New babies are hard work. Babies in general are hard wok but new babies take the cake. Maybe two, even three cakes!
If you’re feeling low on energy and those ‘I just can’t do this anymore’ moments are becoming increasingly regular; firstly, you are not alone (so definitely don’t feel guilty – your despair is normal) and secondly, you’ll feel a million times better if you can find a way to up your energy.
Sleep is a no-go, thanks to your beautiful new baby, so your best energy-boosting option is to look at your nutrition intake and tweak your diet in an effort to feel better.
Easier said than done, right!?
A new mum barely has time to eat never mind eat correctly. In which case ‘super smoothies’ are the best way to make sure you (and baby, if you’re breastfeeding) get your nutrients and have enough energy to get through the challenges of a new baby.
Heard of ‘jungle juice’? It’s a fab natural energy boosting drink for new mums. Loads of my mummy friends swear by the stuff! Here’s the recipe (and you don’t need a blender/smoothie maker for this recipe – just a spoon and some hands):
- blackthorn berry tonic
- 1l apple/grape juice
- 2l water
- 1 sachet fruit flavoured rehydration booster (Rehydrate, FitH2O)
Mix all together, and keep in fridge to drink throughout the day. It should last for 2-3 days if refrigerated.
Jungle Juice helps with boosting energy and maintaining milk supply.
And here’s another brilliant recipe that will make you feel like supermum:
- 3 cups water
- 1 large mango (peeled) fresh or frozen
- 2 – 3 bananas (peeled) fresh or frozen
- 3 HUGE handfuls organic spinach (or your greens of choice)
- small handful organic cilantro
- small knob of ginger root
- 1 TB. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. spirulina
- chunk of fresh aloe vera gel (optional)
- sweetener of choice to taste (optional); honey is also fine to use
Don’t be put off by the weird spinach/fruit combo; one glug of this smoothie and you’ll be sold!
Send your hubby out for the ingredients and share the love with other mums!
Do you have any fabulous energy-boosting ideas to share with all our new mummy readers?