Seeing that my wife and I are expecting our second child any minute now, I want to pay tribute to her and send my gratitude to all the wonderful mothers out there. As a father I can honestly say that being a parent is the greatest gift in the world and having a loving wife, who is such an amazing mother…well I could never ask for more. I am truly blessed.
Happy Mother’s Day!
My wife is a firm believer (from experience) that eating lots of plant-based foods, while pregnant, has a really positive impact on post-pregnancy recovery. Of course that doesn’t mean she didn’t veer off her healthy path once in a while. Sometimes it’s tough to be super healthy when the only thing you’re craving is macaroni and cheese and ice cream.
Seeing that we are days away from post-pregnancy, I wanted to share some insights into the importance of eating certain key nutrients to benefit your post-pregnancy recovery and the key foods to find them in.
Post-Pregnancy Key Nutrients & Recovery Foods
Omega 3 Oil
Both walnuts and chia seeds are high in Omega 3 Oil. Omega 3 Oil can help repair internal tissue damage and decrease inflammation. It is also a key nutrient for proper brain development in breastfeeding newborns.
Walnuts – add a handful to your salads or grab a few for a quick snack.
Chia Seeds – throw a tablespoon into your breakfast smoothie or over a bowl of soup or salad.
Hemps seeds and quinoa are great plant-based sources of complete protein. Adding extra protein will help with your over-all recovery as protein is the building block for your body’s cells.
Hemp Seeds – eat 3-6 tablespoons everyday by adding a tablespoon into everything you eat, smoothies, salads, soups, stews, pizza, anything!
Quinoa – use as an alternative to rice or pasta or add cooked quinoa to salad or soup for extra taste and texture.
Dates and figs are great options when you need a little energy boost but won’t spike your insulin the same way processed sugar does. They are great examples of healthy, quick carbohydrates. So if you are looking for a quick boost in your post-pregnancy energy levels, reach for a couple of figs or dates to help keep you going.
Dates – make for a great healthy snack, especially when you are getting a little sugar craving.
Figs – eat fresh (you can eat the skin) or add dried figs to your salad or smoothie.
Other notable nutrients to include for post-pregnancy include Vitamin D, preferably from sunlight as well as proper hydration. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will ensure you eliminate toxins and keep your bodies natural healing ability supercharged.
I would love to hear your thoughts on plant-based foods for post-pregnancy. Do you have one to share? Let me know below.