PANTRY POWERHOUSES:
PART TWO
“Cooking is one of the strongest ceremonies for life.” – Laura Esquivel

This isn't meant to be an encyclopedia of every food that is good for you. These are some of the stars in the series and is meant to help you use what you might have in the pantry. This mark means we provide this in one of the Doorstep Deliveries

  • Anchovies: Excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  B3, Vitamin A, Iron, Trace Minerals. These little fish are packed with flavor and are easier to use than you might think.
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  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This is used here and there. A nice switchel recipe to a fortifying heartburn helper, ACV with the mother is the way to go. Ideally Organic Braggs but just make sure there is a cloudy, ghostly little mother lingering in the bottle.
    Recipes: Sipping Bone Broth, Everyday Broth,  Switchel
     

  • Bone Broth: Glutathione is an antioxidant (prevents or stop damage to a cell) that is often referred to the mother of all antioxidants, "master of all detoxifier, maestro of the immune system". It is made up of three amino acids bonded together – glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid. Offsets oxidative stress and is needed to reduce inflammation. All of which is in lovely collagenous bone broth.
    Recipe: Sipping Bone Broth, Everyday Broth
     

  • Broths: While the bone broth will be delivered to your door, standard soup broths are great to keep stocked up on. Ideally, organic we always have a few chicken stock, beef stock and veggie stock to use in place of water when a grain needs extra flavor, or a soup needs flavorful warming. Broths are ubiquitous so you won't have trouble find them if you don't want to make.  Trader Joe's has a great price on organic broths if there is one near you.
    Recipes: Broth is in SO many recipes, just pick some up! :
     

  • Cacao Powder: This is not cocoa powder, it's her more bitter and more nutritions mother. Cacao medicine is powerful and a major asset in the flavor department once you know how to use it.
    Recipes: Mother’s Snack, Balancing Bites, Cacao Turmeric Chia Pudding
     

  • Chia Seeds: Chia has an excellent mucilaginous quality that we are looking for in postpartum. They can be eaten raw or cooked however you must ALWAYS soak seeds in water first.  If you don't they will absorb water from the digestive tract and can cause the opposite effect (constipation).  You can grind down the seeds if you like to reduce soaking time but generally overnight is a good length of time (anything over 3 hours is good).
    Recipes: Cacao Turmeric Chia Pudding, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Chia Pudding
     

  • Chicken Livers: There are some recipes that might be for the more adventurous or open minded. Organ meat is tremendous for you especially when we are in the blood building stage.Recipes: Pate
     

  • Coconut Aminos /Liquid Aminos/Tamari /Soy: Hardly any soy would be used early postpartum but it's healthier friends are just fine. We keep all in our house!  Keep in mind that fermented (non-gmo) soy is superior and should be purchased over conventional kinds.
    Recipes: Toppings + Accoutrement,
     

  • Coconut Cream/Milk (canned): Full Fat
    Recipes: Kitchari, Nourishing Coconut Rice Pudding
     

  • Coconut Flakes/Shreds: Unsweetened please
    Recipes: Balancing Bites,
     

  • Coconut Water: Natures Electrolyte drink. Make sure you are getting no added ingredients. It should just be coconuts - even better if it's a pale pink. Bring this to the hospital to sip on.
    Recipes: Laborade
     

  • Dark Chocolate Chips
    Recipes: Labor Snack
     

  • Dates By now you are probably familiar with dates. Pregnant people hear a lot about the amazingness of dates and we particularly love Medjool Dates.
    Recipes: Mothers Snack,
     

  • Dulse: Rich in vitamins and minerals, dulse is often called the 'parsley of the sea'. A nice source of iron, B6, an excellent source of Iodine.
    Recipes: Avocado Dulse Dip, Dulse Tapenade, Dummus
     

  • Ghee: You are going to need a good amount of ghee in the first 6 to 8 weeks postpartum. Fat is how the medicine is absorbed in your gut and ghee is an excellent way to do this. This is a time to be generous with good fats (ghee, avocado, grass fed butter) Ghee is an absolute staple in our daily life. We make BIG batches of it and leave on the counter as it doesn't need refrigeration. Some benefits (which are far greater than what is listed here): ~Ghee contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed right into the liver to use immediately. It’s a very efficient and beneficial source of energy (vs carbs). Because ghee is so well absorbed in the digestive tract, it aids in the absorption of plant medicines (spices/herbs/healing foods). ~Ghee is protective against cancer, plaque buildup and diabetes as it is full of the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). ~Ghee is rich in butyric acid (from the greek word for butter), an important short chain fatty acid that is extremely curative to the digestion. Humans convert fiber into butyric acid so consuming it aids digestion. ~Ghee produces killer T cells in the gut ~Ghee is loaded with the coveted pregnancy Vitamin K2. It’s full of our favorite fellow fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, as well as K. It’s got your Omega 3s too. ~Ghee has a high smoke point which means that it does not burn easily. Why is this important? Burning foods create carcinogens and dreaded free radicals…..that’s just plain science.
    Recipes: Just put it on everything
     

