My kitchen rules - for the new mumma

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Rexie and me in our veggie garden. 

Preparation: A sleeping baby or a chilled out baby in a bouncer/swing
To cook: Good cardio, you'll be racing around hoping baby stays asleep or calm
Ingredients: Less than 5
Difficulty: Super Easy 
Servings: Whomever is eating plus left overs for me tomorrow
Rating: Edible
Method: Cooking with a new born is a whole new experience. I like to take the view of being a single mum in this situation as a) my partner is currently in Canada working and b) many mums are home alone as their partners are working.
As a full time breastfeeding mum, my healthcare practitioner recommends a minimum of 2500 calories a day. I eat more than that as I am struggling to keep weight on. But how do we find the time to eat that much? I could sit here and say I am an organised mother who prepares meals in advance but lets face it, I'm the average unorganised mother who starts grabbing whatever I can once the "hangry" (hungry + angry) feeling creeps up on me.

Great easy recipes @eatgoodforlife (Instragram)

My thoughts

- Don't bother with food you need to use silver wear with. 
- Choose meals that simply require cutting up and throwing in a pot all at once.
- Avoid food that is quick to burn on the stove top incase you need to attend to baby.
- Cook food that you don't mind eating cold. I love my food cold (I grew up in the tropics 35+ degrees) so it's not a huge drama but I'm sure some may not enjoy cold soup. 
- Try cook enough for leftovers, you'll thank yourself the next day when bub is having a crying match.
- Eat slowly. Sounds tough when bub is crying in your ear, but try not get in habit of ploughing down your food. If my bub is crying I'll stop, make myself comfy on the couch and eat whilst I'm breastfeeding (not hot foods).
Keep life simple. Substitute your candy cravings with fruit.

Healthy tips I like to keep in mind

Check out FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan for simple eating principles everyone should know. 
Here are some of my favourites.
- Always have healthy snacks laying around, otherwise if you're anything like me you'll be searching for sugar filled pick me ups. Banana's are my life saver!
- Avoid fad diets. Eat REAL food. Eg. Pumpkin, chicken etc. 
- Avoid products with ingredients you wouldn't keep in your pantry. EG. ksfgnvsghn1236487 
- Eat your colours.
- Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the colour of the milk.
- And one I LOVE ... Avoid food products with the wordoid "lite" or the terms "low-fat" or "nonfat" in their names.  Many of these foods boost the sugars to make up for the loss of flavour.

Keep smiling!

And last but not least, if all fails don't stress! There's a million other mums out there face palming themselves as well, after burning their toast, letting the tomato soak through the bread or overcooking the meat so it's as tough as nails. You aren't failing at motherhood if you mess up a meal or even a thousand meals. Cheers to all the 5 ingredient mothers out there! Keep your heads up.

Lots of love

Ps. Some day I will put together a "How real mum's cook" recipe eGuide for you all. :-)

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