Snacking can be a downfall for many busy moms. How many times do you just grab the crust of your child’s leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or snack on the vending machine candy while waiting for gymnastics class to end? 


Instead, aim to seek out snacks that contain a balanced combination of fiber, protein and healthy fats. When looking for items with fiber, think of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Most items containing protein also contain healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, hummus, or cheese. 


Here are a few of my favorite snacks to keep on hand for busy days.

Apple Nachos

This snack will satisfy any sweet tooth without leaving you with the common energy crash. Serve up a sliced apple topped with some drizzly peanut butter, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, and a bit of coconut flakes. 

Carrots + Hummus + Everything Bagel Spice

I love Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend available at Trader Joe’s. I could (and do) eat it on everything. Fill up a small bowl of baby carrots with a dollop of hummus and a sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning. You will be full and energized, and your taste buds will be satisfied.


Bob’s Bars

Bob’s Bars are deliciously rich and satisfying, made with whole grain oats, peanut butter, and organic honey to offer serious nourishment. Available in 6 varieties, these bars are perfect for when you want to spoil yourself a little—with wholesome satisfaction.

Dried figs + Walnuts 

Dried figs are extremely underrated! I grew up eating a lot of Fig Newtons, and I’ve decided that dried figs taste just like my favorite childhood cookie. I always pair these with a source of fat and protein like walnuts, but any nut or seed will do. 


Moon Cheese + Grapes

You’ve probably seen this dehydrated cheese snack at Starbucks. With a variety of flavors, these cheese snacks are a great source of protein. I personally love the “white chedda black peppa” flavor. Be sure to combine with a source of fiber like grapes or whole grain crackers. 

Kristen Carli, RD is the owner of Camelback Nutrition & Wellness, a private nutrition practice in Scottsdale, Arizona specializing in chronic disease prevention and management as well as vegan/ vegetarian nutrition. Kristen has a passion for helping others identify and knock down their individual barriers hindering them from living a healthy life.

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