Healthy Snacks for Nursing Moms
To make breast milk, your body burns an amazing 500 calories a day. No wonder you're one hungry mama! Add one of these yummy, nutrient-rich, 300-calorie snacks to your meal plan. Because these plates are super-filling, you'll be less likely to crave candy or empty-calorie carbs throughout the day and more likely to shed the baby weight for good.
Open-faced turkey melt
Top one slice of whole-wheat bread with 1 tbsp hummus, 2 slices of skinless turkey breast, 2 slices of tomato, and 1 slice of Swiss cheese. Place under broiler on high for 1 minute, or until cheese is melted.
Nutty berry yogurt
Mix 2 tbsp chopped walnuts into 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt and top with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and 1 tsp honey.
Top 1 1/2 cups Barbara's Original Puffins with 1/2 cup nonfat milk, 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp chopped roasted peanuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Salmon salad and crackers
Mix half a drained 5-ounce can of skinless, boneless salmon with 1 tbsp light mayo, 1/4 cup chopped cucumber, and a pinch of paprika. Serve with 8 reduced-sodium Triscuit crackers.
Heat a Dr. Praeger veggie burger according to instructions and serve on a whole-wheat hamburger bun spread with 1 tbsp prepared pesto and topped with 2 leaves of romaine lettuce and 2 slices of tomato.
Poke several holes in a medium russet potato with a fork and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Slice open and top with 1/3 cup chopped broccoli, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
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