Every new mom breastfeeding knows how tough it can be to feed a growing infant, especially at the beginning.
Breastfeeding in itself can be difficult, and no matter how rewarding it is to watch our little babies grow under our nourishment, it can also be incredibly tiring and demanding. That’s why it’s so imperative to have healthy foods on hand when breastfeeding.
I remember finding trouble to eat enough with my first child, who seemed to be constantly attached to the breast. I found it easier to grab small snacks here and there rather than a whole meal – does any new mom ever sit down for a whole, uninterrupted meal for the first few months??? Since snacking was key, I had to make sure what I was eating was not only healthy, but also hearty and filling. I focused on good fats and protein. Along with ensuring I constantly had a glass of water or herbal tea on the go, here are some of the best snacks for breastfeeding moms.
Best Foods for Breastfeeding Moms
- Fruit – You can never go wrong with fruit. Cutting it up ahead of time like the vegetables can ensure you have an easy snack. Things like strawberries, grapes and other berries are great for prepping ahead of time. Other fruits like bananas and apples can just be eaten as is.
- Apple Slices with Nut Butter – Apples with a thick layer of your favourite nut butter (almond, cashew or peanut butter work well) packs in a good healthy mix of vitamins and protein and will give you some energy.
- Guacamole with Organic Tortilla Chips – The avocados used in a simple guacamole will provide you with essential fats and help fill you up. Look for non-GMO tortilla chips if possible.
- Energy Smoothies – This is one of the best ways to get in tons of nutrients and energy and you can even drink it while breastfeeding. My go-to is the date almond energy smoothie as it has so much good stuff in there. Green smoothies are also good options. Or make up your favourite fruit smoothie and add some protein powder in there.
- Roasted Chickpeas – This is another good one using chickpeas and is a nice variation from hummus. One of my son’s favourite nibble snacks is these tamari-roasted chickpeas from Dreena Burton.
- Cheese and Crackers – Another go-to with my first child was cheese and crackers. You can easily cut up cheese the night before as well. Try to find a healthy, whole grain cracker.
- Energy Bars – These nutty chocolate chip energy bars are my absolute favourite energy bars, especially because they have chocolate! They give me a noticeable burst of energy plus they are just plain delicious. Or find your favourite energy or granola bar to keep by you for an easy snack while breastfeeding.
- Hummus and Veggies – Made from protein-packed chickpeas, hummus is a major staple in our house. It’s everyone’s go-to for a quick and healthy snack. Try to cut up some of your favourite veggies like carrots, cucumbers and celery the night before and keep them in a container with a bit of ice water so they stay fresh. Then you’ll have them ready to eat. I also like to throw in some pita chips or rice crackers.
- Smashed Avocado on Toast – A perfect quick fix full of hearty fats is this delicious option. Mash up some avocado with salt and pepper and spread it on toast. Easy and delicious! Healthy, Happy Life also has a great recipe for lemon avocado toast with basil pesto if you have a bit more time, plus a whole page full of other epic toast ideas.
- Boiled Egg – An easy one that you can also do the night before and will give you a quick protein snack.
- Yogurt with Fresh Berries and Granola – This is a wonderful breakfast option. Choose your favourite yogurt and add some hearty granola and fresh berries or fruit of your choice. Drizzle some honey on for added flavour.
- Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruit – We normally make up a container of dried fruit like raisins, dates or apricots, as well as nuts (cashews, almonds, and walnuts) and bring it in a bag for any outings. Having this near-by is also really handy when you’re breastfeeding as it provides you with nutrients, protein and good fats.
- Muffins – We love muffins in this house. All variations depending on what fruits are in season too. Whip up a big batch of your favourite muffins and freeze them for future snacks as well. My favourite easy go-to muffins are delicious, healthy and give a good boost of antioxidants and energy.
- Kale Chips – A wonderful way to get those dark, leafy greens in while still enjoying a flavourful snack. I love to make my own but you can easily buy them as well.
What other snack ideas do you have? I’d love to hear!
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