If there is one thing that has surprised me about motherhood it’s how absolutely ravenous I get oh, about every hour. I thought pregnancy was bad with the need for a night time snack of peanut butter popcorn or an afternoon yogurt bowl. But let me tell you, feeding another human being sure makes you HUNGRY!
A key thing for me has been to have easy access to healthy snacks to help keep the 3
or 4 or 5pm hunger at bay. So, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite snack combos that you could easily keep in your fridge or desk at work or store in your car to get you through that afternoon hump, without resorting to the Timmie’s line up…not that there’s anything wrong with an apple fritter now and then!
1. Apple and Peanut Butter (or almond butter)
So easy! Slice an apple, spread with nut butter, and eat. You can even top it with some raisins or granola or have it straight up. This combo is a classic and perfect for fall when the apples are so delicious.
2. Carrots and Hummus
Make our easy roasted garlic hummus or keep your favourite store-bought brand on hand for this snack. You can also keep a large tub at work and bring in different veggies every day – cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, and grape tomatoes make excellent dippers. The combo of protein and fat from the hummus will help keep you feeling full too.
3. Cheese and Crackers
This was my go-to snack at work. I kept a bag of crackers in my desk drawer and simply brought in some cheese every day. I love the babybell cheeses that are already individually packed and just need to be tossed in my lunch bag.
4. Yogurt and Fruit or Yogurt and Cereal/Granola
Another one of our favourites! You can portion out your yogurt snacks for the week or go with the individual yogurt cups if that’s easier. Top it with fruit or granola for extra fiber and staying power and you’re golden.
5. Dried Fruit and Nuts
Pick your favourite nut, toss in some dried apricots, raisins, and cranberries, and pack it up in a ziplock bag and you have an easy and satisfying snack at your fingertips. Jazz it up by mixing in a few chocolate chips or m&m’s….salty and sweet!
This is definitely not a complete list…I’m sure you’ve all stashed away some of our homemade muffins and granola bars in your freezer, which would also make a great afternoon snack. But these are some of my favourites and they also require no cooking or assembly and most can be stored at room temperature.
We’d love to hear some of your favourite afternoon snacks! Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s feeding time again…