Here’s what I ate for dinner a few weeks ago: about a quarter pound of meatloaf, a heaping helping of buttered noodles, some salad. Then, for dessert I had a huge bowl of popcorn, half a chocolate bar, a very large piece of cheese, an apple, and two scoops of peanut butter. And I found myself searching around the kitchen for something else to eat.
I have Nursing Hunger. If you’ve ever nursed a baby, you know the hunger I describe. Like there is no bottom to my stomach and there aren’t enough things to put in my body. Ravenous. All the time.
Plus, I’m tandem nursing, so the nursing hunger is even crazier.
I know that tandem nursing means I should add about 700 calories per day to my diet. To some folks, that sounds insane. So much food! But 700 calories adds up very quickly and I just don’t feel like it’s taking the edge off.
I also know that I’m supposed to focus on healthy fats and protein while I’m in this life phase. Heck, I can’t even remember to drink water most of the time. How am I supposed to focus on eating well to calm the savage nursing hunger beast who lives inside my stomach?
When I can manage it, I snag some time on the weekend to make protein bites (basically unbaked peanut butter cookies) and pre-slice some veggies and cheese. I can’t often manage it, so I’ve been doing my best to buy pre-packaged snacks that stick to my ribs a little better.
So far, these are the fast snacks that have worked the best:
- Go Chews from the MomMe Meals folks
- Hummus with (ideally) sliced veggies but usually with pretzels
- Cheese sticks
- Spoons full of peanut butter, with or without apple slices
- Handfuls of almonds
- Full-fat yogurt with fruit. (2 kids ago I used to make my own yogurt! Can you imagine?)
- Rolled up slices of deli meat. Bring on the deli meat!
A lot of days, I just wind up snacking on the goldfish crackers I’m doling out to my boys. Each day is a new chance to make better choices, though, right?
What are your go-to snacks for nursing hunger? Leave us a comment to share your tips!