The Eat Well, Spend Less team has really had fun with our posts this week, focusing on taking care of babies and their hungry parents.
Between us, there are 35 munchkins running around while we type, so I guess we know a thing or two about babies! There are even three newborns just arrived this month, at the homes of Carrie, Aimee, and Tammy (and they’re all still contributing!).
If you missed my contribution this week, I wrote about how we’re stumbling through feeding a real food baby – what to put on the high chair tray since rice cereal isn’t an option. John’s culinary life is starting far different from both of his siblings; I’ve learned so much about food and health the last three years!
If you’ve got a new mom in your life who could use a gift to help her feel like a person again, beyond bringing a meal (ideas below), I have to recommend a Lilla Rose hairclip from Sarah Montee. She’s a KS sponsor this month, and I was just reflecting last night how I can lean back on the couch and nurse without taking my hair out of its clip. They’re so comfortable, and way cuter than the claws that were my former habit. (Just throwing that one out there!)
And now for the fabulous ladies of the EWSL series – here’s what they have to say this week about feeding babies, keeping the rest of the family fed after baby, and feeding new mamas. It’s a spectacular roundup, so grab a cup of coffee, tea, or water kefir and enjoy some weekend reading…
A Homemade Baby Food Primer
from Mandi of Life…Your Way
Although I used store-bought baby food from time to time — and a lot with #3 — homemade baby food is not only healthier (since there are no preservatives, it’s often raw and you have more control over the quality of the ingredients you use) but it also costs pennies on the dollar.
That said, it can be intimidating to know where to start, so let’s take a look at the basics. There are a few different methods you can use to make baby food, with pros and cons to each:
Read all Mandi’s baby food methods HERE…
The Postpartum Diet
from Aimee of Simple Bites
I’ve just wrapped my first week postpartum with little Clara. It’s a tumultuous time, full of euphoric highs spent gazing at one’s perfect newborn, and rock-bottom lows, where the body feels like it was hit by a truck and dragged a few miles.
Taking things one day at a time is the best approach to postpartum recovery, combined with getting plenty of rest and, most importantly, eating well.
Today I’ll share a few of my tips for wise food choices that attend to three important needs following a birth: Physical Energy & Healing, Milk Production & Quality, and Bowel Regularity.
I’ll also share a recipe for Stewed Prunes with Citrus & Cinnamon (amazing!) and some photos of Baby Clara…
This post is packed, so read the rest right HERE…
Good Eating and Welcoming a New Baby
from Jessica of Life as MOM
It’s been a long time since we had a baby in the family. I’m amazed our FishBaby is well on her way to four years old. How did that happen? Those who know me will agree that two of my favorite things in the world are babies and food. Having given birth six times and celebrated these precious new lives, you can believe we have had some special food traditions along the way.
Chances are good that you’ve welcomed a baby or two in your time. Whether your own baby or that of someone you love, the arrival of a newborn is a sweet, sweet time. And one to cause great celebration and good eating! The other day Lauren shared some great ways to bless a new mom.
Here are some ways to eat well and spend less at baby time. You can plan for these for your own family while you’re nesting or strategically email this post to friends and family. Obviously, if you’re wanting to bless a friend, here’s your checklist.
Read the rest right HERE…
Kitchen Planning When You Are Pregnant
from Amy at Kingdom First Mom
My oldest daughter was born in 2004, and at that time, the term “freezer cooking” was not in my vocabulary. And although my husband and I were 28 and 22, respectively, we tended to eat like college kids, minus the Ramen noodles. Hamburger Helper and other boxed delights were among our food staples.
Now, we lean toward the organic fruits and veggies, grassfed beef, raw milk side, with cans and boxes being utilized less frequently. We also removed our microwave last year, so that shortcut isn’t an option.
That means Momma had better get to cookin’ if anyone is to eat… whether she feels like it or not.
Read the rest, with great ideas and recipe links for each trimester, right HERE…
Taking Meals to a New Mom
from Carrie of Denver Bargains
I chose to share some tips about taking meals to a new mom – and tips for being on the receiving end of meals, too! I love having babies, but I have to admit that cooking is not something that I am inspired to do when I’m pregnant, and I’ve heard an awful lot of other moms share the same sentiment.
I actually get really inspired to cook quite quickly after giving birth, but still really appreciate the huge help of people bringing meals during those newborn days when you get little sleep and are wondering why on earth you’re still in pain (shouldn’t that be over after labor?).
So, here are some tips I’ve learned from both taking – and receiving – meals after the birth of a new baby.
Read the rest right HERE…
Note: I also have a post about blessing others with meals, which I refer to often as 4 women in my Bible Study have had or are having babies this spring! If you’re coordinating meals with a group, TakeThemaMeal.com is an awesome resource!
Food for New Parents (don’t rely on takeout)
from Shaina of Food for my Family
This isn’t the time to start relying on takeout boxes and pizza delivery. As a mom, your body is healing from a nine-month marathon, complete with a mile-long sprint to the finish line. You need the best nutrition you can get to heal and provide the energy to get through those first newborn days and nights, as well as for milk production if you’re breastfeeding.
A Well-Stocked Pantry
Having a pantry stocked and full can be a lifesaver in those early days when you just might not have the will to head to the grocery store to stock up. In addition to spices and pantry basics, aim to stock up on food that is easy to prepare and that provides a source of energy: dried whole wheat pastas, quinoa, rolled oats, polenta, dried or canned beans, seeds, nuts, nuts, and more nuts. Debbie does a wonderful job covering this topic in her book, detailing what to keep on hand and also providing easy recipes on what to do with it now that it’s there.
Read the rest right HERE along with a giveaway for the book she mentions…
A No-Work Kitchen After Baby Arrives
from Tammy of Tammy’s Recipes
So, I don’t. I mean, as much as possible. And how is this possible?
1. Make freezer meals.
This was my biggest regret after having my first baby: I hadn’t made any meals for the freezer. Oh, I’d planned on just making "easy stuff" but with a fussy baby who didn’t sleep much, I very quickly realized that my 30-minute "easy meal" was not at all easy to pull off as a new mom. In fact, things that normally took me 30-uninterrupted-minutes suddenly took 90-very-interrupted-minutes. Or more. 🙂
With subsequent babies, I have made freezer meals my top priority when getting ready for the baby. And with even more hungry tummies to keep filled, having dinners made ahead transforms any afternoon into a much easier juggling feat of naps and quiet-time activities, minus dinner prep.
Read the other great ideas and cute pictures of new baby Channah right HERE…
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