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Humble Luxury Leafy Green Crackers (Grain Free & Vegan Option)

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If you’re guilty of having a bunch of wilting greens in your fridge each week, this month’s recipe is for you!

It’s easier than make than cut out cookies, great for picky eaters, and for curbing cravings while still getting a hidden dose of nourishment.

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Humble Luxury Leafy Green Crackers

To understand the unique layout of my ratio based recipes & the categories mentioned, check out this Introduction to Humble Luxury in the Kitchen.


CATEGORIES

Hidden Healthies | Toddlerhood | Pregnancy | Postpartum | Sleep Deprivation


A NOTE ABOUT FLOUR BEFORE WE BEGIN

In this recipe I use cassava flour, a common grain free flour that behaves in a similar manner to all purpose flour. Please be aware that cassava flour does not behave in a similar way to almond flour or coconut flour. These flours are very different and will not be a 1-1 sub for cassava.

If you don’t have cassava flour, you can use an all purpose gluten free mix (without baking powder/soda) or traditional all purpose flour, as these would be the closest substitutes. (I have not tested this recipe with an all purpose gluten free flour blend or with traditional all purpose flour, but I know these flours are similar.)

Be mindful when mixing cassava flour and any gluten free blends that include xanthan gum as they can get gummy if overmixed. Mix your dough just until everything is well combined.

kitchen tools

  • Blender

  • Rolling Pin

  • Sheet Pan

  • Parchment Paper

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Large Spoon

  • Measuring Cups

  • Refrigerator

  • Oven


Non-vegan INGREDIENTS

The Essentials:

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup bone broth

  • 3/4 cup packed dark greens like spinach, kale, chard, collards, etc.

  • 3/4 cup cassava flour

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Green Powders like spirulina, wheatgrass, etc.*

  • Powdered Mushrooms like reishi, chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, etc.*

  • Superfood Powders like Camu Camu, Maca, Ashwagandha, Lucuma, etc.*

  • Collagen Peptides

  • Flavoring of choice**


Vegan ingredients

The Essentials:

  • 3/4 cup water or veggie broth

  • 1 cup dark greens like spinach, kale, chard, collards, etc.

  • 3/4 cup cassava flour

  • 1 TBSP chia seeds

Optional Add Ins:

  • Green Powder like spirulina, wheatgrass, etc.*

  • Powdered Mushrooms like reishi, chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane*

  • Powders like Maca, Ashwagandha, Lucuma, etc.*

  • Flavoring of choice**

*Please note that I am not an herbalist or a natural healthcare provider that works with herbs. I cannot recommend specific herbs or combinations of medicinal plants for you personally. What’s included here is a general list. If you’re not familiar with these products and would like to learn more, I recommend contacting a local TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Practitioner that works with herbs, an ND/Naturopathic Doctor, or an Herbalist in your area.


** FLAVORING:

You can keep things simple with salt & pepper or sprinkle your favorite spices. I like to think about what I’ll be eating my crackers with and what flavors work well together. Some things to consider are:

  • Asian Flavors like seaweeds, tamari/soy sauce, black sesame seeds, wasabi, etc.

  • Italian Flavors like basil, garlic, parmesan, parsley, etc.

  • Indian Flavors like cumin, turmeric, fennel, etc.

  • Nutritional Yeast

Get creative with your flavor combos and share what you make in the comments below!

A NOTE ABOUT OPTIONAL ADD INS

If you add a lot of powders to your crackers, that may throw off the amount of flour you use. If you dough is really dry, add a bit more broth/water.

I’d personally recommend to keep each batch relatively simple. With 1 scoop of green powder and 2 scoops of collagen peptides, the ratio wasn’t thrown off at all.


The process

  1. Pour your liquid of choice into your blender. (Add eggs if following the non vegan version.)

  2. Add your dark leafy greens on top of the liquid and blend until the greens are completely broken down. This should look like a smooth green juice.

