It doesn’t matter how many books you read or classes you take, nothing prepares you for motherhood quite like the real thing. Whether it’s your first child or your third, each inevitably comes with their own personality and unique challenges. The early days of motherhood are a beautiful and joyous time, but it can be all too easy to let the hustle and bustle overtake you. It’s important to take care of yourself and that means nutritious meals and making things easier where you can. Meal prepping is a wonderful way to cut down on your time in the kitchen while making sure everyone has a hearty, healthy home cooked meal.
It can be difficult to ensure that you get in the recommended amount of vegetables every day, especially if you have a fussy eater or two at home. Get creative and hide vegetables in your meals. It’s easy to get away with vegetable laden soups and stews, but you can also use veggies in your frittatas, smoothies, spaghetti sauce, burgers, and even waffles.
You’ll quickly find that the freezer is your best friend when you begin meal prepping. Many women and men choose one day a week to do all of their heavy cooking for the week. While others prefer to make double portions throughout the week and freeze the remainder for a busy day. Whichever way you decide to integrate meal prep into your home, take some time to become acquainted with the best practices for storing and freezing.
Ultimately, there’s no right and wrong when you’re trying your best. There will be days that are filled with little laughs and days that are filled with tears, but one thing remains true of motherhood – every day is a new adventure.