A new thing for me being at home now is feeding Avery all day long. She is a little grazer, meaning meals are not her jam, but snacks are. Seeing as she needs about 1000 calories a day I just am trying to make sure she gets those in and in the most nutritious way possible. I might dedicate another post to talk more about us working on her sitting and eating at the table with us since that is another topic entirely!
I am also busy, I do not have time to make her different snacks or meals for the most part, so what I eat, she eats! Every week I plan two breakfasts, three lunches and three to four snack ideas for us for the week so I can make sure we have the necessary groceries.
So what do we eat these days? Well a lot! I am a snacker too, and typically eat my lunch in two parts, with Avery around 11am and then when the girls are napping around 1pm. This is especially helpful if I squeeze in a workout when they nap and can have part two of my lunch after that.
- Apple or celery and natural peanut butter. I will sprinkle hemp hearts or coconut on them as well. Maybe a couple chocolate chips since we both LOVE chocolate.
- Veggies or crackers and hummus. I love the beet crackers from Costco!
- Multi-grain rice cakes with avocado and sea salt.
- Plain Greek yogurt with homemade granola or berries, hemp hearts and coconut.
- Smoothies! I use Shakeology every other day and combine it with water, almond milk, frozen fruit (mango, blueberries, banana are the go tos), spinach and chia seeds.
- Hard boiled eggs (more for me than Avery).
- Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon.
- Homemade energy/oatmeal balls. There are so many varieties of these I do not think we would ever get sick of them!
- Trail mix. I always try to have two types of nuts, dried fruit and seeds in the pantry. I have seen some toddler friendly ones with Cheerios, yogurt bites and more so that is on our list to try.
- Homemade Popsicles. We have not tried these yet but plan to this summer!
- Chocolate Greek yogurt – my favourite night time snack. Plain Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, stevia, berries and coconut.
- Salads. Avery loves salads if they “right” things are in them. My goal is always three to four veggies (plus the base of spinach or whatever), and a protein (egg, chicken, roasted chickpeas, quinoa). I sometimes just give Avery the salad parts but other times she eats it as a salad. Having quinoa pre-cooked in the fridge is a huge help, as I often make quinoa salads too.
- Smoothies (see above). If I have this more as part of a lunch I will usually add in avocado for more healthy fat.
- Wraps. For Avery – peanut butter with bananas or strawberries for me veggies and hummus or egg/tuna salad made with hummus or avocado.
- Mini pizzas on thin buns or english muffins. Tomato sauce, toppings and a little cheese in the toaster oven is so easy.
- Egg and avocado on toast.
- Pasta salad. Avery loves noodles, so pasta, veggies with olive oil and some spices is easy and she loves it.
- Quesadillas. For Avery it is usually cheese and avocado but for myself I add other veggies as well. Avery prefer her veggies raw (toddlers!).
Our lists are by no means fancy or extensive but it gives me enough to work with. We also eat leftovers for lunches often too or re-purpose supper leftovers into lunch ideas so when I am planning suppers I keep in mind lunches for us as well as Chad.
Please share your go to snack and lunch ideas!