If you’re a Mum to a newborn it’s likely you feel like you run a 24/7 milk bar and you’re the bad employee that eats on the job because you’re trying to hold a few other jobs on the side (because lets face it, caring for husbands, other kids, pets or even interacting with visiting extended family can feel as much work as a job each – especially when you’re sleep deprived, emotionally and physically exhausted and struggling to put together a cohesive sentence). SO, if you’re eating on the job like most new Mum’s (myself included) you may as well make sure that you have a few time saving, nutrient rich healthy snacks to keep your energy up, so you can care for the family and help your newborn flourish.
These are a few of my healthy simple snacks to enjoy whilst breastfeeding, including both ‘no preparation’ and ‘small amount of preparation’ favourites.
HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR BREASTFEEDING
Healthy snacks with no preparation
These are your no preparation snacks that you can buy and eat from the fridge/cupboard immediately.
- Fruit – Buy what’s in season (if you’re not sure it’s usually what is on sale) and you can even cut up some things like banana, grapes, mango and berries and freeze them for when you run out or if it’s summer it’s a refreshing icy treat.
- Nuts – almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, mixed nuts, etc.
- Seeds – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- Yogurt – single packs are great – no bowl required.
- Cheese and Crackers – if you prefer, you can buy these already cut up and in portions. Again no plates needed, which means no washing up!
Healthy snacks with little preparation
You know all those people that say ‘If you need anything, let me know!’. Well gorgeous new Mumma, I’m telling you key to survival is help from others so accept this kind offer by sending them a link to one of these recipes and asking them to make it for you.
Flavoured Hummus Dips and Vege Sticks
These don’t take more than 10 minutes to make three different dips. Chop your vegetable sticks (eg. carrot, celery and cucumber) and store in a container in the fridge so you can grab a handful of those and a tablespoon or two of dip when you need it. Plus they taste AMAZING! Get the recipe here.
Banana, Honey and Peanut Butter Muffins
This banana, honey and peanut butter muffins recipe is low in refined sugar and they are a real hit in my household. I like to make two batches and freeze them in quantities enough for three days at a time (good if you have little self control like me!).
Raw Caramel Macadamia Slice
I had forgotten about this raw caramel macadamia slice recipe I developed a year ago now until I recently had two comments about it. One lady commented on my facebook page saying she made these for the ladies in her sewing group and they were fantastic. Another lady noted this as her favourite recipe of mine from 2016, saying she made it for her family and it has become a favourite that’s been made over and over again. It stores really well in the fridge in a container for up to a week.
About Amy & Eat Pray Workout
Amy is a lawyer, Mum, Army Wife and passionate health advocate who is the editor of the leading Australian health blog, Eat Pray Workout. Eat Pray Workout is an Australian based online hub for women who want to be the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. You’ll find healthy recipes; inspiring and practical articles on wellbeing; fitness and lifestyle – all aimed at helping women gain a generally healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle.
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