Eating is superbly important while pregnant, but after pregnancy ends, it’s just as important for breastfeeding mamas to keep their bodies nourished and fed. While honestly, anything is better, I wanted to focus on moving right into healthier eating after having Bear. I let my diet become pretty salt and sugar heavy towards the end of pregnancy and I didn’t want to continue that after.
Getting healthy snacks together while attached to a nursling is much harder than opening up a candy bar or heating up a package of ramen noodles. While I have my love for ramen, it’s not the healthiest food out there to snack on.
After talking about it a lot with other first time nursing mamas, I realized eating and snacking were things that are hard for most of us. I thought showing some of my go to snacks and how to get them prepared or ready, even when you have a child attached to you for what feels like all the time.
A few of my healthy go to snacks and tips:
- Boiled Eggs. I boil a bunch ahead of time and then peel them all at one time when I have a few minutes to do it. Pro-tip? Roll your egg and then peel it under cold water. Makes the peeling easy and quicker!
- Fruit. Some of my favorites are blueberries, apples, blackberries and peaches. Fruits that need no time or hands to prep are the best. I also like to take some time to cut up and peel different fruits that aren’t so easy. I’ve also mastered the act of one handed peeling clementines. Plus, it a helpful option to buy the already cut up one!
- Smoothies. Smoothies are kind of perfect, minus how loud they can be to make. I use frozen fruit and almond milk, so I don’t have to prep any fruits for it. Plus it’s all kinds of healthy. Pro-tip? Add in Chia seeds or healthy greens for an extra boost.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is such a delicious snack. It’s a healthy and easy snack food. It’s also so easy to eat at any time.
- Nut and dried fruits. These come directly from a bag, which is one of the things I aim to avoid, but they’re an easy and quick snack that also carries so many health benefits. I like to mix my nuts and dried fruits together and add in a few chocolate chips…maybe not the healthiest, but sure as heck yummy.
- Popcorn. This is not healthy, and that’s okay with me. A bag of popcorn is a great treat and one I have whenever I get the chance. If you throw on some ranch seasoning, parmesean cheese, some chocolate chip cookies added in; the flavors change completely.
- Vegetables and Hummus. I prefer to make my own homemade hummus, but for time and mommy purposes, I chose to buy some. I cut up a bunch of veggies ahead of time and keep them on hand. Another tip? Baby carrots are the bomb.
- Crackers and cheese. I love cracker and cheese. Cheese is a great boost of calcium and protein. Pro-tip? Buy some of the cheese that’s cut ahead of time! It make it so much easier. You can always put the crackers int the hummus too!
- Pretzels. Such a delicious snack food, one of my absolute favorites. This is another one you can dip into hummus.
- Peanut butter covered frozen bananas. This is an AMAZING snack. My kids love it too. It’s pretty simple, you cut up the bananas, melt down some peanut butter, dip them in and put it onto a cooking sheet. Freeze it and keep in the freezer! Your kids will love these snacks and you can totally pass them off as dessert if you add chocolate shots to them. High protein from both the peanut butter and bananas; you can always switch out the peanut butter for another nut butter!