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Power Snacks To Keep a Busy Mom Going

By Fredrica Syren

As a mom of two with my own business, I find that life sometimes is super crazy.  Ok, let’s be honest here — it’s crazy almost all the time, and sometimes I seriously consider the Mexican border only 20 minutes away.

Things that used to take priority are now secondary.  I was reminded about this last week when at 10 a.m. someone who does not have kids asked why I had not yet taken a shower.  Well, what can I say?  It used to be that taking a shower first thing in the morning was not even a question.  These days I have to feed three people and two critters breakfast, and make lunches;  and I have a five-year-old who constantly needs my attention and a one-year-old who loves climbing, reaching, crawling all over and basically getting into things he shouldn’t.  That does not leave time for me to take a shower very easily if hubby has to leave early for work.

The one thing I work really hard at (and fail at sometimes) is eating right, especially on days when things are just really crazy around here and my body starts craving sugar.  I know this is a signal that I need a wholesome snack, one that will not make my blood sugar go on a roller coaster.  To be successful at this, I must always have a good stash of nutritional and easily accessible snacks.  I also try to stay clear of coffee since that will also mess with blood sugar.  Rather, I drink green, red or herbal tea.  My personal favorite is mint tea from our garden, which is calming to mind and body.

Here are some of my favorite snack combinations that in reality do not take very long to make and can be eaten standing up if I have to

  • Air popped popcorn drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a little herb salt;
  • Apple slices with almond butter or tahini spread on them;
  • 1 cup of hot water mixed with 1 tbsp. miso.  Add some chopped vegetables such as tomato, avocado or kale to it;
  • 1/8 cup avocado mixed with 1 tbsp. salsa spread on crackers or whole wheat bread.  For extra fun and added nutrition, place some sprouts on top;
  • Smoothie — blend almond milk, yogurt, fruit or berries of your choice or even add some greens such as chopped kale;
  • Plain yogurt with maple syrup or agave nectar drizzled over it and sprinkled with chopped nuts;
  • ¼ cup black beans mixed with 1 tbsp. salsa and some cheese stuffed into half a whole-wheat pita pocket or a small whole-wheat tortilla.  If you like it warm, just place it in the oven for a few minutes just to melt the cheese;
  • Fresh fruit, raw nuts and cut up veggies always work, and are easy to grab in a hurry.  Nuts are loaded with vitamins, minerals and good fats that will keep you full and satisfied for a long time.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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