Is it just me or is snacking inevitable?
Working from home makes it seem even more necessary to snack. Probably just because I have so many snacks calling my name.
Snacking gets a bad rap. But it can be turned around into a healthy way to get the nutrient you need… and keep from turning into a hunger-fueled crabby mom.
Protein is a good option because it fills you up and keeps you going.
Why Moms Need Protein
So what’s the deal with protein?
It’s a nutrient that your body needs for basically every type of tissue. Your hair, bones, skin, and muscles all benefit from protein.
That’s great and all, but busy moms want to know what protein can do on a practical, everyday level.
So here’s what you might notice if you choose healthy protein snacks:
- Feel full faster and longer (no more wandering to the pantry 10 minutes later for another snack)
- Increased energy
- Help in losing or maintaining weight
- Supporting lean muscle
Quick, Easy Protein Options for Busy Moms
So we can agree that choosing proteins at snack time is beneficial. But you’re a busy mom. You don’t have time for a complex protein snack. So here are some quick, easy options to keep you going on those long mom days.
1. built protein bars
Confession time: I’m not a protein bar fan. They don’t taste good. They’re chalky. Just not a fan.
But Built Bars are different. Now, I’m not going to lie to you (like some people at WW meetings used to do) and say they taste just like a candy bar. But they’re pretty darn tasty in the world of protein bars.
My favorite flavor is peanut butter. But there are lots of options.
I recommend the variety pack to try the flavors. I was surprised by some of the flavors I liked and didn’t like. Flavors that I thought would be favorites weren’t at all. Others that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, like raspberry, were some of my favorites.
2. Homemade protein balls
One of my favorite protein options is to make homemade protein balls. They usually include oats, nut butter, honey, and some mix-ins, but you can find lots of different recipes.
They’re yummy and satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, you can make a big batch and have an instant protein boost when you’re in a hurry. And kids love them.
3. Crispy turkey pepperoni
Turkey pepperoni has been one of my favorite protein snacks for a long time. It’s tasty and easy to grab. I usually eat a few slices with string cheese for extra protein.
But then someone changed my life when they told me to do one simple thing: microwave the pepperoni slices.
They turn into delicious little crispy chips. You still get lots of protein AND you satisfy your crunchy, savory snack cravings. It’s a win-win!
I put the pepperoni slices on a paper towel and microwave for a few seconds at a time. Keep microwaving until they’re crispy enough for your taste.
4. protein smoothies
Don’t have time to sit down to a protein snack? A smoothie is an easy solution that you can take along with you, whether you’re running errands or running with your kids.
I have a huge sweet tooth. And chocolate is my weakness. So I was happy to discover this smoothie recipe:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter
Blend it all up for a yummy chocolate peanut butter treat. I like to add chia seeds after blending.
You can also use protein powder if you want a bigger protein boost.
I just started KOS Organic Chocolate Protein Powder. It’s a plant-based powder and it’s yummy! If you prefer fruit smoothies, the KOS Vanilla Protein Powder might be a better match. I’ve never personally tried the vanilla flavor, though.
One of my favorite ways to use it is in a coffee smoothie. Blend together:
- A cup of brewed coffee (let it cool first)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
- Ice cubes if needed to make it thicker
5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
One little egg has 6 grams of protein. It’s a simple way to get in more protein.
When I did WW last year, I ate hard-boiled eggs and fruit almost every morning for breakfast.
It’s so easy because you can boil a huge batch on the weekend and have an easy snack in the fridge all week.
Eat them alone sprinkled with your favorite seasoning.
Or pair them with another favorite food for a more substantial snack.
6. Chia Seed Pudding
If you haven’t tried chia seeds, go get them no!
Aside from the magical Chia Pet creations we all had in the 80s, they’re a really tasty way to get some protein.
You get about 4 grams of protein for every 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
My favorite part about chia seeds is how plump they get when they soak up liquids. That’s why chia seed pudding is so awesome.
The great thing about chia seed pudding is you can experiment with lots of different mix-ins to make it just how you like it.
A good ratio for chia seed pudding is 1/2 cup of milk to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. You can use any type of milk, whether you prefer dairy, almond, coconut, or something else. The milk also adds a little protein, depending on what type you choose.
Then, add a little sweetener. Again, it’s your call. Maple syrup, honey and stevia all work.
Now you can get wild and crazy with other mix-ins for flavor.
Try some of these options:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Mashed bananas
- Any other fruit
- Nut butter
Don’t be afraid to try out some different things!
7. Greek yogurt fruit dip
Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt, so it’s a good choice when you need a protein boost.
If you don’t like it plain, turn it into a fruit dip. Mix one part creamy peanut butter to two parts plain Greek yogurt. Add just enough honey to sweeten it to your taste preferences.
Serve it with apple slices, bananas, or other favorite fruits for a healthier sweet option.
8. Other easy protein ideas
Still looking for more protein ideas? Try these options:
- Deli meat
- Greek yogurt parfait with fruit and granola
- Trail mix with nuts
- Cottage cheese and fruit
- Roasted chickpeas
- Hummus and veggies
- Laughing Cow cheese with crackers
- Nut butter + fruits or veggies
Boost Your Protein
Before you head to the grocery store or submit your next grocery delivery order, add these easy protein sources to keep you energized throughout the day. What’s your favorite quick, easy protein?