Today I am going to be sharing with you what I eat in a day whilst vegan and breastfeeding. It’s important to consume at least 500 extra calories if you are breastfeeding, even though that can be difficult to do. I try to include more calorie-rich, higher in healthy, fat foods to meet that quota. Please note, this is not how I eat every single day. Some days I eat more, others I eat less and the meals vary. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
I realise this dish doesn’t look overly appetising but it’s delicious, nutritious and what I eat every single morning without fail. Here I have 1 cup of rolled oats, soaked in calcium-rich soy milk. I top it with black chia seeds, shredded coconut, frozen raspberries and 1 tbs of peanut butter. You may think that is a lot, but all breastfeeding women need to be vigilant about their lysine intake (especially vegan women). Nut butters are full of lysine which help your body produce protein hormones, antibodies and enzymes. This meal is also filling and dense with a slow-release to keep you energised until you need to eat again.
I am currently obsessed with these Pink Lady Apple & Chai Flavoured Bars. As you can see on the packet, they contain whole grain barley flakes, oats, pink lady apple pieces and a chai spice flavour. They are super high in fibre, protein, iron and vitamins.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t get a whole lot of time to prep meals with a 3 month old, so here is a quick and healthy vegan meal idea. I microwave these already chopped up veggies (they come in steam packets at our local supermarket) and heat up some veggie pakoras (an Indian style snack). It takes 20 mins tops. Once they are cooked, I add some tomato sauce on top and season the vegetables. The pakoras are fortified with iron and B-12 and the veggies, are of course, full of nutrients!
Frozen grapes are a recent snack I discovered and boy are they yum! You simply wash them, freeze them for 4-5 hours and enjoy! They taste exactly like candy! It’s the perfect treat for the afternoon when you’re feeling something sweet and healthy.
Mum made this yummy dish for dinner consisting of steamed potatoes, broccoli, corn kernels and chilli beans. It’s super filling and healthy! If anybody offers to make or bring you food during the early stages of parenting, accept it!
In terms of supplements, I take my pre-natal (now post-natal) vitamin daily, vitamin D and iodine once a week. Click here to read more about the brands and where I source them.
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Peace & Love xoxo