The Healthy Way to Shed Baby Weight | Fit Pregnancy

The Healthy Way to Shed Baby Weight

Avoid these 7 new-mom food traps for quick and effective weight loss.

Issue: Fatigue Ruins Your Ability to Plan Meals      New-mom solution: Save time (and nap more) by posting these simple, nutritious meal ideas on the fridge for weeknight inspiration. Each recipe serves two.

Egg and spinach scramble: Scramble 4 eggs with 1 cup of thawed frozen spinach and 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese. Serve with 2 slices of whole-wheat toast.

Pasta salad: Cook 4 ounces of whole-wheat pasta and add 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables for the last few minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain and toss with olive oil, vinegar and grated Parmesan cheese.

Bean and vegetable burrito: Fill 2 whole-wheat tortillas with 1/2 cup of canned beans, 1 cup of shredded vegetables and 1/4 cup of low-fat cheese. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes, until heated through. Serve with salsa.

Spicy legumes and greens: In a large nonstick skillet, heat a minced clove of garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add 2 cups of frozen kale, 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained) and a splash of chicken or vegetable broth. Simmer, then serve over couscous or brown rice.

Tuna salad: Mix 1 can of tuna (chunk light is lower in mercury) with 1 can of white beans (rinsed and drained), finely chopped red onion, olive oil and lemon juice. Serve with grape tomatoes on top of bagged salad greens.

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Author Bio: 

Debbie Koenig is the author of Parents Need to Eat Too (William Morrow Paperbacks). She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and son.

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