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Healthiest late night snack?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Hi all, I am a breastfeeding mama to a 7 month old who nurses ever 1-2 hours, 24 hours a day (no suggestions on not nursing this frequently; she needs to for medical reasons). If I don't eat a snack right before bed, I am unable to sleep in the middle of the night due to hunger, as my daughter gets about half of her calories at night. Does anyone have a good, healthy, not too high carb nighttime snack idea? I am trying to slowly lose weight, but I am also being very conscious of eating nutritiously and keeping my milk supply up.

(What I WANT each night is ice cream; I seriously care sweet and fat!)

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:47 PM

I've lived in Oregon my whole life and I've never had Alden's before. I guess I should give it a try.

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on February 19, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Alden's to shame? I think you just broke my heart.

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on February 19, 2013
at 10:39 PM

I certainly don't unless I turned it into pate. I don't like the texture of leftover liver! :)

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:36 PM

I realize bananas are a bit higher in carbs but i think all the good stuff in them would be great for breastfeeding....

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I am lucky enough to have an awesome, locally made brand that *gasp* puts Alden's to shame! Three Twins, for anyone in Northern Cali :)

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I agree on the ice cream thing. If you don't want to make it as a busy and likely tired mom look for Alden's brand in the grocery store. It is out of Oregon, but I think it is sold all over the US. It is probably the best and highest quality ice cream on the market.

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on February 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

I agree, high quality ice cream made with sugar cream egg yolks milk.

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on February 19, 2013
at 07:17 PM

Ooh, those are my FAVORITES! I ate dozens of them after DD was born :) Hmm...time for another batch! Thanks for the reminder!

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:57 PM

if you seriously crave sweets and fat while breast feeding, and you tolerate dairy, you could do a lot worse than well-made ice cream!

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on February 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

I agree, high quality ice cream made with sugar cream egg yolks milk.

44f0a60eb4033cc018ac323343b73f01

(40)

on February 19, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I am lucky enough to have an awesome, locally made brand that *gasp* puts Alden's to shame! Three Twins, for anyone in Northern Cali :)

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on February 19, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Alden's to shame? I think you just broke my heart.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on February 19, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I agree on the ice cream thing. If you don't want to make it as a busy and likely tired mom look for Alden's brand in the grocery store. It is out of Oregon, but I think it is sold all over the US. It is probably the best and highest quality ice cream on the market.

9faea9e231d519588949f1bc631a7709

(50)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:47 PM

I've lived in Oregon my whole life and I've never had Alden's before. I guess I should give it a try.

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6dc767a3b94cb0133601caf6c39ea218

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on February 19, 2013
at 08:35 PM

If you want ice cream, try this: slice up a couple ripe (hence, sweet) bananas and freeze them. then put them into a high-powered blender and blend until creamy. you can add things like almond butter or cocoa for flavor. i tried this the other day and it SERIOUSLY comes out all creamy and tastes like ice cream with nothing but the banana and whatever you put in it (but you could eat it alone too!). SOOOO GOOD!!!

6dc767a3b94cb0133601caf6c39ea218

(330)

on February 19, 2013
at 08:36 PM

I realize bananas are a bit higher in carbs but i think all the good stuff in them would be great for breastfeeding....

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:40 AM

I would try Paleo chocolate balls. They will change your life. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup pecans (plus 1/2 cup, separate)
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Directions:

Start by placing 1/2 cup pecans in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Put in a bowl and set aside
Place remaining pecans, pitted dates, almond butter, cocoa powder and salt in the food processor and mix until the consistency of dough. If necessary, add a little more almond butter
Shape the dough into balls (1 inch in diameter) and roll in chopped pecans
Refrigerate (they freeze well too)
Makes one dozen

Enjoy

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

My late night snacks are 1/2 an avocado, a strip or two of bacon, or a few olives.

For a sweet snack, heat up some wild frozen blueberries (or any other berry), top with cinnamon and coconut oil. Like a warm berry soup.

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:50 PM

If you tolerate dairy, i would suggest cottage cheese. The casein in cottage cheese keeps you full for a very long time. I also find that raw veggies help with night time cravings. Since they are crunchy and chewy, they seem very satisfying.

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on February 27, 2013
at 08:03 AM

I'm nursing a 7MO and have a 3YO who nursed as well. Nursing both gave me extreme sugar cravings. I believe there is an effect on blood sugar that causes me to crave sweets and I am able to stave them off with something simple and sweet like a banana. Eating when my daughter starts nursing (before the craving starts) helps, too! Hang in there, mama :)

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on February 20, 2013
at 07:45 AM

whey protein isolate, almond butter, shredded coconut, stevia, vanilla essence.

Try 2 parts WPI to one of almond butter. sprinkle some shredded coconut and stevia to taste. plus a couple of drops of vanilla essence.

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on February 20, 2013
at 07:38 AM

chocolate peanut balls :)

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on February 19, 2013
at 10:10 PM

Beef liver, nobody snacks on it ;)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 19, 2013
at 10:39 PM

I certainly don't unless I turned it into pate. I don't like the texture of leftover liver! :)

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 19, 2013
at 07:00 PM

To get your "ice cream" fix, pour heavy cream over frozen strawberries or berries. If you don't use dairy, use a cold can of coconut milk that doesn't contain funky ingredients. Very yummy!

I am making these to take to the hospital with me when little one arrives in April: http://paleoparents.com/2011/video-blog-ep4-breastfeeding-qa-and-grain-free-lactation-cookies/ One or two of these should satisfy your hunger and support your milk supply.

Edit: I should add that I read this yesterday: http://www.naturalnews.com/036575_strawberries_diabetes_heart_disease.html Strawberries are relatively low carb and appear to help battle post prandial blood sugar spikes.

44f0a60eb4033cc018ac323343b73f01

(40)

on February 19, 2013
at 07:17 PM

Ooh, those are my FAVORITES! I ate dozens of them after DD was born :) Hmm...time for another batch! Thanks for the reminder!

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Try some of these coconut flour sweets recipes.

http://paleomg.com/tag/coconut-flour/

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