Are you a busy breastfeeding mom? Do you take your nursling with you everywhere? Then I can imagine how many calories you are burning going to the park or grocery store plus nursing a baby. I have to admit since I had children that I became a snacker. I was never a big eater before and during my 3rd trimester’s of pregnancy I was always hungry but unable to eat much at one sitting. I battled terrible heartburn and pain but needed to eat. Thus began my life as a snacker!
I started keeping snacks in my purse or diaper back in order to not feel faint. While I was pregnant with Big Red I had to eat every couple hours in order to not be nauseous. We couldn’t even make it to church and back without me eating a pack of peanuts or cheese stick and fruit.
I highly recommend packing a car snack bag. It will save you so much time when you or your child feels slightly hungry and going through the drive thru isn’t an option. Anyone with dietary restrictions will be less stressed by having their own snacks on hand. We check our snack bag on a regular basis. Daily if we are out and about each day otherwise weekly seems to do the trick.
I suggest you use a bag that is easy too wash and includes a few pockets. My bag was a heavy duty fabric bag from the OB. I love that I have two now. One is brown and holds extra clothes and activities. The bright neon green one is our snack bag. It is just the right size to hold a small insulated bottle bag. (Free Similac one from hospital). I have one of our Medela hand pumps just case I’m full and baby is sleeping.
water or fruit juice- preferably bottles
nuts- individual packages or a whole canister
dried fruit- raisin, cherries, blueberries, cranberries typically Aldi brand
fruit leather- Fit & Active brand from Aldi
Protein Bars- these are JUST FOR MOM!
Crackers- whatever kind the kids like
vanilla wafers crackers in Tupperware container
pretzel sticks in Tupperware container
Jif To Go Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Jack Link’s Teriyaki, 1-Ounce Packages
GoGo Squeez Apple Sauce On the Go
Our snacks are temperature and weather dependent. In the Fall and Winter we can usually pack 100 % fruit juice AND homemade granola bars without spoiling. During Summer we keep the snacks to things that are not gonna melt or spoil in the heat. We usually grab apples, bananas, or carrots as we head out the door.