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Everyone is (secretly or openly) a snacker! So, what type of snacker are you? Are you the health-conscious type that only eats low-carb and low-calorie snacks? Are you the type to prioritise flavours over other elements, aka the ‘more cheese, more chocolate please’? Or are you the type to prefer fulfilling, heavy foods as ‘snacks’? Either way, you might find your next favourite snack here!
Unquestionably, you may find that not all good food is ‘good’ for you – in the sense that they won’t help much in your recovery. However, we cannot rule out the problem with the term ‘eating good’. For many, the concept of ‘eating good’ is considered to be the opposite of ‘clean eating’, which is not true in so many ways.
Sure, ‘eating good’ is commonly associated with eating tasty, scrumptious meals to your heart’s content, but healthy/clean eating can be that, too! It is time we expand the definition of ‘eating good’ to also encompass healthy eating. In the spirit of proving that the terms ‘eating good’ and ‘eating healthy’ can co-exist in the same universe, this article is now birthed.
It is said that during confinement, the rate of a woman’s recovery depends highly on the food she consumes. Therefore, many mothers are very particular about meals and diet during confinement as it is believed that confinement done right will save you a lot of health problems in the future.
As we at Tian Wei Signature have constantly ‘preached’, confinement meals can help in aiding your body’s recovery as well as to provide ample nutritional benefits aimed at replenishing your body’s nutrients. However, main meals alone may sometimes not suffice when you get light cravings between mealtimes.
For some moms, the craving for snacks has never been as strong as it is than when they have JUST given birth. So, can you dismiss the fact that your body is to enjoy snacks a few times per day? Like many motivational website’s banners say; yes, you can. To say all snacks are bad is too simplistic and too black and white of an idea.
On that note, if you ever feel the urge to munch on some light snacks, here are some snacks that will give you an instant energy boost during your confinement! Now, these are the kinds of ‘good bites’ that will not hurt you!
Almonds are rich in healthy proteins and calcium! They can effectively enhance the growth process of your baby if you are breastfeeding. A serving of almond contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, B3 and B1, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc which are all believed to aid in boosting immunity.
Not to mention, almonds also provide your body with a boost in energy so it is considered as an energy snack by many. Seriously, just ask those fitness enthusiasts that you know! Get some snack recommendations and at least half of them would eventually suggest eating almonds.
While you may not be lifting weight every other day, managing maternal chores and breastfeeding your baby can use up hundreds of your calories. If you don’t supply your energy, you would end up all tired and weak. So, when you can, grab a fistful of almonds even on a busy day as your daily snack and you will see a difference in your energy level.
Want to hear the best thing about almonds? They are high in Vitamin E! Vitamin E can help you in many ways, but especially by giving you lustrous hair and glowing skin. Put those almonds in your shopping cart now!
Lactation cookies can be store-bought or homemade, but there is more fun in creating the latter. It is an affordable alternative of confinement snacks that you can make any way you like. The main ingredient used in lactation cookies is oats. As you may already know, oats are packed with proteins, vitamins, and minerals known for boosting lactation.
Other common ingredients for these delicious cookies include flaxseed and healthy oils like Omega-3 and Omega-6. All of these can stimulate the production of prolactin (a hormone that stimulates milk production).
While moms have varying feedback as to whether the cookies do help them or not, it sure is worth giving a try. They are, after all, nothing but tasty milk-boosters! Do be careful to not overconsume snacks like this since they may contain a quite high sugar level and one piece of it can contain up to 250 calories.
Surprise! Fruits can make appetising snacks too! Papayas make perfect snacks because of their potent content of Vitamin C. Apart from its many health benefits, Vitamin C is known as an immune-boosting agent and has anti-inflammatory properties. This is especially suitable for moms after giving birth as the enzymes can help in your wound recovery while preventing infection.
Not to mention, papayas are also low in calories so you won’t feel too guilty while snacking on them – not that you should be too concerned about calories during this time. Plus, consuming papayas regularly helps to boost levels of oxytocin (the hormone involved in childbirth and breastfeeding) in your body, increasing your milk production.
The best part about this particular snack is that papayas can be eaten raw or cooked. So, if you often find yourself not up for preparing any food, papayas are your friends! Keep one or two of these gals in your kitchen and cut one up into smaller pieces!
Cut papayas also keep well, so don’t feel like you have to finish the pieces all at once! Tian Wei Signature has a selection of dishes incorporated with green papaya that are aimed to help mothers boost their recovery as well as milk production.
Malt is traditionally extracted from barley, and barley contains beta-glucan, which has over the years shown to increase prolactin – the main hormone for lactation. There are a lot of recipes for barley malt, so do give them a look. You can make barley malt bread rolls, cookies, and many others. Barley malt makes an excellent confinement snack because it can be digested easily. This prevents and treats constipation, allowing your womb to recover well.
During confinement, a mother’s digestive energy typically decreases, making it more difficult to digest the food that is consumed when the body is going through a recovery process. Therefore, by consuming foods that are easy to digest, this ensures that your body is able to effectively absorb all the essential and vital nutrients.
In between adapting to a new lifestyle and getting accustomed to having a newborn in your life, it is important to also ensure that you are also taking good care of yourself. Stop every now and then to rest and have a light snack, and you will feel much better to resume your daily routine afterwards!