Basic Nutrition for New Moms
Bowl of Whole-Grain Cereal
The same blend of complex carbs,
, and lots of vitamins and minerals that make your morning flakes a smart choice are also what make them a great anytime snack.
Keep several varieties of cereal (and add-ins) on hand to avoid snacking boredom.
Cheese and Multigrain Crackers
especially the hard kinds
) provides lots of calcium and protein, while crackers offer a satisfying crunch and lots of
Try reduced-sodium crackers or ones with
What's great: Lower in sodium than many cheeses with the same calcium punch, yogurt can be dressed up (toss in granola or dried fruit for a heartier snack), eaten plain, or used instead of sour cream for a lower-fat topping.
Blend 1 cup of low-fat plain yogurt with ice, 1 cup cut-up fruit, and a splash of juice for an easy sweet tooth satisfier without an overload of
sugar or artificial sweeteners
What's great: Protein powerhouses
that they are, nuts also contain healthy amounts of unsaturated fat and fiber.
Craving something salty? Go for a handful of dry-roasted, lightly salted
Avocado Slices with Whole-Grain Crackers
Full of mono- and polyunsaturated fats (
the good kinds
), avocados also provide
fiber and vitamin C. The crackers? Great crunch and more fiber!
Avocados are best eaten freshly sliced.
Protein bars can be a smart mid-afternoon choice when you're fading and
Choose one high in fiber and minerals, but low in
Yes, they're full of protein and fat—but that's what makes eggs such a smart choice for nursing moms. (Choose a brand that's
fortified with DHA
, that fatty acid good for babies'
, eyes, and hearts.)
Whole Wheat Pita with Hummus
What's great: Hummus is made from chickpeas (which provide a nice dose of protein and flavor) and tahini (a sesame paste rich in calcium). Add the pita and you have fiber, too. Snack tip: Add sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, or grated carrots for more nutrition and crunch.
Small Bagel with Cream Cheese
What's great: Chewy and satisfying, this is a snack you can really sink your teeth into. Opt for a multi- or whole-grain bagel when possible—but watch the size! A regular bagel is too big for a single serving. If you don't have a small bagel, eat half a whole one.
Half a Sandwich
Choose whole-grain bread and add what you like—cheeses, lean meats, lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, grilled eggplant, shredded carrots, etc. You can create a complete
: veggies, fiber, and protein all at once!
Carrots and Celery with Low-Fat Dip
Carrots and celery are high in potassium, vitamin A, fiber, and water. A ranch or spinach dip can provide protein.
Snack tip: For at-home munching, keep veggies in the fridge: It might tempt you into reaching for healthier snack choices.
Nut Butter with Apple Slices
A double-punch of protein and fiber! Adding PB to the apple can make you feel more satisfied—the protein and healthy fats will sustain you during your
Snack tip: Buy apples pre-sliced! Calcium ascorbate (vitamin C) will prevent browning.
Fiber! And the more colorful you make your salad, the more nutrients you consume. Plus, since most veggies have a water component, salad is also a good source of hydration.
Snack tip: Buy organic, pre-sliced, pre-washed ingredients to make prep easier.
Fiber and vitamins A, C, and E—fruit is loaded with nutritional good stuff. Like veggies, it also helps with
new moms' water intake
Snack tip: Fruit's a healthy, vitamin-rich, satisfying snack. Consider keeping it in the fridge: It can help thwart unhealthy snack choices!
More Nursing Diet Tips
If any of the snacks can
be prepped ahead
, do so, and keep them in plastic containers. It will make grabbing a good, healthy choice when you feel hungry so much easier.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
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