New Mom Summer Nutrition Hacks

10 tips for eating healthy in the heat.

New Mom Summer Nutrition Hacks

*We’ve partnered with FreshDirect to keep the healthiest food in your kitchen all summer long. When you become a mom, it can be hard to find those extra minutes in your day to prep, cook and sometimes even eat a proper meal. But as a new mom, your nutrition has never been more important. Whether you’re looking to stay energized during those long days (and nights), make more milk for breastfeeding, or even lose a few pounds, your diet matters. New mom and wellness expert Arielle Haspel of Be Well with Arielle says it’s all about finding the right new mom nutrition hacks. And the summer season is filled with them. “Since having Gemma 3 months ago, my days have become extra limited and each hour has become ultra precious, she says, “so I’ve been getting really creative with my shopping lists and quick meals in the kitchen.” Below, Arielle shares 10 of her best new mom summer nutrition hacks, filled with healthy food you can have delivered from FreshDirect. Plus, make sure to click through to find some of her best recipes over on FreshDirect’s blog!

A New Way to Top Your Avocado Toast. Click the image for Be Well with Arielle's recipe!

1. Use what’s in season. Apricots are plentiful in the summer. Add to store-bought salsa for a summery twist. 2. Be creative. Grill summer peaches on the BBQ and top them with coconut milk ice cream for an extra sweet summer treat. 3. Stay Hydrated. Instead of ice cubes, add frozen fruit to a pitcher of water and voila! Gorgeous kid-friendly summer sangria. 4. Think versatility. Buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, cut into chunks and eat it the rest of the week. Be sure not to bore your tastebuds! Stir in some avocado oil mayo for a quick chicken salad or sprinkle on taco seasoning for chicken lettuce tacos. 5. Re-purpose. Fruit ripens fast during the hot summer months. Freeze your soft strawberries, peaches, apricots to make refreshing smoothies.

Brown Rice Bowls You Can Make in 5 Minutes. Click the image for Be Well with Arielle's recipe!

6. Chill out. DIY popsicles using leftover smoothies or freeze some coffee with almond milk for an energizing morning indulgence. 7. Healthify your cravings. As soon as the groceries arrive, cut up the veggies and place them in glass containers at eye level in your fridge. Sliced cucumbers, jicama sticks and pepper strips are perfect crunchy substitutes for chips. 8. Entertain with ease. Use metal or wooden skewers for a no-fuss BBQ. Cut up chicken breasts, swordfish or salmon and marinate in lemon, olive oil and sea salt for a yummy get-together. 9. Liven up your meals. Add tons of flavor to store-bought marinades, salads, corn and even lemonade with fresh summer herbs, like basil, mint or thyme. 10. Keep it simple. Become queen of the grill by rubbing your meat with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and a touch of coconut palm sugar. Simple, yet fab! *This post was sponsored by FreshDirect. Use code FDJUN10 to get $10 off your next Freshdirect order of $75 or more!**

Cherry and Blueberry Seasonal Summer Salad. Click the image for Be Well with Arielle's recipe!

Photo of Arielle by Mad Wolf Photography. **This offer is good for $10 off your next Freshdirect residential web order of $75 or more when promotion code FDJUN10 is entered at checkout. One use per customer/household and may not be combined with any other promotion code. All standard customer terms and conditions apply. FreshDirect reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time. Offer expires at 11:59pm ET, August 31, 2017 . Discount excludes taxes, bottle deposit, surcharges and delivery fees. Offer is nontransferable. Void where prohibited.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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