Mood Boosting Foods & Recipes
It’s not uncommon to feel tired after childbirth. You’re recovering physically from labour and delivery, dealing with postpartum hormonal swings, and adjusting to life with the newest member of your family. All this can leave you feeling exhausted!
While feeding yourself may be last thing on your to-do list, eating healthy nutrient filled food and having regular meals and snacks can fuel you for the day, boost your energy levels and your mood.
When time is not on your side you need things to hand that are easy to make or can be pre made and ready to go when you need them.
Make sure your cupboard and fridge are rich in seeds, healthy fats and easy to put together bites.
Stock up on:
Eggs / Rye bread / Wheat free pasta / Selection of root vegetables / Honey / Rice cakes / Tahini / Apples / Cheese / Porridge oats / Oat milk / Hummus / Avocados / Seeds – Pumpkin, Sunflower, Linseed
Try these quick 5-minute meals that you can have at any time of the day.
• Half an avocado on rye toast
• A thumb size of cheese with an apple
• Honey on rice cakes with some nut butter or tahini
• Oat milk porridge with a teaspoon of honey and seeds
• Jacket potato with hummus
• Rye bread with honey and cheese
• Boiled egg on rye bread toast
• Wheat free pasta with olive oil and seeds with grated cheese
Smoothies are an amazing way to bring some zing in to your day.
You may like to freestyle – picking whatever you have and looks good in the fridge or freezer and popping them in to your blender with some ice cubes.
But if you fancy some tried and tested, fresh and quick smoothies; these are fantastic to kick start your day.
First up our ‘NOT’ so green smoothie – ready in just 5 minutes and packed full of goodness it takes just 5 minutes to make and even less time to drink!
• ½ cup milk, 0.5 cup (122 g)
• ½ cup oats, 0.5 cup (32g)
• 3 medium bananas
• 1 cup frozen berries
• 1-2 handfuls of spinach
• 1-2 tablespoons natural sweetener (honey, sugar, agave etc.)
Blend bananas and milk until smooth. Add spinach and blend on a high setting until most of the spinach has been broken down into small pieces. Add the frozen berries and blend until the smoothie mixture is all one colour. Add the bran and natural sweetener; blend until desired consistency. Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth if you fancy it chilled.
Simple Mango and Greek Yoghurt Smoothie
• 1 ripe mango
• 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
If your mango isn’t coming from the freezer, use 2 ice cubes to make this cold.
Remove the skin of the mango, cut into medium chunks and keep about 1 teaspoon of mango to one side to use later for garnish on the smoothie (dice the reserved mango into small pieces).
Place the mango, Greek yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in the blender. Blend for 2-3 minutes on high or until the mixture is creamy. Pour into a cup, top with the rest of the mango and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon.
Spinach Cocoa Smoothie
You don’t think of spinach and chocolate as a normal combination but give it a try! Spinach is a wonder food and unsweetened cocoa is filled with iron, magnesium and zinc.
• 4 cups baby spinach
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 cup water
• 2 frozen bananas
Chop up the baby spinach into small pieces. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz everything together until the smoothie is “smooth” and to your desired consistency.