Snack Trays

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

Shopping list:

(examples – be creative and add more of your favorite foods)

Here are some recipes for additional items that can be added to a snack tray, or enjoyed on their own!

Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Crispy Treats
Peanut Butter & Honey Rice Crispy Treats
Nothing makes you grow up quickly like becoming a parent. These treats permit you to feel like a kid again. They are a snap to make and the peanut butter is so much better than the marshmallows found in packaged versions. (Almond or sunflower seed butter are fine substitutions.) Goji berries, raisins, or crunchy-sweet g pieces work great as add-ins.
Recipe from The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou
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For those who like egg dishes, this is a huge hit. It’s good for any meal or snack of the day and packs a nutritional punch. Feel free to experiment with the veggies and herbs a bit. The best thing about it is it’s a great way to get mom to eat her greens!
Try pairing this with a lovely side like the Carrot Ginger Salad.
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Esther's Oatmeal Cookies
Esther's Oatmeal Cookies
This recipe makes a huge batch of darned healthy cookies. You will need really large mixing bowls to gather all the ingredients together. You can freeze the dough or the baked cookies, if you don’t eat them all in a few days. YEAH!!!!!
Check out this recipe
lactation cookies
Serena’s Lactation Cookies
These are the BEST lactation cookies. They contain the typical ingredients associated with increased milk production. And they just taste amazing as well. You can try all kinds of variations (e.g. optional nuts, nut butters, cinnamon, rice flour if you are gluten free). Make them your own!
Check out this recipe
Dried Fruit Compote
This is so good on top of oatmeal for breakfast!
Check out this recipe

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Learn more Nutrition and Nourishment: The EssentialsGood Food for New ParentsWe’ve got recipes for you to try and/or tell your helpers to make!

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