After writing my Hospital Bag Checklist a few of my readers wanted to know more details about the food I brought with me. The truth is that with exception of the popsicles these snacks are perfect to take on a road trip or a hike. They are nutritious, tasty, and easy to carry. I have also included the popsicle recipe which I purposely made for the hospital.
Here are the deeds:
Dried Fruit – My favourite dried fruits to provide energy and nutrients are medjool dates, figs, and dried mango (make sure they are not coated with sugar). Medjool dates and figs, have a high sugar content but they are also a good source of fiber and contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and copper. Mangos, especially dry mangos, also have a high sugar content, which again can be ideal for that boost of energy you need during and after labour.
Chocolate – I always like to bring a few bars of dark and milk chocolate with me when I travel. Bonus if it has almonds (rich in monosaturated fats, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium).
Fruit leathers – I purchased a second-hand Excalibur dehydrator and was eager to use it. The fruit leathers ended up being were my go-to snacks the day after I gave birth. I used 2 recipes from Homemade Hearts: Blueberry Chia (my favourite) and Strawberry Maca.
Beverages – I mentioned on my post coconut water. Coconut water not only is refreshing it has high potassium content and antioxidants. Overall a good natural hydration alternative.
Strawberry Mango Popsicles – Many times during labour the hospital staff does not allow you to drink or eat but they do allow you to have popsicles. This recipe packed with fruit and seeds is a great pick-me-up and also a kid friendly treat, especially after adding a tablespoon of maple syrup for extra sweetness.
- ¼ cup coconut water
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 2 limes freshly squeezed
- 1 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup frozen mango
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed above into a high-speed blender. Puree all ingredients.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 4-6 hours.
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