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.