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Tips for New Parents: Bring Sexy Back

 EdamameWell, Justin Timberlake said he was bringing sexy back, but I don’t think he had new moms in mind when he wrote his song. It’s our job to reclaim our bodies, continue healthy eating, squeeeeeze in a little time for exercising (so we can squeeeeeze into those pre-pregnancy clothes), and bring sexy back! There are two ways we can make this happen: eating well and exercising.
Looking for some healthy snack ideas? We have a few ideas for you…

*Please note that many of these foods are not appropriate if you are following an elimination diet. Also if your baby suffers from reflux, you may find that dairy, citrus, tomatoes, and spicy foods aggravate his reflux.

Yogurt – It’s better to choose plain yogurt and mix in real fruit.
Hard boiled eggs — Boil by the dozen, label them (“H” for hardcooked), and replace them in the carton in the fridge. They should last for several weeks. Add plain whole milk yogurt, mustard, and paprika to make egg salad.
Granola – Make a layered parfait with granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
Omelets – They take only minutes to make. Using cottage cheese as a filler takes less time than shredding harder cheeses. It happens to taste great and provides more protein and less fat than hard cheeses.
Fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad – Cube the cheese and tomato, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkle on minced garlic and sea salt, and top with chopped or sliced fresh basil.
Vegetables dipped in hummus – Fresh vegetables are low in calories, are loaded with antioxidants, and many have no fat and plenty of fiber to satiate you. Fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol. Hummus, made from chick peas, is a great alternative protein without saturated fat . . . and it tastes good.
Edamame – Grab a handful of frozen shelled soybeans and run them under steaming-hot water for a quick thaw.

Next time we’ll discuss fitness routines that might work for you AND your baby. In the meantime, eat well, eat often, and rest. You need to care for yourself as well as you care for your baby!

Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.

Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.

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