During my last 2 weeks of pregnancy, I went into what’s known as “nesting” mode.  We were following the Jewish tradition of not setting up the nursery or keeping things for the baby in our home until after the baby arrived so I nested in the only way I could…food prep.

 

 

I got my hands onto a book called “The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother” by Heng Ou.

It’s the perfect gift for a mama-to-be. It shares the history of the lost tradition of “confinement” for a new mother.  Women used to take 40 days after birth to focus on bonding with the baby and healing and nourishing her own body.  Mama cares for the baby while the people around her care for her.  (Uh, yes please!)  It is also a cookbook full of nourishing, warming and healing recipes.

Some of my favorites include the Lactation Support Cookies  I SWEAR by these and now deliver them to all my new mama friends.  They were a life savor when I was breastfeeding at 3am and starving.

Ginger Lemonade Switchel, aka natures hydration.  Packed full of electrolytes, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, probiotics and minerals.  I sipped this during labor.  Try this and you’ll never touch a sugary sports drink again!

And I made up freezer bags full of postpartum smoothies.  I went a little overboard and am still drinking smoothies 7 months later.  (whoops!) My favorite is one the book calls, the “Joyful Green Smoothie”…probably because it’s delicious.  My version is below.  The original recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of black sesame seeds but I left them out..because I happen to dislike sesame seeds.

Tired mama’s, whip this up!  If you don’t have things like maca, spirulina or bee pollen, head to the health food store (or Amazon) and make the investment.  I add these nutritional boosters into yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, (cough) toppings on ice-cream (cough).  As new moms, we need all the energy boosts we can get!

 

Love & Leafy Greens,

 

 

 

 

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