Quick Snacks for Nursing Parents

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I don’t know about you, but I was ALWAYS hungry while nursing my children! Breast/Chest feeding uses 425 to 700 calories per day. According to the American Pregnancy Association you should increase your caloric intake, while nursing, by 500 healthy calories. These snacks should be low in sugar and high in protein to keep you full longer. 

I know that while wrangling tiny humans you don’t always have time to make yourself a hearty meal every time you are hungry. That’s why I have created a no heat snack list! These snacks can be made quickly and taken on the go for a healthy snack to keep your energy up and your body thriving. 

Snack List

  1. Fruits like apples, bananas, berries, etc.
  2. Hummus with toast, crackers, celery, or carrots
  3. Dip, like ranch, with bell peppers or broccoli
  4. Granola or fiber bars
  5. Trail mix
  6. Fruit squeeze packets
  7. Fruit smoothies using green tea, juice, or milk base
  8. Deli meat and cheese sandwich on your favorite bread
  9. Dried fruit
  10. Fruit leather rolls
  11. Fruit chewy snacks
  12. Avocado toast, add tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, radishes, or eggs 
  13. Cheese sticks
  14. Jerky
  15. Apple with a nut/seed butter
  16. Canned tuna or chicken sandwich, mix with light mayo, mustard, or avocado
  17. Salsa, guacamole, or cheese dip with tortilla chips
  18. A platter with salami, cheese, olives and crackers
  19. Yogurt with granola and fruit
  20. Pickles
  21. Handful of nuts, like walnuts, cashews, almonds, etc.
  22. Oatmeal with fruit, honey, or maple syrup
  23. Toast with cream cheese and fruit
  24. Edamame
  25. Chex mix
  26. Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
  27. Brie with fruit and crackers
  28. Spinach artichoke dip with crackers or pita chips
  29. Popcorn
  30. Dark chocolate and fruit
  31. Bagels and cream cheese
  32. Pinwheels with deli meat, hummus, ranch, veggies, or cheese
  33. Hard boiled eggs (not heatless, but many can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for easy snacking)

Quick note: Be sure you are also drinking plenty of water. Keeping a bottle of water with you, or several stashed around where you might end up nursing, will help quench the sudden thirsty feeling while nursing your baby. 

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