I wish I had stayed the course my first year of college and continued my Associate's Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Don't get me wrong, I never second guessed my career switch into the field of education; I just always wished I would have pushed through the Chemistry classes and obtained a degree in Nutrition first before I chickened out and moved on. To this day I am still passionate about exercise and nutrition; although I find it more of a challenge now to eat correctly having to juggle three children, adult life, a part-time career and this blog.
Most days I have to say I eat pretty well. However, there are those crazy days filled with tantrums and tears; deadlines and disasters that leave me either eating anything I can get my hands on or worst yet- not eating at all! If you have found yourself hobbling between the two- you are not alone! Recently, I have decided that it was time to take charge and take care of the glue that holds the family together- me! (And well, you too there mama!)
Snacks that are high in fiber and protein help fill you up and keep you full for a longer period of time. Combined with a glass of water, the suggested snacks below will keep you on your toes as you battle your day.
1. Hummus Wraps. Make these wraps in advance as a quick eat-on-the-run snack or lunch! Packed with protein and fiber- hummus wraps will help keep you full for a long period of time.
What you need:
- 2 T of Hummus (I prefer red pepper flavored hummus)
- 1 8" flour tortilla
- 1 T 2% Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
- Veggies- your choice (I use lettuce, carrots, green peppers and tomatoes)
What to do:
- Spread the 2 T. of hummus onto the 8" flour wrap, sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese and mixed vegetables.
- Fold wrap accordingly and secure in clear wrap.
- Keep refrigerated for a quick food to grab on the go.
2. Momma's Trail Mix. Mixed with dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, bananas, etc.) and raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.) add some multi-grain cereal- forget about the chocolate (unless it's dark) to make this a super healthy snack. Make into separate baggies to have as a simple "pick me up" snack.
3. Ants on a Log- don't underestimate this powerful, kid friendly snack- it's loaded with protein and fiber and is super easy to make. Simple wash and cut celery, slap on some peanut butter and add some raisins. So good even my kids enjoy it.
4. Popcorn (low fat- better air popped) and a cheese stick. Don't have time for air-popped? Purchase a single bag of good-for-you popcorn for a snack high in fiber. Have your popcorn go on a date with a mozzarella cheese stick and you will have the added protein to keep you full.
5. Apples and Peanut Butter. Okay, so maybe I am a peanut butter freak. But it is a serious protein filled food that eaten in moderation (due to fat content) is a simple, quick and nutritious food! Simply slice up an apple (with skin) and dip it into peanut butter for a yummy snack.
Other suggestions. Making small changes in your diet is key to keeping healthy. Switch from white to whole grain for the added protein and fiber. Eat breakfast! Eggs are also a great source of protein- coupled with wheat toast and you have yourself great start to your day. Eat your fresh fruit and veggies AND remember to drink plenty of water!