Feeding a family of 5 takes real work. I have to be organized enough to have food in the house that everyone likes and plan meals according to those likes and dislikes. When will all the kids just eat what we are eating?!?! Sunday night is family night at our dinner table and I try my hardest to cook something that will please everyone. Some nights are more successful than others.
Feeding a family of 6 is something I have just begun to contemplate… at the moment I am really working out how to eat properly to be able to have enough nutrients for myself and the baby.
Here are some tricks I remember from the last time I was taking care of a newborn.
Have Food Ready to Eat: While cutting a few pieces of cheese to go with some sliced apple sounds simple enough to put together for your afternoon snack; it is tricky to do that with a baby in your arms. Cut up the cheese ahead of time and that snack is much easier to grab.
Snacks are just as Important as Meals: Being able to grab a handful of almonds is great way to get some energy through that afternoon slump without having too much sugar. Even better, mix those almonds with some chocolate chips and raisins for a trail mix of sorts. I also buy the snack size bags of my kids’ favorites and keep them in a big tub in the pantry. They can help themselves and I know they aren’t eating too much with the smaller packages. Getting too hungry is a recipe for disaster for you and the kids.
Water: Staying hydrated is super important but even more so when your body is creating milk for someone else. If you don’t love the taste add a little something to the water like sliced watermelon, fresh lemon, herbs or cucumber. It will make the water a little more exciting and keep you going.
Protein: This a big piece of staying focused and energized when taking care of a little one and a larger family. I have hard boiled eggs ready to go in the refrigerator along with other high protein items like hummus and sliced deli meat. A handle full of protein will go a long way.
I hope these tips will keep you going whether you’re taking care of a family of 6 or just yourself. Let me know if you have any other tips to keep me going through the transition!