5 Delicious Foods for New Moms
New moms have a plethora of reasons to change their eating habits. First, breastfeeding moms want to ensure they are supplying their baby with healthy milk. Second, new moms want to shed those baby pounds. A third reason to change eating habits and eat better is to enhance the quality of your health. Of course there are far more reasons to start eating healthy as a new mom. Now you’ve got a whole lot more to live for and there is nothing in this world that is more precious than that beautiful baby you’re staring at. Take a look at five delicious, nutritious foods that should be on the menu after you deliver your little one.
Water. Our bodies are made up of almost all water. We lose that water through urination, sweating and other bodily fluids. To stay hydrated, that water must be replaced. Consuming eight, 8-ounce glasses of H2O daily will not only help keep your body hydrated, it will also keep you filling fuller so you are less likely to overeat. Reach for water rather than juices or sweet colas and benefit yourself and your baby.
Salmon. DHA is packed inside of salmon. DHA is a critical component in the development of the nervous system of your baby. Adding Salmon to the diet is a great idea for breastfeeding mothers. While DHA is found in breast milk, research shows that those amounts increase in women who have diets high in DHA rich foods. In addition to providing excellent nutrition for your newborn, the DHA in salmon may also help prevent postpartum depression. Add salmon to the menu once or twice per week.
Blueberries. Fresh fruits are an excellent choice to satisfy your sweet tooth and to help you build vitamins and minerals needed by the body. Blueberries are also packed with carbohydrates so consuming them will help you feel more energized.
Leafy Green Vegetables. Spinach, turnip Greens, and broccoli should be included in the menu every night of the week if possible, but no less than two to three times. These green leafy vegetables taste great and provide you with an exuberant amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron and even Calcium!
Milk. Milk is important for breastfeeding moms since it provides Vitamin D and Calcium for baby’s milk. Drink at least three servings of the white stuff each day. Choose 1% milk, which is low in saturated fat but high in the nutrients that you (and your baby) need.