Both of these times have similar needs- lots of good nutrition is key to replace what is given to baby. Pregnancy may also present food aversions and nausea, making it a bit more difficult to feel up for the healthiest foods. The key is finding what you can tolerate and eating frequent small meals. During both times lean protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates are key. Although, if fighting sickness symptoms carbs may be the easy part. Really snacks from either list are great for both times!
Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy:
Hummus and raw veggies or if you are having trouble with veggies make sure you go for whole grain pita.
Smoothies can be a great option when veggies are less appetizing. (Add in a dose of spinach!)
Greek yogurt and fruit
Cottage cheese, avocado and tomato or fruit
Banana and natural peanut butter
Whole grain toast and avocado
Skinny Pop Popcorn
Healthy Snacks for Nursing:
Making sure you are eating enough calories and complex carbs is key! For nursing snacks you often need to make things ahead or have things grab and go. Things can be a bit harder to prepare on the spot-especially in the first months. Here are my suggestions.
For pre-packaged snacks the fewer ingredients the better. Try Lara Bars or Kind.
Lactation cookies- I never used any in he past but I’ve heard good things from others.
Hummus and veggies
Homemade Trail Mix- High fiber cereal, rasins, and nuts. Throw in a few dark chocolate chips if you’d like.
Hard boiled egg and
Apple and peanut butter or almond butter
I hope you find this helpful! If so, please share. 🙂
~Gretchen Riddle, CHES, CHWC