Almost nobody knows more about sleep deprivation than a new mom. Between the exhausting sleep (or not sleeping!) schedule of a newborn and the daily demands of life, a new mom is functioning on little more than fumes. Coffee can provide a quick pick-me-up, but it also paves the path for afternoon energy crashes. The right foods can give you the kick you need with nutrients that naturally increase energy in a more stable, even-keeled kind of way. Here are 10 easy, energy-boosting foods for new moms – easy recipes for drinks, snacks, and light meals that anyone can eat quickly during the day (or night).
Booby Bites found on I Can Teach My Child
Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Snack found on Thrive Style
Energy Boosting Green Smoothie found on Dabblist
Banana+Almond Butter+Chia Seeds Breakfast Toast found on Buzzfeed
B Vitamin Water found on Everyday Roots
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks found on Jo Cooks
Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites found on Twin Tough
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mocha Powerballs found on Averie Cooks
Detox Energy Salad found on The Healthy Chef
Lentil Tabouli found on Healthy Aperture
We also wanted to include a few basic, healthy go-tos that don’t require any recipe at all. These are things that you should try to incorporate into your diet every day.
Water – Most new moms will naturally find that they need to drink more fluids everyday (especially if you’re breastfeeding). Keeping water nearby and water bottles ready to pop in diaper bags for on-the-go is always a good idea. A smoothie or fresh juice is great, but nothing is better than water.
Nuts and Seeds – Nuts are the perfect snack through the day because you can always grab a handful in between tasks – and they’re packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s an awesomely easy way to give yourself some natural energy when you feel your reserves getting low.
Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12. It also has twice as much protein as regular yogurt, so it’ll keep you feeling full longer and give you more energy with less calories!
Fruits – Eating a natural snack like a piece of fruit is always a good idea. Blueberries, oranges, bananas, apples, kiwis, grapes, strawberries and papayas are so good for you they’re considered super foods. Super power your day by eating a rainbow of “nature’s candy!”
What are your go-to energy-boosting foods? Do you have other things you do to give yourself a quick pick-me-up? Please share in the comments for the benefit of all the zombie moms out there!