I love making sure my clients have quick and easy healthy snacks at their fingertips. Â As part of my postpartum visits I enjoy preparing meals for the family, and encourage them to have the ingredients ready for me to make a few snacks to keep ready. The foods I’ve listed below are chosen because they are easy to eat with one hand. Â This is crucial when you are breastfeeding or multitasking aka mothering.
1.Energy Balls are at the top of the list. Â There are so many variations on this – you can add whatever seeds & nuts you like really!
These are easy to make (no bake), and last a while stored in an air tight container. Â Some moms don’t have much of an appetite, so these are a healthy AND temptingly sweet treat I love to make available.
2.Plates of fresh cut veggies and fruit with sliced cheese. Â Yes, that simple. Â For some reason moms often love the fresh crisp fruits and raw veggie sticks in the early postpartum days, and the cheese provides some protein and fat! Single servings boxed in the fridge make it easy!
3.Nuts and berries. Â Anything easy to eat with one hand is great! I pop single servings into tupperware containers and place them by the couch / bed side wherever mom spends time breastfeeding.
4.Breakfast Sandwiches. Â I love prepping foods that can go in the freezer. Â A package of english muffins, a carton of eggs, sausage patties or ham if you eat meat, and some sliced cheese. Â I cook the egg in rounds, and assemble the sandwiches before individually wrapping them and freezing them!
5.Bacon & Egg Breakfast muffins are higher in fat, but also freeze well and have a good helping of protein!
6.Oatmeal Protein CookiesÂ contain protein powder. Â I highly recommend using a hemp or pea protein powder over whey or soy.
7. Hummus & Pita / CrackersÂ more protein and easy to eat. Â Pre-dipping your pita or crackers and plating them before sitting down will make things easier for the breastfeeding moms!
8. EdamameÂ can be enjoyed warm or cold! Â So steam (or have someone steam) and season some and ziploc bag them in the fridge for a quick snack!
9. SmoothiesÂ might seem a bit obvious, but it’s all about the ingredients! Â Mix is up with some coconut milk and pineapple chunks, add your favourite protein powder or kefirÂ and some greens like kale or spinach. Â Putting portions in mason jars means you can shake it up if it starts to settle / separate.
10. Rice paper rollsÂ can be loaded with the traditional veggies and nuts etc, or try putting cottage cheese and fruits in there! Â A great way to keep things compact and try a variety of flavours and sauces!