Sorry guys, I’ve been MIA for the last month. I am expecting our second child any day now so I have been listening to my body by resting and preparing for baby. Spending my time with my husband and son as we transition from a three person family to four.
While recipe testing and photography has taken a back seat I have been preparing and freezing meals and snacks for after the baby’s arrival. Postpartum nutrition is often overlooked yet so important. The doctors take great care of us while we are pregnant but I don’t think my doctor mentioned postpartum care at all with my first child.
Nutrition is important after baby because you will need energy to compensate for lack of sleep and to recover and replenish. Especially if you plan to breastfeed. Protein, healthy fat and vitamins have been linked in reducing depression and fighting fatigue. Some new mama’s worry about losing the baby weight immediately. Weight loss can come later but eating a healthy whole foods diet right away will help jump start that process.
Having healthy meals and snacks frozen and ready to go will save you time in those first weeks when you’re adjusting. I did this with my first son and it was a blessing not worrying about what we would eat. When I did have energy and time I would cook but when I didn’t it was a life saver. It also saves you (and your family) calories and bucks from ordering out! I also compiled a list a of easy, under 30 minute meals that my family likes to easily choose from without having to think too much when one of us heads to the store. It’s posted right on the fridge for easy access and a reminder (screenshot below).
Frozen fruit is good to stock up on to mix with fresh or frozen veggies for super quick smoothies. I keep chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, coconut oil, and ground flax meal on hand to toss in smoothies as well.
Here’s a list of the healthy freezer meals I prepped. I’ve included the link to all the recipes that have already been published, there are some that I haven’t posted yet though, promise to update them with links as soon as I do!
Ginger & Curry Carrot Soup
Spinach Broccoli Bites
Kale White Bean Soup
Light Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes & Spinach – just freeze the sauce
Lentil Chickpea Salad
Sweet Potato Kale Frittata
Potato Leek & Cauliflower Soup
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Apple Avocado Smoothie
Crispy Eggplant Fries
Spinach & Basil Pesto
Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce – blended in raw spinach and a handful of cashews
Pumpkin bread – sliced and wrapped individually in tin foil, in a zip lock
Oat pancakes – 1 cup quick cook oats, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup pure pumpkin, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, cinnamon, dash vanilla, honey
Breakfast burritos – scrambled eggs & egg whites, topped with feta, kalamata olives, spinach, tomatoes rolled in sprouted grain wraps
Bean and Avocado Quinoa bowl – black beans, adzuki beans, cooked quinoa, avocado, onion, garlic, salsa, cilantro & lime juice
I find the best way to freeze most of these meals is in medium freezer zip lock bags, lay flat until frozen for easy stacking. I use mason jars for the smoothies just make sure to leave some space at the time as liquid expands when it freezes. Check out the soup file!
Here’s a look at my packed freezer! If I can do it, you can do it. Feel free to share your tips or questions with us. Happy freezing!