Posts Tagged ‘energy levels’

Nourishing the Nursing Mama

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Quinoa with carrots and red pepper

Is it very important for a breastfeeding mama to be well nourished! This will help maintain an adequate milk supply and can boost energy levels as well. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (an incredible breastfeeding resource you definitely want to check out!) gives the following basic recommendations around nourishing the nursing mama. This info is especially helpful during the first few weeks while breastfeeding is established:

1. Healthy Foods – Your milk is affected by the foods you eat; so in essence the healthier your diet it, the healthier baby’s diet is! Eat as many whole foods as possible including grains, fruits, and veggies! Stay away from nutrionally-void, processed foods as much as possible.

2. High Calorie Foods – Making milk is hard work and your body needs extra calories to do this amazing job! Although this doesn’t mean it’s okay to consume a bunch of junk food! Remember the emphasis is on HEALTHY high calorie foods. Some examples include nuts or nut butters, oils, avocados, whole-fat dairy products, etc.

3. One-Handed Foods – I can remember asking my hubby to feed me while I nursed my newborn on more than one occasion. I would suddenly get incredibly hungry and want food in my mouth pronto! One-handed snacks are perfect for nursing mamas, as typically at least one hand is occupied by baby. Itty-bitty newborns can require a lot of hands-on assistance getting and staying latched, so foods that are easy to nibble on without utensils are best for nursing mamas. This can include sandwiches/wraps, trail mix, cheese sticks, pita and hummus, celery sticks and almond butter, or smoothies.

4. Sturdy – Foods that have a long shelf life, are easy to store and prepare are the best options for mamas of new nurslings. Foods that can be frozen and reheated are a great choice too. Casseroles and crock pot meals are a new mom’s best friend for dinner. If you are able to stock your freezer full of meals before baby arrives, you will greatly appreciate your effort once babe is in arms.

A little thought and preparation of how to keep yourself well-nourished while you are nourishing your baby goes a long way! 🙂

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Energy Boosting Smoothie

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Have you ever noticed the discrepancy of energy levels between a mother and her children? In other words, kids seems to have endless amounts of energy while most moms are operating on rather low energy reserves. One easy way to BOOST your energy levels is through FOODS! Try this smoothie recipe for a quick, healthy, PURE energy boost. This smoothie is a perfect way to start your day in place of caffeine or for when you hit that 2:00pm slump we are all too familiar with. It only takes minutes to make and can turn your day around in an instant. What gives this smoothie an energy boosting kick? Well actually ALL of the ingredients do! Check it out…

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

1/2 ripe banana

1 generous Tablespoon almond butter (preferably raw)

2 dates (be sure to remove the seed)

2 Tablespoons Hemp Seed

2 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs

2 ice cubes

Blend for two minutes and enjoy! This recipe makes one generous serving (you’ll find this smoothie surprisingly filling) so if your kids are going to want some (like mine always do) you might consider making extra. 🙂

What helps give you an extra energy boost? Would love to hear some more ideas from readers!

-Sarah