It is so important and sometimes so hard for a new mom to eat well. She needs nutritious and nourishing meals so she can care for her newborn (and herself!), but she may not have the time to prepare such meals or sit down to eat them. Healthy snacks are a must, but so are healthy meals.
Part of my postpartum training includes nutrition based on the elemental science and philosophy of Ayurveda, which focuses on the elements of earth, fire, water, air, and space.
When a woman gives birth, she loses large amounts of earth (baby and placenta), water (through amniotic fluid and tears), and fire (through blood and sweat). Consequently, new moms often feel spaced out: they are heavy on the air and space elements and need rebalancing with earth and water. Newborn moms need foods that are sweet, warm, oily, simple, and moist to rebalance their elements.
Some of my recipes will follow this ayurvedic paradigm. Others are tried and true comfort foods that don’t follow the paradigm, but taste and make us feel good (who doesn’t love a good lasagna?). And some recipes are quick and easy and toddler-approved – exactly what moms need!
My hope is new moms will share these recipes with their postpartum caregivers (whether hired or family and friends) so they will make them for them! Mom should be focused on resting as much as she can when she isn’t nurturing and bonding with her new baby.
The original recipe calls for ghee instead of butter. If you don't have any on hand, butter works just as well. Let's be honest: anything fried in butter is tasty. This is a good snack, dessert, or breakfast topping (a nice alternative to the peaches in...read more
A delicious summertime breakfast adapted from The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. It would be good any time but it has cooling elements to beat the heat, and peach season is short, so take advantage when they are available! In ayurveda, barley is a cooling diuretic...read more
An easy-to-make snack for picnics, travel, or any time! You can change up the vegetable used in this recipe (think grated carrot, zucchini, red onion, parsnip instead of the sweet potato). Ingredients: 7 Tbsp butter (preferably unsalted) 3 C rolled oats (quick oats,...read more
These were always my favourite muffins to buy at the store, so I'm thrilled to have found this recipe, and only which I'd found it sooner! Tasty and healthy, and perfect for new moms, babes just starting solids, or toddlers (my toddler has approved them!) with their...read more
Deliciously simple! I gobble them up as fast as I can make them. They make a great snack or even a dessert. Dates are good for new mamas because they help boost your iron. Ingredients: dates nut and seed butter pecans cinnamon Directions: Make about an inch cut...read more
One of my new favourite, go-to recipes. I’ve adapted it from a great Ayurvedic cookbook my husband gave me as a birthday present. This hits the sweet tooth spot! It’s also handy because you can make it the night before, and it’s perfect if you have to rush out the...read more
Cinnamon-sugar crescent rolls. Guaranteed you can’t eat just one!read more
Who doesn’t love lasagna? Lasagna recipes abound, but this is my favourite: simple and classic!read more
Tis the season for snacking! And here's a favourite of mine. My mom makes this every year, and now I do as well. You can change the ingredients to suit what you like or what you have in your pantry. In the past, I've packaged this in pretty Christmas bags complete...read more
A quick and easy meal that is healthy, tasty, and fast to prepare.read more