Losing baby weight is always a hot topic among new moms. Especially breastfeeding moms because you are hungry ALL the time, and you don’t want to deprive yourself of the calories you need to produce milk for your growing baby!
When I’m breastfeeding, I always feel like i’m STARVING…to death…every day. Plus, due to sleep deprivation I find myself grabbing sugary snacks and pounding coffee all day long, just to stay awake. This can lead to hanging on to extra baby weight for much longer than desired.
I am currently nursing my third baby. He was diagnosed with allergic colitis early on and so I completely eliminated dairy and soy products (which is basically everything) from my diet. This helped me lose weight quickly, but about a month ago I started slowly reintroducing dairy back into my meals, which led to eating ALL the ice cream. I think I gained back about 10 pounds!
In past experience, I’ve found that it really does take a good 9 months to 1 year to feel like you’re really back in shape after baby, and EVERYONE is different of course.
I am ready to get back in to a healthier lifestyle and I’ve researched a few high protein, low calorie snacks that will increase your energy and encourage a healthy diet so you can eat right without depriving yourself.
I’ve never been one for fad diets, and have found that I am most successful at weight loss when I pay attention to calories, and make sure those calories are protein packed, and not “empty”.
My husband and I have been reading and following “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger” by Michael Matthews, which is a great guide to the sciencebehind building the body you want.
Here are 7 high protein, low calorie snacks to fuel your postpartum weight loss journey.
The brands listed here may differ slightly depending on where you are located, but hopefully you can find these items or something similar.
We have found that the Kroger brand Greek Light non-fat yogurt packs the most protein to calorie ratio. At only 90 calories and 13 grams of protein, Greek yogurt makes an excellent snack or breakfast with other add ins like granola or fruit.
Take a little tip from your kids’ lunch box and grab some string cheese as a healthy protein packed snack. The Kroger Brand Reduced Fat Mozarella String Cheese gives you 7 grams of protein and only 50 calories. That’s an awesome protein to calorie ratio and is an easy and portable snack for a mama on the go.
Hard boiled eggs are my go to breakfast or morning snack. They are super filling, and 3 eggs contain 18 g of protein at only 210 calories. I will usually eat them with a side of fruit and some coffee. My husband likes to top his hard boiled eggs with greek yogurt for extra protein and flavor.
I like to eat plain turkey as a snack or part of my lunch. At only 120 calories, 4 oz. of turkey packs in a whopping 26 grams of protein, keeping you full and fit.
These nutritious bars come in a variety of flavors and are only 200 calories with 21 grams of protein. My husband warms his in the microwave for 13 seconds which makes for a delcious dessert. Our favorite flavors are the cookie dough and cookies and cream, and we have found them to be the cheapest at Winco.
Sprouts Beef Jerky
I love beef jerky, especially when I am craving chips or other salty snacks. Just 1 oz. of beef jerky contains 11 grams of protein and only 70 calories. The perfect afternoon snack to get you to dinner.
Cottage cheese is the perfect late night treat. It takes longer to digest, keeping you full throughout the night so you’re not feeling ravished in the morning. One cup of cottage cheese is only 180 calories with 26 grams of protein. You can eat it plain or spruce it up with your favorite fruits or some salt and pepper.
What are your favorite snacks to keep you full until meal time? Let me know in the comments below, and check out “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger” for women, and “Bigger, Leaner, Stronger” for men, for more healthy eating tips.