The actual bliss of motherhood through proper diet!

November 27, 2012 18:02
The actual bliss of motherhood through proper diet!

motherhood. You've gained a new little bundle of joy-and to go with it, some extra pounds. Don't let food worries add to your stress and sleepless nights as you adjust to your new schedule. We sought out the best foods to keep you going and slim you down in the process.

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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