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Postnatal

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The weeks following the birth of your baby are for bonding with your baby and allowing your body to physically recover from labor. It is also an important time to replenish your body’s nutrient supply. While you are pregnant your body allocates most of its resources to meeting the baby’s needs. For example, if you do not consume adequate amounts of calcium during your pregnancy your body will pull from your bones to meet the baby’s needs. This is great for the little one, but can leave you with calcium deficiency and softening bones.

Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the postpartum phase include:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate (1)

In this article we will take a look at some nutrient-rich, balanced, postpartum meals. These meals will include the vitamins listed above and are easy to assemble for a new mom.

Postpartum Meals

You may not always have times to cook a full meal while tending to the needs of your newborn, but you can assemble a quick meal to make sure your needs are being met as well.

Mommas’ Munchies: 4, 1-inch cubes sharp cheddar cheese + 14 raw almonds + 4 slices jicama + 3 broccoli. Place on a plate and enjoy!

Mini Sandwiches: 2 slices whole grain bread, cut each slice into 4 pieces + 2 Tbsp hummus + 4 slices cucumber + 4 slices tomato. Layer bread, hummus, cucumber, tomato, bread and serve as mini sandwiches. Enjoy with a glass of skim milk.

Breakfast for Lunch: 2 cups oatmeal, fortified cereal + 1 cup skim milk + ½ cup blueberries + ¼ cup almonds. Serve in one bowl.

Postpartum Recipes:

Assemble and serve is great, but you may also feel like doing a little cooking (and is probably a necessity if you have other kids in your home). These recipes you can create that can be portioned into smaller meals or can serve as dinner one evening and lunch later in the week.

Vegetable Lo Mein: Do a little slicing and dicing or buy the veggies pre-cut, for this dish. You can really add as many veggies as you wish to this dish!

Butternut Squash Soup: Soups are great to make in advance. You can make a large batch, allow it to cool, pour into smaller freezer bags and have a stash in the freezer.

Zucchini Bake: Casseroles can be great for the postpartum time period because you can assemble them and then bake when you are ready. This one is great because you get a good dose of vitamins and minerals!

The important thing to remember when looking for postnatal or postpartum recipes is to keep it colorful and simple. The more color you can add to a dish the greater variety of vitamins and minerals you will find![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_js]

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