Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post

The past few months have been nose-to-the-grindstone trying to meet the deadline for my next book while attempting to juggle the demands of motherhood and support my dad, who is battling cancer. Something had to give…and it did.  My house got messier, I spent a lot of time in yoga pants, and less time with friends. It seemed every hour of the day was accounted for.

Some of my habits in the kitchen went to the wayside along with so much else.  I managed to get dinner on the table most nights, but let the rest of it slide. The kids made their own breakfasts and lunches more often and I bought rather than made snacks from scratch.

Luckily, I found plenty of wholesome options that the kids liked and I felt good about. I found Sprouts Farmers Market to be an excellent resource for grab-and-go snacks, since they have a huge variety of options, affordable organic produce, a good bulk bin section, and frequent sales on items that would otherwise be too pricey.  You’ll find six top picks below. I’d also love to hear about your preferred snacks when time is short.

1. Single-Serve Nut Butter
almond butter

Nut and seed butter in single-serve packs paired with carrots or whole grain crackers for dipping became a favorite snack in our house. These new containers from Barney Butter make it easier to dip than the standard packets.

2. Good Quality Yogurt
Siggis yogurt

When it comes to buying yogurt, my preference is to opt for plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweetener. That said, it’s been nice to have wholesome flavored options that aren’t full of artificial ingredients or excessive added sugar.  Siggi’s does a good job on both counts and my kids are big fans of the creamy texture.

3. Whole Fruit

apples

I’ve spent an awful lot of time as a mother cutting, peeling, spearing, and festooning fruit every which way. Lately though, I’ve stuck to stocking our fruit bowl with whole fruit — apples, bananas, pears, and tangerines — that requires no prep so that it can be snatched from the fruit bowl on the way out the door or upstairs to study.

4. Pistachio Packs

bags of pistachios

These packs of pistachios have become a favorite. I like that they are on the smaller size with just 80 calories, so are great for littler appetites or when you just need a tide-me-over. They come in three different flavors.

5. Hard Boiled Eggs

a dozen eggs

Although this is one snack that requires a smidge of elbow grease, it’s such a good one that I’ve tried to keep them on hand. They’re portable, high in protein, and good any time of day. Sprouts has a great selection of quality eggs at prices that are more affordable than elsewhere.

6. Trail Mix
trail mix

I’ve been making my own trail mix since the kids were tiny, but this time around I kept it to just a couple of items packed into little jars that we could keep in the car or the kids could tuck into a backpack.

What are your handy, grab-and-go snacks?