With full schedules, we need quick and healthy snacks to keep our energy levels high. We turned to someone that knows a thing or two about a busy lifestyle and healthy eats. Meet Jennifer Brandt, writer, on-camera host, and lover of entertaining, food, and fashion. You’ll love her go-to snacks as much as we do.
You know those girls that say they get so busy they “like, forgot to eat”? Yeah, that’s not me. No matter how busy I get, I’m the girl who centers life around what/where/when I’m eating. I like food, but I like food for more than just the taste and deliciousness (although that’s kind of the main thing)… I like food for FUEL.
As a fulltime work-at-home mom, I find that eating a few small snacks or meals throughout the day is the best strategy for keeping me awake, functioning, and pleasant (no one likes a mean mommy). I also find that thinking a bit ahead and having a few key items in the fridge and pantry is a great way to make sure I don’t end up reaching for a bag of chips or those cookies that I keep in the freezer for play-dates.
These days, I’m gravitating towards whole and clean foods. I crave carbs and protein and strive to keep my meals and snacks balanced. Here are some of my favorite go-to snacks and easy meals that you can easily whip up at home or pack up on-the-go:
Sliced Apples with Peanut or Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips
When you’re craving something sweet, this is a brilliant go-to. Simply slice apples like rings, smear on your favorite all natural peanut or almond butter, and sprinkle each slice with a few chocolate chips. If you’re feeling fancy, you can sprinkle on unsweetened shredded coconut, too. PS- my son loves these!
To Die For Gluten and Paleo Free Granola
I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s been a huge hit with both my boys! It’s literally consists of: cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, honey, vanilla, grape seed oil, cinnamon and a little egg white wash. It is so easy to make and even easier to eat. Store the granola in an airtight mason jar for easy access, and if you’re super hungry, add it to a ½ cup of Greek yogurt.
When I think about Avocado, the song “All About that Bass” comes to mind. Random I know, but Avocado has “all the right junk, in all the right places.” Packed with protein, essential fatty acids, and a ton of other nutrients, it’s no wonder avocado is a brain food. I could eat avocado plain, but lately, I’ve been spreading it on a toasted piece of Ezekiel Bread. Ezekiel bread is also a great brain food as it contains 18 amino acids, is easy to digest, and boasts as much protein as milk or eggs. I take a half of an avocado, mash it up on the toast, then squeeze a little lemon, salt and pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes on top.
For a super-easy snack or light lunch that will hold you over for at least a few hours, I love to take sliced organic turkey (the Lemon Rosemary Turkey from Whole Foods is awesome!), a slice or two of Jarlesberg light cheese, cucumber spears, some pickles, some lettuce and some mustard, and have what I like to call a “deli delight.” Simply roll up all of the ingredients, or pile ‘em onto a piece of lettuce for an impromptu lettuce wrap, then, dip in mustard and you’ve got one great go-to!
Spinach and Cheese Quesadilla
This is another great go-to for a quick lunch or late afternoon snack that you can even share with the kids. First, scramble some egg whites with a big heap of fresh spinach. In a separate pan sprayed with olive oil, take a tortilla (there are some great low carb options out there) and add some shredded cheese. Let the cheese melt a bit and the outside of the tortilla turn brown, then, add the egg and spinach mixture, fold over, and voila! Serve with avocado and salsa.