When you’re suddenly charged with the care and feeding of a brand-new little being, it’s easy to forget that you too need care. During those first years, high-energy requirements and a whacky schedule make grazing a good idea – several mini meals spread throughout the day (and night) help keep parents on top of their game while ensuring energy levels stay at an even keel. However, with a baby around, there’s less time (and fewer hands) for cooking and eating, so keeping the kitchen stocked with easy-to grab healthy snacks will make life easier (and junk food less alluring).
Make calories count. Each snack and mini meal should be as nutrient-dense as possible, containing protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Of course, you still want what you eat to be delicious and easy to prepare – and anyone with a baby or toddler will appreciate good food that can be eaten with one hand. Planning ahead can go a long way; the following recipes are easy to make and keep well, so when you can hardly manage a shower or nap, you’ll still be able to feed yourself a proper snack. Minimal assembly required.
Protein (milk, yogurt, fish, nuts, beans, seeds) is one of the most important nutrients to consume when breastfeeding.
Without proper food in your tummy, breastfeeding can be tough. To produce 1 – 2 kilograms of milk a day, you’re using 500 calories. Stock your pantry with quick and nutritious foods – trail mixes, whole grain crackers, boxes of raisins and cans of tuna. Keep fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge at all times.