How To Still Eat Healthy With A New Baby At Home

posted: 08/01/16
by: Ashley Lauretta
healthy mom

When you have a new baby at home there is a lot to think about and what you are going to eat usually isn't high on your priority list. After you get home from the hospital there may be some pre-made meals waiting for you in the fridge to heat up, but once you get settled into a semblance of a routine--crying episodes, diaper changes and regular feedings--you won't have much time to meal prep or cook an extravagant meal.

"Planning ahead is the only way to eat healthy when days are busy and bodies are sleep deprived," shares Tatum Rebelle, who specializes in pre and postnatal fitness and is the owner of Total Mommy Fitness. "Women typically eat unhealthy because of hormone fluctuations, fatigue, stress and lack of time-- and new moms have all of those!"

When you don't plan ahead, Rebelle explains that the default response will be to grab whatever is quick, satisfying and convenient. It just so happens that these are usually the premade, high calorie and low nutrient foods.

But if you don't have much time to cook or even sleep, how are you supposed to plan out what you are going to eat the next few days? Rebelle has a few suggestions that will make the process a breeze.

To avoid the trap of mindlessly reaching for whatever is available, add these habits to your daily routine:

Set yourself up for success with breakfast.
Eat a healthy breakfast every single day. Just nuking instant oats and frozen berries in the microwave is enough to start the day off right.

Take advantage of leftovers.
Prepare simple healthy meals the night before and eat leftovers the next day for lunch. If you had chicken the night before, use the leftovers in a salad or make a wrap out of it, which is portable and easy to munch on as you walk around the house!

Snacks are your friend.
Keep snack bags of mixed nuts and dried fruit ready to grab in a pinch. If you portion these out as soon as you get home from the store, it will be even easier to grab-and-go. Have a healthy snack in your purse, diaper bag and glove box at all times, while hiding or foregoing sugary snacks in the house.