Beans and lentils
Beans and lentils are pretty magical foods for a postpartum woman. Think kidney beans, pinto beans, red lentils, navy beans, brown lentils, and green lentils. For starters, beans and lentils are high in fiber. One cup of cooked pinto beans can offer 15 grams of fiber, and a cup of cooked lentils can offer about the same, so this food group can help prevent or alleviate the constipation with which so many nursing moms struggle. These foods are also high in protein, so if you’re trying to meet your protein numbers without eating too much meat or seafood, these items should be on your grocery list. Finally, this is another food group that’s surprisingly high in calcium.