HAPPY EATING, HAPPY BABIES
How do I fuel these little bodies so that they are healthy AND happy? For me, the days I begin with a bagel and a vanilla latte leave me feeling stressed, hurried, and agitated. But the mornings I begin with two eggs, an orange, and a cup of black coffee...what a difference! And it did not take long to realize this is just as true with my children. A whole foods diet is important for their mental health, emotional stability, and physical growth.
Like most moms, the moment I began caring what went into my children's body started way before I even saw their little selves. I paid close attention to my diet while they were still in the womb. I thought about the formation of their nervous system, their brain development, even how many fingers and toes. Isn't it amazing to think that all of the building blocks for this little person are coming from you? A good childbirth class is going to make healthy eating a priority (surprise! It's class #2 in Birth Boot Camp).
A WHOLE, HOLY FOODS DIET
Eating a whole foods diet - one that focuses on vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and plant/animal protein - eliminates processed, sugary, white, and junk foods. Starting this diet even before you are pregnant helps you to avoid pregnancy complications and will help you lead by example when your mini-me is learning to feed himself. It's pretty easy to help your children avoid bad foods when they just aren't in the house.
Birth Boot Camp also stresses the importance of an integrated nutrition plate that includes balance in relationships, spirituality, and physical activity. This goes back to the "happy" part. That's great if you and your children are getting plenty of protein during the day, but are you getting a chance to burn it off? Or as it sometimes happen in our home, are they getting a chance to just sit still and talk with you for a moment?
A FEW FAVORITE RECIPES
So what are some of the foods I enjoy with my boys now that I ate even while I was pregnant? Here are a few quick meals that are healthy, delicious, and always remind me of spring!
Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie - fast and versatile
Energy Bites - a great on-the-go snack
New Parmesan Chicken - packed with protein
Mango Salsa Salmon - a quick and healthy dinner