Feeding yourself after birth always seems to be a feat of Herculean proportion. It is recommended that while nursing, one should consume approximately 500 extra calories per day. We at Hampton Roads Doulas think it’s important to be able to nourish yourself while you nourish your baby, so we have put together five easy breastfeeding snacks that are nutritious and delicious. Enjoy!
- Garlic hummus with Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits. This choice is packed with protein and flavor. According to the USDA, a nursing woman needs to have 65 grams of protein daily. A bonus is being able to once again enjoy the pungent garlic flavor that maybe made you nauseated during pregnancy!
- Lactation bites. No-bake lactation bites are so yummy, easy, and (mostly) good for you. Often referred to as energy balls, these little bundles of sweet goodness add in some galactogogues that can be beneficial for a nursing woman. This recipe is one of our favorites.
- Avocado toast with egg. Avocados are a source of almost 20 essential nutrients! One of the main things they provide is the ‘good’ fat that your body needs. They are such a super food. Mash the avocado onto some whole grain toast, and top with an egg cooked however you like it. Eggs are also packed the much needed protein for a nursing mom.
- A smoothie. The occasional smoothie is a quick and easy way to get a good helping of nutrients that you need to provide energy and sustenance for yourself and your baby. This smoothie contains some awesome ingredients that are filling, delicious, and nutritious.
- Fruit, veggie, and cheese tray. This is a tried a true staple. Preparing this ahead of time allows you to just grab a healthy snack while juggling your baby, a shower, and a load of laundry.
EXPERT TIP: Whether you live in Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or anywhere else in Hampton Roads, choose a local farmer’s market to shop at. Selecting fruits and vegetables that are in-season will make your diet and snacks even healthier. One reason for this is that the shorter the distance from the field to you, the more nutrients stay inside the food.
Play around with what suits you best. Give yourself some freedom to enjoy yourself, enjoy your food, and most of all, enjoy your new baby! Happy eating!