Postpartum meals, postpartum doula, baby nurse, cleveland overnight care

As newborn care specialists, baby nurses, and postpartum doulas, we often see families struggle to find time to make easy, healthy meals during the postpartum period. Having access to these type of meals in the days and weeks following the birth of your baby is critical. Hopefully family and friends will provide meals for you but what should you do when those meals are gone? As the leader in Cleveland newborn care, we have compiled a list of great postpartum meals. Each meal listed is balanced, nutrient dense, and can be made easily and quickly. If you are a breastfeeding mom, make sure you are eating an additional 500 calories per day or more if you are expecting multiples. In today’s blog, we will give you four easy and nutritious postpartum meals for new families.

Meatball and Spinach Baked Ziti

This is one of our favorite nutritious postpartum meals because it can be prepped in 30 minutes.  The spinach is also a great source of vitamins and nutrients while the carbs in the pasta provide energy. We suggest Traditional Garlic Bread, Greek Salad, or Garden Salad as quick side dishes to accompany the Ziti. As a bonus, the meatballs can be prepared and frozen prior to giving birth to speed up the meal preparation. You can also substitute turkey or chicken for the beef or omit the wine if desired.

Simple Baked Chicken

The chicken in this meal is protein packed and is a snap to make in under 15 minutes. You can add or substitute a variety of spices so this meal can be easily added multiple times to your nutritious postpartum meals schedule. You can even make extra for the next day since it makes great left-overs. Serve it with Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Broccolini, or Brown Rice. If you are looking to make this meal even easier, opt for microwavable sweet potatoes or frozen brown rice.

Steak and Cauliflower Potatoes with Sautéed Spinach

Just because you are short on time doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice juicy steak. This complete meal is packed with protein as well as many vitamins and nutrients. The high nutritional content makes it a great addition to your nutritious postpartum meals calendar. The best part? This meal takes less than 25 minutes from start to finish and only requires eight ingredients. If you don’t like the sides in the recipe, it is easy to substitute Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, or Corn on the Cob.  For a juicier steak, cover the meat with foil when you are done cooking and let it rest for 5-7 minutes.  This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat and allows it to finish cooking before you cut into it.

Paleo Chicken Meatballs with Pineapple Sauce

This meal is a great option for paleo eaters but is something that everyone can enjoy. It is protein packed with a bit of Hawaiian flair and sweetness from the pineapple.  Since it only takes 35 minutes to prepare, it is sure to be one of your family’s favorite nutritious postpartum meals. These meatballs pair great with King Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, Mangos, or a Spinach Salad. The meatballs can be frozen before you deliver to make this meal easier to prepare after the baby arrives.

It is very important for you to take care of your body by eating well after you bring your baby home.

We hope the nutritious postpartum meals and recipes provided here will be beneficial to your family. Additionally, your Modern Baby Nurse postpartum doula would be happy to prepare a healthy snack or light meal for your growing family. Meal preparation and planning is especially important if you are expecting multiples.  Our night nurses are happy to discuss some possible meal options to assist you in your time of need.