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Life with a Baby Series: Batch Cooking Snacks

Over the last months, I shared with you how I meal prepped easy and healthy meals to have on hand for life with baby. The transition into parenthood can be a steep uphill trek, so we are grateful to have these meals on hand to make life a bit easier! But these ideas can apply to someone prepping for life after surgery, or anyone readying for a busy time coming up.

This month I promised to focus on snacks and I am the snack QUEEN. I try to stick to the ‘eat every 3-4 hours’ philosophy of eating but lately it’s been more like every two hours. Actually, ever since being pregnant and now breastfeeding, I’ve found myself snacking more between meals. Building and feeding a baby takes a lot of work ladies!

Snacks you can prepare ahead and store/freeze

Trail mix – This one doesn’t need a recipe! You can make it your own using your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Pick up your faves, throw them together in a bowl, mix and store in an airtight container in the pantry or in the fridge. Here are some suggestions to pick from: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, apricots, banana, mango slices, apples, dates, figs, cranberries, raisins. 

Energy balls (http://www.nutritionrx.ca/energy-bites-no-bake/) – Yummy! These are super easy, and very versatile. Check out Jen’s different adaptations of this recipe at the bottom on the link.

Carrot oatmeal muffins (https://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/paula-roy-whole-foods-in-half-the-time/20150820/healthy-carrot-oatmeal-muffin-recipe) – These make great snacks and warm up quickly in the microwave if kept frozen. I like to cut in half and spread on a bit of peanut butter. 

Other quick and easy snack ideas

Veggie bucket & hummus– Prep your favorite veggies on the weekends so you have a healthy snack that’s easy to grab-and-go throughout the week. Veggie suggestions: green or yellow beans, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, radishes, red or purple cabbage, snow peas, sugar snap peas, cherry or grape tomatoes, zucchini. 

Hard-boiled eggs – As mentioned last month, we go through so many eggs in this house! We boil at least a dozen to have in the fridge for easy breakfasts, snacks, and lunches during the week.

Fruit and yogurt parfait – Berries are easy to keep in the freezer. Microwave when ready to eat and add to plain, lower fat Greek yogurt with a couple tablespoons of whole oats or your favorite granola. 

Jenn Giurgevich is a Registered Dietitian and former contract Professor at Brescia University College with a wealth of nutrition knowledge. Over the last 10+ years, Jenn has paired her love for nutrition and health with her undeniable love for fitness, working as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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