It’s a shame that a new baby doesn’t come with an extra set of hands. I feel like for every child you have you need at least one extra set. Especially in the early weeks it’s easy to let even your most basic needs take a backseat to baby’s. One of those needs that is easiest to slack on is meals, but especially if you’re nursing it is extremely important to keep up with a nutritious and plentiful diet. If you’re like me you will find yourself ready to devour any food in sight as fast as you can so you can get back to your other responsibilities pronto! That makes processed junk food in the house very dangerous.
For the first couple of weeks after my first child was born I was constantly snacking on packaged foods. Too much sugar, too many carbs, very little nutritious value. I realized that I needed to come up with a solution, so I thought about what was so appealing about those snacks… convenience and comfort, which in my case comes in the form of sweet treats. I started preparing snacks that were easy to grab and would satisfy whatever I was craving while still being nutritious and filling. Here are some suggestions:
- Apples or celery with peanut or almond butter (add a little honey for allergies and sweetness).
- Carrots and celery with hummus or ranch dressing*. A little bit goes a long way – I know ranch is high in fat, but it was like a treat for me and it kept me away from the packaged junk. If you can go without the ranch then great, but don’t beat yourself up over a little ranch dressing!
- Baked tortilla chips and guacamole – I throw a 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole pack in a plastic bag as well as a handful of baked tortilla chips for on-the-go snacking.
- Whole wheat crackers with colby jack cheese.*
- Greek yogurt* – I like the kinds with toppings on the side that you can dump in (fruit, almonds, and sometimes chocolate for an extra treat).
- Smoothies – So simple, tasty, and nutritious. Throw any combination of your favorite fruits,veggies (maybe some spinach or kale for a superfood boost!), some yogurt or skim milk if you wish*, and some ice in the blender and voila! Click here for 8 Powerhouse Smoothie Recipes!
- Trail/nut mixes – Raisins, cranberries, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc. For an extra dose of sweet you can add some chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.
- Muffins made with fruit/nuts and oats – If you have a few extra minutes you can make muffins made from oats (check online for recipes) and fruit/nuts. Throw your mix into muffin tins and pop them out and freeze for an easy-to-grab, nutritious snack!
*Remember if you’re nursing to limit dairy and check for lactose intolerance in your baby.
What were some of your favorite nutritious new mom snacks?