    Please be aware that if you don’t have a high powered blender, heartier greens like kale, chard, & collards may be tough to break down. In this case, for a smooth cracker, opt for spinach. If you have other greens & a low powered blender, the recipe will still work, but you will have some chunks of greens in your crackers and they won’t be completely hidden.

  3. Pour your blended greens into your mixing bowl.

  4. Measure & add flour, chia if following the vegan version, and any optional add ins if using, then stir until combined. The dough will stick together easily. (see photo below)

  5. With slightly damp hands, pat the dough into a ball. It should be smooth once formed. (see photo below) Wrap the ball in a piece of parchment paper that’s the size of your sheet pan, and chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

  6. Once the dough is chilled, set your oven for 350 degrees F and make sure there’s a rack in the center of the oven.

  7. Rip a second sheet of parchment paper the size of your sheet pan.

  8. On your counter, unwrap your dough leaving the parchment it was wrapped in underneath.

  9. With slight damp hands, pat your dough into a flattened oval with the long sides running parallel to the long edge of the parchment paper.

  10. Place the second sheet of parchment on top of the dough. Your dough should now be sandwiched between two sheets of parchment paper.

  11. Roll the dough out until it’s roughly 1/8 in thick. (1 batch of the above ratio will roll out to about the size of a half sheet pan.)

  12. Carefully peel back the top layer of parchment paper. (You can wipe this off & save it to use at a later time.)

  13. Slide the bottom parchment & dough onto your sheet tray, parchment side down. The dough will be baked on top of this sheet of parchment.

  14. Use a fork to randomly poke holes in your dough. (If you forget this step, your cracker sheet will bubble when it bakes.)

  15. Bake on the center rack of your oven until slightly brown. Depending on how large of a batch you make, the type & temp of your oven (if it runs true), and how thick/thin you rolled your dough, baking time will vary. I made a half sheet tray at 1/4 in thick with some hot spots in my oven and baked for 35-40 minutes.

    I suggest setting a timer for 25 minutes, checking on the crackers, rotate the tray in the oven, then check again in another 10.


    Baking goes slow in the beginning and quick at the end. If you’re crackers are getting close to done, check them more frequently at the end.

    Also, use your senses! Remember you’re making crackers. If you like an extra crunchy cracker, let ‘em bake a minute or two longer. Let your nose guide you. Poke at the dough to see if it’s firm enough. Channel your grandmother.


  16. Once your crackers are done, remove them from the oven. Let rest until cool enough to handle.

  17. Flip the larger cracker onto a cooling rack and carefully remove the parchment.

  18. Break the large cracker into smaller crackers of your desired size. Note: the crackers won’t all be a uniform shape. This format of cracker making simplifies the process so it will hopefully become an effortless addition in your kitchen. Done is better than perfect!

  19. Eat fresh or store in an air tight container for 1 week.

    NOTE: AIR IS THE ENEMY OF BAKED GOODS.
    Leaving your crackers exposed to the air for a prolonged time will make them go stale. Seal em up to keep the crunch.


if you make a batch of crackers you Don’t love, take notes and switch it up next time. You’re developing your own favorite & unique recipe based off of my ratio. That’s a process and like any work of art, it’s in your hands.


Now I want to hear from you! Share what flavor combination you made & what you served on/with your crackers below.

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Humble Luxury Bone Broth

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I’m so excited to be sharing recipes again. After a 5 year hiatus from sharing in a space like this, it feels good to be back at it with a whole lot more life experience and a very clear perspective in the kitchen.

To kick things off, I’m sharing a foundational element from my kitchen: bone broth.

I like to drink a mug of bone broth with breakfast and usually rely pretty heavily on it for quick, nutrient dense dinners and lunches.


Humble Luxury Bone Broth

To understand the unique layout of my ratio based recipes & the categories mentioned, check out this Introduction to Humble Luxury in the Kitchen.


