Be Well Bites: The Best Foods to Eat After Having a Baby
When you eat foods rich with nutrients, you'll notice that your calories go a long way. You'll feel fuller longer, and will have the get-up-and-go mentality you need for those 3 a.m. feeding calls. McManus suggests the following to fuel up on:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean protein, like fish, beef, and soy foods
- Dairy -- choose skim or low-fat milk
- Leafy greens
- Iron, especially if you suffer from postpartum symptoms. You can find this in things like fortified cereals, prune juice, and lean meats.
- Vitamin C, which can help with wound healing for mothers who delivered via C-section. Find this in oranges, tomatoes, and natural fruit juices.
If you're in the mood for a snack, McManus says to think carefully before you choose. Steer clear from snack packs since they are stocked with tons of artificial sweeteners. Instead, either have a tiny portion of what you actually want or pick from one of the following:
- Whole-grain crackers with hummus
- Nuts (stash some in your purse in case you get a craving on the go)
- A cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk.
- A hardboiled egg with some carrots
- Low-fat cheese with a piece of fruit
- Peanut butter on an apple
- Plain Greek yogurt -- add in a cup of berries to avoid added sugar from the flavored kind.
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