Life with a newborn is wonderful, magical, and utterly EXHAUSTING. With all the diaper changes, feedings, and snuggles, moms often tend to neglect themselves in those important postpartum weeks. The first thing to go after showering tends to be nutrition. Without proper nutrition, a mama will only get more worn out and lack the supernatural energyneeded to care for her little one (and any other ones running around). This holds true for ALL moms of newborns, but if you’re also breastfeeding (around the clock), it is especially true because you’re losing extra calories – not to mention you’re the only one able to feed the baby!
With my first one, I found the only way to avoid getting to noon before putting anything in my mouth, was to have LOTS of snacks (healthy snacks) that were easily accessible! I craved nutrition. I craved protein. And sometimes I craved something sweet!
If you aren’t expecting, or haven’t recently welcomed a newborn… maybe you have a friend who is! This list is a great starting point for a snack-style gift basket for the new mom! I sure wish a friend had dropped a bunch of these off! For those who will be using it themselves, a few of these items require minimal prep. I suggest spending a little time once or twice a week cooking a batch of quinoa and cutting the fruits and veggies – or hand the list over to hubby to take care of!
I hope this list helps many of you stay afloat in those half-dazed, but totally-worth-it, days 🙂
*When possible: get organic fruit and vegetables, non-gmo grains, hormone and antibiotic-free diary and nitrate-free meat*
1. Hummus with carrot sticks or bell pepper slices
Dip and eat. Easy-peasy!
2. Almond butter with celery sticks or apple slices
Super filling and great for when you are craving something sweet
Cut up and refrigerated: strawberries, oranges, pineapple, melon
Ready-to-eat: bananas, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
4. Hard-boiled eggs
Boil or bake in the oven and have on-hand in the fridge
A complete protein that you can pretty much eat with anything
The flavor possibilities are endless and you will never get bored of drinking them
7. Greek yogurt
Full fat and plain is best for you. Add a little granola, raw honey or pure maple syrup, fruit, and/or chia seeds to jazz it up!
8. Cottage cheese
Nice with fruit and flax seed oil
9. Turkey/cheese roll-ups
A great grain-free option
Sliced up with Himalayan salt, pepper and drizzled EVOO (extra virgin olive oil); or you can top with salsa and scoop with tortilla chips
11. Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon
Far more afordable than fresh, healthier than tuna and can be eaten straight from the can!
(not to be confused with Atlantic, which is farmed)
12. Handful of nuts
My favs include cashews, almonds, pistachios
When possible, I try to stick to as few ingredients as possible when buying packaged foods… So these are my fav “bar”…. you can do other protein/granola bars, but be mindful that they aren’t actually loaded with a bunch of junk 😉
14. Dark chocolate
I keep dark chocolate chips in my freezer at ALL times 🙂 I have a huge sweet tooth, so this is a must! A yummy little dessert for any time of day can be made with a cold, sliced banana, frozen dark chocolate chips (for crunch factor), and a good scoop or two of peanut butter. Sooooo yum.
And finally, don’t forget to have bottled water (and, if you like, coconut water) on hand at all times! Or just a water bottle that you religiously keep filling! STAY HYDRATED!!!
About the author:
Lisa is wife to an amazing man, mom to a spunky 2-year-old girl (soon to be two girls!), and follower of Jesus. She is also a Postpartum and L&D nurse. Lisa is passionate about helping and encouraging other moms both in and out of work – which is exactly why she loves being a part of The Snap Mom!