After each of my seven baby and I totally crave TONS of food…both healthy and not so healthy foods.
Eventually, I always lose the weight after baby using a variety of methods, but at the beginning it’s all nom-nom-nom.
It’s easy to feel like you need to start a diet to lose all the baby weight ASAP after the hospital/homebirth, but if you are fresh out of the hospital give yourself a little time. It’ll happen.
My practice is 9 months up, 9 months down!
After seven babies I am 125 pounds (5’3″) and eat fairly healthy (though I drink WAY to much coffee), so it’s possible to lose weight after baby…but let’s focus on getting that milk production WAY up before we start counting calories, girl, okay?
To produce lots of milk for baby you have to:
- Consume enough calories
- Drink lots of water
- Continue taking prenatals
- Don’t skip nursing sessions
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Get some sleep
Even with all those items in place, there are things that proven to be helpful in lactation. One of those things is OATMEAL!
Oatmeal also squelches cravings for not-so-healthy foods. WIN!
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After having a baby, friends will bring me tons of food. While that’s nice, sometimes you just need a quick snack for when you are nursing.
While I usually make oatmeal non-stop, it’s not a very easy food to eat with a baby attached.
I loved the idea of No-Bake Energy Bites I found on Pinterest, but usually they used honey or some other strange form of sweetener that I didn’t have on hand. I’m the one that usually does the shopping and I don’t think my husband would understand if I told him to go to the store and buy monkfruit. And I’m just not a big fan of honey either..
One day, lo and behold, across the counter I saw my jar of Nutella…beckoning me. Often no-bake energy bites will use chocolate chips, so I figured that I would sub out the chocolate chips AND honey for Nutella and it would be fairly even on the sugar scale.
I liked the outcome a whole lot better.
These are so easy, you can make them in less than 10 minutes and probably eat them in less than five minutes if you aren’t careful! They are also great for eating while nursing because they travel well!
Scroll down to see recipe in its entirety.
The base recipe consists of 3 ingredients:
- Peanut Butter
But you can add some additional milk-producing ingredients like:
- Coconut Flakes (Unsweet or Sweet)
- Chia Seed
- Cinnamon (which helps regulate blood sugar)
Recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Energy Bites:
- 1 Cup Oats
- 1/4 Cup (or less) Nutella
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes
Directions for No-Bake Peanut Butter Nutella Energy Bites:
- Mix above ingredients
- Roll in bite-sized balls
- If your dough is sticky, put it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes and then roll the No-Bake Nutella Energy Bites
- If your dough is too dry, add a splash of coconut milk (or other liquid)
You can totally play with the recipe. The more dry ingredients you add, you’ll have to balance it out with PB or Nutella.
These are totally delish and satisfying! You can make a huge batch and put them in the fridge for later (just make sure the other kids or hubby don’t find them!)
Not sayin’ they are completely “healthy,” but it’s gotta be better than eating cheesecake for breakfast like I confessed about in my NEW MOMMY DEVOTIONAL called “Thriving the First Days of Becoming Mommy.”