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Munchies to Keep You Going All Day Long

We’ve all heard it a million times, “to give your kids your best, you have to take care of yourself”.  I’m a big time believer in this one – I also totally suck at actually doing it.  I never get enough sleep, I often exist solely off my kids’ left-overs and, despite no longer having a baby in the house, I don’t always manage to shower each and every day (I’m not sure why I just admitted that to you – but there it is).

 

Despite my deficiencies, sometimes I actually do manage to pull it together.  And when I do I really notice the difference.  I’m happier and more energetic – in response so are my kids.  So, as a birthday present to myself, I’m taking a serious stab at putting a little more effort into me this month.  Along with getting to bed before midnight and trying to not constantly have the computer on when the kids are asleep, I’m also attempting to eat better.

 

Since I’m less of a “three square meals” and more of a “snacks all day” kind of girl, finding some super nutritious munchies to sustain me throughout the day is key.  Also, whatever I eat my kids instantly beg for so anything I put in my mouth has to be suitable for them too.  Today I’m sharing two of my new favorites, in the hopes that you’ll share some of your go-to power snacks as well.

 

 

First up is the spinach smoothie.  The photo above actually makes a green smoothie which, depending on your kid, could be a huge hit or a total N-O.  My version is a little more tame.  Basically I throw in some raw spinach, frozen blueberries, a banana, greek yogurt, a little milk, and any other fresh berries or melon we may have on hand.  You can’t taste the spinach at all and the color is closer to purple than green.  The kids love it and I find it to be really filling.  Quick tip: I buy my spinach in bulk at Costco and then freeze it into individual servings to be used in the smoothies.

 

 

My other go-to favorite these days is ridiculously simple to make.  Again, you’ll need to get yourself down to Costco to pick up a bag of their Fruit & Nuts as well as a bag of dark chocolate Acai berries.  Mix a handful of each in a bowl and you’ve got a super yummy power snack.  Of course, you need to limit your portions, but the combination of filling nuts, sweet berries, and chocolate is just the thing to get me through a long afternoon.

 

Along with these new favs, I’ve also been curating a highly selective pinterest board of kid snacks that I actually plan on trying (not just drooling over).  So that’s what I have for you, now what do you have for me?  I’d love to generate a whole list of excellent kid-friendly power snacks.

 

This post is part of MPMK’s “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life”, which you can read all about here.

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Erica @ Acire Adventures April 2, 2012 at 4:11 am

I always try to have pre-portioned snacks on hand so I don’t have to prep them when I want them and I don’t go overboard with the amount. Green smoothies have been a huge hit with my boy, he actually gets ticked off when I add fruit that makes them turn different colours. So I have to make his first – and they taste terrible but he LOVES them – then I make mine. Go figure. It’s one of the only ways to get greens in him! I really try to keep it simple with fruits, veggies, nuts, and a little dark chocolate.

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Curly Girl April 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hmmm…tell me more about this freezing spinach thing. We can never seem to make it through our large bag without some spoilage, so I’d love to learn how to cut down on our waste (which, granted, ends up in compost, but still).

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jjatnip April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yes, please more info on the freezing spinach!!

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com April 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Ok, here it is. So I buy it bulk at Costco and then split it up into individual portions before freezing it raw (just a guestimate on size). The frozen portions work great put directly into the smoothies or any dish in which you’ll end up cooking the spinach. The only thing this doesn’t work for is a recipe using raw spinach as it doesn’t retain it’s crispness after its been frozen and thawed.

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debbye @ Baby Sleep Site April 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

Love the “purple” smoothie idea! My kids will NOT try a green one!!! Our snacks are so simple it may not even be worth a mention, but I leave a big bowl of raw almonds, one of blueberries , and one bowl of grape tomatoes. This way we can all browse and snack all day. :)

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Anonymous April 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

My kids love “Hulk Juice”! The greener the better.

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glimmersnaps April 3, 2012 at 5:33 am

I just started smoothies with my one-year old. He’s been sick and teething and uninterested in eating. This is a great recipe I’ll have to try! Speaking of Pinterest I saw a recipe for homemade fruit leather that looks like it might work. I’m trying to find more healthy and affordable snacks too!

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Multi-Testing Mommy April 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

When you put your spinach in the freezer, are you freezing it in ZipLock bags??? I’ve never thought of doing this! A tub of spinach is too much for me for a week and it always goes bad (some of it) – I hate wasting it, but I like to buy the organic kind in the plastic box.

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