When you are nursing, your baby is essentially eating what you eat. So it is important to think about what you're nibbling on. Anne talks to a registered dietician about some delicious snacks, good for both you and baby.
Audra Lowe: When you are nursing, your baby is essentially eating everything that you eat. So it's important to think about what you are nibbling on. Ann talks to a registered dietician about some delicious snacks that are good for both you and your baby. Anne Ebeling: Bonnie, why is it important for nursing moms to snack throughout the day? Bonnie Taub-Dix: Snacking is really important because sometimes it's very hard to get in everything you need during the course of your three squares, so snacks need to be looked upon as mini meals. Anne Ebeling: Wonderful lets checkout what we have here, what are some good things for nursing moms to eat? Bonnie Taub-Dix: One of the greatest things to have is a bowl of whole green cereal, try to make sure that its low in sugar content may be five grams of sugar or less, high-end fiber about five grams of fiber or more and combine it with skimmed milk which you know you need for calcium. Calcium is critical to make a deposit in your baby's bone bank as well as yours. And also some fruit, fruit is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and of course this is like painting a picture I love paint something more colorful the better. More colorful your fruits and vegetables are the greater chance that you are going to get more of those antioxidants, and vitamins, and minerals. Anne Ebeling: While speaking of painting your plate that's looks pretty colorful. Bonnie Taub-Dix: Yeah, well again you know whether its fruits or veggies the more colorful the better. And dipped vegetables which are the best things you could dip into something valuable. So if you have some veggies here, we have some carrots great tomatoes, cucumbers, you cut up, hick them or anything you like if you dip it into this which is hummus, hummus is made of chickpeas and it is an excellent source of protein, its high in complex carbohydrates because of the chickpeas which are great for energy. So it's a great afternoon pick me up and the crunch also gives you a lot of pick me up value, but you are getting so many vitamins and minerals also fiber and it make you feel more firm. Anne Ebeling: Wonderful. Bonnie Taub-Dix: This is almond butter on banana which is really delicious and as a snack some people are afraid to eat peanut butter, almond butter because they are afraid that is high in calories but when you are nursing you actually need 500 calories more a day. So that's a lot of calories, so you want to make your calories valuable. Almond butter and peanut butter are valuable because it just contains good fats, monounsaturated fats so that's very important for you. Almond butter in particular could actually even lower cholesterol levels and both help to stabilize your blood sugar levels so it's all really good and tastes, decorate and it's delicious. Anne Ebeling: Yes it does. Bonnie Taub-Dix: Everybody loves pizza, and a lot of people think that pizza is dinner or lunch but it makes an amazing snack and what's so wonderful about pizza is you can make it yourself. One way that I like to make pizza is with an English muffin and try to get a whole grain English muffin because they are all over the place in the supermarket now and they are higher in fiber they are great source of whole grain B vitamins, the tomato sauce is filled with the vitamin C lycopene and the cheese of course we know calcium, because I always talk about calcium and when it comes to veggies we know how important they are for you and your baby. But what you could is have frozen vegetables if you want or combine some frozen and fresh so you don't feel like everything has to be fresh and made from scratch take advantage of what's there and easier for you because you will be tired and you need to make sure that you eat. Anne Ebeling: Those are some great tips, thank you bonnie for all the information you shared today. Bonnie Taub-Dix: You are so welcome. Audra Lowe: And for more insider info for new or experienced moms make sure to check out parents TV at parents.com. We'll be right back.