If you’re like me, it’s hard to get three square meals in. On busy mornings my breakfast can be a musical plates rendition of eating my four kids’ leftovers. We all know that skipping any meal–especially breakfast–is not a good thing. Especially bad when it’s time for bed and I’m suddenly starving. That’s when Haagen Dazs yells at me from his stainless steel prison. “Let me out!” Or more like “Let me in!”
That’s why I’ve just started keeping some easy, homemade ‘snack packs’ in my mini-van and in my purse. And while I’m waiting for Chick 1 and Chick 2 to get out of school in the abominable pick-up line, I have something to munch on (of course, the kids are not allowed to eat in the car, but Mom is a constant rule breaker. Plus, I don’t leave crumbs!).
Some of my favorite energy boosters:
-CRISP CEREAL (like Special-K or Product 19) MIXED IN WITH RAISINS, DRIED CHERRIES AND DRIED PINEAPPLE … cereal is a great way to get filled up and obtain vitamins and minerals we may be lacking in (for me it’s iron), the dried fruit rounds it out and gives some natural sweetness
– TRADER JOE’S THAI CHILI ROASTED ALMONDS (if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s just flavor roasted almonds with chili powder, salt, pepper, and lemongrass leaves)
-SALTED MACADAMIA NUTS MIXED IN WITH COCOA NIBS .. chocolate, especially in this form, is chockfull-of goodness and antioxidants. This is a perfect pairing of semi-sweet and savory. Get a protein and mild caffeine boost.
- BANANA … how easy is that. Bananas are like a heaven-sent power bar. And you can buy them for 19 cents. Potassium, B6, manganese, vitamin C, biotin, fiber … and I could go on.
-OLOVES … a relatively new product. They are basically vacuum-packed olives with none of the juice, but all the flavors. Of course, I love the chili flavored ones. The packets are small, and not exactly cheap (walmart sells 10 for $15), but it adds to the variety. Of course, not everyone loves olives. I could eat a Costco-sized jar, but that’s just me!
ENJOY! x, Carolina