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I remember being pregnant for the first time like it was yesterday. The first trimester was rough. At the time, my morning sickness seemed like it was never ending. I could hardly keep anything down. When I did, I ate out almost every day. The meals for the most part were healthy but nowhere near as healthy as they could have been if they were homemade. With my second pregnancy, I ate out less but still on most days I didn’t have the energy to cook homemade meals.
Looking back, I would’ve been so happy to have a healthy home cooked meal on a daily basis. Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA from Sam’s Club provide essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3† but healthy meals is the main source of your nutrition.
Since we’re trying to conceive for a third time, I’m doing things a little differently. This time around I’m meal prepping in advance so that when we do conceive, we don’t have to worry about cooking every night or eating out. Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA should be taken up to 6 months before you start trying to get pregnant and with food so I want to make sure we’ve got all of our ducks in a row.
Freezer Meal Prep Tips for New Moms
When creating freezer meals, there are a few key freezer meal prep tips to keep in mind.
1. Freezer storage bags are your BFF.
Make sure to keep tons of freezer storage bags on hand to store your meals. I like to create a few weeks worth of meals so that I don’t have to worry about prepping if morning sickness or fatigue kicks in.
2. Start slow.
Think about what your families favorite meals are or what you think you might crave during pregnancy. Begin with those as freezer meals first. Not everything freezes and recooks well so you want to keep that in mind.
3. Make sure to include vegetables.
When trying to conceive and during pregnancy, you want to have a well rounded diet so both you and baby are getting all of the nutrients that you need. Include a heaping serving of vegetables in each freezer meal.
4. Avoid fried foods.
One of the things that doesn’t freeze well is fried foods. When reheated, they often become soggy and unappealing.
5. Release the air out of the bags.
The best way to avoid freezer burn is to remove all of the air from the bags before freezing. If you have a vacuum sealer, it would be great to use it during your freezer meal prep.
6. Make multiple meals at once.
Once you’ve figured out which of your favorite recipes freeze best, make multiple dishes at once to freeze. By prepping in batches you can save both time and money. Now that I’ve shared all of my go-to freezer meal prep tips, here’s a quick and easy recipe for steak fajitas.
Steak Fajitas Recipe
- 1 lb thinly sliced steak strips
- Steak fajita seasoning
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions to Freeze
- Place all ingredients in a freezer bag.
Instructions to Cook
- Place freezer bag in refrigerator to thaw.
- Remove steak and pan-sear in a frying pan.
- Cook to desired temperature.
- Add fresh vegetables and cook until tender.
- Serve with tortillas or over rice with condiments of choice.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*Based on a survey of pharmacists who recommended branded vitamins and supplements.