Simple Summer Snack Ideas for Busy Moms to Boost Energy

by Heather Ferber on July 29, 2014

Following up to last week’s post with my 6 Simple Steps to Eating for Energy for Buys Moms, I wanted to share a few suggestions with you for energizing snacks that will help you maintain your energy and focus throughout the day.

Honestly, summer snacking, for me,  needs to be simple and portable as I am always on the go with one of my three boys or doing something for myself or my hubby.

So, these are some of my personal favorites and most are available at your local grocer:

  • Nuts & Seeds – look for unsalted and/or raw.  Add your own salt if you need a bit to make your taste buds happy.
  • Whole Fruits – I tend to go with apples, pears, small oranges, grapes, berries, goji berries or 1/2 banana.  The lower glycemic fruits tend to keep me more on track with my blood sugars.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Nut butter – YUM! YUM! YUM!  I am spoiled by my hubby (the Nutty Doc) who makes AMAZING homemade nut butters and I eat them straight from the jar, with a clean spoon of course. One tablespoon goes a long way.
  • Avocado – slice it in half, top with sea salt, fresh lime juice and cilantro and it’s a bite of Mexico.
  • Edamame
  • Crudités – always have some of them prepped and ready in my fridge or often times, you can now find them in the deli section of your local grocery.
  • Olives
  • Organic plain Greek yogurt – top with berries, nuts and seeds and you have an indulgent snack (or dessert).
  • Packaged bars – KIND Bars (especially the ones with less than 10 grams of sugar/bar).
  • Organic cheese – don’t overdo it here – just an ounce or two will do.  But a WI girl cannot survive without a bit of dairy.  Venture out and try some goat or sheep’s dairy instead of just cow.
  • Rice crackers/rice cakes – pair perfectly with that small serving of cheese.
  • Fresh salsa/guacamole – often available at your local farmer’s market during the summer. Otherwise, check the deli for “clean” versions not loaded with additives and preservatives.  Pair with veggies such as cucumber slices or rice crackers
  • Hummus
  • Peapods/snap peas/cucumber slices – all great for dipping in hummus or guacamole and you may forget to mix them in with your typical crudités.
  • Ants on a Log – one of my all-time favorites – celery, homemade nut butter, and a couple raisins or goji berries (the modern version).

Keep in mind, these are my EASY go-to energizing snacks that can be prepped quickly or found easily.  I do have a few more suggestions for outstanding, energizing snacks that require a bit more effort or more of a healthy grocery.  Will be bringing you that list next week as well as two of my FAVORITE easy, energizing dessert recipes.

My personal opinion is that it’s beneficial to avoid exposure to pesticides, hormones and toxins whenever possible.  So please buy organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, etc. whenever possible.  But if your budget does not allow for that, then it’s still more important to eat these veggies and fruits than to not eat them at all.

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Until next time,

Be energized & be well!

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Polly July 30, 2014 at 10:21 am

Thanks for the great tips Heather. I love the healthy food!

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betterhealthbyheather August 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

You are welcome Polly 😉

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Amanda Pickett August 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

This is making me hungry! 🙂 Love this list, all great options. My favorite is banana with a little almond butter spread on top (also helps slow that glycemic load), or I’ll blend the two with ice and water for a filling smoothie. Thanks for sharing!

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betterhealthbyheather August 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

Thanks for sharing Amanda. My boys enjoy their bananas with Dad’s homemade vanilla almond butter. Delicious! And nutritious 🙂

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Lou Ann Donovan August 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi Heather, great list of healthy snacks to boost energy! Hummus and avocado are couple of my faves!

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betterhealthbyheather August 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

Thanks Lou Ann! And I agree with you on the avocado and hummus. Can’t get enough of them 🙂

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Missy August 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Great suggestions! I would also suggest people check out the environmental working groups “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” to help them determine where to spend their money on organic foods. http://www.ewg.org

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betterhealthbyheather August 31, 2014 at 10:13 am

One of my favorites lists Missy! http://www.ewg.org and look for Dirty Dozen and Clean 15. Great resource – thanks for sharing.

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