The concept of snack trays is simple: a variety of small, tasty bites a new parent can consume quickly, without having to think about “what sounds good to eat”.
Foods to include are proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some carbs.
One of the great things about snack trays is their flexibility. You can customize them to suit different tastes and dietary preferences.
For heartier meals, see our Postpartum Soups and Stews Collection.
Remember to stay hydrated and listen to your body’s hunger cues. Staying well-fed also has the added benefit of easier rest – it can be difficult to sleep when your stomach is empty because your instincts will kick in to wake up to go and ‘gather’ food. Laying awake, while exhausted, and hungry is a state to deliberately avoid. Keep snacks handy on a bedside table.
Here’s a snack tray shopping list for your next trip to the grocery store (or click the links to order online).
The Snack Tray
(examples – be creative and add more of your favorite foods)
- Mixed salted nuts
- Organic peanut butter (high quality, no trans fats)
- Dried apricots (or other dried fruit like Figs, Mango Slices, Cranberries)
- Dark Chocolate
- Fresh fruit – apples, mandarins, bananas
- Cheddar cheese or goat cheese
- Pickled vegetables (Pickles, Beets, Artichoke hearts, Peperoncini, Carrots)
- Deviled eggs (pre-made or make your own) or hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt
- Whole grain toast with avocado
- Nut butter spread on fruit like apple slices
Here are some recipes for additional items that can be added to a snack tray, or enjoyed on their own!