Tall Mom tiny baby: Healthy Meals For New Parents {guest post}

Healthy Meals For New Parents {guest post}

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Healthy Breakfast/Lunch or Snack Ideas for New Parents 

The following is a guest post by Emily Stone, a SAHM, proud wife, runner, fitness freak, health food addict, and animal lover!  If you'd like to reach out to Emily, you can find her on Twitter @FitMommaEm, or you can email her!

And now, without further ado --- take it away, Emily!

When I had my first child, the first few months passed by a in a blur. I was so exhausted from the nighttime feedings and the constant upkeep of a young infant that when it came to eating, ease was king. I ate out, a lot. But after I had my second child, I had a few more ideas to go on and those first few months were much easier on my diet (and my pocketbook). Healthy eating shouldn’t be a terrible chore, nor should it be impossible for new moms to do.  With a little thinking ahead, it can be a snap.

Freezer Meals

I can fairly easily make a nice meal for my family and myself in about 30 minutes. One easy trick I picked up is to simply double or triple the quantity. Then, once it’s cooled, I freeze the excess to reheat for another week. When I have the containers, I freeze it in single portion sizes to make preparing for lunch much quicker. There are lots of dishes that work well for this, including pasta dishes, chili and soup. Then, I can have a hot, healthy lunch in minutes by simply using my microwave.

Easy Meals

I don’t always have the time to sit and eat a hot meal, however. At times like this, I think easy. My fridge is full of meal components that are ready-to-serve. The day I go to the grocery store, I come home and prepare all the produce I purchased. Melons are cut into cubes and bagged, lettuce is washed and chopped into salad-size bites, and bell peppers are sliced.  I stock up on other foods that are easy to snack on, such as deli meats and cheeses. If I actually have time to sit and eat, I enjoy Greek yogurt and cottage cheese for breakfast or lunch. At other times, I can go to the fridge with a plate and walk away less than two minutes later with a healthy, balanced, protein-packed meal that I can eat whenever and wherever I want.

On-the-go Meals

During the warm, summer months, I spend a lot of time out of the house with the kids. The temptation is to simply eat while we’re out, but it’s good to know that I have healthy food that’s ready to go. I bought divided travel snack containers for the kids and myself. I fill up each one with crackers, fruit and easy veggies. I love dips like peanut butter, Greek yogurt and hummus. I include them in my travel snacks because they add necessary fats and protein to my diet.

Slow Cooker Meals

I cannot deny the convenience of the slow cooker. I throw a few ingredients in the crock in the morning and by dinnertime, the house smells great and dinner is ready. I never used a slow cooker before I had kids, and now I can’t get enough of it. The interesting twist these days is slow-cooking breakfast. Most of the time, my breakfast is cold, but every now and then it’s nice to have a hot breakfast. Recipes abound for slow-cooker oatmeal, French toast, and breakfast casseroles. I put the ingredients in before I go to bed, and when I wake up, my breakfast looks delicious and my house smells fantastic.
As a new mom, I needed convenience in the kitchen more than I needed almost anything. The ability to eat healthy quickly or on-the-go was a huge improvement in my quality of life, and has helped me set a good example for my growing children.


  1. Love these healthy tips! I can certainly use them!

  2. Great healthy tips. I could definitely use them this time of year.

  3. I NEED to get over my irrational fear of burning down my house and jump on the slow cooker bandwagon :)

  4. These are great tips! I'm pregnant with my first child, so I'm taking this advice! I have never used a slow cooker (even though we got one for our wedding shower), so I'm going to have to break that baby out and start using it!

  5. Great post!! Healthy eating is so important!!!

  6. These tips come really handy for new parents.. I have been there once too and I can certainly relate with one or two tips stated here :)

  7. Wow! You seems to be so organized! I am a bit jealous ;) Thanks for sharing with us your way of life..

  8. I live on microwave vegetarian meals! They are so easy and healthy and super yummy! Love Amys!

  9. Wow! A person is and so prepared! I'm a little envious; ) Thank you intended for discussing with us your current life-style..
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  10. Eating is really important if you want to have a good healthy. I am using Ayurveda diet system that can help me cut a lots of weight