She’s health conscious, and you are not gifted in the kitchen… or you’re just lazy… what do you bring her??
Here’s a few ideas that will help her regain her strength in the early recovery days, and I promise, she won’t gag!
So your friend/sister/coworker/neighbour just had a baby! Congratulations for the addition of this precious blessing to your circle. First, and foremost, do NOT show up empty handed. No matter what! Worse case scenario, bring her a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket, or a couple bottles of Guinness (legit, it helps make milk…. or at least relaxes her).
A few years back, before we had children, we visited hubby’s extended family for a week. They just had a baby days ago. I am mortified to admit that we let them feed US, and clean up after us! *red*
Always ask ahead if they have any special dietary requirements or preferences.
1. Buy a bunch of ground meat, and a few simple veggies (onions, peppers, carrots), saute the meat and veggies in a pan. Let it cool, and put it in a large ziploc bag. Label it and freeze it flat (or bring it over the same day). This can be added to tomato sauce for pasta, put on pizza dough, served as tacos, or eaten as is. Protein is very helpful to mom’s recovery!
2. Go to the organic frozen foods section in your supermarket and grab frozen chopped kale. This can be added to smoothies, omelets, pasta. Kale has protein, b vitamins, folic acid and fiber. What a sweet treat if you pre-made a few smoothie bags for her, see http://onceamonthmeals.com/10-summer-smoothies-to-refresh-refuel-and-detox/ for a few ideas.
3. Boil 3 big or 5 small peeled sweet potatoes. Once you can easily squish it with a fork, drain. Mash. Add half to a quarter can of organic coconut milk (watch texture). Grate an apple into it, and add a tbsp of cinnamon. This sweet dish has a variety of healthy nutrients, and the coconut milk and cinnamon will prevent a sugar crash.
4. Make or buy a bean salad. Aim for one with lots of veggies and not too much sugar. The fiber in the beans will help a new mom’s tummy.
5. Baked oatmeal is easy to make, there are many good recipes online, our favourite is found here, http://largefamilylogistics.blogspot.ca/2009/03/beyond-cold-cereal.html . But if even this is just too much, buy a bag of good oats and ground chia seeds (maybe organic almond milk), and bring that over. Oats are great for milk production, and the vitamins help improve mood. The chia seeds help with digestion, stave off sugar cravings, and have omega 3’s.
6. Get a big tub of the best yogurt you can find (organic, low fat, greek is ideal), and some organic berries, and some organic nuts, like pistachios or walnuts. This has protein, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. My personal fav is to put natural nut butter on the yogurt and mix it in! Yummy to me, but hubby says it smells like diapers….
All that to say, it’s not too hard to bring over something healthy. It is an even greater blessing to bring over food and offer to hold the baby (after you’ve washed your hands thoroughly of course), and tell the new mom to have a shower or nap… Don’t forget to scrub something (anything) while she’s napping!!