New mom life is absolutely exhausting. Your body is healing from pregnancy and birth, and it may still be working to support two lives: yours and that sweet babe. Nursing or pumping is a calorie intensive task and you may find yourself RAVENOUS at a moment’s notice. To support your energy, healing and milk supply, you need to eat plenty of whole, nutrient-rich food. As any new parent knows, this is easier said than done! This is why we put together our favorite simple snacks for nursing moms. These snacks are simple to prep and can be easily eaten one-handed while holding an infant or fighting with a flange.
Because these snacks are so easy to put together, they are the perfect task to delegate to your kitchen inept friend or family member! Remember you don’t have to do it all. Snack prep is a perfect, low-pressure place to ask for support!
Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs
My secret to fool-proof and easy to peel boiled eggs is hauling out the Instant Pot. For soft-boiled eggs, pressure cook on high for 3 minutes, quick release the pressure, and dunk in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Like a harder yolk? Pressure cook for 4 or 5 minutes.
The possibilities here are endless. Pair medjool dates with your favorite nut butter, goat cheese, or wrap them in bacon. You can find my favorite combos in this post.
Lactation Energy Bars
Loaded with nutrient dense oats, coconut, brewers yeast, and chocolate (for good measure), these are the perfect nursing snack.Find our recipe here!
Homemade Trail Mix
Keep it simple and combine equal parts dry roasted almonds, sunflower seeds, pecans, enjoy life chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and chopped dried apricots.
Wrap high-quality deli meat and cheese around cucumber or zucchini spears. My favorite combo is turkey, havarti and zucchini!
Make a double batch of your favorite green smoothie and portion it off into single serve mason jars. Store in the freezer and defrost in the fridge overnight. My favorite is this Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie!
Egg Muffin Bites
This veggie and protein loaded bites come together quickly, freeze well and reheat like a dream. Pop them in the microwave or toast them under the broiler to warm. (Or eat them cold, we won’t judge).
Boosted Bone Broth
Boost that bone broth with grassfed butter or ghee and add anti-inflammatory turmeric and nutritional yeast (which is loaded with B vitamins). Get our recipe here.
AKA the adult lunchable. My go-tos include: olives, salami, cheese, Simple Mills crackers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and snap peas. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is a great dip for crunchy veg too!
Dark chocolate, raspberries, and toasted coconut flakes. — What you read is what you get… If you want to avoid added sugars, but still want the chocolate goodness, swap the dark chocolate for a few tablespoons of cacao nibs. They are bitter and remind me of coffee, in the best way.
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is one of my favorite dips for crunchy vegetables. This paleo and bean free recipe is delicious, simple, and a great way to incorporate more vegetables and healthy fats into your postpartum diet!