It’s no joke that new moms get used to eating with one hand. Initially, I thought that was a funny, cliche but I can vouch that it’s absolutely true.
The breastfeeding hunger is also very true. Honestly guys, I’m eating more (and hungrier) than during my marathon training. I used to think that was bananas (!!) but now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it makes sense. My body is changing and producing food for a little human. That takes A LOT of work!
I’ve gotten better at delegating some time for meals and actually taking time to sit down and eat them…sometimes. Most of the time, my breakfast is oatmeal of some sort, lunch is eggs with toast, and dinner is just reallllly random. It may be leftovers thrown over veggies, pasta (thank god for Banza), take out, waffles, turkey burgers, etc.
I’m as intuitive as they get for snacks, since most of the time what sounds good is carbs. Bowl of cereal, granola to crunch on, fruit or toast. But, I’ve learned to apply some nutrition knowledge and make sure I’m getting some protein/fat in there too, or else I’ll continue snacking all afternoon. Which sometimes I do, and that’s okay. But here are some of my favorite, more sustaining snack options!
1. Energy Bites
These are so easy and have so many variations! I usually stick with general oats, peanut butter, honey, flax seeds and chia seeds, but you can get fancy. Sometimes I add cocoa powder for a chocolate-y taste. I eat them on their own or pair with a meal!
2. DIY Trail Mix
I mix peanuts or almonds (the two I’m not allergic to), cereal, dried fruit (usually raisins or mango), m&m’s and sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. So easy! Personalize to your liking.
3. Yogurt/Cottage cheese
Talk about pumping up the protein. I usually add cereal on top because I cherish a little crunch. I was limiting dairy for a while, but I’ve slowly added it back in and I’m watching to see what happens. When I was trying to avoid dairy, I tried Ripple Yogurt and Kite Hill yogurt, but nothing is the same as good old greek yogurt to me.
But, if you are sensitive to dairy, there are so many options out there! Plus, these are single serving so superrr easy for grab and go or eating with one hand.
4. Edamame or Roasted Chickpeas
I buy frozen edamame and let it thaw, or microwave it for a few minutes. I’ve also bought the dry edamame and snack out of the bag.
For roasted chickpeas, I generally do a savory spice mixture – rinse and drain the chickpeas, then dry them and lay out on a baking sheet. I bake at 400 for 40ish minutes. I like to use salt, pepper, garlic powder/salt, cumin, and paprika. But, I’ve done cinnamon sugar before and they were sweet and delicious! I’ve found that they don’t hold their crunch after too long, but I’ll snack on them all day and add them to salads and stuff.
5. Protein Muffins
I made muffins using Kodiak Cakes Muffin mix. I love it because it has extra protein, and if you mix in milk (dairy or soy), that can up the protein even more. Typically, I slather with nut butter and eat when I want something extra soft or comforting, usually after dinner or for a late afternoon snack with a slab of dark chocolate.
Other ideas – hard boiled eggs, anything with peanut butter, and bars! I am pretty much obsessed with the Nut Butter Stuffed Clif Bars and these individual packets of Rx Nut Butters are pretty darn delicious (extra protein from the egg white).
Hope these ideas help!
What’s your go-to satiating, satisfying snack?
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