Keeping up with the extra calories needed to gain a healthy weight during my third trimester has been a struggle. Since I am still on my regular schedule of daily activities (including exercise), I have found that I have to eat a significant amount of calories in one day to put on pounds. If I don’t plan accordingly, I oftentimes find myself eating out of my daughter’s diaper bag stash (or finishing her plate for her). It is hard to keep up my little one. She is busy.
That said, I thought it might help others in the same predicament for me to put together a list of typical items that I stash in my car and/or her diaper bag. Most of these are items that my daughter and I can share, so there is no packing two separate snacks. These are also good snacks for anyone on the go.
- Clif Kid Z Bar – If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know that I fully support Luna Bar (a member of the Cilf Bar family). Clif Kid Z Bars are yet another branch of the company. They are about 2/3 the size of a regular Cilf Bar. They are low in fat and calories, high in fiber, low in sodium, organic and contain specific vitamins and nutrients, including: Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Thiamin, Folate, and many more. I can even buy them in bulk at Costco. Great flavors. Enough said.
- Lightly Salted Blue Diamond Almonds – The health benefits of eating almonds are incredible. I have been craving a little salt this pregnancy, so the lightly salted variety hits the spot for me. Clearly this is not a snack for my daughter at her age, but I can easily throw this bag in my car.
- Dried White Peaches (Trader Joe’s) – You have to get them from Trader Joe’s (or I have to). I don’t get a chance to go to our local Trader Joe’s often, so I usually pick up a few bags. I can crush 3 or 4 pieces a day. These are filling since they contain a decent amount of fiber. They also taste good!
- Barbara’s Puffins (any flavor) – I tend to stick with the peanut butter flavor, but we often get the original and cinnamon flavor. This is an easy snack to throw in a cup for my daughter. So why Puffins? This is a sweet cereal that is low fat, high in fiber, and low in sugar. A far better alternative to the sugary cereals on the market. I find myself stealing these from her if she doesn’t finish them. Warning – they can be pricey. Check Trader Joe’s for the lowest price.
- Clementines – ‘Tis the season! Good clementines are limited to specific times of the year. Thank goodness they are all over the supermarket during my third trimester. We are constantly fighting off disease in this family. We can’t get enough Vitamin C.
- Raspberries – Do I have to reiterate a lot of my points in the previous items? Low in fat, high in vitamins and nutrients and high in fiber. I could eat an entire small package. So good. Again, for the best deal, buy in bulk at Costco.
Aside from stocking up on snacks, new mom Carrie Kaschack, handed me a brown bag full of supplies to take to the hospital. Moms remember these? I actually saved the leftovers from my first pregnancy (hoping that I would have a second). I should have pawned them off like Carrie did! If you are pregnant with your first OR you hope to be one day, welcome to a part of pregnancy no one told me about. Men, stop reading. Ladies, you thought you were done with pads for good , right? HA! The hospital will provide hospital grade pads for the first few days, but you are on your own when it comes to the next few days/weeks at home.