Sometimes it can be hard to get a chance to eat and drink throughout the day when you have a new baby. Do they know when you sit down or what? Still it is very important to make sure that you are remembering to eat. Set up a breastfeeding station. Wherever you usually breastfeed set up some snacks and drinks close by so that you can have something to eat when you are feeding the baby. Carry snacks with you in your purse, stroller and car. Always take a water bottle with you.
What about meal times? I love slow cookers (see why here) and they can be a useful kitchen appliance, not only for families with a new baby but families in general. Have you tried doing recipe swaps with friends and family? This is a good way to increase your repertoire. Meal planning is a great way to make sure that you have the ingredients you need in the house for whatever you are making that day. It can also help you avoid everyone in the house being hungry and still not knowing what to make for dinner. Read my post on Meal Plans here.
Freezing food can be a great way to have meals available quickly. Have staples in your house that your family like for snacks, breakfast and lunch. If your pantry is stocked it makes it easier to make a quick and healthy meal. Take a tour of a grocery store to help you navigate the healthy foods and make your shopping more efficient.
Lastly, get inspired. Take a cooking class, read a recipe book or look online at different recipes. Try new ingredients. Try different meals- the only way to not get bored of the same meals is to try new ones and the ones that you like add them into the mix.
Need some inspiration or more tips for you family? Talk to Jill, Nurture The Future’s Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org