As a new mom, it’s difficult to find time to feed yourself. Adding ravenous breastfeeding hunger on top of it just complicates things further. So what do we end up doing? We grab things that are quick, easy, and often not-so healthy.
I’m here to tell you there’s a better way! With a little planning, you can have healthy and filling snacks on hand for when that breastfeeding mama hunger strikes. But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring! So I’ve compiled my list of my favorite breastfeeding hungry mama snacks. Let’s get started!
Parfaits. I’ve been in love with parfaits for the last few months ever since I had a delicious one at a get together while I was very pregnant. I’ve been keeping things simple. Start with a fruit (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, sliced peaches, etc) and put yogurt on top (I’ve been using Greek God honey yogurt) and a bit of granola (store bought or make your own, which is super easy). A small one can be a quick snack or a big one can be breakfast. And they’re super delicious.
Apples and Peanut Butter. I’m not sure where this idea originated for me (maybe Super Healthy Kids?), but putting peanut butter onto apple slices is seriously amazing. Just cut up an apple (we like to quarter, then quarter, so 16 total slices per apple) and put a little glob of peanut butter on each one. It works with all sorts of different apples (though I’ve never tried it with a green apple). Pro-tip: use the part of the apple slice with the peel to get the peanut butter off since the inside of the apple doesn’t like to stick to the peanut butter.
Hummus and Crackers. Hummus is amazing and full of protein. Not only that, but it’s easy to make at home! I use the Vitamix recipe (I’m sure you can make it in other blenders or even a food processor) and it’s super cheap to make, especially if you compare to store brands. I really like it with triscuit crackers or baby carrots.
Granola Bars. Not the healthiest thing on this list, but store-bought granola bars make a great quick and easy snack, especially for tossing in your bag and forgetting about it. Just make sure you’re buying the healthy-ish ones rather than the practically-a-candy-bar ones.
Cheese. There are all sorts of options for cheese snacks so it’s almost impossible to get bored with them! We really love Tillamook cheeses and Baby Bell.
Nuts. Need I say more? Nuts are tasty, quick, and full of protein. Just make sure you stick them in the freezer if you’re buying bulk so they don’t go rancid.
Granola. That granola I mentioned earlier for the tops of my parfaits? It’s pretty delicious by itself too. Though I try not to do this one too much because I Will. Not. Stop. Eating. It.
Bananas and Peanut Butter. Same idea as the apples and peanut butter. Just break the banana into 4-5 pieces and put a glob on each one. Nom nom nom.
Smoothies. Smoothies aren’t completely effortless, though having a good blender can help. What makes them effortless is saving some for later. Whenever I make smoothies (generally when the babe is napping or playing with daddy), I completely fill my blender. This means not only is there enough for myself, my husband, and two small children, but also for a couple more smoothies for the fridge. I just throw them in there in mason jars and then I can grab and go later.
Salads. Also not completely effortless, but the same idea as the smoothies. When I make salads to go with lunch (something I’ve been trying to do a lot lately) I almost always have a salad or two worth of extra toppings. I throw those into a jar (heaviest on bottom, lightest on top) minus the greens and next time my salad is practically ready to go. Makes eating my greens a lot more convenient.
Muffins. Yes, muffins aren’t the best snack in the world, but they are quick and easy and you can make them relatively healthy. What I love about them too is that they freeze really well, so I can just grab one out of the freezer, nuke it for a few seconds, then it’s good to go!
Fresh Fruit and Veggies. Berries, apples, grapes, cucumbers (slice and store in container with a bit of water), carrots, yam (peel, slice into sticks, and store in a container with a bit of water), bananas, plums, etc.
Well I hope you enjoyed this list of breastfeeding snacks. Happy and healthy snacking! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too. And please share your favorite breastfeeding snacks in the comments below!