Nutrient-Dense Postpartum Freezer RecipesMay 03, 2023
Pregnancy and postpartum nutrition is so important.
This is an energy intensive time where you need for calories and nutrients increases. It is a time when you want to support good energy and recovery through nutrient-rich meals. Plus, I have heard raising a newborn is time consuming so you don't have spare time to spend cheffing it up in the kitchen.
That's why I am here to help you prepare for success with some easy, delicious, nutrient-rich meals to stock your freezer so you don't have to reach for poor quality processed food or takeout.
My brother recently had a baby and the best gift I could think to give was a freezer full of nutrient-rich meals from scratch that were easy to heat up and eat during those first few weeks of parenthood. Here's what I made for them and why:
1. Single Serving Egg Muffins
Eggs are a great addition to pregnancy and postpartum nutrition. Eggs provide a great source of protein along with other micronutrients like iodine, B-vitamins, zinc, choline, and DHA to promote healing and enrich breast milk to support the baby's proper growth and development.
2. Nutrient-Rich Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal is not my top choice when it comes to nutrient-rich breakfasts, but it can be an easy, warm breakfast to have on hand. To increase the nutrients, add some protein, and make this a more satisfying and blood sugar friendly meal I stirred in some eggs, which also adds the benefits mentioned above! I added in some warming spices - cinnamon and ginger - which are traditionally included in postpartum nutrition to improve circulation, support energy and digestion, and increase milk supply.
3. Nut-Free Date Breastfeeding Bites
These easy and delicious date balls are packed with great micronutrients and lots of healthy fat to give sustainable energy and boost milk supply for breastfeeding moms. I doubled the batch to make a large serving to keep in the freezer.
4. Bone Broth Tom Kha
Bone broth is a staple in postpartum recovery. It's a warm food that provides essential nutrients like collagen-building amino acids (which are great for supporting recovery), hydrating electrolytes, and lots of micronutrients. If you don't love sipping on warm broth, turn it into a soup for a great way to consume nutrient-dense bone broth.
5. Refined-Sugar Free Pulled Pork
Not only is this recipe incredibly easy, it provides great micronutrients and lots of collagen to stimulate tissue healing for postpartum recovery.
6. Hidden Liver Meat Sauce
Liver is the best pregnancy and postpartum food. It is packed with essential nutrients like iron, zinc, B12, vitamin A, folate, choline, selenium. It is a great way to avoid postpartum anemia and support good energy levels. If you don't love the taste of liver, you have to try this meat sauce where you can't even taste it!
Let me know your favorite nutrient-dense pregnancy or postpartum meal in the comments and be sure to share this with anyone who needs to pack their freezer before having a baby (or for people with busy lives who want nutrient-dense food on hand).
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