CATEGORIES

Pregnancy | Postpartum | Menstruation | Sleep Deprivation | Immune Boosting

INGREDIENTS

The Essentials:

  • Chicken Bones - backs, necks

  • Water

Basic Ratio:

  • 1 : 1.5 lbs of bones to quarts of water
    For every 1lb of chicken bones used, you’ll need roughly 1.5 quarts of water. You can use more water if you need to stretch your ingredients, especially if you add anything from the optional add in list. Adding more water without add ins will make your broth less flavorful & not as gelatinous, but it’s totally doable if you need to get more from your pounds of bones.

Optional Add-Ins:

These add ins also build on the ratio above, for every 1 lb of bones used, use roughly the amounts below. Adjust based on how much broth you’re making and what you have in your kitchen. Again, these are rough estimates. If you only have 1 TBSP of vinegar or 1 onion for 6 lbs of bones, it’s okay. You’ll still end up with bone broth, the flavor will just be a bit different.

  • 1 chicken wing (the tip boosts collagen, the meat boosts flavor)

  • 2 chicken feet (to boost collagen)

  • 1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar and/or

  • 1/2 TBSP black vinegar

  • 1/2 cup white or yellow onion or onion scraps from cooking throughout the week

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 celery stalk

  • assortment of culinary herbs like thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, sage, etc.

  • 1/4 - 1/2 inch fresh turmeric root

  • 1/4 inch fresh ginger root

  • healthy pinch each of black pepper and salt

    A note about medicinal herbs before we continue:
    I’m not an herbalist. I can’t tell you what you should and shouldn’t take. There are a lot of factors that are involved in that level of advice. What I can share is what I use for myself in my kitchen. Please remember our bodies are different, our needs are different, and our different access points to herbs varies. If you’re interested in knowing more about medicinal herbs for your specific needs, I recommend looking into herbalists in your area.
    And if you’re passionate about herbs & access, I recommend supporting Seed, Root, Bloom - an herbal school for and by people who are black, indigenous, and from historically racially oppressed communities.

    Ok, back to optional add-ins:

  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried nettle leaf

  • 1 fresh burdock root or 1/4 cup dried burdock root

  • 1/4 cup astragalus root

When I add herbs & onion to my broth, I also typically increase the water I use by about 1/2 quart.


THE PROCESS

  • Place bones, feet, and wings (if using) into the appropriate pot (see below).

  • Roughly chop up vegetables & herbs if using and add to the bones.

  • Top with water.

Stove Top & Crockpot | 12 - 24 hours:

  • Cook on low for 12 - 24 hours.
    For stove top: use a medium - large stock pot, depending on the amount of ingredients you use.
    For crockpot: use the included pot.

Instant Pot | 2.5 - 3 hours:

  • Place all ingredients into the pot.

  • Double check to make sure
    1. everything is below the MAX line
    2. your sealing ring is in place on the lid
    3. the steam release knob is turned to the ‘sealing’ position.

  • Lock the lid.

  • Press manual button and set to 120 minutes
    *Note: it typically takes 15-30 minutes for the pressure cooker to fully pressurize. The timer will show once the instant pot is at full pressure.

  • After the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally. Just like pressurizing in the beginning, this will take about 15-30 minutes. The float valve will fall when the pressure has released.

  • Strain broth and serve, or allow the broth to chill & store it as needed (see below).

Find Your way

Humble luxury in the kitchen is all about finding the way that works for you based on your needs, desires, and resources. I encourage you to explore with what I’ve offered here and find your favorite way to make your broth. If you make a batch you don’t love, take notes and try something different next time. Think like your grandmother in the kitchen. Use your sense, your hands, your ears, your eyes. Let your food sing to you!

Storing:

Fridge: 1 week
Freezer: 6 months-ish

If you use broth in cooking, consider freezing in ice cube trays or in 1 cup portions. This will allow you to pull a small amount out at a time and will help to avoid waste.

When Freezing in
Glass Jars:
make sure to leave 1.5 - 2 inches of space from the broth to the top of the jar to allow room for expansion. I also recommend letting the broth freeze fully before screwing the lid on. This will keep your glass jars from breaking.
You can use dry erase marker on the lid before freezing to note when the broth was made.

