Easy & Healthy Snacks to Bounce Back After Baby

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Easy & Healthy Snacks to Bounce Back After Baby

There are a lot of physical and emotional challenges when becoming a new mom, so many things on your mind. But you’ve got this! You’re a superhero and even superheroes need the right fuel. That’s why today I’m excited to share some easy and healthy snacks to fuel your motherhood journey and help you bounce back after baby.

Role of Nutrition: Bounce Back After Baby

The truth is that busy moms who are looking to bounce back after baby need snacks that are not only healthy, but also quick and easy to make. It’s important that new moms eat well, and eat regularly.

But if full meals aren’t happening or just sound too inconvenient as you’re adjusting to the busy newborn schedule, it’s helpful to have easy and healthy snacks on hand. (Preferably snacks that you can eat with one hand while multitasking and rocking that sweet new bundle of joy).

Here are three easy snacks to keep stocked in your kitchen for healthy postpartum snacking.

Easy & Healthy Snacks to Bounce Back After Baby

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Loading up the fridge pre-baby with a ton of perishable items isn’t always the best idea. That’s where dried fruit comes in . . . it’s a GREAT go-to snack, especially if you opt for the higher-fiber choices like apricots, cranberries, or figs. Always be sure you’re stocking up on the unsweetened kind. And if you have time, here’s a quick and easy dried fruit cookie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Banana (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup Lactation Protein Powder
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Dried Unsweetened Cranberries
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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
  • Mash bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  • Add protein powder and mix well.
  • Mix in the oats, almond butter, cinnamon and dried cranberries.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Press down gently with a fork to flatten.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Toast

Peanut Butter Toast

It really is as easy as it sounds. Toast the bread slices, then spread on the peanut butter and you have a great snack! Nut butter is an easy and healthy snack to help you bounce back after baby. It’s the perfect mix of protein and healthy fats, and is super satisfying/filling. Spread nut butters on whatever you can eat with one hand, and if you’re feeling fancy, add some honey or chopped up fruit.

Bounce Back after Baby Energy Bites

Bounce Back after Baby Energy Bites

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can combine #1 and #2 into just about any variety/flavor of no-bake power/energy balls. There are a million and one recipes out there but it’s really a pretty foolproof snack concept: take some nut butter and dried fruit and roll up up with whatever else you feel like adding (oats, chocolate chips, honey, coconut oil, flax seed, cocoa, you name it!) chill or freeze for an easy snack that’s much healthier than most of the packaged energy bites out there.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oats (quick or traditional)
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Almond Butter
  • 2 tbsps Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup Dried Apple Bites

Directions:

  • Combine oats, ground flaxseed and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add almond butter, honey and dried apples.
  • Mix well again.
  • Roll the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Wet hands before rolling to prevent sticking.
  • Place the bites on a plate and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm.
  • Then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Enjoy!
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There is a TON of conflicting information out there about how to bounce back after baby. If you’re not an expert, it’s really difficult to know where to start. If you don’t know where to start (or if sifting through fat loss programs makes your head spin), you’re not alone. But getting back your pre-baby body doesn’t have to be complicated. We hope these easy snacks give you a starting place. In addition to a great postpartum exercise routine, your nutrition is top priority!

About the Author /

Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science and is our Baby Chick Fitness expert. As a fitness professional with countless years of experience helping women transform their bodies, Kate gives moms the tools needed to reach their health goals.

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