Last week I gave a little talk to my local Bumps & Babes group. I spoke to 15 or so new mums and chatted to them about fitting good nutrition into their extremely busy lives. Although my kids are a tiny bit older now (almost 5 and 2) I remember all too well what it was like to be right in the thick of those early months when you had absolutely no spare time, were constantly knackered and permanently hungry. As one mum put it, ‘in the eye of the storm’.
The talk was really well received and I was buzzing afterwards, and inspired to write a little post after a question that one of the mums asked me. She wanted some ideas for really quick snacks so stop her from filling up on biscuits. So I thought I’d share a few ideas for healthy and quick snacks that you can try even if you’re not a new mum. The key to avoiding blood sugar crashes and sugar cravings is to eat regularly, limit refined sugars, and combine complex carbohydrates with protein. A few speedy snack ideas for you here:
– Raw vegetables that require no chopping – sugar snap peas, mange tout, baby corn, broccoli or cauliflower florets, baby carrots – dipped in houmous or tzatziki.
– Faff-free fruits – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, bananas, ripe pears, grapes, apples, dried fruit (in moderation), goji berries with a handful of raw nuts/seeds such as almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
– Oatcakes with houmous or mashed avocado
– Toasted rye bread with nut butter (hazelnut or almond)
– Celery sticks dipped in cottage cheese or nut butter
– Greek yoghurt (full fat) with pumpkin seeds and honey
– Greek yoghurt with mashed banana and nut butter
– Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
– Falafel dipped in tzatziki
I think the most popular part of my talk though, was the muffins! I’ll post the recipe shortly.