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.
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.
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.
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 can be prepared in so many different ways.
- roast on a flame like a roadside corn on the cob.
- a corn and potato chaat
- boil the kernels and add salt and pepper.
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.
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 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.
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