As a busy mom of a two month old, meals can be tricky business, especially lunches.
You see, my little love nugget has a predictable morning nap and a predictable dinnertime nap (when daddy is home, of course), but that 8 hour stretch from lunchtime to evening is unknown territory.
Will he stay down for 27 minutes? 48 minutes? 112 minutes? Will he wake up early with gas pains? Because his pacifier fell out? There’s hardly any way of telling. Thus, my lunches sometimes turn into a snack around 1, knowing the actual lunch may not happen until 3 or even 4.
Likewise, dinner often does not occur until 8, sometimes 9 at our house.
I’ve never been much of a snacker, until motherhood.
Not knowing when my next meal will occur means I’ve had to develop an arsenal of snacks that are fast AND will nourish my body to help me keep up with the demands of a 2 month old.
Whether you’re a busy parent like me needing grab-and-go nutrition, interested in some new postworkout snacks (hey Holly!), or curious about what I like to snack on, I’ve got 10 balanced snacks that offer a lil protein, a lil fat, and a lil carbs for some quality Paleo fuel.
In addition to my busy Paleo mom snacks, I’m sharing my weekly workouts that those snacks are fueling. While I’m 2 months postpardum, I’m still easing into impact moves. I’m occasionally testing out short jogs and jumps, though bigger moves like box jumps and double unders are still disasterous for my pelbic floor…sigh, one day, I may double under again…one day…
In the meantime, I’m grateful for what my body is able to do every day. God is good, y’all.
1. Jicama and Guacamole
If you never tried jicama, you are missing out and must promise me you will try it in the next few weeks. If a potato and an apple had a baby, you would get jicama. Juicy, crunchy, and LOADED with fiber, this crispy snack makes a fantastic low-carb alternative to dip into guac.
2. Homemade Lara Bars/Bites
I usually have a batch of these constantly hanging out in my fridge. While I vary the flavors, the idea is always the same: nuts and dried fruit. Protein, fat, carbs, and no sugar added make these a tasty portable treat.
3. Homemade Protein Bites
Like my lara bars, my homemade protein bites like the birthday cake flavor and chocolate peanut butter flavor are also a staple I keep on hand in my fridge 99% of the time. Sometimes I pop one of these bad boys first thing in the morning when I’m not that hungry but I know I need a little something to help supply the milk machine. Plus, they’re delicious with coffee.
4. Celery and Almond Butter
Otherwise known as ants on a log, I usually forgo the cutesy presentation that I often saw as a child in favor of a more efficient strategy: dunking the celery straight into the jar. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done and meets my salty-sweet cravings.
5. Apple Slices with Grassfed Yogurt and Peanut Butter
If I’m feeling like putting slightly more effort into my snack, I’ll up my game a tad and slice some pink lady apples, swirl some peanut butter into organic or grassfed greek or coconut yogurt, and dip those apples in. Ready in 3 minutes, friends. I could eat this one every single day of my life and nearly do.
6. Jerky and Trail Mix
Another one of my more efficient, lazy snack is gluten-free (and if possible soy-free) beef or pork jerky with trail mix. I like eating them together to have different textures and flavors goin’ on at once…the salty jerky, the crunchy almonds and cashews, the sweet and chewy dried pineapple and tart cranberries…yum, yum, yum. If I’m feeling REALLY wild, I’ll throw some dark chocolate chips into the mix. Jerky and chocolate?! Don’t knock it until you try it.
7. Asparagus Turkey Roll-Ups
I created this snack out of necessity when surviving my first month at home with my son. I needed lots of healthy things I could eat one-handed while nursing. Dip these little roll-ups into some apricot mustard (you literally swirl together mustard and apricot preserves…sounds fancy but it’s not). You can even prep these ahead of time, say the night before, and enjoy them the next day as needed.
8. Hard Boiled Eggs n' Fruit
Nothing fancy about this old school snack. Protein and fat. Plain and simple.
9. Lazy Sushi
Also a new mom necessity. Protein rolled in vegetables, killing two birds with one stone in one bite. If you’re weirded out by seaweed, GIVE IT A TRY FIRST. You can find it in the Asian foods section of any grocery store. If you’re just starting out, I recommend the teriyaki or wasabi flavors; they’re not nearly as oceanic as the plain kind. Still not into it? You could roll the salmon in romaine or butter lettuce instead.
10. Lazy Nachos
If you’re not on the dairy train, just keep the cheese away from this party. I’m cool with a little quality stuff here and there, so I welcome a little cheese on my nacho any day. How easy is this, though: deli roast beef+salsa or guac or both+cheese cube+tortilla chip=NACHO BITE. You’re welcome.
Now that we’ve worked up an appetite, let’s move on to why we need those snacks, my workouts.
Back squat on smith (95-115), plié squat on smith (115-135), push ups
Stroller Walking=5.8 miles
Sunday Active rest=7 miles of stoller walking
6 Rounds of 10
Front squat (55), corkscrews, ball slams (15)
Stoller Walking=3.6 miles
Tuesday At Home Lunge Workout
5 Rounds of 20- lunge jumps, side lunges, Bulgarian split squats, weighted sit-ups, glute bridges
Stoller Walking=4.1 miles
Wednesday Pound Class
Stoller Walking=4 miles
Thursday Upperbody AMRAP 14 (I was going to do more but a certain tiny someone was NOT feelin’ like being in the gym)
5 HSPU, 5 Clean and Press, 5 Toes to Bar, 30 seconds plank
Stoller Walking= 6.3 miles
Friday Back Builder
Deadlift 5X5 (95 pounds for the first two sets then 105 then last two sets)
4 rounds of 20: Weighted back extension (25), thruster (25), windmills (5 pounds each hand), supermans
Stoller Walking= (brief because we had to hit the road to Shreveport)
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