My older sister has recently had her second baby and, after running round after her toddler and breastfeeding her new son, she keeps on saying that she is absolutely starving and needs some help with what to snack on!
Producing milk in order to breastfeed your child uses up 500 calories a day, so put that on top of running around after a toddler you are probably burning a lot more calories than you think – so you need to make sure you fuel your body well!
The formal guidance says that a breastfeeding mum actually doesn’t need to eat or drink any more than before you were breastfeeding as your body regulates itself well enough to be able to produce milk…. however, it is important to note that what you eat and drink should be more about quality rather than quantity.
Since I had my son, I believe that I would do things very differently in terms of the food I ate in order to keep my energy up (think less toast, and more healthy and nutritious snacks! Whoops!). Below are 2 snack recipes which I currently swear by; they are even better as I can keep them in the fridge but I can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
Hazelnut and Chia Energy Bites
This is my take on the Deliciously Ella Energy bites. These are absolutely incredible and they taste like Ferrero Roche!
What you need:
1 x mug chopped hazelnuts
2 x mug soft dates
2 x tablespoons of coconut oil
2 x tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (or other nut butter)
2 x tablespoons of chia seeds
How to make the energy bites:
- Bung this all into a food processor
- Add water as and when you need it to make the mixture nice and sticky
- Roll into bitesized balls
- Pop in the freezer for one hour to set
- Eat and enjoy!
Banana and Oat Flapjacks
This is a classic Deliciously Ella recipe which I have amended again!
What you need:
3 x mugs of oats
2 x bananas
6 x tablespoons of maple syrup
6 x tablespoons of peanut butter
4 x tablespoons of coconut oil
How to make:
- Heat oven to 200 degrees c
- Mash the bananas in a saucepan
- Heat the bananas, syrup, peanut butter and coconut oil until it forms a liquid (it will still be quite lumpy though)
- Pour this mixture into a bowl with the oats and mix until all the oats are covered
- Transfer this into a baking tray to the thickness you like and press down firmly so it is compact in the tray
- Cook for 15-20 mins until the top is golden
- Wait until its fully cool before cutting into slices