As a breastfeeding mom, I have the appetite of a marathon runner. While it’s a lovely change from the nine months I spent sick and barely eating while I was pregnant, it can get tricky to stay satisfied with a demanding little cutie to care for.
These snacks/mini meals are great because you can throw them together in just a few minutes. I try to make all my snacks as healthy as possible, because my body is working hard right now, and I feel my best when I choose one of these options over a bag of chips. However, make no mistake, I plow through plenty of chips as well! Fritos, in particular, are my vice.
1. Pita with Hummus and Tabouleh
Spread a thick layer of hummus on a pita, top with some store-bought tabouleh, and you have a quick sandwich. I usually sprinkle on a few tbsp of hemp seeds for protein.
2. Pita with Refried Beans, Salsa, and Vegan Cheeze
Layer on the toppings in the order listed and pop the pita in the toaster oven. 5 minutes later, you have a mini pizza. I like to eat mine with some slices of avocado.
3. Yogurt with Fresh Fruit and Granola
Nothing earth shattering here, but it really did help me to stock up on non-dairy yogurts (I love So Delicious brand), and a big bag of granola from Costco. The fresh fruit doesn’t always happen, to be honest, but I try. Costco has some great dried fruits, in particular, a dried berry blend, that I throw in sometimes.
Again, not a novel idea, but a handy thing to stock up on. I used to make oatmeal from scratch but these days it’s either instant oats in the microwave, or overnight oats straight from the fridge. I stir in some ground flax seed and coconut oil, because they are supposed to be good for breast milk supply. So are the oats!
5. Chickpea Salad
If I have no time at all, this is simply a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas (look for bpa free lining at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s), tossed with some lemon juice and olive oil. If baby gives me a little break, I add some chopped veggies. Red onion, raw garlic, green onion, celery, carrots, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and fennel are all great options!
6. Banana and Peanut Butter
Step one, peel banana. Step two, get spoon and jar of peanut butter. Step three, make sure no one is watching.
7. Roasted Chickpeas
I rely on my oven a lot, because I can just toss something in and then go back to playing with/changing/feeding/napping baby. I tend to keep the temperature low, in case I need to leave things in there a little longer than planned (Hello poop explosions). Roasted chickpeas are pretty forgiving, and taste good whether they’ve been in the oven for 20 or 40 minutes. Just rinse the chickpeas from a can, throw them onto a baking sheet, and toss with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Add garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, or Garham Masala, if you have an extra second.
8. Roasted Tofu with Rice
Cut tofu into bite sized cubes, throw onto a baking sheet and toss with the same options listed above (Just plain old S&P is fine!) and roast at 375 for 20-30 minutes. Serve over one of those packets of microwaveable rice, and that’s it! I like to use plain basmati rice (Stop and Shops organic brand, “Free From” makes microwaveable basmati packets) and toss the rice with Trader Joe’s “Island Soyaki” sauce. I imagine some of the flavored rice options would be good too.
9. Tofu Ricotta with Crackers
Once a week I whip up a batch of tofu ricotta, and then I use it on EVERYTHING. Crackers in particular, because it’s easy. Just put the following in a food processor, and whiz until smooth: 1 block firm tofu, 1 clove garlic, 20ish basil leaves (small handful),1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1-2 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice, 1-2 tbsp almond milk. This is also a great way to add protein to pasta and jarred Marinara sauce; just stir a big dollop of the tofu ricotta into a bowl of pasta!
10. Crackers with Hummus and Salsa
This one is pretty self explanatory. Like so many things, I stock up on these ingredients at Costco. I like these seed crackers they carry, that are kind of cardboardy to be perfectly honest, but they are the perfect bland vehicle for toppings like this!