Does a newborn baby need a Personal Chef? Probably not – that is what mom is for! But babies parents might appreciate it. C & I were sitting in a birth prep class and the teacher asked us: “Do you have a plan for eating (good food) post labor?” Everybody in class paused and looked around at each other. She continued, saying, “You will have just finished the most intense workout of your life and you will need something nourishing and enjoyable – and you will need it immediately!” Well “ok”, I thought to myself, “this is right up my alley.” I offered up “Hire a personal chef!” Mrs Birth Professor quickly followed with “One that will be available – not in impending labor or post baby?” This made me pause as I had to agree that baking a human has been draining enough up to now and so, was this Personal Chef going to hire her own Personal Chef? NOPE I thought, I got this.
So here is part 1 of my plan, along with some of my considerations. Baby is due in the midst of a hot summer and I absolutely love fresh produce this time of year (stone fruit, berries, melons, etc.), so we are keeping our bimonthly fruit and veg Farm Fresh to You delivery, which comes straight to our door. Maybe my mastery of making quick meals out of random ingredients will come in handy at one, two and three weeks as a new momma (but I’m not really counting on it), so instead of cooking things like zucchini, I’ll most likely be slicing them thin and eating them raw.
To start, a variety of quick meal replacements and snacks are essentials. These are items that can easily be put on the plate, in a cup or in my hand.
Smoothie bags of various flavors filled with frozen fruit & veg, yogurt, milk, a variety of supplements (like psyllium husk, flax seed or one you are already use) which can be blended together with water, milk, yogurt, almond milk, juice, etc. I share my current favorite recipe below – with tropical flavors, but jam packed with good-for-baby & mommy greens.
Bone broth frozen in individual serving sizes. If you don’t already know about the magic of bone broth, please read Top 5 Reasons Why Bone Broth is the Bomb. from Underground Wellness.
Granola stocked in the freezer, as a snack or quick breakfast. I don’t have a favorite recipe, but I like to use this article How to Make Great Granola Every Time becauses the recipe is presented in a formulaic way ie I can modify it based on what I’ve got or what I’m in the mood for. My one preference is to use coconut oil in place of olive oil – a nicer flavor, great health benefits and a higher smoke point.
Energy bars, made from a blend of oats, nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, etc), dates, cacao powder, Brewers yeast (known to help aid in breast milk production), coconut oil and various spices. The beauty of these is that there is no baking involved, they can be made in large batches and they keep for seemingly ever.
Whether it be for post pregnancy or day-to-day meal planning, do you think these are good snacks or meal replacements ? I would love some more ideas and your thoughts!
- ½ banana
- ½ mango
- ¼ cup arugula, packed
- ¾ cup coconut water
- ¾ cup yogurt
- 1 tbsp fiber mix - I use a combo of flax and psyllium husk
- 2 dates
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy as a hearty snack or a light meal replacement.
- If planning for future use, pack all ingredients except coconut water in a sandwich size ziplock and store in the freezer. Will last up to 6 months.