Those early months with a baby are challenging enough, so setting yourself up with easy, nutritious foods will make a world of difference!
Did you know you can freeze PB&Js?! I wish I learned this hack before my babies were born. Never make just one, make a bunch & store in your freezer. When you’re ready for a quick meal or snack, pull one out and either let thaw for an hour, or microwave & enjoy ASAP!
A warm meal that requires little prep is heaven once that baby arrives! Stock your freezer with 5-10 pre-made crockpot meals that can be thrown in the crockpot for the day! Here are some of my favorite recipes & resources:
I’m all about frozen food, including frozen meals. In fact, research suggests that frozen fruits & veggies are just as nutritious as fresh (learn more)!! Keep a stock of frozen fruits & veggies on hand for easy meal time sides, to toss in a smoothie, or microwave in a pinch.
I also keep a freezer stash of pre-made meals (how come we dont call these TV dinner anymore?! – genuinely curious!). I keep frozen meals that I can microwave for lunch, or toss in the oven quick for dinner. Sometimes it is as simple as a pre-made lasagna that needs to be cooked, or a pasta dish that just needs to be heated on the stove. Organic chicken tenders, sweet potatoes fries & frozen broccoli are easy to toss together in the oven (sometimes even on one pan!)
It’s hard to sit down for a meal & eat with a spoon & fork. During my maternity leaves I noticed I was constantly searching for foods I could eat with one hand (check out this Instagram post for some tips). I was also constantly hungry while I was breastfeeding, so having easy to grab foods & energy bites on hand was a lifesaver (shout out to my mother-in-law who made me a big batch of lactation cookies)!