kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms

21 Time Saving Kitchen Tips for Pregnant and Busy Moms

Do you have little to no time to prepare healthy meals? Do you feel like preparing “healthy” food takes too much effort? Do you know the benefits of nourishing your body, but you never seem to get an “ideal” dinner on table? These time saving kitchen tips are specifically targeted to pregnant moms and busy moms who have little time (and not a lot of energy), but want to provide nourishing foods for themselves and their families without the hassle.

The goal of these kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms:

  • Time saving
  • Energy boosting
  • Easy meal prep 
  • Nourishing foods
  • Less reliant on convenience foods

With a busy life to lead, mile long to-do lists, endless appointments and social obligations, it can be down right challenging finding time to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals. Usually it’s one of the first things pushed to the side. There are tons of convenience options. But we all know most of those aren’t really good for us.

One of most important things to focus on during pregnancy, postpartum recovery and motherhood is nourishing your body. You need nutrients to grow a healthy baby, to be strong and to perform at a high level, whether it’s chasing toddlers or pursuing your passions.

If you are lacking energy or struggling with health issues, it makes it even harder to accomplish what you want to do.

Putting the priority on nourishing your body, creating healthy routines and self care is the only way to stay happy and sane during pregnancy and the busy seasons of motherhood. You need tools to help you do this. That’s what Birth Eat Love is dedicated to!

Nourish your body with these easy kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms

 

If you have been following along with the Nourish Your Pregnant Body Series, you have learned common pregnancy diet mistakes and how to avoid them, as well as, how to manage pregnancy symptoms with herbal tea. In Part 3 we are going to learn some tips and tricks for making it as easy as possible for you to set up a kitchen system that nourishes you, and your family, so that you can have less stress and more energy.

The ideas in this post are divided into two categories:

  • Kitchen tips to make preparing foods easier
  • Wellness tips that help you to get the most nutrients out of your meals

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Kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms

#1 – Use the slow cooker – The slow cooker has saved me so much time and energy! During pregnancy and postpartum recovery, the slow cooker is a life saver. I use one that has a digital programmer so you can set it for any amount of time up to 24hr and then it automatically goes to warm. And see #18 below.

#2 – Chop veggies ahead – This can be done a couple of ways:

  • After you shop, before putting everything away, wash and chop all your veggies and store in storage containers like these in the fridge. That way when you are ready to cook half the work is done.
  • Another way to do this is to chop double when you cook a recipe. So say you are chopping an onion for dinner. Chop 2-3 onions, use 1 for the current meal and store the rest. Do the same with the rest of your vegetables.
  • Or chop the vegetables needed for lunches and dinner the next day while you are cooking dinner
  • Buying pre-chopped veggies is also an option that you can use if you are extremely busy or lack the energy, but still want fresh veggies.

kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms - #2 - Slice vegetables ahead of time.

#3 – Batch cooking – This is something that is so simple but makes life so much easier. When you do cook, double or triple the batch. You can even do all your cooking on one day using this method. Here’s a great guide from one of my favorite sites on getting started with batch cooking.

#4 – Freezer meals – along the same lines, as batch cooking except without the cooking. With freezer meals, you chop and combine all the ingredients in gallon freezer bags and freeze. Take out the night before you want to eat and thaw in the refrigerator. Then put it in the slow cooker in the morning. Freezer meals are super easy to prepare and save TONS of time. I highly recommend making at least a weeks worth of freezer meals ahead of time to have for postpartum recovery. Seriously, it makes postpartum SO MUCH easier.

#5 – Frozen veggies – are a great way to have veggies on hand for side dishes. The beauty is they are already washed and chopped. Season with sea salt and pepper and see #12 below.

#6 – Wash it right away – one of the main reasons lots of us don’t like to cook is because of the clean up. This is something that has dissuaded me from making smoothies and using my slow cooker numerous times. The solution I’ve found is a mindset thing – just wash it right away and be done with it. The less you think about it, the easier it will be. Plus less scrubbing when you wash right away.

#7 m ake portioned meat packs. These kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms can help make it easy and as stress free as possible for you to prepare real food, nourishing meals when you are pregnant, recovering postpartum and during the busy seasons of motherhood.

#7 – Make portioned meat packs – buying larger packs of meat can save on your grocery bill.  When you get home wash and divide meat in portioned size packs. Think 4 chicken breast in a gallon storage bag and 2 in another. Divide ground meat into 1 lb packs, etc. You can season these ahead for added bonus points. Then put what you plan to use over the next next 2 days in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Just remember to take out what you want to eat the night before

#8 – Use paper plates – when life get super busy or stressful, save time and energy by using paper plates. And if the environmentalist in you just has a hard time with the extra waste, just think of all the water and power you will be saving by not running the dishwasher!


