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10 Postpartum Snacks to Stock in Your Pantry

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10 Postpartum Snacks to Stock in Your Pantry

After you give birth, it’s easy to feel sleep-deprived and forget to eat healthy meals. Postpartum snacks are an easy way to make sure you get the nutrition you need throughout the day, but how do you know which ones to stock in your pantry? Here are 10 of our favorite postpartum snacks that will keep your energy up without weighing you down, from fresh fruit to healthy cereal bars.

1) Oatmeal Packets

Oatmeal is an excellent snack option for postpartum moms. All you need is hot water and you have a delicious, warm meal! Oatmeal also happens to be a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol levels, and research suggests that insoluble fiber may reduce colon cancer risk.

2) Bananas

Bananas are an easy and healthy snack option for women who have recently given birth. Bananas provide plenty of vitamin B6, which helps prevent postpartum depression and insomnia, both common problems after giving birth. Bananas also contain potassium, magnesium, and iron, which helps restore lost nutrients after childbirth. For some women with post-pregnancy complications like excess bleeding or infections, bananas can actually be life-saving.

3) Granola Bars

Granola bars are easy to snack on, and they’re a great way to get protein. But most store-bought bars have unnecessary sugar and other ingredients you don’t need while you’re breastfeeding. Check out these healthy homemade granola bar recipes that are simple enough for a novice baker, but delicious enough for everyone else.

4) Applesauce Cups

To store applesauce in your fridge, pre-make them and then store them in an airtight container. Once you open it, add a small piece of plastic wrap over top of each individual portion and then re-seal with an elastic band.

5) Fresh Fruit

This is an obvious one—fruit makes for a light and nutritious snack. A piece of fresh fruit can also tide you over until lunch or dinner, so you’re less likely to grab something unhealthy from a vending machine. Pick up some apples, bananas, oranges, berries and any other type of fruit that appeals to you. If your produce is starting to wilt, simply peel off a few pieces of fruit and freeze them for later use; eating frozen fruits can be just as refreshing as eating them fresh!

6) Yogurt Parfaits

Yogurt is a great addition to a post-pregnancy diet, as it contains probiotics that help keep your digestion healthy. Combine yogurt with fruit or granola for a delicious parfait. Or for a quicker snack on days when you are really feeling pressed for time, grab prepackaged flavored yogurts from your local supermarket—most of them will have fewer calories than regular flavored yogurts, but will still provide that same sweet hit.

7) Hummus and Crackers

Hummus is high in protein and healthy fats, so it’s a great way to satisfy your hunger pangs without blowing your diet. Store-bought hummus comes with a slew of extra ingredients that can be easily avoided by making your own. Buy chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic, then blend away. For added flair, add spices like paprika or ground coriander for an extra kick. Spices are powerful weapons for weight loss; see: Ultimate Curry Powder Recipe .

8) Popcorn

No matter how healthy your diet is, it’s common for new moms to experience a weight loss of about 10 pounds. This weight loss usually occurs within one week after giving birth and returns back to normal once your body gets used to feeding an extra mouth. One of my favorite snacks that I have when going through post-pregnancy is popcorn. You can store it for long periods of time and only add a bit of oil or butter (no salt) when you’re ready to eat some.

9) Nuts or Nut Butter (unsalted, without added sugar)

Nuts are high in good fats and protein, and contain a good amount of fiber. And despite their reputation for being high-calorie, nuts are actually quite low-calorie when compared with other snacks. An ounce of almonds has 160 calories, while an ounce of pretzels has 200 calories. Plus, studies show that eating nuts leads to feeling fuller than eating carbohydrate-based snacks like crackers or chips.

10) Protein Shakes

For busy moms and new moms, a protein shake is a perfect post-workout snack. It’s quick, it’s filling, and it has protein—all things you need after working out or breastfeeding. Here are some great protein shake recipes that can be whipped up quickly with just a few ingredients: Coconut Almond Protein Shake Kale Quinoa Protein Shake Tropical Green Smoothie

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