Top 5 Postpartum Snacks
Taking time to fuel YOU may be the last thing on your mind post baby, but it is crucial to healing as well as keeping you and your growing family healthy! Here are some dietitian-approved easy postpartum snack ideas to satiate cravings and keep your energy level high … well, I mean as high as it can be getting up every two hours!
- Trade your crackers or chips for a better-for-you option like Beanitos tortilla chips with some guacamole. This pairing provides you with a balance of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates to promote healing. Beanitos come in a variety of options ranging from Nacho Cheese to Hint of Lime. The bean-based chips provide protein and tummy-filling fiber.
- Traditional grocery store muffins are no match for Kodiak Cakes Muffin Mix. My personal favorite is blueberry lemon. These tasty muffins are packed with whole grains and protein. The best part: They can be made ahead and thrown in the freezer for a quick breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack.
- KIND Breakfast Protein Bars don’t have to just be for breakfast — use them as a mid-morning pick-me-up or a late-night feeding energy boost. Made with 100% whole grains, a good source of protein and fiber, and many great flavors to choose from, these will carry you through to your next meal.
- Let’s not forget about peanut butter, a pantry staple! Peanut butter isn’t just for sandwiches or filling boats of celery (hello, ants on a log). Fruit and your favorite nut butter spread can make for an easy snack with some heart-health benefits. Try to steer clear from the added oils and sugars in some varieties. My pick is Full Circle Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with some banana slices.
- If you are up for a little kitchen prep, try making some homemade energy bites. They are easy to personalize with whatever mix-ins you have in the pantry and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Prep a large batch and store them in the freezer to increase shelf life. They may even help maintain milk supply if you are breastfeeding.
Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites
Makes 53 1” balls
All you need:
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups quick oats
1 cup honey
2 cups peanut butter
2 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened coconut
2 cups mini chocolate chips
All you do:
- Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. If peanut butter is too hard, you can microwave for 30-60 seconds with honey to soften before adding to other ingredients.
- Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate bites for about 15-20 minutes. Once firm, place bites into a container and store in the refrigerator.
Are you current in the postpartum stages, or prepping yourself for that? Connect with one of our Hy-Vee Dietitians here for a free, virtual nutrition tour focusing on prenatal and postpartum. Being proactive is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your body and your mental health!
*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.