This is a little different from what a normal post by me would look like, but since Leo just arrived and I’m up 2-4 times per night nursing, and starving each time, I started to look into healthier breastfeeding snacks to eat so I’m not gaining back all my pregnancy weight at night.
A lot of nursing women tend to be hungrier during the day and thirstier at night, but I am super hungry AND thirsty each night, going through 2-3 snacks and 3-6 glasses of water. Lately, I wind up eating whatever we have on hand (which tends to be a lot of treats from wonderful friends or something easy like 100-cal Oreo Thin Crisps (don’t judge me) or yogurt tubes. That being said, I can’t do Oreos for the entire time I’ll wind up nursing or I’ll wind up huge.
When I’m wake nursing Leo, I spend a lot of that time on Google and started to research healthier late-night breastfeeding snacks. Here’s what I’ve got so far and what’s been working for me. I usually pair these with a full glass of water at each feeding.
Without further ado, Taylor’s top 10 favorite healthier, late-night breastfeeding snacks:
- Yogurt tubes. I don’t like the Greek yogurt ones (though I usually like Greek yogurt, so this must be a pregnancy/postpartum thing for me), so I get Stonyfield Farm YoKid Squeezers. These are quick, organic, and tend to hit the spot until Leo’s next feeding.
- Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. I love the blueberry ones, and I don’t need to eat the whole pack to feel full.
- Hardboiled eggs. I usually only eat the whites, but sometimes the yolks too.
- Cheese + crackers. Cut up and bag some cheese to make this quicker.
- Celery + peanut butter. Another thing I prepare early. I wash, cut, and bag the celery with a damp paper towel, and I go ahead and spread the peanut butter on it beforehand too. I make these a few at a time so there aren’t so many that they go dry but not so few that I’m making them every day.
- Fresh fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, etc. I mix them all into small containers so all I have to grab is one container and a fork.
- Almonds. I’m not the type of person who can eat these plain–it seriously just isn’t happening–but I love the Archer Farm Honey Cinnamon ones from Target. I don’t do these too often, but they aren’t as high in sugar as you’d guess and a few fill me up.
- Cottage cheese. I know a lot of people hate this, but you can buy them in individual containers and they are super filling. I just add a little salt and pepper.
- Bananas. Easiest snack on here.
- Carrot sticks + hummus. I like to get them pre-cut, but baby carrots are just as easy. You can add a spoonful or two of hummus or buy individual containers.
If you have any other easy snack ideas, send them my way. I’m all about some food.
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