  • Jaggery
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  • Maple: Maple syrup is medicine? Yup! We are always looking for alternatives to sugar to sweeten up our life but generally speaking most options are chemical sh*tstorms with side effects worse than just plain sugar. Much like honey, maple is one of mother natures wonders with several active studies attesting to this. Known to contain 20 different health benefiting compounds with powerful antioxidants as well as anti diabetic (yup) and anti cancer. Pure maple syrup is naturally high in calcium, thiamine, and zinc. Its glycemic index is 54, that's considered LOW, honey is higher.There are countless and more interesting ways to use pure maple syrup than on your pancakes. In baking, teas, toppings but my new favorite is in medicinal syrups.Just make sure it's pure!
    Recipes: Maple is in a lot of recipes! Toppings + Accoutrement, Maple Rosemary Beets
     

  • Medicinal Mushrooms - Chaga: Boasting copious amounts of goodness, Chaga is a great source for aiding in Postnatal Repletion. Supportive of the immune system, blood sugar and blood pressure it also supplies B vitamins, D and over 200 phyto nutrients and antioxidants. Make tea or add it to soup - it's tasty and versatile!
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  • Mixed Berries (frozen): Of course, if we are in season and have access, fresh is BEST! However, it's not a bad idea to get a back up in your freezer. An easy one to get its the Good + Gather mixed berry at Target. Trader Joes also has some nice offering too. Essentially, we are looking for organic raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry mix.
    Recipes: Mixed Berry Jam
     

  • Mushrooms - general:
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  • Nut Butters:
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  • Nut Mylks: This is not a dairy free program but a few things factor in when choosing a nut milk over cow milk. Cow milk is complex on the digestion, many people react to it and there is a small chance that baby could react as well (happened to me!). Dairy doesn't play well with other foods. In Ayurveda, dairy is often treated as medicinal food but not mixed with much else other than some spices. Cow milk and banana is a no go, cow milk and eggs are also a no go as they are very different foods that often 'lock' up the digestion when we are trying to gently reignite.
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  • Nutritional Yeast aka Nooch: Fun to say and even better for you. Packed with nutrients including B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and protein. It's a cross between cheesy goodness, nutty flavor, and the coveted umami hit. Great in general for postpartum repletion. Sprinkle it on nearly everything. Soups, veggies, pasta, eggs are particularly good but also shakes, salads and rice dishes too. It's gluten-free and dairy-free making it a popular alternative ingredient for many. When I was breastfeeding (and dairy free), this became a regular go to because it adds satiety and creaminess that is sometimes craved.
    Recipes: Postpartum Pesto
     

  • Goji Berry: Don't stress if you don't have these little gems. They are great in infusions, nutrient dense, and tasty.
    Recipes: Balancing Bites, Herbal Infusion
     

  • Fillo Dough: I mean, you are welcome to scratch make this.....but I don't bake, nor do I have time to learn so this is one of the very few 'short-cut' type item that I recommend. While it is technically processed, keep the ingredient list as short as possible. The Fillo Factory makes an organic fillo that can be found around. If not organic, don't overthink this one too much, we use it sparingly. The Bison HandPies aren't to be missed! There is also a Buckwheat Fillo that is gluten free.
    Recipes: Bison Hand Pies, 
     

  • Salmon Roe: Consider it, please? Yes, this feel fancy and luxurious but the little pops of flavor are jam-packed with good for you stuff. Used sparingly, a little can go a long way.
    Recipes: Mother's Snack, 
     

  • Seaweed Snacks: Seaweed in general is excellent for you. Not only does it replace vital minerals, it can make for an easy quick snack. We provide you a snack size that is great for popping on top of a savory porridge, or wrapping around a slice of avocado.
    Recipes: Mother's Snack, Toppings + Accoutrement
     

  • Seeds:Hemp, Sesame
    Recipes: Throwing some on top of nearly anything will be a good way to get them in.  
     

  • Sesame Oil: This oil plays a key role in warming a birthgiver. It's used on foods (porridges) but also directly on the body for self-massage (abhyanga)
    Recipes: Toppings + Accoutrement, Ginger Scallion Dressing
     

  • Sardines: These are in exactly ZERO recipes but if you inclined to eat these little fish, stock up as they are good for you!
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  • Tuna: Same reasons as above, be sure to get line caught quality albacore

Some fun items~

Everything But The Bagel - Trader Joes

Umami Blend - Trader Joes

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