If you’re anything like me, your morning is spent in a flurry of getting everyone ready and out the door for the day. In between drying my hair and letting the dog out to pee I’m making kid-friendly breakfasts and school lunches and trying to sneak in a few sips of black coffee before it gets too cold sitting on the counter. On good days, when we’re on time, I also remember to leave food out for the poor cats. And then suddenly it’s 2:00 in the afternoon and I’m spacing out at my desk, unable to concentrate. At this point I realize that I have forgotten to feed myself completely (and on really bad days, I probably haven’t had any water to drink, either!). Due to the unfortunate frequency of this scenario, I’ve learned it’s best to keep a few emergency snacks on hand to give me a much-needed energy boost on days when I need it most. Here are three of my favorites.
I call this a parfait to make myself sound fancy and French, but it’s actually a very healthy snack and a great option for breakfast, too!
1 serving of fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup chopped or sliced roasted, unsalted almonds
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
Mix the sliced strawberries in with the yogurt and sprinkle generously with almonds. Delish!
Brie and Apple Sandwich
This is my favorite go-to lunch when I want something simple but classy. The painless preparation is a bonus!
2 ounces of brie
1/2 Granny Smith apple
Slice the demi-baguette in half and spread one of the halves with brie. Slice the Granny Smith apple into thin slivers and layer on top of the brie, then close the sandwich. Voila! Your heavenly lunch is complete.
This is a perfect make-ahead dish that is tasty right out of the fridge or easily reheated.
1 cup white dry quinoa
Cinnamon and sugar to taste
Cut your apple into bite-size chunks or slices, leaving the skin on. Boil 2 cups of water, and add the quinoa, apple slices and cinnamon and sugar all at the same time. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water and the apples are soft. Remove from heat and serve warm or cold. Tip: Rinsing your quinoa thoroughly before cooking is the best way to reduce any bitterness.
We mothers do a great job of taking care of the ones we love, but it’s easy to put ourselves- and our health- last. These yummy snacks will give you the nutrition and energy boost you need to make it through a busy day!