I believe it all went bottoms up after my daughter was born and the sleepless nights set in. I was still eating well in my mind because I wasn't reaching for frozen foods or bags of cookies. However, what I soon came to realize was, the handful of blue corn chips dipped in hummus being stuffed into my mouth out of starvation wasn't all that nutritious either. My body caught up with my lack of self care and as a result I have suffered from adrenal fatigue. Now as time has passed, we have more rhythm and flow. I have worked hard to restore balance. As a result, I am able to look after myself first as well as cater to the needs of my family. The most challenging aspect for me during this time was trying to create good fast meals for myself, sometimes it was easier to just not eat! This sparked an idea to put together a post for healthy, nourishing meals that were quick and simple to prepare; in aid to motivate and inspire mama's who need that self care shift. To do so, I figured why not create a weeks worth of snack meals jam packed with nutrients. Shop the full recipe list ahead of time, start on a Monday and reach for something healthy, quick, and fulfilling when you start to feel that crash. If you are prepared you are much less likely to put that hand into that big bag of potato chips or tuck into your little one's left overs!
I do my thing but I am not a chef, nor a fancy holistic foodie and as much as I like a good presentation my snacks just don't cut it. There is one girl who is doing it all; I have been a fan for some time and feel inspired to eat well and eat pretty when ever i see her grams pop up in my feed. Her name is Hannah Guthman, also known as @hguthman. Hannah's instagram is an uplifting vision of earthy tones, which resonate with the plant food she so carefully prepares. Each post is a curated master piece but with all the best intention to feed your mind and your grumbling belly with nutrient-dense food. There is purpose behind the lens, a journey of self care. We both struggle with adrenal fatigue issues and we both share a passion for holistic nutrition. Although, she eats like a delicate rabbit and I resemble more of a pig in a trough, we still enjoy snacking on the same superfoods.
There is another commonality that bonded us, we both agree with the idea of food being conversation. I mean we all eat; we all love to discuss about a good meal we indulged in, a new smoothie combination we have just created or what our toddlers will or will not eat! However, once you get passed the topic of food, it is the coming together over a meal where the magic happens. Wether I sit and split my apple slices with you or we devour a three course meal side by side, the intimacy brought on by sharing food allows for true conversation to flow. A trust is formed, we slow down from our busy thinking and active souls to be present.
"I think the best opportunities to truly 'get to know' someone is by sharing a meal with them., intentionally listening to their stories, sharing yours, and connecting while breaking bread ( or a gluten free rice cracker). I think my favorite part about this is realizing how exchanging words and sentiments actually fills you up more than food does. This is how you really nourish your body, in my opinion." Hannah Guthman
Now on to the food. I will try to finish this post without needing a midnight snack. Hannah has kindly prepared five super snacks, one for each day of the work/school week. These can be eaten as a full meal or as a mid-morning/ afternoon pick me up. They are rich in protein, healthy fats, medicinal herbs, minerals, vitamins and low in sugar. Hannah also added in a lovely warming tonic to gently wake our bodies up instead of shocking the system with high dose of caffeine.
BERRIES + YOGURT
Plain Yogurt by Siggis (substitue for non-dairy option if vegan)
Cranberry Lucuma Crumble by Elemental Superfoods
Yogurt is great source of protein. Switch out your carbs for a protein infused snack, which is really important for us moms on the run. Most of us are not consuming nearly enough protein and that doesn't always mean animal protein!
Organic Radish Sprouts
1 tsp Ghee by Lees Provisions
A pinch of Fleur De Sel by Idyll Foods
Cracked Black Pepper
Gluten Free Hi-Flax Quinoa Toast by Grindstone Bakery (Erewhon)
This is slightly over toasted as GF bread takes a minute to actually get a crisp crunch. Ghee replaces butter because it has a much better fat quality. These fatty acids help support a healthy digestive tract, helps with inflammation and immunity.
GREENS AND AN EGG
1 Organic Egg
1 Tsp of Avocado Oil
Handful of Organic Spinach
Red Beet & Cabbage Probiotic Kraut by Wildbrine
Cracked Black Pepper
Use the avocado oil to fry the egg in a cast iron skillet. Either add spinach raw, sautéed or steamed. The kraut is a great source of probiotics, enzymes, fatty acids and B-vitamins.
APRICOTS (A PLAY ON FRUITS & NUTS)
A sprinkle of Cinnamon
2 Tbsp of Almond Butter by Woodstock Foods Almond
1 Tsp Golden Tumeric by Moondeli
Sprinkle Unsweetened Toasted Coconut Chips
Add the tumeric to the almond butter and mix. Cut up the apricots, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut chips. Great source of protein and added benefits of cinnamon for metabolism.
MORNING LEMON TONIC
1 1/2 Cups of Water
1 Tsp of Ghee
1 Tsp of Golden Tumeric Blend by Moondeli
1 Tsp of MCT Oil ( You can use Coconut oil too)
A Pinch of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Juice of a Small Lemon, Plus A Sliver Of The Peel
Bring the water to a boil, all all the ingredients to a ceramic bowl or mug. Pour the boiling water into the mug. Stir, cover, and allow to steep for 1-2 minutes. Add sweetener if needed such as Manuka honey or coconut nectar.
MOOD BALANCING CACAO & COCONUT TRUFFLES
2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cacao Powder by Navitas Organics
1 Tbsp Raw Pistachios
1 Tsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tsp Coconut Oil, Melted
1 Tsp Ashwanganda by Sun Potion
1/2 Tsp Reishi by Sun Potion
A few drops of Vanilla Extract
Soak the dates for up to 30mins, then drain. Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until a paste forms. Add water or extra cacao as needed. Form the paste into small bite-sized balls. Refrigerate for 15-20 mins. Roll your truffles in shredded coconut, hemp seeds or any of your favorite toppings. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful presentation Hannah put together. Her snacks are bound to a success here in the mama community, we all need some motivating now and again to kick our butts into gear. So we can show up healthy, happy and strong! Please take a minute to visit Hannah's instagram feed you will be so inspired to keep up the healthy meals. Her website is currently being revamped but make sure to bookmark it here for recipes to come...
All photos courtesy of Hannah Guthmen