Rushing from school pick-up to basketball practice needs fuel for mum and kids, right? But are you sick of grabbing packet stuff that not only tastes like cardboard but is high in sugar and fats.

Don’t worry I’ve got your back…with 10 super easy “convenience” snacks that will keep you (and your kids) going until dinner time and without the crash and burn of a sugar high.

Top Tips:

  1. Have plenty of containers ready to put your awesome food prep into! Use glass and stainless steel where possible. Reuse glass jars and invest in stainless steel bento box is a great way to transport a selection of snacks to keep everyone happy!
  2. Meal prep can be as easy as peeling and cutting up vege sticks (carrot, celery, zucchini etc) when your prepping dinner. Set aside at least 30 minutes on a Sunday to prep and you’ll thank yourself later in the week!

10 Naturopath Approved Snacks

  1. Boiled Eggs
    My absolute favourite easy go to snack because it’s high in protein and other nutrients. Plus you can boil them up at the start of the week in 5 minutes and they will keep in the fridge shell on for 7 days or shell off for 4 days. A sprinkle of sea salt and yummo the perfect portable snack.
  2. Candied nuts
    Made with wholefood ingredients, this one is popular with the kids.
    Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut & 1 teaspoon of cinnamon all in a pan.
    Add 1 cup of nuts of your choice (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts ) and toss in the pan until coated and toasted, then leave to cool. Store in an airtight jar.
  3. Vege Sticks
    Easily chopped up and stored in a jar in the fridge for go to snacks…an extra dose of antioxidants from brightly coloured vege is awesome for cellular health.
    Yummy choices include: carrot, zucchini, capsicum, celery, radish, green beans, snowpeas.
    Pop some guacamole or hummus in the bottom of the jar then add the vege sticks for a super tasty dipping snack.
  4. Apple Slices with Nut Butter
    Fruit is always a good option but paired with some healthy fat and protein it’s even better. This helps to satisfy even longer and eases any blood sugar spikes.
  5. Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
    These are a great crunchy alternative to nuts or chips.
    Place cooked, drained and pat dry chickpeas into a bowl, drizzle with oilive oil and sprinkle with paprika and turmeric and salt and pepper: toss.
    Place on to a baking tray and roast on 200 degrees celcius for around 25 minutes until crispy. Cool then store in an airtight jar.
  6. Free-Range Sausage Bites
    A good quality sausage can be a great protein filled snack. Look for a brand that’s free from gluten and preservatives and only uses free-range meat.
    Cook sausages, cool then cut into bite sized pieces…stick with a toothpick and add extras like cheese or apple.
  7. Rice Crackers with Hummus
    This is probably already a favourite of a lot of mums…just make sure your rice crackers are free from preservatives, sugar, and gluten…you’ll be surprised at some of the ingredients! Always read the label.
    Make your own hummus and then you can add all sorts of yummy veges such as pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot.
  8. Bento Box: cucumber, edamame beans and nori
    Super easy to throw together chopped up cucumber sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds in one section and edamame beans in another and nori in another section.
  9. Vanilla Chia pudding
    This one does need to be chilled, but it’s easy to fill several jars and have them in the fridge ready to go.
    Chia seeds are little powerhouses…a great source of fibre, Omega 3 essential fatty acids, some protein, and a good dose of magnesium.
    Easy to make in minutes:
    Blend 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder with 1 cup of almond milk.
    Add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and stir, pour into small jars.
    Leave to set in the fridge: about 1 hour
    Serve with blueberries.
  10. Hulk Smash Green Smoothie
    My go to for a nutrition hit for adults and kids alike!
    A smaller portion makes a good snack for kids pre-sports practice or music lessons.
    1 cube of frozen spinach (or handful of fresh)
    1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 cup of water
    1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
    Blend and serve into 2 jars or smoothie glasses with lids and metal straws

I hope these ideas help with some healthier snack ideas…yes we do have to be a little prepared but it’s so worth it! Don’t forget for more inspiration you can sign up for my newsletter and get for FREE my Busy Mum’s 3 Day Meal Plan here
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Written by Naturopath and Gut Health Specialist - Jane McClurg

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