One of the advantages of breastfeeding is that you get to eat all of the time and not gain any weight. In fact, most of my breastfeeding friends and I have noticed that you actually lose MORE weight than you gained during pregnancy.
To curb some of my constant hunger, I have found that eating Greek yogurt plus homemade granola has been helpful. I have been doing this for about a month now and have really noticed that I will stay full more than 15 minutes. This is an easy snack for work either mid-morning or mid-afternoon for me.
I buy a giant container of Greek yogurt. The super sized Fage yogurt from Costco or the Trader Joe's brand Greek yogurt are favorites. I also am partial to any brand's honey & vanilla variety. Or how about the pomegranite Chobani?! I have not yet gotten adventurous and tried homemade yogurt a la Tara & Dan, but it's on my to-do list. I make one batch of the following granola on Sunday afternoon and it lasts me a week.
Source: America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
3 c. rolled oats
1 c. walnuts, chopped*
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. sliced or slivered almonds*
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. sesame seeds
1/3 c. canola oil
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
1 c. raisins (or any dried fruit)
Combine dry ingredients (sans fruit) in large bowl & mix well. Heat oil, honey & maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat till hot. Pour into dry ingredients and stir till well blended. Spread out on large cookie sheet and bake in 325-degree preheated oven for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until nice and golden. Remove from oven & stir in dried fruit. Store in air tight container
**I am allergic to both walnuts and almonds so I have never made this as written. I usally use a a combo of cashews, peanuts and/or pecans for the nuts. I have made it with regular raisins, golden raisins and craisins (or a combo of those three) and love each version.
Granola is fun because you can totally experiment with the fruit/nut combos!