This year I had to figure out quick what I could eat that would fuel me for the intense job of being a new mother while also nursing on demand. Unfortunately there’s been very little time to sit down for every meal like I used to. At the same time I’ve needed to get a lot of work done. Although eating a high raw diet for a few years, preparing elaborate meals while writing articles, working on a new project (which I can’t wait to share), and taking care of an infant wasn’t an option.
So in essence most of this year I’ve lived off of two 1000+ calorie smoothies for both breakfast and lunch. Then I’d have a cooked plant based dinner which I would eat somewhere between 7-10pm depending upon when my son went down for bed, and when I could get dinner prepared. Eating HUGE rainbow salads for dinner that would take me an hour to eat has also not been an option. I’ve had mono meals for lunch on occasion which is a very easy and favorable way to eat, but still smoothies have been the staple. Smoothies are simply delicious and an easy way to get in abundant nutrition while also being able to have some free hands while on mommy duty.
On this particular day both breakfast and lunch weren’t smoothies since I had just come from the Farmer’s Market and made some time to fully enjoy some of the fruit I had bought. As usual I will also share how these meals break down nutritionally with CRON-O-Meter which has been the educational tool I’ve used to learn how to take better care of my own health.
Breakfast–Summer Peach & Banana Smoothie
Lunch–Figs, Figs & More Figs + A Peach
Dinner–Sautéed Chard, Brown Rice + Raw Zucchini Pasta
The Nutritional Breakdown
I honestly haven’t had the time to use CRON-O-Meter as much this year as I would have liked. I used to use it daily to learn more about nutrition, yet checking in once in awhile kept me on top of things. After taking the time to enter this day’s meals, I see where there is room for more improvement. When I started using CRON-O-Meter, it became very clear on what I needed to eat more of to meet all of my nutritional targets.
As a busy mom and entrepreneur my nutritional intake isn’t too bad, but I can definitely increase my protein and healthy fats. Just adding a 1/4-1/2 cup of sunflower seeds to the day as a snack or to my dinner would have done the trick. Adding an avocado would also have helped. Keeping my meals full of raw and organic fruits really helps me maintain energy (even though I sometimes still get tired) and helps me not look rundown. Beauty from the inside out is always my motto!
For those who asked, I have had postpartum hair loss especially around the front edges of my hair. Because I started locing my hair before I had my son, it eliminated the experience of seeing if I’ve had more. Lastly I have been taking two main supplements while I’ve been pregnant and nursing and that is the Garden of Life RAW Prenatal Vitamins which I LOVE and Deva Vegan DHA. Also for a completely random bit of info, my smoothies are blended with water in case you were wondering.
UPDATE/IMPORTANT NOTE… I’m now more aware that pregnant and nursing mothers need even more fat and high mineral rich foods than the average individual. Juicing vegetables as well as eating more high healthy fats is very helpful.
More “what I eat in a day” articles are throughout Minimalist Beauty if you’re interested as well as awesome organic recipes!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)