One of my dear friends just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl, and I'm so thrilled.
She respects my/our dietary philosophy more than most and also loves my cooking, so I was going to bring a few easy meals over in the next couple of weeks. I tried doing some research on good postpartum foods for nursing mommas and it's the usual whole grains and lean meats. Blergh.
Are there any traditional foods that are especially beneficial to momma and baby in this trying, busy time? Bonus points if it's easy to make ahead and freeze/reheat, etc.
I already know to avoid anything too spicy and pungent.
I make crustless spinach quiche for my mother-friends. Full of good stuff for a breastfeeding mother and very easy to reheat.
Here is my recipe. Please credit if you repost. ;)
Gillie's Favourite Crustless Spinach Quiche
Makes eight (8) servings
1 16 oz pkg chopped frozen spinach
10 large eggs
1 cup milk (preferably pastured and raw)
1 cup gorgonzola or feta
1/2 12 oz jar bruschetta
8 green olives (stuffed with jalapenos - optional), chopped
Cook chopped spinach according to package directions for stovetop. Drain well. Mix egg and milk. Beat or whisk well. Butter/grease rectangular glass pan. Place layer of spinach, then layer of cheese, then layer of bruschetta, the layer of chopped olives. Pour egg/milk mixture over layers. Sprinkle parmesan over top – as much as desired.
Bake at 350’F – 375’F for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Cut into eight pieces. Serve hot or store covered in fridge. Yum!
You can omit anything spicy, like the olives. Or use olives stuffed with something else.
Most paleo foods are rather healthy. If it were me, I'd think about areas where her current diet might lack, like maybe saturated fat or meat. Or maybe she could use some magnesium or vitamin D since most americans lack that in their diet. I'd also target her psychological state by considering her preferences. Make something she really likes. It will make her feel better and she will eat more of it. -Eva