please share below!
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