You're working overtime making your baby's food, taking care of all of their other needs and recovering from birth, so you have good reason to have food on your mind all the time these days. Breastfeeding mamas need snacks on hand that not only help with milk production, but provide energy and protein to get through the day.
Here are 11 of our favorite unique ideas for breastfeeding snacks. Bon appetite!
1. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are packed with iron, protein and nutrients that help support breastmilk production and your need for constant energy.
2. Breastfeeding cookies
Oats are a classic go-to for milk production, and with cookies this delicious ☝️, we are very happy to give it a try!
3. Dried apricots
Dried apricots are super easy for a grab-n-go snack. They're loaded with vitamins and phytoestrogens to help with milk production.
4. Banana milk with flax seeds
A quick + healthy milkshake packed with protein and fiber. And it only takes 5 minutes.
(Makes 2 glasses)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups whole cow's milk (or whatever type of milk you like)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
- 2 dates
- Small handful of nuts
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1. Using a powerful blender, simply blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into two glasses and enjoy. Banana Milk with Flax Seeds is best sipped down right away, as the drink slowly separates. If you have extra, freeze the mixture in ice pop molds.
From Feeding a Family: A Real-Life Plan for Making Dinner Work by Sarah Waldman, © 2016 by Sarah Waldman. Photographs by Elizabeth Cecil. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.
5. Deviled eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein. Add some kick to them and enjoy!
Salmon is a super-food with DHA to help support your little one's growing brain. Recover from your 9-month sushi withdrawal with some delicious rolls. Just be careful not to overdo it with tuna and other high-mercury fish.
Yogurt is full of calcium and vitamin D. Try mixing in some granola, fruits or peanut butter to make it extra-nutritious and delicious.
Smoothies are an easy (and yummy) way to get a ton of fruits and veggies in.
Okay, so popcorn isn't known for it's nutritional punch, but come on—how amazing does this look? Netflix and chill has a whole new meaning now. Might as well do it with some popcorn at your side.
10. Energy balls
There are so many ways to make amazing, nutrient dense energy balls—many of them without ever needing to turn on your oven.
11. Beef jerky
Beef jerky gets a bad wrap, but it actually can be an easy and fast way to get some extra protein on the go.