The postpartum time is all about healing from the marathon of pregnancy and birth! Along with intense healing and recovery, you might also be supplying all the nutrition for your little one if you are breastfeeding. All this takes a lot of energy to upkeep day in and day out, meaning that your nutrition is just as important now as it was when you were pregnant. But don’t worry, eating a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet can be simple and painless, even during your most sleep deprived days. While this is not an all-encompassing list of everything your body needs postpartum (i.e. all the vitamins, minerals, and TLC), it is a good place to start for choosing nourishing foods for the postpartum time. Incorporating these five essentials will help to keep you fed while also nourishing and hydrating your body. Which then leads to keeping baby fed, nourished, and hydrated! Below we’ll discuss key components to include in your postpartum protocol along with plenty of make-ahead recipes to keep you going through your 4th trimester.
Nursing or pumping is a calorie intensive task— that combined with the energy your body is using to heal from pregnancy and birth while parenting a tiny human— friends, you need to eat. But as any new parent knows, that may be easier said than done.
I’ve compiled my favorite nutrient dense snacks that are easy to prep and can be eaten one-handed while holding an infant or fighting with a flange.
Portland is about to get hit with another little heat wave. Thanks global warming! During the unexpectedly warm days earlier this Spring and Edith and I found ourselves in desperate need of some tasty treats to cool off. So we turned to some homemade popsicles! Our Imperfect Produce box delivered some early season strawberries which inspired this recipe. Now that Oregon strawberries are finally in season, I'm looking forward to making these popsicles with the super sweet Hood strawberries.
This meatball recipe is an update to an older recipe I published many moons ago with really awful photos. I've learned more about lighting and chopping and seasoning, so I've updated the recipe to reflect all of that fun.
These meatballs are nutrition powerhouses, packed with veggies and surprise-- LIVER!
Folate, vitamin B12, zinc...all of these nutrients come to mind when we think of pregnancy, but have you ever considered your need for choline during this time of amazing growth? You may be thinking “what even is choline and why would I need it in pregnancy?”
Choline is an essential nutrient that acts like a vitamin; what makes choline essential is that we need to get it from our diet in order to have adequate levels.