Eating with busy family

Being a new mum is such a busy time and when you’re faced with many new demands of motherhood, it can be a challenging time to prepare healthy food for you and your family. No matter what stage you’re at following the birth of your baby, time is limited. Here are some time-saving tips to help take the stress out of cooking and to help ensure your diet is healthy and nutritious.

  • If friends or neighbors offer to provide meals, accept their offer! This will save you time with meal preparation and ensure you’re eating regularly which is important for your energy levels.
  • Use the microwave for cooking when you can. This can often take less time than the oven or stove.
  • Freezing home cooked meals and snacks can be a great idea to save time. Casseroles and soups with lots of veg are great options and should help take the stress out of meal times.
  • Frozen fruit and veg are just as nutritious as fresh alternatives. If you’re in a hurry they can be great for cooking to save time!
  • Last night’s dinner leftovers are a great lunch idea. Make extra for dinner to enjoy for lunch the following day.
  • Buy extra of the longer shelf life vegetables like potato, carrot, sweet potato and onions. These are great to form the basis of casseroles or soups.
  • A smoothie is a good substitute if you’re time is limited. Use skim milk, fresh or frozen fruit and low fat yoghurt.
  • Have snacks handy. A small handful of nuts, low fat yoghurt or crackers with hummus are good options.
  • Keep your fruit basket full so you’ll always have access to fresh fruit and be reminded to grab a piece each day.
  • Takeaway dinners might save you time but they usually offer very little nutrition. Try to limit takeaway meals to no more than once per week.
  • If you are struggling for time and can’t make it to the shops, shopping online for essentials might help. Check out whether your favourite supermarket or food store has an online shopping and delivery service.

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