Breastfeeding your infant is an incredible experience for mothers, and it is one that provides wonderful opportunities to bond with your baby and provide the best possible start for them. This is not to say breastfeeding is better than bottle feeding, as every mom is on their own journey and needs to do whatever works best for them. But, if you are choosing to breastfeed your child, one thing that you will quickly realize, is that it is imperative that you look after yourself as well!
It's quite amazing how much energy it takes to produce breastmilk, and when you are nursing an infant several times a day for up to an hour at a time, your body is definitely working overtime! It is so important that you nourish your body throughout the time that you are nursing your baby, but how do you do that when you're so busy all the time? Having quick on-the-go snacks help to keep your energy levels up, and make sure you're drinking lots of water as well! Here are 10 quick and easy snacks that provide good nutrition for your busy body.
10 Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack to have on hand, as the various nuts provide great protein and healthy fats, while little bits of chocolate and/or raisins provide some sweetness to the snack, making it a tasty treat. There are many types of trail mix that you can buy at the store, or you can always make your own version, putting in your favorite nuts and treats.
Some favorite things to include in your trail mix are peanuts, almonds, cashews, and any other nuts you enjoy. Slivers of coconut are tasty as well, and provide a good dose of healthy saturated fats. Throw in a few of your favorite sweet treats, like M&M's, raisins, chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, and you've got a lovely mix that you can keep handy whenever you're feeling your energy running low.
9 Greek Yogurt & Granola
Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular lately, due to its high protein content and natural ingredients. Depending on what kind you buy, there are different flavors to choose from and different levels of fat content. When you are breastfeeding, treat yourself to the higher fat content, to ensure that you are getting the calories required to keep up with your little one!
Adding some granola to the yogurt makes for a yummy, crunchy snack. You can buy different varieties in the grocery store, or make your own at home. There are several recipes online, and this way you can also customize your granola to suit your tastes.
8 Apple Slices & Peanut Butter
This is a favorite snack for all family members. The kids enjoy this snack when they get home from school, and it's quick and easy and very tasty!
Grab your favorite type of apple - we suggest Granny Smith, which are nice and crunchy and a bit sour. Slice it up however you want, and enjoy it with a spoonful of your favourite nut butter. Peanut butter may not be your favorite, so try some natural almond butter or any other nut butter. Nut butters are great because they provide protein and healthy fats, which make this snack nutritious and filling at the same time.
7 Hard-Boiled Eggs
You can't go wrong with eggs! This is a nice, easy snack, especially if you make a batch of hard-boiled eggs ahead of time to keep in the fridge. That way, you can grab one on the go, and it's a quick dose of protein and energy to keep you going.
Add a little salt and pepper to taste, or enjoy it with some slices of avocado - another food that is packed full of nutrients for you and your busy milk-making body! Slice them up, enjoy them with crackers, or just munch on them on their own. Hard-boiled eggs are so versatile and yummy.
6 Baby Carrots & Hummus
Really, it could be any type of vegetable with hummus that you can enjoy. Baby carrots are great because of their simplicity; you just grab a few from the bag and you are ready to snack. There's no washing or slicing required.
However, if you prefer other types of veggies, grab whatever kind suits you, and pair it with your favorite type of hummus, and snack away! Hummus is another protein-packed food that is also full of fiber, and it will keep you feeling full and satisfied. This snack is also great because it's one that you can manage even while you're nursing your baby. So let them nurse, and you refuel your body with some healthy food!
5 Lactation Cookies
Lactation cookies have become quite popular on the Internet these days, thanks to Pinterest and mommy blogs sharing their wonderful recipes. Lactation cookies are designed to include a few key ingredients that help with milk production.
You can buy lactation cookies at specialized grocery stores, or simply do a search online and you will find countless recipes to try. Make yourself a batch of these cookies and keep them ready for when you're needing a quick snack to refuel. They provide a sweet treat while helping with your milk production. It's a win-win!
4 Protein Bars
Protein bars are a great snack when you need a boost of energy, as they're packed full of protein (hence the name!). But, as with anything you buy in the store, there are many, many different varieties of protein bars. Some are barely more than sugary granola bars with some extra protein put in. Others are full of nutritious ingredients like flax seed, chia seeds, whole nuts, and dried fruit.
You want to choose your protein bar carefully, or like other ideas, you can always make your own. It is sometimes hard to find the time to make these different snacks, when you're busy with a newborn at home. However, if you can manage to find the time to make a few things, make a large batch and freeze them. That way, you'll have them ready for when you need a healthy snack, and you can rest easy knowing what ingredients you're putting into your body.
3 Whole Wheat Toast & Cream Cheese/Peanut Butter
This is another staple for the house that everyone loves. A healthy slice of whole wheat bread toasted with some peanut butter on it. The kids love this one for breakfast, and this is an easy one for you to snack on when you are nursing.
Choose a good quality type of bread, preferably one with whole grains in it. Toast it up and add your favorite nut butter to it. For some extra nutrition and sweetness, add some sliced banana on top! Yum!
2 Banana & Cheese Slices
Speaking of bananas, this fruit is wonderful to have in the house, as they make a quick and filling snack. There is no prep involved, you can grab one to go, take it in your diaper bag if you're heading out, and they're always ready to enjoy wherever. Bananas are known to aid digestion and give you energy, without a lot of added calories. They are also high in potassium, manganese, and they even have a respectable amount of vitamin C in them.
Add some cheese slices to your plate, and you've got a yummy, filling snack that will sustain you for a while. Slice up some cheddar or mozzarella to pair with your banana, and you're all set. Time to recharge and refuel!
1 Healthy Muffins
There are so many wonderful muffin recipes out on the internet these days, it's amazing! Choose one that sounds yummy, and during that afternoon where you're prepping your granola and protein bars, throw a batch of muffins into the oven as well. Muffins freeze really easily, and with a quick 30 seconds in the microwave, you can thaw out a nice, healthy muffin to enjoy.
Again, in the midst of raising a newborn, baking and prepping might feel like the absolute last thing you want to do. Totally understandable. Luckily, there are also lots of store-bought muffins that are healthy and will provide you with a tasty, nutritious snack as well. Whatever your preference, muffins make a handy, easy-to-carry, tasty snack that you can have, and take, anywhere.
During these busy days of nursing your baby, be sure to take the time to also look after yourself. Drink lots of water, fuel your body with nutritious snacks like the ones listed above, and enjoy this precious, busy time with your new baby!