Healthy Eating After Baby

5.  Buy healthy, fresh, foods.  If your refrigerator is stocked with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, yogurts, meats and your pantry has beans, grains, pasta and condiments you’re more likely to be able to throw something together to make a meal or snack, rather than order take-out or “fast” foods.

An apple with peanut butter, yogurt with granola, a fresh fruit smoothie or veggies with cottage cheese or hummus make great adult power snacks without much preparation.

6.  Divide and conquer.  Chores such as grocery shopping or cooking that you used to do can be delegated to your partner.  Be gracious and appreciative.  If his idea of making dinner is a grilled cheese sandwich - eat it and enjoy.

7.  Make a healthy diet part of your family’s lifestyle.  If you get into the habit of eating healthy foods now, you’ll be able to set a good example for your new child when he’s ready to eat.  It’s never too early to teach and learn good eating habits.

Lisa Barnes is the author of the The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler, iParenting Media Award winning book and Williams-Sonoma’s Cooking for Baby Cookbook. Visit her at