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Low Sugar Sweet Snacks For Pregnancy And Postpartum

Pregnancy and postpartum are a rollercoaster ride of hormones, emotions, and sleep deprivation. This can lead many pregnant and postpartum women to crave something sweet and sugary. While it is perfectly natural to crave and eat sweet snacks and desserts, it is more beneficial to eat balanced meals and snacks that can nourish your body and satisfy those cravings in the long run. In this post, you will find some recipes for low-sugar sweet snacks for pregnancy and postpartum that are Whole Foods-based and so good that you will be making them on rotation.

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But first, let us understand why new moms crave sugar and sugary sweet treats.

There can be three reasons for this,

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Hormones
  • Postpartum fatigue

New mothers are often going through a surge of hormones to help breastfeed, which coupled with sleep deprivation kicks up the hunger hormone, ghrelin, which in turn amps up the body’s demand for more energy. When not eating balanced meals rich in protein and fat it is easy at this time to fall for the sugar trap and consume more and more sweet treats.

10 LOW-SUGAR SWEET SNACKS FOR PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM

Chocolate chia pudding

Make this easy chocolate chia pudding when craving a sweet dessert after meals. Chia seeds are a good source of healthy fats, and this pudding’s creamy chocolatey flavor hits the spot for a satisfying post-meal sweet treat.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ophira
An easy chocolate chia pudding recipe using only 4 ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 150 ml almond milk/coconut milk
  • 5 tbsps chia seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on a low setting until all the chia seeds are nearly invisible.
  • Pour into tiny shot glasses.
  • Set in the fridge for 2-4 hours.
  • Serve with toppings of your choice. You can use chopped strawberries or blueberries, toasted almond flakes, desiccated coconut or raw cacao nibs.
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Mango popsicle

This popsicle recipe for a healthy sweet snack postpartum meets all the requirements when you crave something cold and sweet. The Greek yogurt in the recipe adds that extra bit of protein and healthy fats.

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Homemade Mango Popsicles For Toddlers And Kids

A yummy and easy homemade mango popsicle recipe for toddlers and kids all ages.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • Yogurt layer
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Mango layer
  • 3 mangoes chopped
  • 10-12 almonds soaked
  • 1 tsp honey
  • water as needed

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl mix the honey and greek yogurt.
  • Add 1-2 spoonfuls of the greek yogurt to the popsicle moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • In a mixer make a mango pulp with mango, almonds, honey and a little water. Keep consistency thick, don’t add a lot of water.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the moulds and add the mango layer.
  • Freeze for 6-8 hours.
  • To remove from moulds, keep moulds under running tap water for 2 mins each side, then loosen and pull to remove.
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Chocolate peanut butter smoothie

A chocolate smoothie is my go-to during the busy week. The best part about smoothies as a sweet snack is that everyone in the family can enjoy them together.

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Chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie for toddlers

A tasty chocolate flavored smoothie for toddlers that includes peanut butter.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed powder
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  • All all the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until desired consistency.
  • Serve chilled.
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Granola bar

These granola bars are made using lots of nuts and seeds to pack in healthy fats and protein that is much needed by new mothers to sustain themselves during those long nights breastfeeding.

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Easy Granola Bar Recipe

An easy granola bar recipe for kids, new moms and adults looking for a protein-rich snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Snack, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. 
  • Grease your baking dish with some cooking oil. Tightly stuff the mixture in the baking dish. 
  • Bake at 180°C/300°F for 30 minutes until the top layer is crispy. Keep an eye on the baking process to make sure the granola mixture burns.
  • After baking, cool down and cut into bars. 

Notes

STORAGE
Store in the fridge. Can stay fresh for 7 days.
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Strawberry smoothie bowl

A quick and easy smoothie bowl recipe that satisfies the sweet tooth and packs in a lot of nutrition in one bowl.

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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

A quick and easy strawberry smoothie bowl recipe for breakfast or a sweet snack.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Blitz in a mixer grinder and serve.
  • Toppings added are chopped strawberry, chia seeds, pistachio powder
     

Notes

Other toppings for smoothie bowls can include granola, toasted coconut flakes, almond butter, desiccated coconut, cacao nibs, toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted sunflower seeds, and/or hemp seeds.
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Oat cranberry bites

Energy balls are easy to prepare and store on the weekends before the start of another busy week and come in handy for those midnight cravings or as a post-lunch sweet treat.

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Cinnamon Cranberry Oat Bites

Ophira
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 10 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Oats
  • 3 tbsp Peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Flaxseed powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Keep the dried cranberries aside for adding in the last step.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixer.
  • Now add the cranberries to the mix and make tiny bite-sized balls.
  • Leave in the fridge for 20 minutes to help them set into shape. Then transfer to an airtight container and store.
  • Stores well in the fridge for 7 days.

Yogurt bark

I love making big batches of yogurt bark and having them on hand in the freezer. Some of my favorite yogurt bark flavors are peanut butter chocolate, peanut butter berry yogurt bark, and strawberry pistachio yogurt bark. Give these recipes a try, you will love them.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bark For Kids

Make ahead snack idea for babies, toddlers and older kids. This frozen yogurt bark contains strawberry and greek yogurt.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • handful chocolate chips
  • handful chopped strawberries
  • handful roasted pistachios

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl mix the greek yogurt, strawberry puree and honey.
  • Spread on a thin baking sheet.
  • Add toppings of your choice. I used chocolate chips, roasted pistachio pieces and chopped strawberries.
  • Freeze for 4-5 hours.
  • Cut and enjoy.

Notes

Store in Ziploc bags in the freezer as a make ahead snack.
For babies under 1, skip honey and use toppings of fresh fruits instead of chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
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Peanut ladoo

Another quick and easy sweet snack recipe that can be prepared ahead of time for a protein-rich snack any time of the day. Get my ebook with quick and easy snack recipes that you can batch-prep here.

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Peanut Ladoo

An easy peanut ladoo recipe for snack time or lunch boxes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup jaggery powder
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • sesame seeds (for coating)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a highspeed blender.
  • Spread some coconut oil on your hand. Now roll into small balls. 
  • For coating, roll the ladoos in toasted sesame seeds. 

Notes

STORAGE
Store in a cool dry place. Can stay fresh for 7-10 days.
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Fruit salad

They say fruit is nature’s candy, and why not get some of your favorite fruits cleaned, chopped, and portioned out as a quick snack for pregnancy and postpartum?

Chocolate-covered berries and nuts

If you are especially craving chocolate this pregnancy or postpartum, give chocolate-coated nuts and frozen fruit a try. Some great combinations are chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered almonds, dates, and walnut clusters. These are batch-prep friendly and so tasty that the health benefits are just a bonus.

Hope these low-sugar sweet snack ideas come in handy to you during your pregnancy and postpartum.

Related reading

Quick breastfeeding-friendly snacks for new moms

Best foods for breastfeeding mothers

Best foods for a quick postpartum recovery

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