Food ideas for new parents, keeping it real, simple and nourishing and if anyone asks what they can do to help give them this list of dishes!

 

Milly-baby-newsletter-webYour precious bundle of joy has arrived!  Yay! Congratulations! (this one of mine is now 5, so tiny back then!)   While the newborn days are behind me I’m just about to become an Aunty again, any moment now, and so my sister will be right back in the thick of it.  Do newborns make you clucky? I’m definitely hearing the chirping of chicks at the moment (it will pass)!  If you are not sleep deprived you may want to play this while you read on, if you are perhaps don’t, as for sure the one chance you get to sleep it will still be stuck in your head!

Becky, my sister & her family live in England so I can’t help her out in person just yet, we are all desperately waiting for the arrival of this long awaited little one,  but I can help with suggesting meals to make with a new baby around.  I write with the assistance of Harry Hindsight too!  My biggest piece of advice is if someone offers to help out say YES, put down all the “how to” books and just try to enjoy this special, crazy time, you WILL come out the other side.  “The days are long but the years are short”!

So what to do food wise in this new world?  It’s important, I think, to take the time to make sure you nurture and nourish yourself even if you don’t feel like it. If you have a chance to stock pile meals in your freezer before you have the baby that is a great start.  Also, I’m an advocate of meal planning so that when the time comes to think, “What’s for dinner tonight?” you are ahead of the game.  With a newborn around meals need to be prepared quickly and often with one hand or a baby strapped on to you (sound familiar) so it’s about getting the most nutrition in while you are juggling everything else.

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day!

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If you can get a decent breakfast into you you are doing well.  Porridge is an easy and filling start, you can add to it with berries and nuts and it should keep you going for a few hours.  I like Purple Porridge for an anti-oxident boost.  If grains aren’t your thing then there are many ways with yoghurts either in a bowl like these or as smoothies like these .

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Eggs are fantastic – omelettes, poached, scrambled or boiled however you like them they are packed full of goodness.  Choosing which way to have them is probably the hardest thing about eggs.  If you have some toast, an avocado and a poached egg you’ve got a complete meal!

English muffins are also filling with a variety of toppings or something like ricotta, banana & honey on sourdough will also fill you up for longer than just jam or vegemite on toast.

Some days cereals are all you are up for but you are getting a better nutritional boost if you choose other options.

Juices – I love, yes, yes I do!  If you are sleep deprived the sound of the blender may not be your best friend, but you never know the baby might love it – they seem to like white noise don’t they????

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I am a fan of the Green Juice and it’s a great way of getting some greens into you too. I don’t think juices should be a meal replacement especially if you are breastfeeding but if you are looking for a nutritional boost to get you through they day they are fabulous “sweet snack” replacement.  Other juices I like are Sweet & Citrus Green Juice and coming into spring this one is a great thirst quencher too, Pineapple Ginger Juice.

Lunch – don’t forget to have it!

Eggs again – omelettes and frittata’s are great ways of fulling you up and being nutritious.   These frittata muffins are great as all you have to do is throw everything into a bowl, mix it around and pour into moulds (I use silicon ones) in a muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.

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Soups – nurturing, nutritious and belly warming.  Minestrone is a complete meal in itself.  I also love this Thai Style 3 C’s soup and this Leek, Cauliflower and Chicken one too.  I wrote a post all about soups not that long ago if you want some more ideas.

Salad season will also soon be upon us which is a great way to get nutrient rich foods into you, just make sure you always have some protein like cheese, tuna or salmon, eggs beans, nuts, seeds…..

For old fashioned comfort food you can’t go past a Tuna Melt either can you or you could try Avocado, Fetta & Dukkah on Sourdough – cafe style at home.

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Zucchini Slice is also always a good one to have handy.  It can be lunch or dinner, it can be frozen as muffins and can really hit the spot.

So on to Dinner…

Do shout out for help here if you can. “Witching Hour” can be completely exhausting so if someone offers to make you dinner grab it with both hands and give them a big kiss for their efforts so they do it again!

A roast may seem like hard work but is actually one of the easiest meals to make if you just whack it in the oven.  Left overs can be made into sandwich/wrap/pitta pocket fillings the next day too.  These are really easy Roast Chicken, Roast Pork and Roast Lamb recipes if you’d like to try any of them.  Also if you have left over lamb you can freeze it until you are ready to make this Lamb Curry Pumpkin Pie or use the left overs for soups.

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Fish is a great source of Omega 3’s and you need your good fats with a baby around.  This one tray baked fish & veggies recipe is so easy and nutritious,  we eat a lot of salmon in our house, this Grilled Salmon & Vegetable Quinoa meal is a favourite but if you just want to put something in the oven you could try this Baked Salmon (or any fish will do)

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A jar of pesto will take you far…Chicken Pesto Pasta takes no time to make and fills you right up as will this Tortellini with Kale & Walnut Pesto & Peas.  Pesto can also make a great dip to snack on during the day as well.

One Pot Meals are just what you are after with limited time on your hands so this Chicken Pilaf is great or Beef with Winter Veggies

Otherwise some grilled meat and a salad are just perfect too you could add some Kale Chips on the side.

Last but not least, Treats & Snacks!

You definitely deserve some treats. I know that weight maybe on your mind but you can still treat yourself, here are some healthy suggestions;

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Raw Cacao Date & Nut Balls (the recipe is in a book review I did so keep scrolling ’til you get to it, books may not be on your mid just now!) For something a bit different how about these Raw Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls.  Both can be frozen so a big batch can be made and then you can just pop one in your mouth when you want one.

I lived on hummus & lavosh biscuits when I had my babies and still today they asks for hummus as a snack!  Hummus and crackers or veggies sticks are a healthy and easy snack when you are peckish between meals.

These Yoghurt & Oat Muffins are filling and nutritious enough for breakfast on the go or a filling snack and they can be frozen as well.

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If you are wanting a cake you can’t go past this Vanilla Banana Coconut Cake or for some mini bites try Everything Free Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Muffins.

I hope that I’ve given you some food for thought or better still a list of meals and snacks that you can forward to some kind person and say “I’ll have that please…!”

What is/was your “go to” meal as a new parent?

 

 

 

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2 comments on “Food ideas for new parents, keeping it real, simple and nourishing and if anyone asks what they can do to help give them this list of dishes!

  1. Kristy @ Loulou Zoo
    April 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I definitely agree with your point to make meals in advance and freeze – I did that (perhaps I went a little overboard, as I had about a months worth!) and it was so helpful – even for lunch on days when things weren’t going so well! The best thing I made to freeze was a huge batch of vegetable pasta sauce – so easy to defrost and enjoy with some zucchini noodles or even add some mince…super easy, healthy and yum! x

    • Vicki
      April 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Kristy. I still do batches of the vegetable pasta sauce to freeze, means there’s always something on those days where you’ve got nothing left! x

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