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Bringing a new baby home turns your life tipsy-turvy and it is definitely hard to know what to prepare for. My husband and I had stocked our freezer with premade dinners, but I hadn’t really considered the rest of my day.
Breakfast can be easier. Especially if you like cereal. But here are some ideas for quick, (mostly) healthy meals in the morning.
Quick, Healthy Breakfast Ideas
- Avacado Toast: So hipster, or whatever, buuut it’s super healthy, especially with whole grain bread. The avacado keeps you satisfied for longer. I recommend hard-boiling some eggs to add on top for extra protein and flavour.
- Oatmeal: This is an affordable option as you can buy a bag of oatmeal pretty cheap. You can even get brands that put extra things in them like flax or chia seeds to up your grain game. If even this is too much effort then get the single serving packets that you can just add hot water to. Not as healthy, but still better then chocolate, which you should never feel guilty eating for breakfast. Just maybe don’t do it every day. 🙂 Bonus: Oatmeal is good for your milk supply!
- Hard-boiled eggs: These are great because you can make a bunch at once and have breakfast for a few days. You can also add flavour to them with things like hot sauce or any other of your favourite sauces. You can even make egg salad for lunch!
- Egg Muffins: This is another awesome option for making multiple meals at once. I love how customizable these are. I premade these and froze them, but they definitely taste better fresh or refridgerated. Some ideas for ingredients are:
- Eggs, obviously
- Ham, Bacon, Sausage (or any other meat you like)
- Spinach, onions (green, white, or red), mushrooms, banana peppers, tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños, peppers, etc
- Salt and pepper (or any other seasonings)
- Really, anything you want that goes well with eggs!
- Toast with peanut butter and bananas: This is delicious with coffee and super quick to make. I prefer to use peanut butter that is just made out of peanuts. You can even go to Bulk Barn and make your own. Any nut butter would work here. If you want to mix things up a bit add chocolate chips or as a less healthy option, nutella.
Quick, Healthy Lunch Ideas
- Wraps, wraps, and wraps: This was such a life saver for me. Wraps are easier to make then a sandwich because you can throw almost anything in them. Any veggie that would normally be tough to put in a sandwich can be put in a wrap. And they are usually fairly easy to eat with one hand. Some ideas for wrap ingredients are:
- Hummus makes a great tasting as well as filling spread that’s healthier than mayo.
- Chick peas and beans are great for flavour and protein. They fill you up, which is great if you don’t have time to make food whenever you’re hungry.
- Veggies, because they’re healthy. Make sure you buy your favourite ones, otherwise you’ll be less likely to eat them. If you can prep some, that helps a ton too. Maybe put on the partner’s list?
- Feta. Because, no slicing. But any other cheese is good too.
- Pre-cooked chicken or turkey is awesome for protein as well. You can either buy it or make it.
- Salads: These are essentially like the wrap but add variety. One of my favs is super simple:
- Olives, grape tomatoes, spinach, feta (the only thing you have to “cut” or crumble is the feta), salad dressing if you want. You can get as healthy or unhealthy as you feel like with the dressing.
- Use the wrap ingredient list and just add salad dressing!
- Quinoa Bowl: You can make a bunch of quinoa all at once and just put it in the fridge. It tastes totally fine cold. I was just throwing a bunch of things I had in the house together and made this delicious recipe:
- Quinoa (Rice or orzo would work too)
- Grape tomatoes
- Sunflower seeds (don’t skip this, it gives it an awesome crunch!)
- Feta cheese
- Salad Dressing: This dressing from my mother-in-law was AMAZING with the Quinoa Bowl (Note: it makes around 1.5 cups):
- 1 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or fresh chives)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp tarragon vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- But, really, almost any dressing of choice would be good (just maybe no fruity ones?)
Quick, Healthy Snacks
- Granola bars: I would throw these in my purse or diaper bag so I was always prepared if I was hungry while I was out. They’re great for a quick snack at home too though. Or a meal if you eat enough 🙂 . My fav are Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars. They have a good variety of flavours and I like them all so far. I’ve found them the cheapest on Amazon, but Superstore and Costco have them pretty affordable too. CLIF BARs are also great. I’ve found that the cheaper the granola bars are the less healthy they are, but still a good snack when you don’t have time or energy to prepare anything.
- Trailmix: Pretty much anything is good here. Obviously if it’s salty and sugary it will be less healthy. You can go to the bulk aisle and build your own though!
- Cheese and crackers: This is one of my all-time favourite snacks. You can go simple or elaborate with this, but choose your favourite cheese, crackers and accessories (pickles, banana peppers, olives, capers, oysters, etc.)
- Water: Drink LOTS of water! Buy a large cup or water bottle with a straw so no screwing around with caps. You can also use the Contigo AUTOSEAL Travel Mugs as they keep the water cold. A bonus with these is you can use them to keep your coffee hot too! For the water bottle, I prefer 24 oz (709mL) or bigger. Otherwise you’re always filling it up. Keep one wherever you feed your baby. I also recommend one by your bed so you have enough water to last throughout the night without refilling. You could even have a third ready to go so you don’t have to refill either one if you run out at an inopportune moment. Protip: Make sure its within reach when you go to nurse or feed your baby!
There you go! You’re on your own for dinner. Hopefully hubby or partner can step up and help out for that. Or you have a bunch of freezer meals ready to go. I also froze a bunch of baking before baby so that I had snacks (or a meal) as well.
I hope this helps fill your belly since it’s important to for your milk supply as well! And if you’re not breastfeeding, it will help the waistline too! I found the healthier food I have in the house the healthier I eat. Makes sense, hey? 🙂 Easier said then done, but having a plan or having it laid out like I’ve done above helps. Happy eating!
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