When I think about snacking, or read about snack ideas, I usually think about snacks in terms of my kids. And with my kids both in full-time school these days, I often don’t think about snacking at all between the hours of 9 and 3:30, until it is too late and I’m suddenly feeling completely starved. But, the reality is that snacks are really relevant to me.
Over the last year I have been working very intentionally to make sure I’m feeding my body even if my kids aren’t around. I lost quite a bit of weight a couple of years ago when I was going through a pretty stressful time in my life. I knew that I didn’t want to stay at that weight. But, just as it is a struggle for some to lose weight, it is a struggle for me to gain weight back after significant loss – especially when that weight loss is related to stress.
I’ve worked really hard to balance exercise with my eating, including snacks. I didn’t want to put the weight back on through eating a bunch of ice cream and potato chips. After a year of hard work, I’m happy to say that I am back at a healthy weight.
If I don’t plan ahead and think about what food I’m going to be feeding myself that day, I can often get pretty wrapped up in whatever is on my to-do list that I don’t eat as well as I should.
Honestly, stopping my workflow (whether it is doing a bunch of laundry, or working on the blog) feels like a big drag, but when I do take the time for a snack break I end up being a lot more productive and I’m maintaining my personal lifestyle goals. But, because I’m me and I know what my struggles are…I need quick, easy snacks that require little to no thought.
Here’s a list of 5 easy snacks that I’ve learned fit well with my life, which usually involves me snacking on-the-go, whether it is literally on-the-go as I’m out running errands or on-the-go as I’m working from home and snacking at the same time. The great thing is they don’t require a lot of thought, prep, or ingredients.
5 EASY Midday Snacks for Mom
- Hummus (make it in advance and keep it in the fridge for use during the week) with Pita Chips
- Hard boiled egg (instructions for Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs – make these in advance for use throughout the week)
- Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit, dried fruit, granola, or chopped nuts
- Protein Shake or Fruit Smoothie with protein (sometimes I like to add a little coconut oil for healthy fat)
- Meat, cheese and crackers – I love these ready-to-go small plates from Hillshire Snacking ($0.75 off coupon here!)
Meat, cheese, and crackers have always been a favorite snack of mine and is perfect when I need something in a pinch. Hillshire Snacking takes the work out of the prep by having everything sliced up and ready – perfect for the afternoons that I spend more time yawning than writing at my desk.
Small Plate flavor varities include Genoa Salame with Natural White Cheddar Cheese, Wine-Infused Salame with Natural White Cheddar Cheese, Italian Dry Salame with Natural Gouda Cheese, and Hot Calabrese Salame with Natural Gouda Cheese. They all come paired with toast rounds for a little crunch.
I usually try to pick snacks that are rich in protein for a post-lunch pick me up. Often times after lunch, but before I have to go pick up my kids from school I start getting kind of tired.
Like right now actually. I don’t want to lay down and take even a short nap because a.) I don’t have time for that and b.) I usually wake up really groggy and that really messes with my productivity for the rest of the day.
So, rather than laying my head down at my desk for even 5 minutes, I’ll head into the kitchen for one of the snacks on my list as soon as I’m done with this post – a ready-to-go small plate from Hillshire Snacking.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hillshire Snacking. The opinions and text are all mine.