Silicone Bags: Again, make sure to leave room for expansion. Most silicone bags have a fill line and typically account for frozen goods. I recommend using the freezer door (if you have one with shelves) to let the broth freeze upright. Once fully frozen, it can be moved anywhere in the freezer without worry of spilling.

And of course, any other means of storage will work too. Just always make sure to leave room for expansion - even in plastic.


Now i want to hear from you!

What’s your favorite way to make broth? Share your broth on Instagram and use the #humbleluxuryinthekitchen or share below.

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VNM Book Club | 2018 Reading List

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Well, 2018 is coming to a close and I love taking time to recap on all I’ve learned, made, integrated, and accomplished. One of my favorite ways to recap a year is to look over everything I read. So here are my 2018 books and what I loved about each!

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown: When people ask for my #1 book recommendation, it’s always this book! Although it’s written from a business perspective, I find the concepts outlined to be foundational in all corners of life. I read this book at least once each year and integrate new pieces of knowledge each time.

    I would consider this an essential read for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, stretched thin, confused, and exhausted.

  2. How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman: This book, backed by decades of research, has helped to give language to practices I knew I wanted to create but didn’t know how to name. It’s help me focus my actions and release the shame that often comes from making the ‘wrong’ decision as a parent. Also, it’s been a great resource to get the whole family on the same page. I plan on adding this book to my annual reading rotation too because it has bits of wisdom for many different ages.

    This is a fantastic book for parents, but also for any adults who feel ready to understand how their early childhood may have emotionally impacted them.

  3. Worth It by Amanda Steinberg: Hands down the most impactful read of the year! After reading this book, I used Amanda’s systems to build spreadsheets and daily money habits that have radically shifted the financial foundation of our household.

    For anyone overwhelmed & feeling shame surrounding their finances, read this now.

  4. This Is Marketing by Seth Godin: Seth Godin has been a huge inspiration for me as I reshape and refocus my business. His newest book (out of the 18! bestsellers he’s written) has helped me focus on how I can invest into the amazing community around me in a way that is generous and supportive to my family & time. I don’t understand how this perspective isn’t the norm in the business world.

    If you’re an entrepreneur, or an aspiring one, this is a must read! And bonus, the chapters are spliced up into tiny chunks. Parents with little time: you can actually read & digest the information with ease!

  5. The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson: I loved this book during postpartum for the spaciousness it provided and the affirmation that I wasn’t alone in such an intense experience. It also helped give me language to discuss things with my partner (like returning to sex post baby).

    I highly recommend this for new parents and people who’ve recently given birth.

  6. The First Forty Days by Heng Ou: Although this one is technically a cookbook, it is full of information. I read this before I gave birth in the first quarter of 2018 and it helped me plan for postpartum. Personally I preferred the written content over the recipes, but that’s because I really never cook with recipes.

    This is a great book for expecting parents (really the whole family!) that needs to prepare for postpartum. If you need help setting postpartum boundaries too - this is a great source for that!

  7. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman: Daren and I started reading this book together about halfway through the year. We didn’t finish it yet though because we got busy putting things into practice and then - you know, early parenthood and all. It’s on deck in 2019 to be completed and integrated more fully. And even just getting halfway through was massively impactful!

    I highly recommend this one for married couples and those in long term committed relationships.

  8. Good to Great by James Collins: This is a book I also started and decided to set down before finishing. I got about 3/4 of the way through and then jumped to a new book. Typically I do that if, as I get into the book, I realize there’s nothing I can immediately apply to my life. But, I did take away some great tips in the first half and as I get back to work in 2019, I plan to finish reading it.

    I recommend this book for business owners looking for perspective and actionable ways to refine & improve the culture of their organization.

  9. The Self Driven Child by Ned Johnson & William Stixrud, PhD: This book also falls into the same category as Good to Great and The Seven Principles. I started it, really loved it, didn’t finish it. I love this book because it’s backed by decades of research and work (a major filter for me when looking for parenting books), and it fundamentally focuses on how we can parent in a way that builds self directed motivation in our children. Fantastic! The only reason I put it down is because I think it’ll be more applicable in a few years as Daelu grows older.

