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.

11 comments:

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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