What I Ate: Nursing

I think we’re starting to adjust to our “new normal” over here.

baby and toddler laying on the floor

I’m getting a lot more sleep than I expected to, and our baby girl is a natural at nursing– she’s got a great latch and is super-efficient, so each nursing session only takes 5 to 10 minutes. (The exact opposite of my first baby…) The hunger, however, is almost exactly the same. I’m starving all the time!

I’d love to say that I always have healthy snacks planned and prepared, but I haven’t perfected our new schedule yet. I do almost always have something homemade in my fridge or freezer, but more often than not I’ve been reaching for a cashew butter cookie rather than sliced veggies and zucchini hummus. That’s a habit I hope to improve on over the next few weeks!

For now, here’s a peek at what I’ve been eating lately:

smoothie, banana, bowl of salad, vegan pumpkin cheesecake, quinoa stirfry, and freezer waffles.

Morning: We’re still having the same Chocolate Superfood Shake most mornings (from my preorder bonus), with spinach, spirulina, and collagen peptides added in. Before pregnancy, that shake would hold me over until lunch, but now I usually need a banana or two, and sometimes a cashew butter cookie, too.

Lunch: I made a double-batch of Everyday Basil Vinaigrette (from Everyday Detox) and roasted some veggies over the weekend, so that salads would be super-easy all week long. For lunch, I topped a big bowl of mixed greens with roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, avocado, and the basil dressing– which is probably my favorite salad dressing of all time. So delicious!

Snack: My son knows I usually keep a vegan pumpkin cheesecake in the freezer, so for an afternoon snack we each had a slice. (I’m pretty sure I had another cookie at some point during the afternoon, too.)

Dinner: My go-to freezer meal these days is a quinoa stir fry. I use my Instant Pot to make a big batch of quinoa (it usually lasts us about 3 days at a time), and then I add the cooked quinoa to a pound of frozen veggies and heat it all together with minced garlic, ginger, and a splash of tamari and sriracha. Sometimes we add scrambled eggs to the mix, and I usually add pre-cooked chicken to Austin’s portion. Overall, it takes about 15 minutes total to prepare and is so satisfying.

Late-Night: If I’m up late with the baby, sometimes I’ll need an extra snack. So, I’ll pull out a gluten-free Freezer Waffle (recipe is in my new cookbook!) and warm it up in the toaster for an easy and comforting snack. I’ve always eaten my toaster waffles with peanut butter on them, rather than syrup, but lately I’ve been using sunflower butter or cashew butter.

I’ve been feeling super-productive in the recipe department lately, so stay tuned for a new recipe later this week! You can see more of what I’m working on, and a peek at what my toddler son has been eating, over on Instagram.

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? 

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Grace

How about some Mexican recipes. If like to here your take on that. I have come up with some Mexican recipes using quinoa instead of meat. But I’m not as creative as you are. So I would like some suggestions.

Katherine

Our baby girls were born the same weekend! So
I hear ya on the cookies over veggies. And I can eat like a teenager; we never have leftovers any more.

Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

I was terrible with the cookies after my son was born! I ate them as “breakfast” for at least 6 months before I started to shift my eating habits back to normal. I am still eating more than I used to, and he is 14 months! I am still nursing though, and I am 5 lbs less than prepregnancy, so my body must still need those extra calories.

Kim

I’m also nursing and find myself starving all the time. Do you have suggestions for staying full but also being able to continue weight loss? Also with my first, I lost all my pregnancy weight nursing but gained back 7 lbs really quickly when I stopped nursing. Any suggestions to keep weight off once nursing stops?

Sara Maples

LOVE!! They are so cute!!

Cheryl

Good luck with your baby. Such beautiful children.

I really enjoy your meal suggestions. Thank you for sending them to me..

Judy

I accidently hit the ‘don’t send me what I ate posts’ but I do want to get them, so please put me back on the list!

Thanks!

Natural & Organic Mom

I’m with you on the ravishing appetite and cravings. Mine are mostly for chocolate (which has quite a bit of iron) and ice cream is my serious downfall. After having six children I’ve found great success in leaning my diet toward high protein, high fresh veggie and fruits and staying away from breads, pastas, white rice, juices, cereals, milk. I do find quinoa quite delicious and like to add lentils to the rice cooker and cook as recommended for brown rice and comes out perfectly. I only eat sprouted breads and find them quite satisfying with a simple fried or scrambled eggs. I absolutely love mashed potatoes, so I eat roasted sweet potatoes (Scarlett yams), beets and zucchini squash instead and find them just as yummy! Enjoy your new little blessing!

Rebecca

A bit off topic…. but have you decided not to use cloth nappies anymore?

I followed your guide/suggestions ordering GroVia nappies (plus others but they remain my favourite and the ones we own the most of!) and the same dirty nappy bags you used.

Anyway your two bubs look gorgeous together.

Rebecca

    Megan Gilmore

    My newest baby doesn’t fit into our cloth diapers quite yet, so we’re using disposables for the first few weeks with her until she gains another pound or two. And my son wears disposable diapers only at bedtime because we found that helped him sleep through the night– so we’ll probably do that with my daughter, too! Sleep is worth it. 🙂

      Rebecca

      Our bub was in sposies for the first 6 weeks too. And no judgement either way. Plus easier with meconium poops!

      I really appreciated your cloth guide, it’s a bit overwhelming initially.

      We use whats called a fitted nappy in Australia for overnight with a cover. The fitted nappy (we have them in bamboo and hemp) is fully absorbent so lasts well overnight. A bit bulky so we don’t use them during the day! I agree on the sleep thing.
      http://www.babybeehinds.com.au/store/pc/BBH-Bamboo-Fitted-p6.htm

      Anyway thanks again for helping me to get started,

Julie

I love all your recipes. Ordering your cook book and can’t wait to share it with my mother who is cooking for her husband who has heart disease. How can I get the recipe for your newest chocolate shake?
Thank you.

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