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Hey, and congrats on being close to delivering your baby! Here’s a question on a lot of our minds (along with everything else):
Should I pack snacks in my hospital bag?
It’s tough to know whether you’ll want or need snacks before, during or after your labor. Regardless, it’s easy enough to pack hospital pregnancy snacks.
I had both my babies in a birth center where food and drinks were encouraged. Your place of birth may have different rules, especially if you’re taking medication. So be sure to follow your specific instructions regarding pregnancy snacks for the hospital or birth center.
Since I studied holistic nutrition, I knew what I needed for healthy pregnancy snacks: a good balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats. I also always go for organic whole foods whenever possible.
If it’s a packaged product, I focus on these things:
- Ingredient list
Let’s dig in.
What are the Best Hospital Pregnancy Snacks?
1. Protein bar
For an on-the-go snack between meals with high protein, high fiber, low sugar and zero natural flavors, go with ALOHA Organic Plant Based Protein Bars.
This bar got me through the occasional midnight pregnancy craving when I was way too tired to put together a snack.
They’re also a great option postpartum while nursing, as you can replenish those precious calories that are quickly sucked away.
The dark chocolate, rich peanut butter and a bit of sea salt will satisfy a few cravings (without the bad stuff).
Certified B Corp, vegan, non-GMO and organic.
2. Organic Crackers
Mary’s Gone Crackers does it right. Free of sugar, natural flavors, and gluten. And so delicious you’ll need to hide the package from yourself.
These crackers have a great balance of fat, fiber, and plant-based protein, keeping you full (and full of energy).
The ingredients list is short and organic. It includes organic tamari, which hits the salt craving without a gross amount of sodium.
If you have a mini-fridge in the delivery room or nearby, dip in hummus or top with cheese.
3. Banana & Almond Butter
I love the banana and almond butter snack because it’s quick with no cutting involved.
Raw almond butter can sometimes be a bit dry, but pair it with a banana and you’ve got the perfect combo.
Although bananas are a bit high in sugar, they’ll kick that sweet craving with a natural source. And, the almond butter will help keep your blood sugar level from spiking.
This yummy combo is packed with healthy fat, fiber, protein, iron and potassium.
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp. almond butter
Here’s another easy one to stick in your hospital bag.
What’s so great about walnuts? The Omega 3:6 ratio. Most standard diets aren’t getting nearly enough Omega-3 fats. Walnuts will help you get them back in balance. They can also help you stay full after eating fewer calories.
I always go for raw and organic with nuts. They don’t have any extra added oils.
INGREDIENTS TIP: Added oils can be a sneaky ingredient — most of them are cheap oils that aren’t good for you.
If you’ve got the time before you go, roast these on a pan, add a little salt, and pack them up.
They call it “athlete fuel” for a reason: it provides sustained energy — perfect for giving birth.
This organic muesli has zero added sugar but you get a bit of natural sweetness from the raisins.
The ingredients are organic and simple with no junk added: oats, raisins, almonds, flax seeds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds.
This gives you a nice hit of healthy fat, fiber, protein and iron.
The almonds and cashews give it a nice crunch. Eat it right from the bag or if you can — enjoy with greek yogurt or milk.
Make it vegan with non-dairy yogurt or milk.
6. beef stick
If you need a quick snack that has a bit of protein, consider a beef stick.
Through both of my pregnancies, I could pass on the sweets and craved savory. This was heightened before and after giving birth.
Admittedly I’m not a big meat eater, but when I do, I always try to go for grass-fed and grass-finished.
The New Primal beef stick is made with grass-fed and grass-finished beef. The Classic Beef option provides 8g of protein and 0g of fiber and sugar.
It’s also gluten-free, Whole 30-approved, and paleo/keto friendly.
Although not certified non-GMO, it doesn’t contain ingredients that would lend itself to contain any GMOs. The lactic acid is derived from non-GMO cane sugar and palm oil.
7. Apple Sauce
Chances are the hospital will have apple sauce, but it might not be 100% fruit and it’s probably not organic.
The Santa Cruz apple sauce is unsweetened, certified organic/non-GMO, and easy to snack on.
8. Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are super easy to make, are a nutritional powerhouse, and will keep in the fridge for about 1 week after you make them.
You’ll need to keep these cold and put them in a fridge when you arrive.
Chances are the hospital has eggs; chances are they’re not organic.
9. Trail Mix
The classic snack for energy on-the-go. But not all trail mixes are created equally. Many have added hydrogentaed oils that defeat the purpose of this nutritious snack.
This one’s easy enough to make at home with nuts and raisins, or anything you have in your cupboard really.
If you prefer to purchase, check out Living Intentions Activated Trail Mix. It’s gluten-free, sprouted, non-GMO and organic.
Popcorn’s filled with fiber and polyphenols. It’ll also keep you full for a bit.
Because it’s corn, be sure to choose certified non-GMO.
I love Lesser Evil popcorn and they have some yummy flavors. No bad stuff.
11. Coconut water (or Labor-aid)
Here was my go-to drink during labor (yup, in between contractions).
Coconut water is filled with electrolytes. And giving birth is a time you could use some extra electrolytes.
Labor-aid is also a popular drink. It’s typically coconut water with lemon juice and honey. See the recipe here.
Go organic and fair trade with Harmless Harvest coconut water.
How to Save Money on Pregnancy Snacks
1. Join TopCashBack. It’s free and the savings add up fast. Vitacost is on there and it’s often up to 6% cashback. It’s easy to redeem as well.
2. Use Honey. Forget trying to look up coupon codes. Use Honey and it’ll find the best usable codes when you go to checkout. I’ve saved hundreds.
3. Vitacost. No membership fee and there’s always a coupon code. Use TopCashBack and Honey with Vitacost, and your savings are huge.
4. Use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save for up to 15% off (up to 20% off with Prime membership).
That’s all mamas, hope this helps to find healthy snacks for hospital bag! All of the above are also great for snacks for hospital bag after c-section. Congrats on taking one more easy step toward living a greener life for you and baby.
Ready for more? Take the Green Yourself Pregnancy Challenge here.
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About the Author
Jen Brady — Chief Green Mama
Mom of two. Wife of one. Holistic nutritional consultant. Amateur biohacker. Guide of the Green Yourself Pregnancy Challenge. Author of the Green Your Baby Registry Guide.
I'm wild about pregnancy and babies (in a sane way) and I need to steer you away from harsh chemicals and hormone disruptors. Stick with me to keep it lean and green.