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Five Healthy Breastfeeding Snacks

Five Healthy Breastfeeding Snacks

You’re most likely here because you are breastfeeding – yay! And I bet you’re always hungry + thirsty. Yep, I’ve been there. Oh, have I been there! It’s funny because it’s one of those things that people don’t really tell you about until you’re doing it. I remember having to have water + snacks next to my bed, so I can snack + drink while I was breastfeeding. It’s a lot of work, okay?! πŸ˜‰

Today, I’m sharing with you the top five breastfeeding snacks that are super easy to have on hand, so you can quickly grab + snack away! These were some of my personal favorites too when I was breastfeeding.

I get ALOT of breastfeeding questions on what should a breastfeeding mom eat. To be honest, this is another thing that we are simply overthinking. Just eat wholesome + natural foods. I promise it’s not hard. No, you don’t have to count calories. But, you need to make sure you are getting nourishing balanced meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner. If you are needing some 1:1 help with learning how to create balanced healthy meals, I’d love to work with you + you can click here to book your appointment. And keep your snacks just as nourishing (which I’ll share with you today!) It’s as EASY as that.

NO NEED TO OVERTHINK IT.

So, snacks…..ready?

  1. Hard boiled eggs! Pasture-raised preferably please! Pasture raised eggs are from chickens who roam the pasture eating all the bugs, grass, and foods a chicken is supposed to eat to create a very nutrient dense egg. Plus, they are usually really happy chickens! Pasture raised eggs have more omegas, vitamin E, and vitamin A.Β Outside of the extra nutrition for your body, these are so easy to hard boil and grab + go when you’re a busy breastfeeding mom!
  2. No bake energy balls! These are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth and contain oatmeal, which scientifically hasn’t been shown to increase breast milk production, but is an “old wives tale” of helping mom’s breast milk production. Let’s be honest, they are just that good + are easy to pop one…..or two……or three…..or four into your mouth. πŸ˜‰
  3. Chia seed pudding! I love chia seed pudding because it’s full of the right fats + protein. When I make chia seed pudding, I always use coconut milk as the base for the good fats.Β Chia seeds, obviously, which are full of omegas, nutrients like calcium, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants. And various fruits to sweeten and flavor it up (like bananas + berries). You can go check out Pinterest and type in “chia seed pudding” and you’ll find a variety of chia seed puddings. You can top each pudding with easy toppings, like cacao nibs, nuts, pomegranate seeds, etc. You can make a BIG batch of chia seed pudding and just dump some in a bowl when you are hungry!
  4. Avocado Toast! This doesn’t take but two minutes to whip up! I recommend checking out Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread (which can be found in the freezer section in many stores), as it’s one of the cleanest gluten-free breads on the market + it tastes like your normal bread. We always have a loaf in the house + use it for occasional things. Avocado toast being one of them! Toast the bread, smash the avocado on top, put some spices on it (my favorite mix is garlic powder, onion powder, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds!) and even add additional veggies or an egg on top if you have time! Avocados are a good source of healthy fats, folate, potassium, and an array of nutrients!
  5. Hummus + Veggies!Β Simple, right? Exactly. Take your carrots, celery, pepper slices, and just dip it in hummus. Hummus holds healthy fats, carbs, and even some protein. It has B vitamins, folate, iron, copper, magnesium, and manganese. (I did fine with hummus while breastfeeding, butΒ some people note gassiness in babies after eating legumes. Just be aware πŸ™‚ )

Happy snackin’ moms!

Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano
lahana@thrivalnutrition.com

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).