Happy (almost) Independence Day! I love this powerhouse of a salad.... it is delicious and full of superfoods to help nourish your pregnant or breastfeeding body as you are growing a tiny human.
This Kale Slaw was a hit amongst everyone, even kids, at the last 4th of July party I went to, so I thought I'd share it in case anyone needs a yummy, quick, and easy salad recipe to add to your festivities this year.
I hope you enjoy!
Dressing Ingredients & Instructions:
¼ c. Mayonaise
1 ½ Piece of ginger, minced
1-2 Garlic cloves ( I think I usually add more)
2 T. Brown rice vinegar
2 T. Tamari/Soy sauce
¼ c. Sesame oil
½ T. Chili flakes or fresh peppers (less if you don't like spicy)
Dash of Cumin
¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt if needed
Blend all ingredients for dressing with a blender
2 bunches Kale (Lacinato/Dinosaur Kale is best to use)
1 c. Slivered Carrots
½ c. Sunflower Seeds
Wash the Kale, then de-vein it by holding it’s stem at the base and running your fingers up the spine, pulling the leaf off as you go. Massage the kale, then finely chop it into thin, slaw-like strands.
Toss the Kale with the Dressing.
Add the slivered carrots and sunflower seeds. Serve as is, or refrigerate for ready-to go meals later on!
Note: I've had this recipe for years and don't remember where I got it, but I did not make it up and am eternally grateful for whoever invented this deliciousness... so thank you.
A client gave me this recipe years ago and I recently found it. She gave me a bunch of her "Energy Balls" as she used to call them and they were delicious. They are great for labor or nursing moms as a fast and delicious way to get some quick calories in you. They can be stored at room temperature for a few days, but will keep longer if stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
In a food processor, using the S blade, process cashews until finely ground. Add dates, vanilla and sea salt and process until combined. Next add sesame seeds and coconut as well as lemon zest. Combine until you create a dough like consistency. Roll into balls or press flat in a pan and refrigerate until firm.
This is my favorite Nourishing Pregnancy Tea blend, however there are many other herbs that are wonderful during pregnancy that can help with more specific conditions during pregnancy. I have included some of those herbs at the end of this post.
Please consult with your midwife or doctor before taking this tea.
Stop taking and consult with your midwife or doctor if you have any ill side effects.
1 part Nettles
1 part Red Raspbery
½ part Alfalfa
½ part Oatstraw
½ part Chamomile
Mix all the herbs together and store in an airtight container away from heat and light.
To Brew Your Tea:
Place ¼ cup of the mixture in a quart sized jar. Add boiling water to fill the jar, cover and let steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Drink 1-4 cups daily
A little About These Ingredients:
Nettles- Contain lots and lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B C, D and K as well as protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Nettles can be used throughout pregnancy and they improve energy, strengthen blood vessels, reduce varicose veins, alleviate leg cramps, prevent anemia, and decrease the chances of hemorrhage after birth. It is my favorite herb for everyone, especially during pregnancy.
Red Raspberry Leaf- This herb is full of vitamins and minerals and helps to tone the uterus, and is said to make labors go faster and smoother as well as speed up the healing process afterwards. Red raspberry leaf is generally considered every pregnant woman’s best friend, although I have also met one woman who had contractions too early in pregnancy whenever she took red raspberry leaf and she needed to stop taking it in fear that it would cause miscarriage. For women who are at risk of miscarriage or who seem especially sensitive to contractions before 37 weeks pregnancy, I suggest avoiding red raspberry leaf until 36-38 weeks of pregnancy.
Alfalfa- High in protein, Vitamins A, D, E, B6 and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, trace minerals and digestive enzymes. Hi in chlorophyll and carotenes. Can be taken throughout pregnancy and may help prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
Oatstraw- A nerve tonic, which promotes relaxation, sound sleep and healthy muscle function, oatstraw is also good for bone-building, and an excellent source of calcium and magnesium.
Chamomile- a gentle nervine to help you relax and feel calm. It reduces tension and helps with sleep. Chamomile also improves digestion, nausea, heartburn, constipation, and it helps prevent urinary tract infections.
Make the right blend for you-
Other Herbs that can be added to your Pregnancy Tea:
Burdock Root- Mineral rich, this root also strengthens the liver while supporting urinary organs. It helps balance blood sugar, stimulate digestion and the pancreas, and it is a gentle laxative. I have read that it was originally used as a uterine tonic, and it may help to prevent herpes outbreaks.
Dandelion Leaves- Support liver and kidney function, helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, and aides in digestion and nausea. Dandelion leaves are a diuretic, so I suggest avoiding them at night so you don’t have to get up to pee even more often than you probably already do.
Dandelion Root- Dandelion root improves liver function which is critical during pregnancy and can help prevent preeclampsia.
Ginger- Ginger is another great way to add flavor to your tea and may help with morning sickness- too much ginger can be stimulating to the uterus, so be cautious about how strong you brew it, and how much/ how often you drink it.
Lemon Balm- This tea tastes delicious and it is a nervine, so it helps you relax and stay calm while helping with digestion. It can be added to the tea or it can replace Chamomile.
Mint- Mint is a great way to add some pleasant flavor to your tea. Mint may also help with heartburn and digestion.
Rose Hips- High in vitamin C to help with immune and circulatory systems.
Yellow Dock Root- This is a great source of absorbable iron while preventing constipation, and it supports liver function. It is best taken as a syrup for iron absorption, but adding it to your tea can also be helpful.