12 Easy Postpartum Recipes

12 Easy Postpartum Recipes

Ask any mom or dad about those first few weeks with a new baby and they’ll be the first to tell you that when you’re in the throes of new parenthood, the act of eating is more of a tool for survival than an experience for pleasure. 

Trust us, we get it. Between feeding and changing and getting very little sleep, you’ve already got a lot on your plate (and unfortunately, none of it’s edible). That’s why when it comes to postpartum meal-planning, there are two rules we like to play by:

  1. The simpler, the better. No ingredient lists as long as your arm or obscure spices. Oh, and 15 minutes of prep max, please. 
  2. Food is fuel. You need all the energy you can get during those precious first weeks, so nutritious, filling ingredients are non-negotiable. 

With those rules in mind, here's a list of twelve postpartum meals and snacks to keep you fueled and ready to go as a new parent.


SNACKS

These protein-packed energy bites require 1 bowl, 8 ingredients, and less than 10 minutes to make. Keep them stocked in your fridge for a quick, nutrient-filled treat any time of the day.
 

Tropical Green Smoothie
2 hands on a pitcher of green smoothie pouring it into a glass
Packed with frozen mango and banana, this smoothie tastes like a tropical beach vacation…even if your current reality looks more like dirty diapers and breastfeeding on the couch.
 
Healthy Granola
Sheet pan with baked granola and a spoon resting on pan
A healthy alternative to sugar-loaded grocery store granola, this recipe is refined sugar-free, simple to make, and easily customized. Eat it on top of yogurt or your favorite smoothie for a simple, filling snack.
 

BREAKFAST

Egg Muffins
Muffin tin filled with egg muffins, topped with tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro
These egg bites are packed with protein, reheat well, and can be changed based on your favorite add-ins. The best part? They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months, so you can prep them well in advance of baby’s arrival!

Overnight Oats
glass jars full of overnight oats topped with various fruit and toppings
Filling, healthy, and delicious. This recipe features a simple base for overnight oats, as well as plenty of ideas for customizing them and making them your own. 
 
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Chocolate zucchini muffins stacked on a baking cooling sheet
For when you’re craving something sweet for breakfast, but want something healthier than a cinnamon roll—these chocolate zucchini muffins check all the boxes. Full of antioxidant-rich zucchini and sweetened with maple syrup, you can feel good about eating them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. 
 

LUNCH

Avocado Egg Salad
2 slices of toast topped with avocado egg salad
This avocado egg salad is full of protein and healthy fats for a quick and satisfying lunch. Eat it on toasted sourdough or use it as a dip with your favorite crackers. 
 
White Bean Greek Salad
Bowl of white bean greek salad
Delicious as a side or on its own, this mediterranean-inspired salad is full of fresh veggies and flavor. Even better, it only takes 6 minutes to make and will last in the fridge all week long. 
 
Lunch Salad Bowl
Bowl of lettuce topped with sausage, feta cheese, veggies, and other ingredients
A filling five minute lunch: Pre-cooked chicken sausage, greens, your favorite veggies, and a healthy drizzle of olive oil. Voila! 
 

DINNER


Crockpot Taco Meat
Bowl of seasoned taco meat sprinkled with cilantro
Three ingredients, three minutes of prep, and a crockpot is all you need to make this flavorful taco meat. Throw it in a slow cooker for 3-4 hours, then use it for tacos or salad. 

 
Vegetarian Chili
Vegetarian chili in a red pot topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro
Daily serving of veggies? Check! This nutrient-dense chili features three kinds of beans for a protein-rich dinner that’s equal parts healthy and comforting. 

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Bowl of rice with teriyaki chicken topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onion
A healthy take on a takeout favorite. This teriyaki chicken is a cinch to prepare and will make your house smell incredible.

 

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