#9 – Sheet pan meals – have you heard of these? Basically you cook a whole meal (paleo style) with meat and vegetables on one large sheet pan. Easy, healthy dinners. Yes, please.

#10 -Smoothie packs – make ahead smoothie packs are a great way to prep for pregnancy and postpartum mid-morning hunger. Combine all the ingredients in gallon storage bags (minus the liquid) and freeze.

#11 – Meal Plan – so you have probably heard this time and time again, but having a plan to eat is important. It’s a way of making a commitment to yourself, and your family, that eating is a priority and that taking care of yourself is a priority.

There are many different ways to meal plan. In Part 4 of the Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series we will explore how to set up a meal plan system based on superfoods. Sign up below to get updates of when the next part of the series goes live! And to get your free PDF – 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body!

Kitchen wellness tips

These are ways that I have come up with to boost nutrients and to incorporate healthy practices into my day.  These tips can help you have more energy, and feel more nourished throughout the day. And most importantly, they are easy things you can do to eat a little healthier!

#12 – Add lemon to it – lemon is simply amazing. If you aren’t using fresh lemons daily (multiple times) you are missing out! Packed with. Vitamin C is a must for cooking greens, as vitamin c is essential in the body being able to process iron ( the whole reason most of us eat greens!).  Another great way to get the benefits of lemon is by drinking lemon water first thing in the morning or throughout the day.

 

Tip #12 - Add lemon! These kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms can help make it easy and as stress free as possible for you to prepare real food, nourishing meals when you are pregnant, recovering postpartum and during the busy seasons of motherhood.

#13 – Eat salads at lunch – salads are a great way to get raw vegetables in your body. But did you know it can take hours for a salad to digest? So eat them at lunch for optimized digestion. Check out my Pinterest Board

#14 – Eat coconut oil by the spoonful 3 times per day – if you are lacking energy, try this. Click the picture below to check out my favorite coconut oil from Tropical Traditions!

best coconut oil

 

#15 – Drink a glass of water before and after you eat. This is a little trick I use to remember to hydrate. If I always do this I know I have at least 6 glasses of water.

Include drinking 100oz of water per day in your healthy pregnancy routine.

#16 – Make energy bites – having a quick, but nutritious snack on hand makes it easier to nourish yourself on busy days. You can make these in under 5 minutes in 1 bowl.

#17 – Drink herbal tea – a super easy way to boost your nutrients. Check out part 2 of the Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series for the best herbal teas to drink during pregnancy and postpartum.

#18 – Slow cooker bone broth- it’s an easy (and cheap!) way to boost nutrients. Use your bone broth in soups, stews, liquid when making grains (think rice and quinoa) and to make sauces and gravy.

  • Simply put any amount of bones (I like to use bones from a rotisserie chicken) in the slow cooker
  • Add 1-2 tsp of sea salt and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Fill 2/3rds of the way with water. Cook on HIGH for 4 hrs followed by 8 to 20 hrs on LOW.
  • Store in glass mason jars, ice cube trays or storage containers.

#18 - Make slow cooker bone broth. These kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms can help make it easy and as stress free as possible for you to prepare real food, nourishing meals when you are pregnant, recovering postpartum and during the busy seasons of motherhood.

 

#19 – Add seeds – chia, hemp, and flax seeds can be added to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods. Make chia pudding or homemade hemp milk.


#20 – Need an immune system boost – add fresh garlic and rosemary or ground turmeric to your favorite dishes.

#21 – Make your own salad dressing with apple cider vinegar. Equal parts apple cider vinegar and olive oil with a little sea salt, pepper and spices makes a super simple dressing. Add a tbsp of mustard for a more body.

These kitchen tips can help make it easy, and as stress free as possible, for you to prepare real food, nourishing meals when you are pregnant, recovering postpartum and during the busy seasons of motherhood.

Make sure to sign up below to get your free 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body PDF and to receive updates on the next part of the Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series. This PDF has suggestions on what to add to your diet to boost energy and feel your best during pregnancy.

Disclaimer: All opinions are those of the author based on personal research and first hand experience. Please do your own research and consult your care provider when making decisions regarding your pregnancy. 

Part 1 – Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series – 11 mistakes that might be making your pregnancy uncomfortable

Part 2 – Nourishing Your Pregnant Body Series – 5 Herbal Teas You Should Be Drinking During Pregnancy (and Postpartum)

What are your time saving kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms? Tell us in the comments below!

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