Healthy Snacks For The Busy Parent

Healthy Snacks For The Busy Parent

Life is crazy, and the older we get it seems the busier we become. But don’t let your busy life keep you from getting the nutrition that you need. If you know that you’re going to be gone all day at work or running kids to and from school events and friends’ houses, pack a little snack bag to help give you the little boosts you need throughout the day.

Washington Periodontics, a periodontist Fairfax residents love, has helped us put together this list of healthy snacks that can give you the energy boost you need.

Trail Mix

You can put literally anything into a trail mix to customize it to be the perfect snack for you. Take a few minutes sometime during the weekend to prep some trail mix bags for yourself throughout the following week.

Here’s a list of great trail mix add-ins:

  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds (without shells)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • M&M’s (who doesn’t love these in their trail mix?)
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Banana chips
  • Cheerios
  • Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels

Fruit and Dip

Fruits are supposed to be a part of our daily diet. Packing a simple snack of fruits in your purse or lunchbox each morning is an easy way to get in your 2-3 servings. Just get a couple little Tupperware bowls to put them in, get the ready over the weekend and you’re set!

Here are a few simple fruit and dip combos you can try:

  • Apples and peanut butter (Checkout this post to keep your apples from browning.)
  • Assorted fruits and yogurt (Melons and pineapple are great for this.)
  • Berries and yogurt
  • Peaches and cottage cheese

You can also find lots of great healthy fruit dip recipes on Pinterest.

Veggies and Dip

This follows right in line with the fruit. We need our daily veggies. If you’re trying to keep a slim figure, veggies are the way to do it.

Try out some of these veggie and dip combos:

  • Celery and peanut butter
  • Carrots, peppers, and Ranch
  • Tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and ranch
  • Cucumbers and cream cheese

Hard-Boiled Eggs

You need that boost of protein throughout the day. Combine these with some fruit or veggies and that’s a great balanced snack!

Boil a dozen or so eggs sometime during the weekend. Each morning when you pack your snacks, peel an egg or two and put them in a small sealed container.

Cheese and Meat

This is another great protein boost. Cube up a block of cheese, slice a summer sausage into ¼ inch thick slices (or use deli meat), and then portion them out into Ziploc bags. It makes a great snack when you’re in a pinch and keeps your stomach satisfied.


Berries are really good for your metabolism and they also help curb some of those sweets cravings. These are an especially good snack during the summer when you can get them fresh from local farmer’s markets.

Prepare a few bowls of mixed berries to enjoy throughout the week. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are great when combined.

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