1 I've been there - four times to be exact - trying to figure out what to have on hand to eat after a new baby comes into our family. Once they arrive life is pretty much turned upside down for a few months and there isn't as much time or energy to prepare meals or snacks. I have found planning ahead helps me to eat well and nourish myself during the newborn stage.
Here are my 5 go to's for helping increase energy, stamina, balance mood and help keep you from reaching for processed convenience foods when life is stressful.
Fresh fruits. Have plenty of fresh fruit on hand - in the fridge, freezer and on your kitchen counter - apples, bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, kiwis, oranges, grapefruit, berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, mangos, pineapple, and grapes all make a quick refreshing snack that needs no special preparation and offers plenty of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. (And don't forget fiber...because I know how those first bowel movements after a new baby go!)
Raw veggies. Like baby carrots, radishes, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and more. Cut them up into bite sized chunks and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator and grab a handful when you are hungry. Enjoy them with your favorite dip or try my yogurt dip below.
Nutritious spreads. Hummus, peanut butter and nut butters, like almond or cashew butters, or mashed avocado make an easy and nutritional snack when spread on whole grain crackers, bread, or pita slices.
Fish. Research also shows that nursing mothers who do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to experience postpartum depression. Try canned fish like salmon or tuna over whole grain crackers or a bed of lettuce leaves. Sprinkle lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste over top for a light and fresh snack. Make it meal with some fresh fruit and veggies on the side.
Smoothies. Whip up a quick fruit smoothie with plain yogurt, fresh fruit (like strawberries and banana), ice, spinach and flax seed oil. You can make several servings all at once and keep them on hand in the fridge for something quick to sip on throughout the day.
Mama Simply Yogurt Veggie Dip:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon each finely diced;
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon
Mix together and chill before serving