The Benefits of Meal Prepping during the Postpartum Period

Published on 6 May 2024 at 20:51

During the postpartum period, meal prepping can become your best friend. It's not just about having food ready; it's about eliminating the daily "what's for dinner" stress and avoiding cooking when you're exhausted.

Here are some tips for efficient postpartum meal prepping:

  1. Prep Ahead: Marinate meats or buy pre-chopped veggies for quick oven or air fryer meals during the week.
  2. Bulk Cooking: Make meals in bulk to freeze or portion out for the week. I like to prepare two or three meals at the start and middle of the week for variety.
  3. Recipe Variety: Choose recipes you love, such as pasta dishes, stir-frys, stews, soups, and protein-packed bowls, that are easy to make given a busy schedule.By prepping meals you enjoy, you're ensuring nourishment, energy, and the nutrients needed for postpartum recovery.
  4. Meal Train Option: If cooking feels overwhelming, consider asking family or friends to organize a meal train. Each day or week, someone can prepare and deliver a meal for your family.
  5. Meal Prep Services: If budget allows, explore meal prep services. During my busy seasons, I find meals from Performance Meal Prep to be a lifesaver.
  6. Postpartum Doula Support: Another option is hiring a postpartum doula who offers meal prepping as a service. As a postpartum doula myself, this is one of my favorite ways to support new families.

Incorporating meal prepping into your postpartum routine can ease stress, save time, and ensure you're well-nourished during this important recovery period.

I slow cooked beef chuck roast and I was able to make beef tacos for dinner, leaving me extra meat to make burrito bowls for lunch for the rest of the week!

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