Meryl Pritchard is an LA-based Wellness Chef and Holistic Nutritionist. Through her plant-based food service Kore Kitchen, she focuses on nourishing the mind, body, and spirit from the inside out, while weaving in sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle practices. Her easy-to-follow suggestions of organic, thoughtful living prove that small actions can make a big impact. She’s passionate about helping people feel better no matter where they are in their journey to optimal health and wellness.
Here, she’s compiled a list of her favorite recipes for each stage of mamahood...
Mom-to-be: During your pregnancy, it’s important to focus on clean foods that are easy to digest mixed with healthy fats. Fats are important during this time to help the baby’s brain develop. Soups and smoothies allow you to get a load of healthy nutrients into your system in an easy and convenient way. I love this carrot soup recipe year round. It’s grounding and deeply nourishing, and the lime and coconut make it easy to enjoy, hot or cold. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.
Postpartum: In the postpartum stage, your focus should be on warming foods that will help soothe, replenish, and heal your body after giving birth. Smoothies are typically served cold, but this one is made with room temperature bananas and no frozen fruit or ice. Cacao is a great coffee replacement and will help give you an energizing boost without the crash. The added plant protein and healthy fat from the tahini will give the new mother her chocolate fix and leave her feeling surprisingly full. I recommend chewing your smoothies for better absorption of the nutrients.
Mom & Toddler: Once you’re in the toddler phase, you’re going to want anything that’s quick to make, nutrient dense, and tastes delicious. These energy bites check all the boxes. They are a great alternative to processed granola or snack bars, and you can make a large batch with your kids and freeze half for later. There’s no baking or chopping involved so let your toddler do all the work for you! I recommend using glyphosate free organic oats by One Degree Foods.