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Snacking can become difficult when you are trying to lose weight. As a new mom, you are probably running around baby and household all day long. When the hunger strikes, you grab the first piece of food that comes to your hand just to fill your stomach for a while, so you can function.
And all your sleep-deprived body craves for is carbs. The wrong carbs, of course.
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Eating the wrong carbohydrates causes your blood sugar to spike, leaving you moody and out of energy very soon after consuming them. You end up craving for more just to feel good again.
Ditch this roller coaster ride and focus on what your postpartum body really needs: nutrition. Fuel it with healthy low carb snacks, that will fill you with sustaining energy.
I have picked some of my favorite healthy, low carb snacks to help you avoid insulin spikes and stay full of energy all day long.
Plus, most of them are great as healthy kids snacks, too!
1. Apples or Celery sticks with Almond Butter
This one is from Ashley Marie from irishtwinsmomma.com. A super-easy, healthy and nutritious snack. Take a raw celery stalk or apple slices and spread almond (or peanut) butter over it. To get the most out of this snack, opt for nut butter that is pure, without any additives (salt is ok).
2. Guacamole on Turkey
I love avocado in any form but Guacamole is definitely one of my favorite savory treats. Julie´s famous Guacamole recipe will knock your socks off! Enjoy it on a slice of roasted turkey or ham and youĺl have a delicious and satisfying treat!
3. Veggies with Hummus
Heather of theblessedmamaof4.com recommends this as her all-time favorite. I usually stock up on pre-made organic hummus, but if you want to be super-diligent here, make some home-made hummus yourself.
It’s very easy and you’ll only need a few ingredients:
- 1 canned chickpea
- 2 fresh garlic cloves
- 3 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of tahini paste
- freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- salt, pepper
Pile all ingredients into the food processor and mix until smooth. Serve with veggie sticks (cucumber, carrots, celery sticks..)
4. Berry Fruit Kabobs
Fruit kabobs are super simple and your kids will love them as well! Patrice of momlifewithp.com prepares them with blueberries, strawberries, and grapes as a 4th of July theme snack.
If you want to make it really a low carb snack, switch grapes for another kind of fruit that contains less sugar. Raspberries or watermelon are great for this.
5. Baked Chicken Meatballs
As these require a bit of prep work, I usually batch them in advance and put them in the freezer. I personally LOVE these meatballs, as they are such a versatile meal. You can have them alone with a marinara or greek yogurt sauce as a snack.
Or, create a quick dinner by pairing them with tomato sauce and spaghetti, mashed potatoes or with roasted veggies. Check my recipe here!
6. Avocado Banana Smoothie
I prepare this smoothie as a snack or a quick breakfast (with a whole banana). You can also batch all solid ingredients into the freezer in single portions and then just pop it into the blender.
Pour over some almond or coconut milk, add protein powder and pulse until smooth.
For one serving (as a snack), you will need:
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- spinach leaves
- a pinch of turmeric
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Besides, it adds a little zing to this yummy healthy snack. Making smoothie from frozen ingredients will add extra creaminess to it.
7. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
I found this recipe over at ohmyveggies.com and I just can’t get enough of it! I love the sweet and nutty taste of it plus it has even fewer calories than regular hummus. So you can actually indulge on more of it! Serve it with your favorite raw veggies or whole-wheat pita bread.
8. Parmesan Zucchini Bites
I love making them as a side dish and eat the leftovers as a snack the next day 🙂 Slice zucchini into thin circles, place them on the parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Add grated parmesan on top and bake for about 15 minutes until golden.
Add a dip made from plain yogurt, salt, and some herbs, and you=ll get the perfect healthy, savory snack!
Whatś your favorite healthy snack? Let me know in the comments below!