My postpartum food picks from Natura Market

 

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Having healthy and nourishing snacks/food on-hand after giving birth helps post-partum recovery in so many ways. I found it hard to eat big meals after giving birth as my new schedule was set all over the place. Obviously it’s important to eat regular meals but, having some nourishing snacks on-hand makes it easier to sustain yourself through out the day (and night) and can be helpful for breastfeeding and mood.

I like to prepare snacks and meals ahead of time but have found this time around to be a little more challenging with two older children eating everything before I can save it.

If you haven’t heard of Natura Market, they are an awesome Canadian company devoted to making healthy foods and natural products affordable to everyone in Canada. They focus on food items in categories that include: whole30, vegan, gluten free, ketogenic, and paleo. They have all things cauliflower and carry the primal palate brand too amongst many other great brands!

With hormones being a huge factor during pregnancy and after delivery + my issues with my thyroid, I want to be as prepared as possible to help balance those out with food. Here are a few snacks/food items that I am going to have on-hand! I want to be sure to include things that have clean ingredients but also make it easy for me post-partum. I am not supposed to eat gluten (that’s been a challenge for me to which I have failed many times) and I am also supposed to include foods with more zinc into my diet. I also am including foods with collagen to help my gut postpartum and help to deal with any hair/skin issues due to hormones. 

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Easy Egg Muffins With Avocado Mayo

This meal is one that is equally good for meal-prep as eating right away. It is a kind of use-up-everything in your fridge meal and one that can be really versatile. I love having these on-hand for breakfast as well as eating for dinner when in a pinch.

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First, I start by greasing a muffin tin with grass-fed butter. I then add spiralized zucchini and some cooked quinoa on top of that.

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You can really add just about anything to these. In the past I’ve done broccoli, feta, tomatoes, chard, spinach, so many things. They are really like mini frittatas in a way. I also like to season them really well. Today I was lazy and just cracked the egg right on top but, typically it is nice to scramble with some minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Dump the egg mixture over top of the veggies in cook at 350 degrees for about 15 min or until the egg is cooked to your liking.

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This avocado mayo is seriously the BOMB. I love how creamy and flavrourful it is. All I do is add half of an avocado to about 2tbsp of mayo, a tbsp of evoo and one clove of minced garlic. You can add more of any of the ingredients to suit your flavour preferences. The dressing is great right on top of the eggs or as a dip for a side of oven-baked sweet potatoes.

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|| super simple kale caesar salad ||

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Looking to add a little more green to your plate? This hearty salad stands-up as a hearty side dish to most mains and it also stands up as a great leftover dish! The best part? You can have it ready in just a few minutes and it’s easily customized based on what you have in your fridge or pantry! Even my two-year-old got involved in putting this one together!


 

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What you’ll need: 

Abou 2 cups of kale (give or take) with stems removed

A tbsp of salt

2 tbsp of EVOO

2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

Juice of half a lemon

What to do: 

  1. Rinse and tear kale
  2. Massage kale with salt and lemon juice so that it becomes more tender
  3. Add the rest of the listed ingredients and toss
  4. Optional: add sea veggies for extra nutrition, hemp hearts or even roasted chickpeas, lots of options here!
  5. Serve by itself or alongside your main feature. Would go nicely with salmon, Margherita pizza or any type of pasta!

This salad is GREAT for leftovers!



 

Yam noodles in a cashew sauce with fresh turmeric

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I was asked by a number of people to share this recipe! So, here it is! It is so simple and I made it two nights in a row over the weekend! You can add extra embellishments if you like! This recipe is so easy and super tasty!

What you’ll need:

  • Raw organic cashews
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh turmeric
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Water
  • Coconut oil or butter (grass fed)
  • Yams or sweet potatoes
  • One onion
  • Spiralizer

Optional

  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Pea shoots or micro-greens

Cashew “Cheese” Sauce:

1.5-2cups of raw organic cashews soaked for 20min

3TBSP of nutritional yeast

1 Tsp lemon juice

One garlic clove

One piece of fresh turmeric

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup to one cup of water (start with 1/2 cup and add more if too thick)

Drain soaked cashews first before adding more water**

Blend all ingredients until smooth and set aside.

Noodles:

Spiralize two large yams or sweet potatoes with whichever thickness you would like.

In a pan heat up the coconut oil or butter and saute the onion until soft and then add spinach and cherry tomatoes if you like. Then add the spiralized noodles to heat through. Once they are sauteed a bit, pour the cashew sauce over top and heat up. I like to finish off with some fresh pea shoots or micro-greens for a bit of a healthy crunch! That’s it, so easy!

My favourite, perfect for summer salad recipes

Hearty Summer Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

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This super salad is hearty while still being a light summer side. Super easy to create too!




