Keep These On Hand

Hungry, but no time to cook? You’re in luck! There are many different easy -- and healthy -- quick snacks that totally belong in a mom’s diet.

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Sure, that bag of chips looks delicious -- and it most likely is -- but your baby, whether he’s in your belly still, or nursing at your breast, would appreciate it if you'd try a more nutritious snack. Here are several snack ideas that you can keep on hand in your fridge, kitchen cabinets or even your purse.

Dairy

Dairy products not only have calcium in them, but protein as well, so they can satisfy your hunger in a pinch.

  • String mozzarella cheese
  • Cubes of cheddar or pepper jack
  • Yogurt
  • Shredded cheese

Grains

Grains give you energy and many are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals.

  • Dry cereal (opt for types that are not covered in sugar)
  • Pretzels
  • Quick oats
  • Whole-grain crackers

Fruit

Fruits have loads of benefits, from antioxidants to naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals. These choices can help curb cravings for sweets.

  • Raisins
  • Other dried fruit, like apples, apricots and pears
  • Raw fruit, such as berries, kiwi, grapes and apples
  • Fruit juice

Vegetables

Veggies are a fun choice -- full of fiber and vitamins, and can also help you if you’re craving crunchy things.

  • Raw veggies (cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers)
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Steamed veggies (broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower)
  • Avocado dip
  • Baby spinach salad

Meat and legumes

Meat is an excellent source of protein, as are legumes -- but beans and peas are also full of fiber and lots of other good stuff.

  • Edamame
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hummus dip
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Preservative-free deli meat
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts

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