After Baby arrives, it’s only natural to turn all your attention to her needs and well-being. But new moms mustn’t forget their own nutritional needs. Good nutrition will help with your recovery after childbirth, and will also help your mood, level of fatigue and overall health.
If you are breastfeeding your baby, you need an additional 500 calories each day and plenty of added fluids. Here are some healthy snack ideas to add calories without adding unhealthy fats or added sugar:
For most meals aim for the following proportion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates: your plate should be half vegetables, one quarter protein (lean meats, poultry, fish, tofu), and one quarter starch.
Accept help! If friends or family offer to prepare meals for you, let them. It’s a nice (and usually healthier) alternative to take-out or restaurant food.
When you do have the time (and energy) to cook, make 2 batches and freeze one for a later time.
Try not to skip meals. If you do, you’re likely to become too hungry later and overeat or choose less healthy foods
Before you go food shopping make a shopping list so that you don’t forget anything and to avoid impulse purchases of not-so-good-for-you foods like junky snacks, desserts, etc. When making your list plan each meal and also include a variety of fruits and other healthy snacks.
Stock your kitchen with healthy grab-and-go snacks. See above for ideas. These can be good for taking with you on an outing with Baby, or grabbing from the pantry to eat while breastfeeding or cuddling with your little one.
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