You and your baby are home and it is an adjustment to say the least. Remember when you had time to shower, put on makeup, cook dinner? It probably feels like those days are long gone. All your time and attention seems to be focused on this new tiny baby, leaving what seems like zero time for self-care. You are probably breast feeding, and chances are you have wondered how such a small little being can eat so much? Some days it feels like you are nothing more than a walking/talking milk machine! Feeding your baby is important, but it is also very important to feed yourself. A good way to get the nutrition and energy you need is to have ready-made snacks that are easily accessible while nursing. Here are some easy nutritious snacks to help.
The options are endless when it comes to protein balls and the great thing is they are simple to make and can be made ahead of time and thrown in the freezer. Take out 8-10 at a time and grab a few before you sit down to feed baby.
Having a bowl of trail mix sitting on the table next to the spot you often feed baby is a great way to keep up your calorie and nutritional intake. There’s a reason hikers eat nuts and dried fruit on long hikes…it gives you energy!
There are many great trail mix recipes online but let’s be honest, it’s way easier to buy a bag the next time you hit the grocery store. Just make sure the bag you choose isn’t full of sugar and extra empty calories that can leave you feeling blah!
ROASTED CHICK PEAS
Roasted chick peas is another great snack to have sitting in a bowl at arm’s reach when breast feeding. They are high in protein and can really help to keep you going when all you want to do is sleep.
This snack has become very popular lately and can be found at most grocery stores but they are super easy to make. Literally drain a can of peas, pat dry, add a couple tablespoons of oil and whatever seasoning you like. Throw is on a tray in the oven until golden brown and voila!
VEGGIES AND HUMMUS
The key to getting in your veggies is to have a bunch prepped and ready to eat in your fridge. If you can grab a plate, throw your pre-cut carrots, peppers and cucumber on it and grab a tub of hummus, you are much more likely to eat them. Hummus is packed full of protein and a great way to fuel your body when energy levels are low!
Although this may be a little trickier to eat because it requires a spoon, overnight oats are a fabulous snack to have in the fridge for nursing moms. The great thing with these is 3-4 jars can be prepped ahead of time. They are simple to make and the options and flavors are endless. Chia seeds are great to add in to bump up the nutrition.
Happy Postpartum, Jess