Last month, I talked about how self-care looks different for everyone – especially during the postpartum period. Sometimes we might need food – fast (easy food prep at home) and other times we need food – faster (grabbing something out). Both are OK! When you’re trying to heal from childbirth and deal with all of the tasks of being a mom to an infant, nutrition IS important. However, it has to be easy because there is just no way around it – your time to do anything besides feed, change diapers, cuddle and sleep (kinda) is extremely limited. If you’re in your first 3-4 months postpartum, I actually recommend forwarding this blog to your spouse, friend or family member so that they have some ideas on what to bring you! I don’t know about you, but prepping a meal brought me anxiety during those first weeks (ok even the first few months)! Since I’m not primarily a “recipe RD,” I reached out to fellow RDs who are savvy in the kitchen so that I could share their ideas with you here. Enjoy these fast, yummy and nutritious recipes!
Mango Cashew Energy Bites – great on the go snack! – Minimalist Baker
Spicy 3-Bean Vegan Chili – Gratful Grazer – Stephanie McKercher
5 Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl – RDelish
One Pot Fried Rice – Katie Cavuto
Pumpkin Granola – Good for Milk Supply! Great snack to keep in the diaper bag!- Heather Goesch
Some additional “no-recipe needed” ideas from yours truly include…
- Salad Wrap
- Breakfast Burrito (easily frozen)
- Bean, Rice, Cheese and Veggie Burrito
- Tuna Fish Pita Pocket
- Apple and Brie Pita Pocket
Freeze full-fat yogurt in these for easy eatin
Bars + Fruit + Yogurt
Bags of trail mix in your breastfeeding/feeding basket (yes, you need one of these)
Notice you can eat all of these with one hand ;-). I also recommend pairing these with other food items and/or making large portions. What might have filled you up before is likely not going to cut it right now – especially if you are breastfeeding.
PS I have to share that while searching on a stock photo website for this blog, I typed in “mom eating” and the only photos that came up were mothers feeding their children. Go figure! ha #truth
What are some of your favorite go-to recipes for postpartum?