Labour Snacks

Get Snacking: Labour Snacks for the Birthing Person

Labour Snacks

Whether you're a snacker or not, eating during labour is mostly done in the form of snacking (it's difficult to eat a full meal while labouring)! To make snack prep easier, we thought we'd give you a list of great snacks for labour:

  • cut up fruit - we love bananas, apples, watermelon, and cold berries, stay away from citrus as it doesn't feel good coming back up (throwing up during labour is common)
  • cut up veggies - we love carrots and cucumbers
  • nuts and seeds - watch our for allergies
  • dried fruit (unsweetened)
  • popsicles - we love natural fruit juice popsicles and tea pops 
  • miso soup - fantastic umami snack! 
  • broth - veggie or meat, make sure it's clear (i.e. doesn't have chunks)
  • protein balls (see recipe below)
  • crackers, pita, naan, toast - you can have some dahl with it too! 
  • smoothie - dairy free

Recipe for Protein Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop chocolate/vanilla protein powder 
  • 1/3 cup of nut butter 
  • 1/3 cup of shredded coconut (unsweetened) or more as needed
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • add ins (depending on consistency): 2 tbsp ground flax sees/chia seeds, 2 tsp maca powder, etc.

Directions

In a food processor/blender mix protein powder, nut butter, and coconut until they are mixed well.

Add maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse until combined - if the consistency is too runny/moist add some add-ins.

Rolls into balls - if they're still a little sticky you can roll them in shredded coconut, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, etc.

 

These are nutritious and delicious snacks for labour, but if all you can hold down is a bar of Snickers and fries have those instead ;) 

xo,

The Spectrum Team

Get Snacking: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Quick and easy healthy snacks whether it be during pregnancy, labour and postpartum (or for when kids are getting older) can be hard to find. This recipe is insanely easy, packed with protein and super transportable. 

But it's got nuts!?

If you or one of your children has an allergy to nuts, this definitely is not the recipe for you. If you're wondering if it's safe to eat nuts while pregnant or nursing babe, the most current research shows that your child's development of a nut allergy is not impacted by whether you eat or do not eat nuts throughout pregnancy and or while nursing. Yay!

Supplies

  • Parchment Paper

  • 8 x 8 in pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats

  • 1/4 cup Flax Seeds

  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds

  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds

  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1/2 cup Almonds

  • 1/2 cup Pecans

  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir ingredients together (it might be easier to use your hands to mix all the ingredients together). Cut a piece of parchment paper big enough so the paper hangs over the edges of the 8 x 8 inch pan. Place mixed ingredients on the parchment paper and use a fork to flatten the ingredients to the edges of the pan and then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once chilled the Peanut Butter Granola should easily be cut into bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

Enjoy!

Love the Spectrum team xo

Get Snacking: Ginger Molasses Date Treats

Did you know that consuming six date fruits a day for four weeks prior to your estimated due date can actually improve your chances of spontaneous labour, a quicker first stage of labour, and reduce your chances of needing pitocin to either induce or augment labour!?  According to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011) that this is in fact true!

Dates are delicious all on their lonesome, but sometimes it can be fun to mix them up with a little bit of zing! This is a super simple and delicious recipe. Not only does this treat contain dates as the main ingredient, which is high in energy and fibre, but it is also packed with protein, iron, and flavour.

Ingredients

Materials: Food processor

  • 1 cup Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup Raw Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tsp Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Ground Almonds

Place all ingredients (except the 1/2 cup Ground Almonds) in a food processor and blend until it is all mixed. Using a tablespoon, roll the date mix into balls and roll each ball in the ground almonds to cover (you can also use ground cacao, or coconut). Optional: If you have a dehydrator you can pop them in to the dehydrator for six hours (110 F) to draw out some of the moisture. Otherwise, just pop them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks (but they likely won't stick around that long). Enjoy!

Love,

The Spectrum Doula Team