Are you a new breastfeeding mom? Are you hungry, really, really hungry? This blog is for you! This is also for those of you planning meal ideas for the baby on their way or for those of you culinarily (is that a word?!) supporting that new friend or family member with a scrumptious and easily reheatable dish.
Moms often worry about the “right” calories. We are frequently asked about avoiding or including certain foods to make better milk. Truth be told, women who follow all kinds of diets make nutritious milk for their little ones. If you have concerns about your caloric intake or dietary restrictions, we suggest working with your IBCLC and a registered dietician.
Breastfeeding definitely burns extra calories. It can make some moms even hungrier than they were during pregnancy! There’s a saying: “feed the mother so she can feed the baby”. While you don’t need to go overboard, you do need to EAT so you can recover from all those late night feedings. So whether you are preparing the food for yourself or for a loved one and you need something NOW, we’ve got you covered with some delicious ideas for every part of the day.
Mini Frittata muffins. Swoon. For a little extra work up front, these would be quite the spot hitter on those early mornings. The veggies are easily swapped and the egg adds a good dose of protein.
Gluten Free Carrot and Flax Muffins. What’s not to love here?! Sweet and wholesome!
And there’s “Put an Egg on it”. Yep, you can put an egg, or two or three, on just about anything and it becomes an instant meal. This ratatouille would be divine with a runny egg on top.
Sometimes you need a warm and gooey breakfast and this oatmeal hits all those things. I don't know about you, but I love when I can make something in my Instant Pot.
This chicken salad would be so easy to whip up (you could easily make a double or triple batch). I could see it over salad, in a sandwich or even on a baked sweet potato for a very balanced meal.
I've always been a big fan of tuna nicoise salad. If you roasted a large pan of veggies the night before, they could be re-done in this salad the next day. Easy!
Another salad...I know, but stick with me! This one is loaded with salty meats and a tangy dressing. If you need some extra carbs (don't we all?!) a crusty baguette or some pre-cooked potato chunks would be delicious.
Melty and oh-so-satisfying this French Dip sandwich does not disappoint. To make it a complete meal...you might want to add a salad! :)
I'm a big fan of skillet meals. This recipe is a go-to in my house. Protein, veggies and a light sprinkling of cheese. It is big on flavor and short on time.
Pulled chicken. Slow cooker. Whole30 approved. Need I say more?
Veggies, rice and cheese. You just can't go wrong. Add a protein of choice and dinner is done.
Snacks and Dessert
There are about a million versions of protein balls on the internet, but these looks pretty wonderful.
A lasagna made with chocolate. Yes, please.
Sometimes a smoothie is a snack. Here are six amazing protein-packed smoothie options to keep you full between meals.
Make ahead snacks make the world go round, or at least my world. This parfait could be a snack, a dessert or even a breakfast!
We hope you enjoyed this month's round up of tasty meals. The internet is just brimming with ideas to keep you well fed while you tend to your little one. What's on your menu this week?