Whether you are packing a hospital bag, or you have to take a snack basket to visit someone in the hospital, getting healthy nutritious snacks is the best way to survive hunger pangs at the hospital. At times when you can’t enjoy a full meal, and all you have to do is maintain the energy to bear labor pains or breastfeed a newborn, these go-to snacks are filling and a good energy booster.
Especially for a c-section, you are not supposed to eat 24 hours before. Once you are done with the surgery, light snacks with apple juice are recommended if you are able to digest food post-surgery.
Although hospitals offer saltine crackers and apple juice, it is a good idea to pack your preferred favorite snacks in a hospital bag.
Let’s find out the best snacks you can pack for your hospital stay that are not perishable or at least can stay fresh for a week or so.
If you are looking for healthy snacks to create a hospital snack basket, here is what you need to know.
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Healthy nutritious Hospital snacks
Whether you prefer healthy whole wheat crackers or regular tasty ones, it all depends on what you would like to eat at the time of your hospital stay.
Crackers with cream cheese or peanut butter are delicious savory snacks when you do not feel like eating anything sweet. However, if you have a C-section, you should eat plain crackers (not too heavy snacks) only after surgery to see if you are able to stomach lighter foods.
Nuts with your favorite dry freeze fruits make the best trail mix. You can create your own or get a store-bought one. You can mix almonds with dry cranberry, cashews, and M&Ms to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Although I prefer raw and unsalted nuts in my trail mix, it all depends on how you personally like them to taste.
Dates are the best source of energy for pain management during or before labor. It helps the cervix to dilate faster. Even after delivery, dates are the best healthy snack that gives immediate energy, is a good source of fiber, and is an excellent natural sweetener.
Deseed dates, add an unsalted almond, walnuts, or cashew to enjoy a wholesome healthy hospital snack for labor.
Try these Medjool dates – they taste by far the best.
If you have a toddler visiting you during your hospital stay, cheese sticks are a family favorite snack.
You can also try crispy cheese sticks crackers as a perfect hospital snack.
Tortilla chips with a store-bought dip
When dads are at the hospital, they are hungry all the time. Get a store-bought jar of your favorite dips, cheese or spinach, spicy salsa, or spicy queso, with a bag of tortilla chips. Enjoy a wholesome filling snack as a family at midnight.
If you are ready to make some at home, why not? But at this point, when you are struggling with a big belly, pay a visit to a local store, and get your favorite blueberry cheese muffins that you can enjoy with a cup of milk. A perfect snack for a breastfeeding mom who is getting hungry every other hour.
Fruit cups or fruits trays
Get fresh fruit cups if you are visiting someone at the hospital. Sliced fruits are the best snack a whole family can enjoy at the hospital – a new mom, dad, or even a toddler.
Get these yummy and delicious healthy fruit leather snacks with no added sugar. A perfect snack for you and your family at the hospital.
If you are a fan of meat-based protein-rich snacks, pack a beef jerky of your choice. It is the best snack, especially for dads.
Cereal cups or oatmeal cups
Let’s face it, hospital breakfasts and meals are the most tasteless meals in my opinion. A snack-size box of cereal or a box of milk is another wholesome snack you can have as a breakfast or any other time hunger kicks in.
Get an oatmeal express box for a healthy filling snack, especially for moms who want milk supply to settle in fast.
Black Tea or green tea bags
If you are a fan of tea or coffee, you can get coffee at the hospital snack station, but the tea of your choice is a little hard to find. Whenever we go on a vacation, we pack our black tea teabags along with powdered milk to at least have an enjoyable cup of tea.
So if you are a tea lover, do not forget to pack some tea bags and powdered milk in your hospital bag. You can easily get hot water at the hospital- if not, warm up some water in a microwave.
Nature Valley has by far the best granola snack bars. These protein-rich snacks come in great flavors, with or without chocolate, almonds, peanuts, oats, and honey.
Yogurt cups with granola
Get a greek yogurt cup or any healthy flavored yogurt of your choice. Refrigerate when you get to the hospital. Enjoy it as a filling delicious crunch snack with vanilla cinnamon granola.
Roasted seeds snacks
Get some dry roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or watermelon seeds snacks. You can eat them as they are, or top them on a salad. These protein-rich snacks are great for hospital stays.
Nothing beats eating freeze-dried fruit as a healthy snack. The options are endless and delicious, such as figs, apricot, mango, (if you crave a tangy snack), dry banana slices, berries, cranberries, coconut, pineapple, cherries, blueberries, and raisins. Choose a snack according to your preference.
Pretzels, popcorn, and chips
Whether you are craving a chocolate-covered pretzel or a pack of caramel butter popcorns, sometimes snacking on a healthy-ish snack is everything, if not so much healthy. Get a stash of bbq flavored chips or a bag of salted popcorns because you never know what you crave at that very moment.