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Healthy Snacks for On-the-Go Moms

02/25/2018 09:15PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Tiffany Krogstad, Sanford Health Dietitian

As a dietitian and a mother of two, I know how hard it can be when you are pregnant or breastfeeding a new baby, while also taking care of the home and other children. Each mom has different nutritional needs depending on her situation. For example, an expecting mother benefits from adding calories and more protein into her diet to aid baby’s growth and mom’s blood supply; whereas, a breastfeeding mom needs more protein, increased fluids and an additional 500-600 calories daily to meet the requirements for her milk supply.

Though it can be hard to add time into an already busy day, preparing snacks can really help the day go smoother, especially when surrounded by kids. Find a time that works best for your schedule and prepare a variety of snack options. Store them in the refrigerator, a drawer at work, or throw them in a diaper bag, breast pump bag, or purse when you are headed out the door.

No matter your family size, all snacks should provide some nutritional benefit with minimal added sugar. Here are some delicious snack options the whole family can enjoy. Each contains protein, fiber, and carbohydrates and can be assembled ahead of time.

·       Apple with peanut butter

·       Cottage cheese mixed with fruit

·       Fruit with string cheese

·       Fresh vegetables with hummus or Greek yogurt

·       Hardboiled egg with fruit

·       Greek yogurt and fruit smoothie

·       Mashed avocado with carrots and cheese

·       Slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and sliced banana

·       Whole wheat crackers with Swiss cheese