The nursery’s ready and her bags are packed! Baby number 2 is on the way!
Kelly, one of our beautiful community mums shares her top 14 breastfeeding friendly snacks that she says ALL expecting mums should make before the baby arrives!
A bit about Kelly and her pregnancy journey
I’m 29 weeks pregnant with baby number two. Shortly after the birth of my daughter I developed postnatal depression and stopped looking after myself.
I focused all of my time and attention on her.
I discovered the Healthy Mummy smoothies when my daughter was six months old and the difference I felt from having a nutritious breakfast every day was amazing! My energy returned and my mood was improving.
I joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and lost 2.2st. before falling pregnant again.
This pregnancy has been challenging and not straight forward but the finish line is in sight and I can’t wait to recommence my health and weight loss journey after our new bub arrives.
Thanks to everything I have learned with The Healthy Mummy, this pregnancy has been the healthiest it could possibly be!
What to expect when baby arrives
The countdown for your impending arrival is on! Your bags are packed, the room is ready. You feel as organised as you can be before the whirlwind of excitement and joy begins and your baby is finally here.
So what will the first few weeks entail?
Well, they will go by in a blur and before you know it living on less sleep, a steady stream of calls and visitors and countless hours of baby snuggles will have gone by.
Looking back – were you prepared?
Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep!
Can anyone really be prepared for the first few weeks and months at home?
Perhaps you had your freezer stocked with meals (thanks meal prep!) to help you through the days where cooking seemed too much, or you were lucky enough to have a network of family and friends to drop off meals as you settled into family life. But what about snacks?
Whether you are planning to breastfeed or not, snacks will be crucial in reaching your target BMR and ensuring you have the energy to take on the challenges a new baby presents. Looking after yourself during this time is vital for your mental and physical health, and eating well can play a big role in this.
Having a stash of healthy snacks will also help curb the 3pm biscuit or chocolate binge or stop you reaching for the phone for a fast food delivery when you’re hungry for your dinner.
Kelly’s top 14 breastfeeding friendly snacks that she says ALL expecting mums should make before the baby arrives!
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Crumble Balls
These chocolate peanut butter crumble balls taste as delicious as they sound. They are 155 cals per serve and only take 20 minutes to make. Added bonus? All you need is 5 ingredients.
You can find these in the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Hub.
2. Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls
These little bites of heaven taste just like a lemon slice.. but much healthier! Check out the recipe here
3. Weetabix Slice
Perfect to keep those chocolate cravings at bay! This recipe can also be found on the Healthy Mummy website.
4. Coconut, Oat and Cinnamon Bliss Balls
Fantastic for keeping energy levels stable AND oats can help boost breastmilk production! Check out the recipe here.
5. Healthy Homemade Lactation Cookies
You can download the Healthy Mummy’s FREE Milk Supply Boosting eBook to get this delicious recipe.
6. Dairy Free Choc Banana Cookies
Again, for this delicious recipe download the FREE Milk Supply Boosting eBook. The best part about this recipe is that you only need 5 ingredients!
7. Choc Chip Cookies
You can whip up these little numbers using the recipe from the Healthy Mummy blog.
8. Banana Bread
This is one of my regular go to recipes, loved by adults and kids alike! Check out the recipe here
9. Banana, Raspberry and Chocolate Muffins
Who doesn’t love muffins? You can find the recipe for these here.
10. Easy Courgette Muffins
Find these yummy and easy Courgette Muffins on the Healthy Mummy website.
11. Crustless Quiches
Another winner and an easy one to prep, from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
12. Healthy Mini Quiche Taco Boats
Only 216 cals per serve and loaded with greens. Check out the recipe here.
13. Peanut Bubble Crunch
Puffed rice never looked so good! Get this lovely bubbly recipe here.
14. Healthy ‘Hidden Veggie’ Sausage Rolls
Who doesn’t love a sausage roll? Get this healthy ‘hidden veggie’ version from the Healthy Mummy website.
I never realised how hungry I would get feeding overnight with my daughter. These healthy snack options really hit the spot and stop me (and hubby) reaching for the crisps and chocolate.
I’m sure my list will continue to grow in the next four weeks! But having one less thing to do or worry about after the baby arrives will make life one hundred times easier.
Did you know that the Healthy Mummy Smoothie is breastfeeding friendly?
As we all know, being a mum can be exhausting which can leave us too tired to eat the right foods and get the right nutrition in our diets. This is where The Healthy Mummy Smoothie can help.
The Healthy Mummy smoothie has been created to help mums benefit from a wide range of nutrients which can also help support your healthy eating plan and exercise routine if you are trying to lose weight.
The Healthy Mummy Smoothie range has been formulated by leading nutritionists, dieticians and with the input from the Monash University. It offers an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and important antioxidants.
You can purchase your very own Healthy Mummy smoothie HERE.