    I highly recommend this book for parents with school age children.


Alright folks, there’s the list of books I read in 2018. I hope it inspires you to pick one up. If you get more inspired to read a book with a group of people, join me in 2019 for the monthly virtual VNM Book Club. We’re kicking off the year with Essentialism by Greg McKeown. (I wasn’t kidding when I said I read it at least once a year!)

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What was your favorite read of 2018 and why? Share it below!

Digital & In Person Meal Trains

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The idea behind a meal train is to allow your community to schedule a time to bring you food during times of healing, grief, or celebration. Food is a symbol of love, of met needs, of connection. It’s a resource to care for ourselves, our families, and our friends. It’s a reminder to slow down and to tend to our bodies. Naturally, it’s a great way to welcome support during postpartum.

I highly recommend setting up a meal train for yourself as you/your family recovers from birth.

Boundaries & Meal Trains

Receiving a meal from a family member or a friend does not give them unlimited access to you and your baby. It doesn’t even need to guarantee them any access to you and your baby.

Postpartum is an incredibly delicate time in the life of a person who gives birth. Taking care of the mother/person who gave birth should be the #1 priority during this time.

That means:

  • The community’s focus should not be on the baby, it should be on supporting the partner or the person who gave birth so the new parent(s) can focus on caring for the baby.

When sending out your meal train/announcement email, use that space as a place to lay out all of your boundaries. Then, place a cooler on your front steps/outside of your door & a sign on your front door. Let your community know that if the sign is on the door, they should just leave the food in the cooler because the family is resting.

Another option is to put a sign on your bedroom door. That way if people want to come in an help clean, they can do so and you can still maintain your privacy.

Setting Up Your Meal Trains:

There are lots of websites that offer easy meal train set up. We used mealtrain.com, but if you give a quick search online, you’ll find lots of options. Using an online scheduling service is a great way to make meal delivery & dietary instructions accessible and easy to understand.

Another option is to appoint a point of contact. After being hospitalized, our friend Amber stepped in as a point of contact for us. All of the folks who wanted to help us, bring us food, offer cleaning support, or any other gift, contacted Amber to set up delivery. Plus she was able to keep everyone updated throughout my time in hospital so Daren & I could focus fully on healing & parenting.

Amber put out a request call to the group anytime we needed something and was able to pull in resources from those who had space to give. She brought us meals at the hospital and filled our fridge & freezer with food from our friends for when we returned home.  At a time when we didn’t have much energy to write emails or texts, when we couldn’t keep track of who knew what, Amber’s support made a massive difference.

Before going into labor, it’s a great idea to consider who your point of contact would be if anything were to happen.  

Here are some things to consider before asking your ideal point of contact:

  • Do you feel safe with this person?

  • Is this person reliable/punctual?

  • Do you feel comfortable being vulnerable with this person?

  • Can this person listen deeply without offering unsolicited advice?

  • Would this person respond well to your boundaries/needs in the moment?

  • Do you feel comfortable being naked in front of this person? (you never know what situation you might find yourself in or who might see what if it’s an emergency.)

  • Would you feel comfortable with this person in your home when you’re not there?

Have a chat with your ideal point of contact before going into labor and ask if they would be available to hold this space for you if anything were to happen.

Digital Meal Train:

Along with our meal train for our local community, we also decided to create an online meal train. Daren and I have lived many places throughout our relationship which has left us with dear friends all around the country and world. So many people wanted to be a part of our support team after Daelu was born and really, we needed all the help we could get after I got sick!

Our digital meal train was focused on helping us keep our pantry stocked. For this, we simply created an Amazon Wish List with all of our ideal pantry items and I can’t begin to express how important and helpful this was! We still had food from our digital meal train 3 months later!

Sending Out Your Meal Trains:

Before going into labor I made sure everything was prepped and ready for my meal train. I wrote out the emails for both our local community and our community at large, added all the links & documents, compiled all the email addresses, and saved it as a draft. When Daelu was born, Daren added the relevant information that we couldn’t prep ahead (like birthdate, weight, length, etc.) and sent it off to our community.

