Easy snacks for breastfeeding moms
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Easy Snacks For Breastfeeding Mothers: Breastfeeding Diet

Busy moms everywhere are looking for ideas for easy snacks. If you are a new mom a healthy diet is not just important to refuel you and get back in good shape but it is also important to help successfully breastfeed. Protein, Iron, and Calcium are key nutrients that are needed in abundance in a lactating woman.

Eating junk foods between meals is the easier way out but it leaves you feeling lethargic and affects your mood too.

Here are a few easy snack options which you can assemble with ingredients lying around in your house. These are foods that promote milk production, don’t need much preparation, and are perfect to keep you energized throughout the day.

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Dates and nuts

This is such a delicious snack! All you need to do is to deseed the date and insert a piece of nut in it. This combination works best on sweeter, juicer date varieties like Medjool, Zahidi, and Khudri. You can use any nut of your choice – almonds, cashews, walnuts etc. I usually make a box full of these and store in the fridge for my midnight cravings. A simple and healthy snack for breastfeeding moms.

Seasonal Fruits

Mother nature provides us with its choicest collection of fruits every season. Living in a tropical climate like India we have such a huge variety to choose from. I do a weekly grocery haul and stock up with locally available seasonal fruits. Fruits are easy snacks on the go too.

Mixed Dry Fruits

You can make a trail mix with dry fruits of your choice. Adding toasted desiccated coconut or dried cranberries gives the trail mix an interesting twist. Coconut is a well-known galactagogue so all the more reason to incorporate some in your trail mix. Again, mixed dry fruits are easy snacks to travel with.

Jaggery & Chappati

This is my favorite childhood snack. Jaggery is a good source of energy for a breastfeeding mom. Crumble jaggery pieces on a chappati, roll it up and eat. To give this snack an even yummier twist you can smear a little ghee on the chappati along with the jaggery.

Note: Consume jaggery in moderation.

Oats balls

I made these throughout my pregnancy and during the initial months after delivery. It is a raw and no-bake recipe, and quite easy to make. The recipe makes about 10-15 oat balls. This is one of those easy lactation recipes you can quickly whip with a few basic ingredients. I am still dreaming of them maybe it’s time I make another batch. Pin this recipe to your Pinterest board for a quick reference.

Apples/Pears with Peanut butter

This is a great combination of sweetness, tartness, and saltiness all at once. Another quick and easy snack that actually keeps you full.

Hummus with carrot sticks

There are many easy hummus recipes online. If you are pressed for time you can try a store bought one.

Hummus and carrot sticks are a classic combination and a much healthier alternative. Hummus is a good source of protein and high in fiber.

Corn

Corn can be prepared in so many different ways.

You can:

  • roast on a flame like a roadside corn on the cob.
  • a corn and potato chaat
  • boil the kernels and add salt and pepper.

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Sweet Potato

Bake a big sweet potato and add salt, pepper, and some chaat masala. Yummy snack ready! Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, Vit B6, Vit A, Vit C, and Manganese.

Smoothies

You can whip up a yummy smoothie with a few available ingredients. Use any fruits and milk you like. My go-to smoothie combinations are:

  • strawberry and banana
  • blueberries and banana,
  • chocolate, peanut butter, and banana
  • green smoothie (spinach leaves, banana, mango, pineapple)

As an additional twist add toasted almond flakes or pine nuts once ready. So yummy!

Soups

Soups are great additions to a breastfeeding diet. Not only do they hydrate but also provide essential nutrients for your depleted body. My personal favorites are spinach soup, tomato soup and chicken and corn soup. You can try these recipes in my post on healthy soup recipes for breastfeeding mothers. They are recipes that require few ingredients, are easy to make and taste delicious.

Did you like these ideas for easy snacks? Do share with me what you snacked on as a breastfeeding mother.

Before you go here are three bonus recipes for you to try at home.

If you found this post useful, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share easy recipes, healthy food ideas for family and baby. Hope to see you there!

 

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14 Comments

  1. These all sound like great ideas! I remember keeping small packages of peanut-butter-and-cheese crackers near where I nursed in the middle of the night, and also containers of prunes. Your recipe looks especially yummy!

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou Flossie, Yes and Prunes is also a easy snack to have on hand.

  2. Darlene says:

    Great list! Apples and peanut butter are my absolute favorite!

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou Darlene!

  3. Yum. Thank you for this. I really need to start focusing on what I eat more, especially as a breastfeeding mom. I love that these are easy.

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou Valarie! I hope you can use a few of these in your daily routine 🙂

  4. Shell says:

    These are wonderful snack ideas for new mamas!!! I actually think the oat balls look super delicious!! I’m going to make them with my little boy tomorrow for a healthy snack!

    1. Ophira says:

      Yay! Thankyou Shell! The oat balls are great toddler snacks too, my little one loves them 🙂

  5. This is very informative . I am surely gonna use this list . Thanks for posting.

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou Aradhana 🙂

  6. I love all these healthy alternatives! I’m a huge fan of smoothies and any raw vegetable dipped in hummus.

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou Torche 🙂

  7. I wish I had your blog to read up on when I was BF, wonderful blog x

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou so much Lydia 🙂

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