2. Eat smart
You are still kind of eating for two. Even if you’re not nursing, you still need enough energy to care for your baby and yourself. If you are breastfeeding, what you eat does affect your baby. For example, if you eat broccoli, the baby is more likely to enjoy it. A recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found that when a mother ate healthfully, she became a better role model for her children, who were less fussy and picky at mealtime and demonstrated more interest in eating. Food can energize you. It can also make you feel sluggish. Refined carbs and sugar make your blood sugar spike, giving you energy at first, but then crashing and making you feel hungrier sooner. Choose foods that are packed with nutrients, lean protein and healthy fats.
Energizing meals include foods like a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a lean hamburger patty with grilled zucchini, a whole-grain pita pocket filled with beans, arugula, tomatoes and pesto, a bowl of oatmeal with berries, and a cup of lentil soup.
Snacks that Energize You:
- 12-18 oz baby carrots and 4 tablespoons of hummus
- 2 tablespoons of almonds and raisins
- 5 whole grain crackers with natural peanut butter and banana slices
- a 16 oz skim, low-fat or soy latte
- string cheese with a pear or apple
- a hard boiled egg with whole-grain toast and grapes
- a corn or whole-wheat tortilla with low-fat cheese and salsa
- an orange
- 6 ounces of low-fat plain Greek yogurt topped with ½ a cup of berries and sunflower seeds
- celery stalks topped with natural peanut butter