I started babysitting Luke this week. His parents have become such good friends of ours, and I feel so thankful to have their family in our lives. Luke is only five weeks younger than Bonnie, so I know they will become fast friends! Although, right now they are pretty oblivious of one another!
Overall, the week went really well… much better than I expected. But I did not have lots of time on my hands for cleaning, cooking, or doing anything other than tending to babies! By halfway through the week I really wished I had taken more time to clean, and to prepare meals/snacks over the weekend.
But I made it work, and thought I’d share some of my quick snacks and meals that have kept me going all week!
2) KIND bars
3) Carrots dipped in guacamole
Of course, pretty much any veggie dipped in guacamole would work. We just happened to have a surplus of carrots. And I will dip just about anything in guacamole!
Another great, quick lunch option would have been an avocado with salt and pepper sprinkled on top. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Unfortunately, I did not have any fresh avocado this week, so pre-made guac was the obvious alternative.
4) My super easy/quick/cheap/yummy nut and seed bars, whose recipe and picture I will post soon. Okay… maybe not soon, but eventually. It’s officially on my “to do” list, although that doesn’t mean much these days!
AKA: My favorite snack ever. You can buy them in bulk, if you dare. For a protein boost, you can also buy the Larabar ALT bars, which I also love. They do contain grains though, which I am currently not eating. BUT… they make the ALT in pumpkin pie flavor. Can you say “yum?”
My favorite flavors are the butter pecan, key lime pie, blueberry muffin, lemon, banana nut, cherry pie… I could continue. They are all so good (except the coconut cream pie. I don’t care for that one, which is ironic since I normally love coconut.)
Since Larabars contain so few ingredients, they are very simple to make at home too. I usually eat them store-bought lately, since my meal/snack planning has been poor. Here, here, and here are some good guides/recipes for making them homemade if you prefer!
Since Larabars contain fruit, they are higher in sugar than many other quick snacks, so one bar a day is plenty. That being said, I will admit there was one day this week when I literally lived off of them. I think I had FOUR in a single day! Don’t follow my example there though…
Now that I know how hectic it can be with two babies who are only five weeks apart in age, I will be much more intentional about preparing for next week’s meals and snacks.
Finally, let me just say that Tiffany and I have some wonderful, precious, sweet babies. There were a few rough moments and hours this week, but overall, I could not have asked for a better first week with Luke!