Looking for an easy snack for yourself? Or maybe for the little monsters in your life who are ALWAYS HUNGRY? My easy guacamole is the perfect healthy snack and ready in under a minute.
Two weeks into being a mom, after a week of very fussy evenings, I was ‘diagnosed’ with low milk supply. (Read more about our low supply journey with donor milk.) My low supply was (and still is) most likely a result of our birthing conditions, but as part of her assessment my lactation consultant asked me about my diet.
Right after my daughter’s birth, I focused on healing my body with nutrient dense foods. However, as I started telling her what I was eating, we both realized that while it was nutritious, it wasn’t nearly enough. Recommendations are an extra 300-500 calories per day for nursing moms. I wasn’t trying to diet in any way, but I was an overwhelmed first time mom, not always stopping to eat when my body sent hunger cues.
I needed to find a way to eat more, and it needed to be easy. My husband was returning to work in a few days and it would be me and the baby. I found that combinations of carbs and fat were the most satiating, and the increased carbs helped my supply. When I eat intuitively (what sounds good or what I am craving), I tend to eat lower carb. This is not great for nursing, so I set out to find new sources of whole food carbs that weren’t refined or full of added sugar.
My favorite snack at the time, and one that I still eat once or twice a week, was easy guacamole with plantain chips. It takes less than a minute to prepare, perfect for a busy mom or between meetings at work. The avocados are a great source of healthy fat and the plantain chips are high carb, with many more nutrients than a tortilla chip. Raw veggies are an alternative to plantain chips; 3 -4 whole carrots will provide about the same carb punch as a serving of plantain chips.
I highly recommend Inka plantain chips (find them on Amazon or Thrive Market), as they are made with palm oil. Trader Joe’s sells plantain chips cooked in sunflower oil, which, like all highly processed vegetable oils, can drive inflammation in the body. It’s nearly impossible to avoid vegetable oils while dining out, so I like to make sure that we avoid them in our home.