i haven't noticed it too much with this baby (maybe because i've been nursing non-stop for 5 years?) but with DD1 and DS i was starving all. the. time. and i got in the habit of eating really quickly because i was always afraid if i took my time i'd get interrupted by the baby (after it happened about a zillion times). DH would jokingly tell visitors not to get too close to me at meal times 'cuz i might gobble them up too by mistake
definitely snacks with protein pack the most punch. smoothies are great for this because they're quick to make and easy to consume even if you've got your hands full of baby. i make mine with either homemade yogurt or kefir, fresh or frozen fruit, and juice. sometimes if i think of it i add a scoop of protein powder or a powdered greens supplement i have to boost the nutritional value even more. nuts are good to snack on if your baby isn't sensitive to them, and nut butters on sandwiches or i like it on fresh fruits and veggies (especially apples and celery). i've been eating lots of Larabars lately - they're snack bars made from nuts and dried fruit - and nothing else! they are raw, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free. and most importantly, frickin' delicious
: and easy to eat one-handed while you're nursing
i also buy some ranch dressing/dip mix from Frontier and always have some dip handy (i usually make it with yogurt, sometimes sour cream) and have that with some cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, celery, etc. my kids love it too.
and one of our fave snacks around here are peanut butter honey milk balls. no cooking, it takes like 2 minutes tops to make. you just take 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of honey, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of powdered milk. mix it all together, then form into little bite-sized balls. chill in the fridge to set them, and then pop one or two whenever you need a little something to nosh. packed with protein and they satisfy my endless nursing sweet tooth.
OK... now i'm wicked hungry
gotta go have a snack!