During my postpartum period, I really tried to eat healthy meals, especially once I started trying to lose weight. However, while I was still breastfeeding, I didn’t want to get on a specific diet regime. My milk supply was already lowered and I wasn’t going to risk lowering it further by not getting enough protein into my diet.
But once the little one started sleeping through the night, my milk supply was gone in two weeks.
At that point, I decided to start a simple diet. I needed meals that could be made in under 30 minutes, since I just started a new job as well. But I also needed those meals to be healthy and brimming with all the important ingredients my body needs.
So here are five of my favorite meals that are now a part of my regular diet.
Postpartum Weight Loss Meals in Under 30 Minutes
If you’re ready to get out of those pregnancy leggings, here’s where to start.
1. Chia pudding with honey.
I only recently started adding chia seeds to my diet, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! Chia is great for your heart and blood pressure, so it’s definitely a healthy addition.
To make this meal, simply combine 2/3 cup of Greek Yoghurt, 2 tbsp of chia seeds, and a tsp of honey. If you feel like spicing it up, feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon as well.
This is such a yummy and healthy breakfast – one you can make in 5 minutes!
2. Quinoa Porridge with Banana and Almonds.
Another ingredient I started having only recently is quinoa. I’ll admit it – I’m guilty of thinking quinoa is just some new-agey thing that suddenly everyone is eating.
But it turns out it’s an amazing whole-grain to add to your food.
For one, it’s very versatile. I use it for porridge, cold salads, and entire meals. And thanks to it being light on your stomach, you’ll be left feeling full, but energized.
For this healthy breakfast, cook 1/3 cup of quinoa according to instructions. Towards the end, add 2 tbsp of chia seeds, a nice vegan cocoa spread, and once it’s off the stove, combine with 1/3 banana and 1tbsp of blueberries.
3. Pasta with minced chicken and vegetables.
I couldn’t believe how tasty minced-chicken spaghetti can be. You can add any wholegrain or vegetable pasta (I love chickpea pasta!), spaghetti or otherwise.
First, add onion and a bit of garlic to the skillet and cook for a minute. Then add 90g of minced chicken, and cook until it’s nicely browned. Finally, throw in half a bell pepper and half a grated carrot, and once done, grate a bit of your favorite cheese on top.
4. Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.
I have eaten sooo many of these in the span of the last month! It’s super simple to make – all you need is 2 slices of (ideally) wholegrain bread, two slices of cheddar cheese and 1/2 tomato. Make the sandwich, cook it in an olive-oil sprayed pan until golden brown on each side.
Finally, add a couple leaves of fresh basil and enjoy!
5. Buckwheat with chicken and vegetables
This is probably my favorite dinner to make. Simply cook 1/3 cup of buckwheat, and (separately) 1 cup of broccoli. Grill 80-90g of chicken seasoned with salt and black pepper. Combine it all and add a handful of arugula and 4 sliced cherry tomatoes, and you have yourself a light, healthy, yummy dinner.
Questions I Get
How can moms lose weight fast?
Pardon the pun, but — baby steps. There’s no healthy way to lose 9 months of extra weight overnight. Eat well, sleep well (as well as you can), stay as active as possible (even half an hour of pushing a stroller helps), and when you feel ready and have more time, kick it up a notch.
Why is it so hard to lose weight as a mom?
You don’t have the time or the energy to commit to it! Plus, if you’re breastfeeding, you shouldn’t really be dieting, so that’s another reason.
How can a stay at home mom lose weight?
Have some non-negotiable you-time in a day. Even just 10 minutes of stretching or a jumping rope helps. And the way you eat is a huge contributor to how quickly (and how much) you lose weight.