We waited to send the meal train info until it was time to make the birth announcement to ensure that meals would be delivered during postpartum.  If we had sent it out ahead of time with our ‘guess date’ (how I refered to my ‘due date’ because all due dates are really just guesses), there’s a chance some meals would’ve arrived while I was still pregnant. Daelu came early (49w5d) so we would’ve been okay, but for mamas that may go 2-3 weeks or more past their guess dates, I imagine receiving meals early would be a bummer. Yes, it’s helpful during late pregnancy, but I found meal support to be vital during postpartum.

Remember, you’re allowed to set your boundaries and make requests for support in your most ideal way.

You’re not being too much or unreasonable, you’re being clear. There’s a difference. People who aren’t accustomed to boundaries may flip out a bit, but know that has nothing to do with you. And in fact, by standing your ground, you are helping them learn what’s available to them too.

If someone isn’t able to meet your boundaries or offer support in the way you’d like, they don’t have to. Being clear up front will go along way when you’re in a vulnerable space.

Meal & Pantry Prepping for Postpartum

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Everyone has a unique diet, unique dietary needs, and different budgets. In this post I’m sharing a peek into my postpartum kitchen in hopes that it can offer you a guide. I remember feeling so stressed in my last weeks of pregnancy thinking I didn’t have enough food pre-made for postpartum. We ran out of freezer space from all the jars of bone broth we stocked and didn’t have room for pre-made meals. All in all, that actually worked out great. We did great having all that broth on hand paired with a few easy to make recipes, a well stocked pantry, and a weekly meal prep system. If any of this doesn’t work for your family, adapt, omit, and add to it as you need to.

Easy to Make meals:

Take some time to print or write down 2-3 of your favorite crock pot or one pot meals. I have a favorite recipe for crockpot stew (which I have plans to share with you in a very special way!) which I relied on during postpartum. That was the core of my diet.

Some Parameters to Consider When Picking a Postpartum Recipe:

  • easy to make in one pot or in a crockpot/instant pot

  • warming flavors (chiles, black peppercorns, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, cloves, coriander and cumin seeds, ginger*, allspice, cardamom, turmeric)

  • fat rich (coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, avocados, etc.)

  • easy to digest (slow cooked foods like broths, stews, soups)

  • iron rich (if you’ve just given birth, a boost to your iron supply is a massive help. consider adding nettle leaf to broths, dark leafy greens and/or organ meat to soups/stews.

*if you notice your postpartum bleeding increase, remove ginger from your diet until it slows. And talk to your healthcare professional immediately if you’re bleeding through 1 or more pads per hour.

Meal Prep:

Rather than making a bunch of meals ahead of time, try opting for pre cut, roasted, and steamed staple ingredients each week. Ideally someone else would do this prep (especially in the early weeks) so you can rest.

Weekly Prep:

  • Cut 2-4 bundles of dark leafy greens into thin ribbons

  • Chop a few sweet potatoes, or roast a few

  • Cut carrots into chunks & sticks - stored separately

  • Shred 1 head of cabbage

  • Chop mushrooms

  • Cut 1 head of celery into sticks

  • Roast 1-2 squash

  • Roast 2 heads of garlic

  • Dice 2 onions

  • Make crock Pot Broth (bone broth or veggie, depending on your diet)

  • (Diet Dependent) Roast 1 chicken

  • (Optional) Chop 1 head of broccoli*

  • (Optional) Chop or shred (for cauli rice) 1 head of cauliflower*


Additional Produce to Keep on Hand:

  • lemons

  • limes

  • apples

  • bananas

  • freshly dried herbs like rosemary & thyme

*since these items can cause gas, you may want to consider skipping them until your baby has grown a bit.

From this combination of prepped vegetables you can easily make things like pureed squash soup, morning bowls of sweet potatoes with leafy greens & eggs, steamed cauliflower, or sautéed carrots & broccoli. You’ll also have carrot wedges & celery for quick snacking.


