As a postpartum doula, I love cooking delicious and nutrient dense whole foods meals for new families. When I train new doulas through International Doula Institute, many student doulas are often surprised that meal planning and cooking are included in the scope of practice, but when I explain why, they realize that it's actually a no brainer.
As expecting moms, we get praise everywhere we go, strangers congratulate us, hold the door for us, tell us we are glowing and ask what we are having. Yet once we give birth, instead of telling us how we are glowing, they look down at the baby, give the baby all the praise.
This is why making sure that mom is eating healthy meals is so important. The nutritional needs of the newly postpartum mom are something to be very aware of. The Ayurvedic tradition considers the postpartum period a time of physically rebuilding the body and they say that it actually builds the foundation for the rest of the mothers life.
Postpartum Recovery Recipe
This is a delicious meal to make as your first breakfast home from the hospital. Is it very restorative.
Half a bag of frozen chopped kale
Half a cup of frozen onion(or fresh, I just prefer frozen because fresh onion hurts my eyes!)
1 tbsp butter or olive oil
1 tsp-ish of salt
1 tsp-ish of garlic
2tbsp half and half, milk or cream
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1)Preheat oven to 350.
2)Combine all ingredients in Part One into a frying pan. Let cook for 10 minutes until tender, stirring frequently.
3)In a separate bowl, combine Part two ingredients: eggs, cream and cheese, mix well by hand.
4)Then pour eggs into the frying pan and mix together very quickly.
5) Place frying pan into the oven for 5 minutes or until firm.