Being a mom can mean having few moments to yourself, especially that first year, and any veteran mommy will tell you — you’re going to get really good at doing things with one hand.
Whether you’re breastfeeding and babywearing or just trying to get through that endless fourth trimester, one-handed snacks are going to ensure you don’t starve to death while trying to raise a healthy human (oh, the irony).
Check out these pro tips from the trenches of motherhood, and start stocking up on your favorite snacks so you can be ready for the next great cluster feeding!
What to Store Snacks In
It may seem like a silly topic, but picture this: You’re nursing baby in one arm, and trying to wrestle open a protein bar in the other. Like a bear, you bite into the wrapper, spitting a hunk of plastic on the floor, and pulling the bar out of the package with your teeth.
I’m not saying it can’t be done (because yea, I might’ve done it), but man is it easier when things are in jars!
Get a few jars with pop off or hinged lids — not the screw on ones — and open your snacks ahead of time so they’re easy to get to one-handed. Even if that means unwrapping eight Clif Bars or dumping a bag of jerky in a jar instead, do it, and I promise you’ll thank yourself later.
One-Handed Snacks You Can Buy
Not the meal prepping type? I feel you. Meal prepping = dishes, and if you’re like me, well, you just wanna skip to the eating part. Here are some one-handed snacks you can buy and stash for easy, no fuss eating.
Protein, protein, protein. Whether you’re in postpartum recovery or breastfeeding like crazy, you can’t get enough of it. I personally love Epic jerky myself (and they make some great bars, too). It’s free from nasties like corn syrup and artificial flavors, and it is oh so good.
You can’t go wrong with a great bag of trail mix! Snag your favorite blend and dump it into a big jar to munch on throughout the day. I swoon for the Snack Mixes from Bubba’s Fine Foods — made with real food ingredients and no MSG!
As if we needed another excuse to eat cookies, amiright? But these special treats are delicious and made just for lactating moms looking to keep up a healthy supply. Get them in oatmeal chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or lemon!
For whatever reason, oatmeal is really great for your milk supply, so I was constantly snacking on Clif Bars when I was nursing. These tasty bars are ready to go, made with organic rolled oats and no artificial sweeteners, and pack nine grams of protein into each bar!
Okay, most of know that those delightful tubes of portable yogurt are way more sugar than nutrition, but Stonyfield has our backs. These portable yogurt tubes have 25% less sugar than other brands, no artificial colors or sweeteners, and can definitely be opened with your teeth in a pinch (just be sure to whack all the yogurt to the bottom of the tube first).
Oh, how I love granola. Use it to make parfaits ahead of time in mason jars, or just keep it in a big jar dry. Either way, you’re in for an energy-boosting treat! My all time favorite brand is by GrandyOats. It’s organic, and they even have paleo and gluten-free granolas!
One-Handed Snacks You Can Make
Sometimes it’s really nice to know exactly what’s in your food, and sometimes that means just making your own snacks! These fresh homemade snacks are delicious, healthy, and totally one-handed for your mom snacking convenience.
So much nom. These amazing chickpeas are better than popcorn in so many ways, and give you a little boost of protein sans meat (a great vegan one-handed snack!). I like to add a little smoked paprika to mine!
Another great vegan snack recipe, this one is made extra fancy with some homemade sundried tomato sauce. Be sure to eat these first if you make ahead — thinly sliced cucumber won’t hold up for very long.
Go ahead, make these just so you can yell at your husband “Get your hands off my Booby Bites!”. These delicious supply boosting energy bites are like peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in poppable form!
A Fruit and Cheese Tray
Me and goat cheese go way back, and with some fresh blackberries? I’ll sit on that couch and nurse all day, just bring on the cheese. Build a tray that has everything you love, and use this guide for inspiration on where to start.
Reduce the mayo in this classic snack with some avocados and bring the flavor up a notch. Sure, hard boiled eggs are fine on their own, but we all know everything tastes better with avocado.
Make these with thin slices of cucumber or whole wheat tortillas, whichever you prefer. Make sure to mix and match a little variety to get you through the week, and gobble up anything with fresh cucumbers or tomatoes first to keep them from going bad.
Strawberries and Whipped Cream/Greek Yogurt
Who says being a mom means you can’t enjoy some glamor foods? Nothing is more refreshing than treating yourself to a tray of fresh berries and cream, and the greek yogurt adds a punch of protein, to boot!
Apple Slices with Nutella
Because everything is better with Nutella. Slice your apples ahead of time and toss them with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning, and you can get away with making this one a few days ahead.
If you’re not keen on bars or fruit for breakfast, trying this breakfast burrito recipe instead! Wrap them in foil if you intend to reheat them in the oven, or just pack them in some Tupperware to microwave throughout the week.