Before I had my first baby, I remember loading up on trail mix. I loaded up on a lot of food, too much actually, but specifically I remember the trail mix. Why? Because, after baby was born, I basically slept with the trail mix. I had my water and I had my trail mix next to my bed. I nursed, drank water, and ate trail mix. Often times I was too sore or too tired to get out of bed, but I was starving, and I wanted to make sure I was getting plenty of protein and healthy fats. So, I had the trail mix. And guess what, with baby number two, I’m doing it again, so I’ll have it right next to me when I am starving at 3 in the morning with a baby attached to me!
To make it, I buy the ingredients separate, and then mix together as needed. I’ve never been good at preparation, and so mixing a few ingredients together is truly perfect for someone like me! All the ingredients in this trail mix are specifically chosen for the benefits they offer a new mama who is hungry, tired, and feeding a newborn! When choosing your ingredients, look for dried fruit with no added sugar, and either soaked and roasted nuts and seeds or raw nuts and seeds that you can soak and roast yourself. This will be the easiest on your digestion and the most nutrient friendly!
Walnuts- Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, vitamins and minerals (1)
Pecans-Healthy fats, proteins, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins and minerals (2)
Tart Cherries- Melatonin, antioxidant, beneficial for sleep and anxiety as well as healthy bowels (3)
Goji Berries-Antioxidants, immune and energy boosting, stabilizing, detoxifying (4)
Pumpkin Seeds-Highly nutritious with numerous minerals and vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, sleep enhancing (5)
Macadamia Nuts– Minerals, healthy fats, fiber (6)
Dark Chocolate Chips-Antioxidant rich, superfood (7)
Mix one cup of each together and store in a big glass jar or bag.
(If you have raw nuts, you may want to soak and roast them for optimal digestion. Find out how HERE.)
Yes, it doesn’t get much simpler than that, and that’s about all you really need to deal with in the sleep deprived newborn state.
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As you can see, you’ll be getting benefits and then some from these great foods! Nutrition, healthy fats to boost milk production and keep you full, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, and sleep boosting properties (because we all need that postpartum!) Plus, the fiber helps with keeping things…regular, which is essential after having a baby! I hope you enjoy this simple little snack as much as I have.
What are your favorite snacks to have around postpartum?