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Food Strategies Every New Mom Should Know

When focusing on the new baby's meals, we sometimes forget about our own. Stay fed and energized with these food strategies from Food Network.
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Meal Tips for New Parents

Motherhood is a crazy ride — especially the first year. Don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family — a home-cooked meal delivered to your door goes a lot further than another onesie. During those early long days (and nights!) the stresses of caring for a new baby can add up, leaving you feeling depleted. It’s vital for new moms to nourish themselves and recharge with these meal ideas and tips.

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By Leah Brickley for Food Network Kitchen

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Say Hello to Old Favorites

Nine months is a long time to go without cold cuts, hot dogs and your favorite unpasteurized cheese, if you avoided them during pregnancy. Now that you're in the clear, treat yourself to old standbys — they'll hit the spot and make for quick meals when you're pressed for time.

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Cook and Freeze

When you find the inspiration (and time) to cook, do it in big batches, then freeze what you won’t use into dinner-size portions. Opt for items that are easy to defrost in the microwave. Think chili, meatballs, tomato ragout, pancakes, waffles and our Chicken Soup 3 Ways, which has stir-in options for all the additional nutrients a new mom needs, including protein, iron and zinc.

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Have Breakfast for Dinner

There'll be nights you won’t find a free moment to eat until the wee hours of the morning anyway, so why not give in and have breakfast for dinner? You can still get plenty of whole grains and lean protein from whole-wheat toast and eggs, and they're ready in minutes.

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