The postpartum time is all about healing from the marathon of pregnancy and birth! Along with intense healing and recovery, you might also be supplying all the nutrition for your little one if you are breastfeeding. All this takes a lot of energy to upkeep day in and day out, meaning that your nutrition is just as important now as it was when you were pregnant. But don’t worry, eating a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet can be simple and painless, even during your most sleep deprived days. While this is not an all-encompassing list of everything your body needs postpartum (i.e. all the vitamins, minerals, and TLC), it is a good place to start for choosing nourishing foods for the postpartum time. Incorporating these five essentials will help to keep you fed while also nourishing and hydrating your body. Which then leads to keeping baby fed, nourished, and hydrated! Below we’ll discuss key components to include in your postpartum protocol along with plenty of make-ahead recipes to keep you going through your 4th trimester.