TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS FOODS FOR NEW MUMS
Easy and convenient options for postpartum recovery and breastfeeding.
FEED YOUR POWER, MUM
Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion, but it can also be a demanding and tiring time for new mums. Between caring for a newborn, recovering from childbirth, and taking care of their own wellbeing, it can be challenging to find the time and energy to cook nutritious meals. However, eating a balanced diet is crucial for postpartum recovery and providing the necessary nutrients for breastfeeding. So, what are some of the best foods for new mums that are both convenient and nutritious?
A warm bowl of porridge is not only comforting but also a great source of fibre, protein, and iron. It can also boost milk production and stabilise blood sugar levels, making it an excellent choice for breastfeeding mums. Quick oats or instant porridge sachets can be a convenient breakfast option when time is limited.
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, and folate. These nutrients are essential for postpartum recovery and supporting the production of breast milk. Pre-washed salad greens or frozen spinach can be a quick and easy addition to a meal.
Lentils, beans, tofu, and quinoa are excellent sources of protein and essential for repairing and building tissue after childbirth. They are also essential for maintaining energy levels and can help to reduce feelings of fatigue. Pre-cooked lentils or canned beans can be a quick and easy addition to a meal, while tofu or quinoa can be cooked in advance and used in a variety of dishes. Incorporating plant-based protein sources into your postpartum diet is a great way to support your body's recovery and provide the necessary nutrients for breastfeeding.
NUTS + SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of healthy fats and protein. They can help to boost energy levels, aid in the production of breast milk, and reduce inflammation. Pre-packaged nut and seed mixes can be a convenient snack option.
Berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are high in antioxidants and can help to reduce inflammation in the body. They are also a good source of vitamin C and fibre, which can aid in postpartum recovery. Frozen berries can be a convenient addition to smoothies or porridge.
NEED MIDWEEK DINNER SORTED?
Convenience is a welcome change for new mums, so at allplants we’ve created a collection of plant based meals that can be delivered straight to your doorstep. Here are five dishes that are not just healthy and delicious (hello high in protein and iron), they’re easy to heat and eat.
The hint is in the name. A powerfully punchy dish of miso roasted tofu, coconut and edamame smash, with power grains, sweet chilli broccoli, sesame cabbage, and a pea and edamame medley.
A Tex-Mex inspired rice bowl topped with smoky chipotle beans and soya mince chilli, a zingy lime, pea and bean smash, sweet and smoky corn, punchy peppers and a garlic and chilli kale.
Inspired by trendy plant based cafes in LA, this dish is a complete meal that is perfect for new mums looking for something supremely healthy. Enjoy the subtle mint flavour in the pea smash and the bold garlic and chilli dressing on the kale.
Layers of roasted aubergine, courgette and lasagne, covered in a rich, sweet red pepper tomato sauce and a creamy garlic bechamel, topped with red pepper flakes and basil.
A rich tomato, soy mince and lentil ragu layered with potatoes and roasted aubergine in a thick, creamy bechamel sauce.
CHARGE UP WITH ALLPLANTS
New mums need to prioritise their health and nutrition during the postpartum period. Bringing in more of these foods into your diet can help to support recovery and provide the necessary nutrients for breastfeeding. allplants is a super convenient option for those short on time and energy, making it easier to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet. So, go ahead and indulge in these delicious and nutritious meals without worrying about the hassle of cooking.
By Barry Lattimore-Quinn
Barry is our Senior Copywriter who wrangles puns and spaghetti in equal measure, so when he's not writing about food he's probably eating it. Being an Irish man he was the first to give our roast potatoes the seal of approval before they were crowned Great Taste Award Winners. Go figure.