Motherhood, especially during the first few months, can leave you feeling ravenous. Moreover, while recovering from pregnancy you may tend to lean into some of your old (and maybe not so healthy) pregnancy cravings. Sound familiar?
I’ve been there... I am there. My youngest of four kids is six months old (Check him out in my baby-wearing Mommy & Me workouts for MYX). I’m still breastfeeding and depending on my sleep and activity level, I am hungry! As I work to get stronger, I know my body needs nutritious food to fuel it. Here are five of my go-to’s when I need something in a pinch:
What? But I need food! Well, do you? Here’s the thing - sometimes when you’re feeling hungry, you’re actually dehydrated. Try drinking 6-8 oz of water before indulging, and you might be surprised. If you’re bored with plain old water, try adding some mint and blueberries or strawberries and lime to a glass of water in a mason jar. It’ll be so pretty that you can’t resist! Prep a few ahead of time and leave them in your fridge.
- Creamy Green Smoothie
Smoothies are great because you can drink them one-handed and get in much-needed nutrients. I almost always add avocado because it helps me stay full while also giving me heart-healthy fats such as vitamins B, K, C, & E, folate and potassium. My go-to is to blend 1 frozen banana, 1 avocado, 1.5 cups of almonds milk, and a handful of whatever greens I have available (usually kale or spinach).
- Boobie Bark (from Boobie Brands)
This is my newest find! Boobie Bark is a wholesome alternative to lactation cookies, with less sugar, 5g of plant-based protein, and packed with delicious and beneficial superfoods. If you’re breastfeeding and need to increase your milk supply, it’s packed with lactogenic superfoods. I like eating it solo or on top of Greek yogurt as a crunchy topping. (Click HERE and use code Sara20 to get 20% off all Boobie Brand products)
- Yogurt Parfait
Speaking of yogurt, I love yogurt parfaits! Greek yogurt is not only a great source of protein and fat, but it has calcium. Some studies have shown that women often lose 3-5 percent of their bone mass during breastfeeding, so calcium is extra important. You can find how I make my yogurt parfaits here.
- Nuts for Days
I sometimes struggle to get enough daily protein, so nuts have been a great resource of both protein and fat for me. Nuts.com has been one of my new favorite shopping hubs for mixing up my nut intake. Remember that nuts can also be high in calories so try using small mason jars to portion them out and keep for easy access.
The next time you feel those cravings hit, remember these tasty options, and enjoy!