One of the most difficult things about being a parent and trying to follow a healthy diet is time; as in you have a severe lack of it. With all you have to do in a day such as getting the kids dressed, lunches packed, them off to school, and everything else there is a decided lack of time for you to get your own things handled.
Typically one of the first things that is pushed aside is having the time to properly prepare a healthy meal or snack. So how do you combat this issue? By planning ahead and pre-packing snacks and healthy foods so you can just grab them and go!
Healthy Snack Options
Breakfast Bars – They might be called breakfast bars but these beauties are good anytime of the day. You can easily whip up a batch over the weekend or check out local health food stores (or more natural styled grocers) to find them. Usually they have some protein, complex carbs, and fiber.
Fruit & Yogurt – This is a very easy option. Keep fresh or frozen fruit like strawberries or blueberries on hand. Wash them over the weekend (or at night) and separate them into a serving sized container. In the morning grab them with your favorite low-fat plain yogurt. Then when it is snack time you just mix them together. For an added kick mix in a scoop of whey protein powder.
Peanut Butter and Pretzels – Take a bag of whole grain pretzel sticks. You can then separate them into servings with zip lock bags. Put a small amount of peanut butter in a sealable container. Then you can just grab it and go for a great snack that is fun and tasty.
Almond Clusters – This is more like a desert that you can make at home. You take fresh almonds and then melt up dark chocolate. Pour the chocolate over clusters of 4-5 almonds (on wax paper or non-stick surface) and let it sit until they harden. The dark chocolate and almonds both have desirable properties such as flavonols (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties) and nutrients for healthy brain, skin, and heart.
Bran Muffins – These are another great make-it-at-home option. You can mix in lots of great stuff to increase the level of nutrition you get such as whey protein and fruit bits. A muffin and juice makes a great option for a snack or as part of a breakfast with hard boiled eggs.
Trail Mix – There are countless types available these days so usually everyone can find some mix they enjoy. With dried fruit, nuts, and other goodies, trail mix is a great anytime snack. Just put servings in zip lock bags ahead of time so you can grab it and go.
Along with snacks, getting proper food in for breakfast or lunch can also be very difficult. A great way to get a jump on this is by preparing some basics on the weekend that you can then eat during the week. Hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish, tuna salad, and egg-salad are all great ideas of things you can whip up in bulk and then have readily available in Tupperware containers to grab and go.