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 ultimate comfort food and very easy to make. Who doesn't love perogies?! Even your toddler will love this one. Ingredients: Bag of your favourite perogies 1 chopped onion 1 1/2 C milk 1 Tbsp butter 1 1/2C cooked ham or bacon, chopped 1 diced red pepper 1 can...read more
These are great as a snack or you can add a side to make them into a meal. They are also easy to eat with one hand, so perfect for those early days when you feel like you're constantly breastfeeding or holding a baby and don't have two free hands! Ingredients: 2...read more
A tasty treat that satisfies your chocolate craving without being too decadent.read more
Growing up, I proclaimed a dislike for borscht, but the truth is, I didn't try it or beets at all until I was much older. Only then did I realize how much I was missing out on this great recipe from my mom! This was a tough one to get down "on paper" because it's one...read more
Another recipe I have to credit to my mom! I've tweaked the recipe she uses, but she regularly makes a version of this for my toddler, and he gobbles them up. I am pleased to say he also devoured mine, as did I! These are moist, delicious, and not too heavy, so if...read more
New mom or not, you will love this soup. It's one of the first dishes I ever made my husband when we were first dating. It closely adheres to ayurvedic postpartum nutrition, but most importantly, it tastes good and will warm your body and heart. Ingredients: 8 C...read more
Don't be fooled! This dish tastes just as good as if it just came out of the oven (it's been taste-tested and approved!). You could change up the fruit if you liked: I've added pear to the apple, and it was amazing. Peaches would also be tasty, as would...read more
Packed with lots of flavour and colour, this vegetarian dish brings warmth and balance to a new mom. This recipe, which follows ayurvedic postpartum nutrition principles, is relatively easy to prepare and allows you to get creative if you want to tweak it next...read more