New mums and dads – how to make sure you’re eating well

Did you know that almost 80% of parents recently admitted they didn’t take care of themselves properly after the birth?

We commissioned a survey to see how well new parents and parents-to-be eat, and were shocked by the results. For example, nearly two thirds of new parents said they were turning to ready meals and takeaways as they had no time to get to the supermarket, and 57% of mums said they didn’t eat three meals a day.

Nutritional Therapist Charlotte Watts said, ‘lots of new parents are struck with a numbing ‘shock of the new’ so it’s not surprising that their own nutrition is one of the first things to be forgotten when working out how to deal with their new arrival. This can have long lasting consequences; coping becomes more difficult and energy, mood and immune issues may arise.’

To help make things easy, we’ve created a Nutrition for New Parents and Parents To Be aisle. Charlotte Watts has provided advice for every stage – Getting Pregnant, During Pregnancy, Postnatal Women, Breastfeeding, New Parents – and personally selected the food and drink you choose from.

Take a look around at www.ocado.com/parenting. We’ve also got some smashing offers on baby products in our Biggest Ever Baby Sale, which you can find at www/ocado.com/baby

Take care,

Amisha

Ocado Baby Buyer

Seven speedy summer fruit recipes

We’ve got a batch of delicious and decidedly quick summer fruit recipes in the latest issue of Ocadolife. I think you need them in your life, so here’s the lowdown in case you missed them.

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Blackberries

Tart, glossy blackberries work well in salads and smoothies, but also make
a superb compote to stir into yoghurt or serve with pancakes. Dissolve 50g sugar and the juice of 1 orange in a saucepan with a clove. Add 300g blackberries and simmer for 3 mins. Continue reading

Want to go Paleo? Joy Skipper on ‘the caveman diet’

The Paleo diet is all about mimicking the eating habits of our palaeolithic ancestors. Think ‘clean eating’ – lots of fish, grass-fed meat, organic produce etc. Basically, the kind of unprocessed foods you’d get from hunting and gathering.

It’s become incredibly popular, and we’ve noticed our customers buying more and more of these types of foods. So we’ve created a special Paleo aisle to make shopping for ingredients easy – no foraging needed.

Joy Skipper is the nutritionist famous for bringing the Paleo diet – followed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and even Freddie Flintoff – to the Great British public.

To help me understand more about the diet and its health benefits, she’s kindly agreed to fill me in. Read on to find out more.

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Vegetarian Week Guest Post: Tony from Technology

In November 2013 I decided to eat a more varied selection of vegetarian food. I’m not vegetarian, but for now I only cook vegetarian at home.

If you’re like a lot of people you might think I’d be eating cauliflower cheese every day. You couldn’t be more wrong.

I came up with a routine – every weekend I pick up one of my many cookbooks (I think I have 300) and find 10-15 dishes I want to make the following week. That’s one way to stop your cookery books gathering dust!

I’ve also found a wealth of great recipes online. One particularly tasty dish from Ocado’s Recipe section (filter by Dietary: vegetarian) is Couscous, Sweet Potato and Edamame Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette.

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Our top five Meat Free Monday Main Courses

Meat Free Monday is a campaign dedicated to getting people thinking about reducing Greenhouse gases by leaving meat out of their diet for one day a week: yes, you guessed it, Mondays.

We’re proud to support such a great idea that’s so good for the environment. But not only that, going meat free can be a healthy choice and reinvigorate your weekly meal choices, after all, it’s always good to mix things up in the kitchen.

To make it quick and easy to get involved in Meat Free Monday we’ve put together five of our favourite meat-free dishes.

Enjoy!

Matthew Maloney

PR Intern

1. Couscous, Sweet Potato and Edamame Salad with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

This tasty colourful salad makes a delicious summer supper. Cooked frozen soya beans work just as well as fresh.

Image2. Portabella Burgers

Fancy a satisfyingly juicy, filling alternative to beef burgers? Chunky portabella mushrooms are full of flavour and meaty enough to take a good grilling.

Image 3. Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese

Everybody loves spag Bol and this Quorn creation is a delicious take on a family classic – and meat free too.

Image4. Mixed Mushroom and Basil Calzone

It’s just another Mushroom Monday! These individual calzones are filled with mushrooms and creamy mozzarella.

Image 5. Vegetable Curry

Full of cardamom, cloves, coriander, and cumin seeds this vegetable curry will add bags of flavor to any Monday evening. Good with lots of freshly boiled basmati rice, or naan bread.

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