Food Hacks to Simplify Your Life After Having a Baby
How to drink more water throughout the day: Try brewing a large batch of your favourite herbal tea in the morning and having it near you to sip on all day. Put the jug somewhere front and centre so you see it regularly. Or add your favourite fruit to your water to make it more appealing. Try setting up “fueling stations” everywhere you sit to feed your baby with a tall bottle of water and maybe some trail mix ;)
Smoothies to the rescue: Smoothies are a great way to get a whole day's worth of nutrition in one delicious glass. In those early days you probably don't have the time (or the energy) to make, let alone eat a large healthy meal. Instead throw all the ingredients into your blender and know that your nutritional needs are taken care of.
Eggs for Energy: On a day when life is just so dang hard, make yourself an egg and call it a day. Eggs are so versatile and are a simple and easy way to get more protein into your diet. Plus you can eat them with one hand or while stranded under a sleeping baby ;).
Flaxseed Powder: Flax seeds are rich in omega'3 fatty acids and a great source of protein. Grab a bag of ground flax, store it in the fridge and sprinkle a tablespoon on every snack or meal you have. This will increase your nutrient intake each day.
Satisfying Snacks: During the first few weeks you may want to sleep as often as you can and eat when your baby does so that you are keeping your energy up when your baby is awake. Sitting down to a full meal might not be possible for the first little while, don't worry mama, you'll get there. Until then, try to have lots of nutrient dense snacks in the house so you can easily eat with one hand. Things like, hummus with crackers or veggies + greek yogurt with fruit (fresh or frozen) + toast with avocados + hard boiled eggs + salsa with nachos + dark chocolate + steamed edamame
Having Foods You Love in the House: Make sure stock the pantry and freezer with foods you know you enjoy and will be easy to eat in under 3.5 minutes ;) Ok maybe give yourself a tiny bit more time. But having meals prepped and ready to go will be a live saver. Organize a meal train NOW if you're still pregnant and have friends and family make casseroles, soups and stews for you. If you've already given birth, whenever anyone asks what they can do to help, say "I'd like a lasagna please". And if you don't have or don't want that kind of support consider ordering from a local meal delivery service. Point being, get food on your table any way you can :)