Along with weekly prep, having a well stocked pantry full of your favorite items allows cooking to flow effortlessly.

what I kept in my postpartum pantry:

  • Black Vinegar

  • Black Sesame Seeds

  • Sesame Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Trace Minerals

  • Cassava Flour

  • Almond Flour

  • Nuts like Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, and Almonds

  • Chia Seeds

  • Turmeric Powder

  • Nut Butters

  • Collagen Peptides

  • Grass-Fed Gelatin

  • Organic Green Powder (for quick smoothies)

  • Probiotic Powder/Pills

  • Hemp Seeds

  • Some Quality Salt

  • Tahini

  • Some type of noodle - our go to grain free options are mung bean noodles & sweet potato noodles

  • Simple Mills mixes like grain free bread mix and grain free pizza crust mix.

Below are some additional medicinal & pleasurable items we kept on hand during my postpartum.

Pantry Bonuses:

  • Nettle Leaf

  • Red Raspberry Leaf

  • Maca Powder

  • Cacao Powder

  • Reishi Powder

  • Chaga Powder

  • Kombu

  • Wakame

  • Dulse

  • Nori

  • Jujubes

  • Brain Octane Oil

  • Refillable growler of Kombucha

  • Chocolate!

  • Siete Grain Free Tortillas

  • Siete Grain Free Chips

  • Capello’s Grain Free Fettuccine

  • Simple Mills Crackers

  • Simple Mills Grain Free Cookies

Rest well, families! May your bellies be warm as you heal and transition into parenthood.

My Postpartum Diet

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If you’re considering what to eat during postpartum, I hope this little window into my experience might help. During my postpartum period I opted for a very refined diet. As much as I wanted to help my baby transition into their body gracefully, I also wanted to remove as many obstacles as I could for myself. I knew I was going to breastfeed Daelu and I also knew how intense it could be to watch a breastfed child scream and cry when they’re hungry but not want to eat because of gas pains. I knew that would be really tough for me emotionally so it felt easier for me to limit what I consumed rather than trying to figure out what, if anything, was causing an issue.

There was another upside to this choice: physical energy conservation. I focused on eating easy to digest meals and, after being hospitalized, I basically ate the same 2 meals for the following 6 weeks. My body went through so much within the first week after giving birth and I really needed every single spec of energy I could find within myself. Eating easy to digest food meant that the energy in my system that would’ve gone towards digestion was now available for healing.

This is what I didn’t eat during postpartum:

  • Gluten

  • Dairy

  • Soy

  • Grains

  • Refined Sugars

  • Nightshades

  • Cauliflower & Broccoli

  • Uncooked greens

  • Super cold foods (like ice cream)


I’ve been gluten free for 7 years, already ate limited refined sugars, no soy, and had cut out nightshades a few months before birth. So, while this may seem extreme to some, it wasn’t that big of a leap for me. Plus, my husband was eating grain free already so our kitchen was well prepared.

This is what I did eat during postpartum:

  • Vegetables

  • Meats & Bone Broths

  • Nuts & Seeds

  • Eggs

  • Healthy Fats

  • Fermented Foods

  • Vinegars

  • Limited Fruits

My staple items:

  • black vinegar

  • black sesame seeds

  • sesame oil

After being put on high doses of antibiotics (from nearly dying due to a blood infection), I also cut out fruit for a few weeks - which was super difficult for me. But I was really dedicated because I didn’t want to deal with thrush (yeast overgrowth) after already having so much on my plate. Once I finished all rounds of antibiotics, and spent about 2 weeks rebuilding my gut flora with lots of pro & prebiotics, I reintroduced fruit. I waited a bit to feel confident that I wasn’t so vulnerable to thursh and then I also added some grain free, refined sugar free cookies because this shit was so emotional and cookies helped.


My two staple meals during this time were stew served over squash & sweet potatoes (pictured above), and shredded chicken mixed with sweet potatoes. Both were topped with black vinegar, black sesame paste/seeds, and sesame oil.