Healthy Eating for New Parents

Being a new mom is joyful…and challenging! While nearly all of the attention goes to taking care of baby, it’s important to take care of mom too. FEED founder and registered dietitian, Lara Field, provides healthy tips that will benefit both baby AND mom.

Focus on Foods that Keep You Full

Foods like whole grains and lean proteins help to keep us full, which is important when taking care of a new baby!

Whole grains include the bran, the germ, and the endosperm of the plant, which maintains the grain’s natural goodness including key nutrients such as fiber and protein. These are a few of the whole grains we recommend:

  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Whole wheat pasta and couscous
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Popcorn

Stay Hydrated

For moms that are breastfeeding, it’s super important to stay hydrated. Invest in a water bottle you enjoy drinking out of and get in the habit of keeping it next to you at all times. Some of our favorites are Swell, Hydro Flask, and this newly popular All Day Motivational Bottle.

Take Time to Plan Ahead

While meal prep might seem daunting with a new baby to tend to, it’s worth it when mealtime arrives! Try some of our make-ahead freezer meals or our go-to overnight oats for an easy and nutritious breakfast.

Want to learn more? Check out Lara’s recent segment on Living Healthy Chicago.

Lara Field MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Specialist in Pediatrics with over a decade of clinical and client experience. When she’s not actively working to keep her clients healthy, she’s a busy mother of two active boys and loves testing new recipes in her kitchen. Follow her on Instagram to see her recipe ideas, product suggestions, and see how she manages a healthy lifestyle @larafield.