Welcome new mums! As you adjust to your new role, meal times can be a stressful and overwhelming part of your day. Between feeding your newborn, taking care of yourself, and potentially returning to work, finding the time and energy to prepare healthy meals can seem daunting.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some quick and healthy meal ideas that are perfect for busy new moms.
Overnight oats are a great option for a quick and healthy breakfast. Simply mix rolled oats, milk, and your favourite toppings (such as fruit, nuts, and honey) in a jar or container and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, grab and go! This easy meal is high in fibre and can be customized with your favourite flavours.
Mason jar salads
Mason jar salads are a convenient and portable option for lunch or dinner. Simply layer your desired ingredients (such as greens, protein, and vegetables) in a jar, starting with the dressing at the bottom and ending with the lettuce on top. When you’re ready to eat, just shake the jar to mix everything together and enjoy!
Batch cooking is a great way to save time and effort during the week. Spend a few hours on the weekend preparing a large batch of a healthy meal (such as soup, chilli, or a casserole) and freeze the leftovers in individual portions. This way, you’ll have quick and easy meals ready to go when you’re short on time.
Smoothie bowls are a delicious and nutritious option for breakfast or a snack. Simply blend your favourite fruits, vegetables, and protein source (such as Greek yoghurt or protein powder) in a blender, and top with toppings like nuts, seeds, and fruit. Smoothie bowls are a great way to get in your servings of fruits and vegetables, and they can be customized to your taste preferences.
Grilled or roasted vegetables
Grilled or roasted vegetables make a quick and healthy side dish or main course. Simply toss your favourite vegetables (such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant) with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in the oven or grill until tender. Serve with a protein source (such as grilled chicken or tofu) for a complete meal.
Avocado toast is a simple and tasty option for breakfast or a snack. Simply mash the avocado onto toast, and top with your favourite toppings (such as cherry tomatoes, diced onions, and a sprinkle of salt). Avocado toast is high in healthy fats and can be customized with a variety of toppings to suit your taste.
We hope these quick and healthy meal ideas help make your transition into motherhood a little easier. Remember to also prioritize self-care and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You got this, mama!