Surviving breastfeeding and dinner preparations

Surviving breastfeeding and dinner preparations

Let’s talk dinner time. Preparing food when you’re looking after yourself and a newborn is tricky enough, then throw in a hungry toddler or two and the pressure is on!

Keeping a variety of basics and a few key ingredients in the pantry, fridge or freezer makes life a lot easier when time is precious, but you still want to prepare and eat healthy meals. Have the following items on hand to make preparing meals quick and easy:

Canned foods

Vegetables: tomatoes, potatoes, corn,  asparagus, beetroot, water chestnuts, carrots, bamboo shoots, mushroom

Fruits in natural juices: pineapple, apple, apricot, peaches, berries, passionfruit, mangoes, pears

Protein alternatives: tuna, salmon, nutmeat, beans (Eg chickpeas, lentils, red kidney beans, broad beans etc), falafal mix, mexi-beans.

Some tips from mums include:

I discovered the slow cooker and used to pop meat and veg into it of a morning, so that I didn't have to worry about cooking dinner at 'witching' hour.

Avoid waste - buy foods in season – they last the longest and are cheaper

During winter, it’s tempting to abandon our healthy eating habits and exercise regimen for comfort food and huddling indoors. Our Health and Wellness team have some winter nutrition tips to help you stay healthy through winter.

Phone Health and Wellness on 07 3163 6000 for more information or to make an appointment.


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