For many mums, heading out of the house means packing a bag for the kids filled with jumpers, nappies, healthy eating snacks, water, toys, crayons, changes of clothes – everything but the kitchen sink.
But so many mums forget to pack anything for themselves – meaning you might find yourself shivering and starving at the playground while your kids are happy to play for hours.
So today we have ten of our favourite healthy eating snacks that are perfect for when you are trying to lose pregnancy weight (and heading out the door).
And the best part is, most of them are kid-friendly too.
- Wholemeal Banana, Date and Apple Bread
This is one of those ‘throw everything in a bowl and then bake it’ recipes that we just love. It also tastes fantastic, despite having no added sugar, butter, nuts, egg or any nasties.
This loaf freezes well in individual slices, (194 calories each) so you can just pop a slice in your bag and it will defrost by the time you need it (or if you want it sooner just defrost in the microwave before you go).
- Rice Cakes with Natural Nut Butter
You can find natural nut butters in the health food aisle, and they are made with 100% nuts – so there’s no added oils or sugars in there.
We love peanut, cashew or almond butter but there are also some other great combinations.
Spread this on two rice cakes for a hit of good carbs, good fats and protein that will keep your energy levels up while you chase the kids around.
2 rice cakes plus 1 tbsp almond butter comes in at 162 calories.
- Containers of Chopped Fruit
Fresh fruit is the best fast food and it’s so easy to pack as is, or in a container.
Try 20 grapes (80 calories), 1 fresh mango (112 calories), 2 cups watermelon chunks (66 calories), 300g punnet strawberries (80 calories).
- Trail Mix
This is so easy to throw together – just grab your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, even some choc chips work in there too. Pop in some zip lock bars for a portion controlled treat that’s happy to sit in your bag for hours.
Our Trail Mix recipe contains around 150 calories per serve but of course this depends on exactly which nuts and fruit you add.
- Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins
With no added butter or sugar, these muffins are sweetened with the goodness of carrots, banana and dates.
We love keeping individual muffins (170 calories each) in the freezer wrapped in cling film – just defrost for 30 seconds before you head outside and they will be ready when you are.
- Rice Crackers
Packets of rice crackers are so easy to throw into your bag and no doubt the little ones will help devour them too after a session on the swings. 8 Vita Weat rice crackers contain 90 calories.
- Energy Balls
Try our two ingredient Coconut & Date Balls which are a cinch to prepare and the kids will also love them (70 calories per ball).
- Home Made Popcorn
1 cup of air popped popcorn contains just 31 calories, plus it satisfies the craving for crunchy crispy treats too. Sprinkle with some salt and cinnamon.
- Cheese and Crackers
So long as the cheese doesn’t have to hang out in your bag for toooo long you will be fine to enjoy 2 Ryvita rye crackers and a slice of low fat cheddar for just 150 calories.
Another great munchable snack, a 50g pack contains 195 calories. Try to find the reduced salt options.
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