Best Snacks for New Moms

Breastfeeding and the physical recovery from labor and delivery can leave you tired and hungry, so it’s important to top up your energy levels with healthy snacks throughout the day. The ideas here will encourage a speedy recovery and improved mood.

  • All of the snacks suggested for pregnancy are ideal during the postpartum period, and it’s a good idea to stock up your fridge and freezer before your baby is due

  • Try to be sure you are getting some omega 3 oils, found mainly in fish, nuts, and seeds, in your daily diet; studies have found that these oils are great for enhancing brain function and keeping depression at bay

  • Eat plenty of good-quality protein—this is necessary for your body to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has a calming effect; slices of lean meat or scrambled eggs make excellent snacks

  • Make sure snacktime includes plenty of fresh, hydrating drinks—herbal teas can be iced and mixed with honey and lemon to refresh, while fresh water is even better; fatigue and anxiety are symptoms of dehydration

  • A little dark chocolate will give you an energy boost, as well as some iron, without sending your blood sugar spiraling; chocolate is also associated with increased serotonin levels in the brain

  • When you are preparing meals, cut up some extra celery, carrots, peppers, and broccoli, and keep them in a little fresh water in the fridge—they’re great with hummus or other dips

  • Throw some fruit and yogurt into the blender to make a smoothie

  • Avoid sugary and refined snacks, such as chips, cookies, and cakes—they may satisfy you in the short term, but your blood-sugar levels will soon plummet, leaving you feeling tired and irritable

Quick Family Food

Time is at a premium when you have a new baby, so it makes sense to create easy, quick, and healthy family dishes that will last a couple of days, and can even be frozen for later meals. Try some of these:

  • A hearty vegetable soup, made with a good chicken or vegetable stock, plenty of root vegetables, a handful of savory herbs, and simmered for a couple of hours, will provide a great meal served with bread and cheese

  • Place sliced ham, cheese, coriander, and spring onions in a tortilla, fold in half, lightly fry or grill until melted, and serve with a bowl of soup

  • Dig out your slow-cooker—you can drop in some inexpensive cuts of meat or poultry, lots of root vegetables, some wine and stock, and leave it to simmer all day

  • Brown some ground beef, which can be adapted to make Bolognese sauce, chilli con carne, moussaka, and lasagne; freeze in portion sizes, and defrost when required to create whichever dish you crave

  • Roast a large chicken and use for sandwiches, curry, soup, or salad

  • Roasted vegetables with a scattering of herbs or cheese will provide a nutritious and easy meal

  • Make it easy: there’s no reason why bacon and eggs can’t be dinner—or try a delicious cheese-and-veggie omelette for a quick anytime meal

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