Putting a healthy meal on the table can be daunting.
Then add in only having one hand (because one hand is likely holding a baby). PLUS the factor of not ever really knowing how much time you’ll have/how long baby will sleep. PLUS the exhaustion factor. PLUS other interruptions like cell notifications, requests from other family members, etc.
I believe that feeding a family is just not meant to be a one-person show.
So, here are a few tips to help you have some healthy food options on hand. During those times when prepping food throughout the week seems impossible.
Even though it can seem like a lot, taking the time to food prep can save both time and money in the long run. Plus, with online ordering these days, it’s more simple to save your staple items. Just have them favorited in your cart.
It's better to do food prep, not let yourself eat out, and have healthy options on hand. It may feel pretty "Regimented" at first. But, as you settle into a routine, it can feel nice! I really enjoy listening to Johannes Linstead while cooking.
I also highly suggest getting a local CSA share. Maybe not immediately postpartum, but, certainly at some point. It’s such a fantastic way to eat locally grown food. Doing this cuts down on our personal carbon footprint. You'll also score the immune system benefits of locally grown food. Plus, it’s supporting a local business and responsible farming. Some CSA’s have door deliveries, some deliver to local markets.
It's easy to jump to the conclusion that being part of a CSA is an expensive option. This isn't usually the case! Especially if you sign up for a season of CSA shares. This gives farmers a guarantee that their products will go to a good home. Many of the local farmers I’ve met treat their produce like rescue puppies. They're very protective and caring. They want their babies to go to a good home
There’s also Misfit’s Market. It’s not local, but it is organic. This company collects all the “seconds” produce. Like a carrot with an extra lump. It's not pretty but, still delicious and nutritious! And super affordable.
Another benefit of veggie boxes is that they often times will have something a little funky. Like kohlrabi or radishes. This encourages you to variety to your meals.
This blog has a lot of really creative ideas. I really like making their Beet-za, mostly because of the beautiful purple color the crust.
I am not a dietician or nutritionist. But as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I see the connection between mind, body, and nutrition daily. Getting proper nutrition, including potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins B and D closely correlate with how your body performs. Eating healthy helps you sleep better. It helps prevent any neuromusculoskeletal aches and pains from lingering. It helps keeps your calves from cramping. It keeps inflammation down. Self-care is extra important not only when you are pregnant, but postpartum as well. Taking care of your body is promoting your longevity and quality of life with your kids. It’s setting an example for them to grow into adults who make healthy choices.
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