Ingredients

Salad: 

One Zucchini

Two Carrots

One head of lacinato kale

One can of chickpeas

Two cups of cooked quinoa

One cup basil leaves (chopped up depending on the size)

Eight crimini mushrooms

One gala apple

One avocado

1/2 red onion

Dressing: 

3/4 cup tahini

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp tamari sauce

Juice from half a lemon or lime

1-2 tsp pure maple syrup

1 tbsp water

1 mason jar

Directions: 

Spiralize the zucchini and the carrots and set aside

Cut or tear kale into manageable pieces, small or large, doesn’t matter

Massage kale with a pinch of salt and some lemon juice and set aside

Sautee chickpeas and mushrooms in a pan with salt and pepper

Cook quinoa as per directions on bag

When the warm ingredients are done cooking add them to the bowl with the kale

Slice the other ingredients and add them to the salad along with the spirazlied veggies

Dress with the dressing mixed by shaking your mason jar. Taste dressing to see if you prefer more sweetness from the syrup or adding a bit more salt or vinegar.  More water can be added if you prefer a thinner dressing.

Voila! That’s it! Super fast, healthy and really yummy the next day. To ensure the avocado and apples don’t brown too fast, juice the other half of the lemon or lime over the salad before storing in refrigerator. Perfect for your next summer bbq.




Fresh Spinach Salad with Pomegranate, Squash and Goat Cheese

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This salad was super simple to put together and so amazing! I have been getting back into my salad eating ways but I am trying a variety of new flavour combos. I love taking salads to work for lunch, especially salads that hold up well and don’t get soggy. I also like my salads to be heartier and more filling! This one is sure to please whether it is just a salad for lunch or an appetizer when you have company over! Pair with a nice foccacia and a pinot noir and you are golden!!


Ingredients

Makes 2 larger portions or 4 smaller portions

1 acorn squash

2 cups cherry tomatos

Half of a pomegranate

1.5 cups of quinoa

2 cups of spinach

Goat cheese crumbles

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar


Start by roasting the sliced acorn squash and cherry tomatoes in the oven at about 375 degrees. Roast in coconut oil for 20 min or until the squash is soft, golden and slightly caramelized and crisp, and the tomatoes are rupturing.

Cook the quinoa as per package directions.

To put the salad together, lay a bed of spinach out on the plates. Layer with the squash and tomatoes, then add the spoonfuls of quinoa. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and crumbles of goat cheese. Drizzle with equal parts olive oil and balsamic.

Enjoy!




 

Light and Simple Spinach Salad 

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I was wanting a super light, healthy and tasty salad. This is what I came up with while scrambling around at Superstore today. You could definitely dress it up a bit more but I actually am really digging the simplicity of these few ingredients.


Ingredients

1-2 cups of Spinach

1-2 Avocados

1/4 cup of Mixed nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds – can be raw or salted, whatever you prefer).

2 tsp of Nutritional Yeast

1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard

3 tbsp of Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pomegranate Seeds of one pomegranate

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

1 Tbsp of Maple Syrup

Dressing

In a small bowl combine about 3 tbsp of olive oil with 2 tsp of nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp of dijon mustard and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Whisk together. Add salt & pepper to taste. Try a sample and if you prefer a sweeter dressing add more syrup or saltier add more salt or dijon accordingly. I always play with the ingredient amounts.


On a medium-sized plate gently scatter all ingredients and drizzle with the dressing.

Enjoy!




 

5 products I always have on hand as a working mom

Don’t let the headline mislead you… I know, I know they often do that. These products are great for everyone but, I have particularly  found them useful since heading back to work in February after a year of being off with my first child.

All mom’s lives are busy! Literally trying to pick-up after and keep a house clean with a toddler is the definition of insanity. It never ends. Add all the other stuff us moms have to do whether it be go to work, take care of our children at home, or do both, there are never enough hours in a day.  For all of these reasons and more, moms need a little bit of comfort, pampering and simplicity to relax and take care of themselves.

Here are some items that I am rarely without:

Beautycounter Lip Sheers

Okay, so, I talk about this product ALL.THE.TIME. and for good reason. It’s a great little lipstick made without all the crap ingredients, smells amazing and adds a pop of colour with all of the glorious shades. I love this product and I haven’t met anyone who has tried it and doesn’t love it! My favourite colours are petal and coral!

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm + Brightening Line

This combination of products has been a game changer for me. Helping give me a quick face wash before bed without much effort and a citrus-spritz to perk me up throughout the day, I highly recommend indulging in this combination!

DoTerra Essential Oils 

I always have at least one in my purse and one at the office. I have roller-balls and spray bottles made up as well and a diffuser at my desk. These are awesome pick-me-ups and the different oils are all great for various needs.

Lava Stone Mala Bracelet from Lotus Effect Designs 

Following the essential oils, I am rarely without this bracelet as I can actually add the essential oils to the lava stones, it’s awesome because you can wear the essential oils wherever you go throughout the day on a fashionable piece of jewelry.

Nutritional Yeast 

This may be a weird one but, I seriously use this a lot. It’s super helpful for quick vegetarian dinners (like a nice cashew cheese sauce) or to add extra nutrients to a snack. Nutritional yeast packs a nutrition punch and is actually grown from funghi and is a great source of B-Complex vitamins. I put this on everything!

 

Quinoa & egg muffins + a modern take on an egg sandwich

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These two meal options were derived from this one recipe. The recipe is designed for toddlers but it’s great for anyone! It was a big hit in our household and I added some finely chopped swiss chard and nutritional yeast.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Courtesy of: ahealthysliceoflife.com 


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For my breakfast sandwich, I added butter, mayonnaise, additional cheese and some arugula with the mashed up egg muffin on rye bread. Easy peasy and full of nutrients!