Monday, July 21, 2014

Pregnant? Dead Simple Healthful Eating Life Hack for When Baby's Born.

And it's dead simple. Buy a freezer (used chest freezers on local buy and sell websites are often under $100), freezer storage containers, and freezer bags.

Well, there's a tiny bit more.

3 months before the baby's due date start cooking and freezing your family's favourite meals. Aim for 3 full months of home frozen dinners and lean on them heavily during those exhausting first weeks and months. And if you also cook on those rare days where you've got some time, you can stretch your pre-emptive home cooking even longer.

Way better than take out and dry cereal.

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9 comments:

  1. Dead easy? Only if the non-pregnant partner does it (assuming you are lucky enough to have one, not always the case.) Some rare women just fly through pregnancy, but most are thoroughly exhausted already (oby/gyns sometimes joke that it is nature's way to get you used to working through exhaustion before the baby comes....not funny guys!), need to take every possible rare opportunity to be off their feet, and find that the bending over stoves, ovens, cupboards and fridges aggrevates already screaming hip joints. I realize that the point was to just make more of whatever you are already making, but 1. it still means more work, time on the feet, etc and 2. we may already be too tired to cook anything. Rant finished.....just tired of peppy lectures on what pregnant women should be able to do.....and you got my reaction full force!
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    1. I'm sorry, can you please point out the part of the article that suggested to you it was targeted to pregnant woman specifically?

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    2. Well I guess the title kind of does. Fair enough.

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  2. This is a good healthful eating life hack for anyone, not just pregnant women. As a single person with a stressful career, I do this all the time! My freezer is full of chili and babaghanoush right now.

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  3. I was also disappointed to read the title and the implication that it is the woman's job to do all the cooking. This article also assumes no other young children underfoot. There is nothing dead simple about cooking while pregnant or with small children underfoot.

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  4. This is actually how I prepared when I was heading into a major surgery and expected to be very limited on energy and ability for a few weeks. I was also going to be on pain meds that made it unsafe to drive, so I needed to be prepared. I also prepped meals in aluminum foil that were ready to pop in the oven and bake. And stocked up on lots of frozen veggies. What finally made me get off the meds was a desperate need of milk. I can't survive without that!

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  5. My favorite new trend in my little world is being invited to cook a hot family meal for any families expecting a new baby. There is a calendar and dates are blocked off when someone signs on to provide the family's meal that day. This multiple person mass gifting just makes sense and is totally customizable. In my experience everyone is included and it often starts right after baby is born. So close friends and family get the early days when baby is only days old and everyone else extending out to social friends and co workers get choice of rest of dates. I've made meals that followed guidelines of food allergies and strong personal preferences and geared them toward being good to freeze. Personally I always bring the hot meal for that nights dinner and a second family meal of it for the freezer all labeled and dated with my name listed as the cook so when life is crazy for family weeks and months into the future they don't have to try to remember anything besides there are ready cooked meals in the freezer.

    I love this! No shopping for bs plastic toys or baby clothing or whatever. Gifting that serves the whole family not just the baby or only the mommy but everyone because whole families have new offspring so the impact is whole family;) also I get to give something meaningful and actually helpful to my friends. The entire process serves a number of things to good result. We as friends get to drop in on the family only briefly but long enough to say hello and possibly meet new baby, the family gets a hot meat everyday for weeks and weeks that they didn't have to prepare plus freezer foods for pop in the oven ease of use in future and I got a great excuse to slow down and spend some thoughtful fun time in my own kitchen while creating an excellent gift that's easier on the environment than any little plastic toy or baby blanket could be.

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  6. Healthy frozen meals, either done yourself or from a place like SuperWorks are one of the best gifts you can give an expecting couple.

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  7. Great idea if you have the time, energy, and funds for extra cooking. We did a little of this, and then a lovely and kind friend hosted a baby shower for us, asking the guests to bring freezer-ready meals and snacks as gifts. We also tried to stock up on foods that wouldn't take long to prepare, even if made from scratch (frozen, peeled shrimp, for example).

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