Keeping up with Healthy Eating, for New Parents!

One of the many facts of new parenthood almost no one seems to mention is the challenge of feeding yourself.

Being a new parent is a 24/7 job. Me and my husband often barely get time to sit and talk anymore, let alone think about meal prepping, cooking, or even going out to pick up groceries or takeout. These overwhelming demands can easily let your own health needs fall by the wayside.

I thought to share some habits, so you don’t make the same mistakes as me.

  • Buy prewashed salad mixes or bags of pre-chopped veggies.
  • Prepare meals in bulk and freeze them – for example, casseroles and soups.
  • Use frozen vegetables when you don’t have time to prepare fresh vegetables.
  • Keep your fruit basket full.
  • Have yogurt, nuts, vegetable sticks, and hummus on hand for healthy snacks during the day.
  • Make meals that can be eaten hot or cold – for example, poha/daliya
  • You can also pack these into containers for outings.
Here are some quick meal ideas that I personally found yummy and healthy:

1. Instant Oats Dosa

Image Courtesy: hebbarskitchen

Ingredients:

½ cup oats flour

2 teaspoons rice flour

¼ cup semolina

½ cup curd

¼ cup finely chopped onions

1 ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chili

2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil for cooking

How to prepare:

  • Mix all ingredients well with 1 cup water.
  • Heat non-stick tawaand pour a ladle of batter into the pan. Spread it around the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve with green chutney.

2. Vegetable Quinoa

Image Courtesy: taste.com.au

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in a fine mesh colander
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion (from 1 small red onion)
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (from 1 large bunch)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to Prepare:

  1. To cook the quinoa: Combine the rinsed quinoa and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes, reducing heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes, to give it time to fluff up.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and parsley. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Whisk until blended, then set aside.
  4. Once the quinoa is mostly cool, add it to the serving bowl, and drizzle the dressing on top. Toss until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Season with black pepper, to taste, and add an extra pinch of salt if necessary. For best flavor, let the salad rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

3. Oats Laddu

Image courtesy: Vahrehvah

Ingredients:

100 grams of dry roasted oats

100 grams of dry roasted almonds

50 grams of honey

How to prepare:

  • Take 1tablespoon of ghee in a pan and roast oats on low flame for a minute.
  • Grind almond and oats together, till it becomes a powder.
  • Add honey to the powder.
  • Mix it well, then make a laddu out of it.

4. Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Images Courtesy: Allys Cooking

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 banana

1 tablespoon chia seeds

How to prepare:

  • Put all your ingredients in a blender until everything is combined and smooth.
  • Add more almond milk as needed.

These yummy and healthy meals will definitely help new parents to remain healthy and save time so that they can take good care of themselves as well as the baby.

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