by Justine Deputy, RN, MSN

Photo Credit: Nicole Dimotsis of Femina Photo & Design

When you have a new baby life is hectic. There are so many things to juggle especially after your partner goes back to work. One of the most important things is for you to eat well and stay hydrated. With a new baby that can be a challenge. Even with a toddler that can sometimes be a challenge. So here are a few easy snacks to give you energy and nutrition throughout the day! Don’t forget to keep a few beside your bed or by the rocker for those middle of the night feedings![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

  • Bars: Bars can be a super easy and nutritious snack, and a lot of us (new moms especially) are living the bar life. But remember, bars are not all created equal. Choose one that has a good amount of protein rather than one that is mostly sugar. There are tons of brands out there. Here are just a few: Kind Bars, Lara bars, Simple SquaresRX Bars, Clif Bars, Luna Bars, Epic Bars
  • Something from the deli: Most grocery stores have a deli counter with pre-made foods. There are items like egg salad, chicken salad, tabbouleh, macaroni and cheese, and even just sliced turkey or roast beef. These are great to keep in the fridge for those times when you really need something and baby needs you too.
  • Dried fruit: This is a great snack to have around. Dried apples, mango, blueberries, and bananas are just a few options. You can pair this with a handful of nuts too for extra nutrition.
  • Speaking of nuts (and seeds): Nuts and seeds are great snacks. We have already mentioned them a couple of times here. They can be paired with many things or eaten alone.
  • Yogurt: This can be a great snack, but beware of tons of added sugar. Greek yogurt has a good amount of protein so that is a great option. There are also some yogurt drinks that are great too! Want to add even more nutrition? Mix in nuts, granola, fruit, or seeds.
  • Fruit: Fruit is always a great option. Some fruits are easier than others. If you buy something like a watermelon, either buy it pre-cut or cut it up all at once when you have extra hands at home to help with the baby. Store ready to eat fruit in the fridge so you can just grab and go! Dip fruit in yogurt or peanut butter for added nutrition.
  • Combo plate – cheese, grapes, almonds, crackers: Put the ideas together. The best part of this is there is no cooking involved. Buy the pre-cut cheese to make things even easier or, when you have a chance, cut the whole block so it is easier to grab and go at busier times. You can add sliced jalapenos too if you like a little spice! And a cheese stick works great too! This is just one idea. You can make many more combinations.