Why mama meals for postpartum?
Someone asked us recently “what sets Mama Meals apart?”
Our postpartum food philosophy is rooted in principles from traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and Weston A. Price of warming and nourishing a mama from the inside out. Heng Ou, in her book The First 40 Days, explains that postpartum food should be warm, soft, easy-to-digest meals like soups, stews, porridge and broths, mostly things you would eat from a bowl, and cold, dry, raw, and crunchy foods should be limited.
So that’s where we start, with proper postpartum foods. Then we take things a step further.
- Organic produce only. Ten years ago we learned about the toxic chemicals being used on food in America and started buying only organic. Our health improved and we never went back. When you eat food sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc, your body must detox, which is the last thing you want to worry about while healing from birth. Consuming these harmful substances should be limited as much as possible postpartum (and beyond), and we got your back!
- #Pastureraised & #Regenerative animal products. Meat labeling today is confusing and misleading. Words like cage-free, free-range and grass-fed have become buzzwords that still allow compaines to torture and poison animals. Regenerative agriculture is a #holistic ideology that focuses on soil health, carbon sequestration, nutrient density, agroforestry and even the community well-being. We partner with companies like @cooksventure and @socomeatco who understand the only sensible way to feed and support everyone is to heal our current broken system. We vote with our dollars and help companies like these grow…and you should too!
- Eat organ meat! The organs of well-treated animals are the most nutrient dense food on the planet. They contain B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and are chock-full of the most important fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K. Liver is an unparalleled source of vitamin A, heart is the number one source of coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) which slows aging and it is important for cardiovascular health, and kidney contain 5x the RDA of B12 plus tons of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and selenium. We grind or puree organs and sneak them into several of our recipes so you can feel better and heal faster.
- Cooked in REAL bone broth. Bone broth is a nutrient-dense stock made from slowly simmered animal bones and connective tissue. It’s an excellent source of collagen protein along with other joint-supporting compounds that promote skin health, gut function and recovery. We get our bone broth from @Ferm.Farm and use it to cook the Hearty Sausage Stew, Primal Chili, Creamy Chicken + Rice Congee, and Creamy Sweet Potato Lentil Soup. This is not shelf-stable store-bought broth! When we open the buckets there is a massive layer of fatty goodness floating at the top. It’s the highest quality broth you can buy and we use a TON of it in our recipes.
- Sprouted oats and lentils. Our ancestors figured out sprouting grains made them easier to digest. Traditionally grains would be soaked and left to sprout, then dried once the germination process started. Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid and makes nutrients like vitamin B and C more bioavailable, and also breaks down some of the starch, which makes the percentage of nutrients higher. This means sprouted grains have more available nutrients than mature grains including folate, iron, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and protein.
We started mama meals because food like this doesn’t exist unless you cook it yourself. Our commitment is to maintain this level of quality and serve mamas nationwide!!