The first few days, even weeks, after delivering your little one can be a blur.
Your mama instincts kick in and all of your energy goes towards caring for this babe. Although you have birthed your precious bundle of joy, more than likely you’ll still be physically attached throughout most of the day (and night). It can be tough during this time to fix yourself a proper meal. Hopefully, you have one free hand to help feed your hunger. There are many quick, go-to snacks to keep within arm’s reach. Choosing foods that are nutrient-dense and high in protein will keep you satisfied and energized.
Whether you’re stuck in bed, on the couch, or in a nursing chair, healthy eating is still possible if you plan ahead. The following are examples of healthy snacks that can be quickly prepared and eaten with one hand:
• Half an avocado on sourdough toast
• A handful of nuts, seeds, dried fruit
• A bowl of oatmeal
• An apple with a slice of cheese or nut butter
• A smoothie
• Roasted Turkey/Chicken
• Cottage Cheese
• Greek Yogurt
• Hard-boiled egg
Listed below are a few of my favorite bars, which are great because they are minimally processed with recognizable ingredients, plus, they’re lower in sugar than most conventional bars:
You know that coconut oil you are slathering all over your little one? Go ahead and have a spoonful. Coconut oil is known for its numerous health benefits, including digestive and immune support, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and enhanced fat metabolism.
It may be tempting to grab processed sugary and salty snacks for a quick fix, but such snacks have the potential to make you feel tired and ravenous. In addition, it is extremely important to increase your calories if you are breastfeeding, as your body utilizes those calories to produce milk.
Be sure to load up on healthful, prepared snacks before having your baby. Stock the area where you’ll be situated during the first few weeks after your baby is born with packaged snacks and bottled water. It may seem silly to need a reminder to eat, but that, along with staying hydrated, is extremely important in the first few weeks after delivering your baby.
Misti Buie is a mom and holistic nutritionist specializing in pre and postnatal nutrition consulting. She is passionate about helping others revitalize their health and wellness by reshaping their eating habits. Her services include meal planning, pantry/refrigerator makeovers and cooking with families.