Postnatal Sustenance

Raspberries and blueberries

 

In the postnatal period, you certainly need nourishment, that's a given! Your body and mind have been through a hell of a lot. As such, we include some delicious chocolates and drinking chocolate from Montezuma's in our Postnatal Box for the crazy haze of days and nights that follow childbirth. Flapjacks and brownies are also wonderful ways to keep your energy levels up. Renowned food writer Anna Jones has an extremely tasty vegan recipe for Chocolate and Almond Butter Swirl Brownies in her newly published 2021 book One Pot, Pan, Planet. A version of her recipe is published here, however her new book contains both vegetarian and vegan versions of the recipe. We recommend!

For an ethical letterbox delivery of freshly baked goods to your door, you could certainly do worse than The Exploding Bakery. They sell a delectable array of vegan and gluten free brownies and they also do coffee, all sent promptly through the post! A Kind Mama Vegan Bakery also sells delicious cakes, brownies and baking kits, delivered to your door. We highly recommend!

There are many new businesses now selling freshly made cakes and brownies (or even lactation cookies!) through the post, but it’s important to scrutinise the ethics behind the company. Look for a decent company prioritising sustainability, supporting charitable giving, 1% for the Planet or a B-Corp.

Lastly, if you don't currently get a fruit and veg box delivery, being at home with a baby for long periods of time might be a good time to start! That way you'll receive a steady supply of fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables which are local, usually seasonal and often organic. This will produce a smaller carbon footprint than a lot of supermarket fare. National companies such as Abel and Cole or Riverford are alternatives if you don't have a local supplier. If you’re venturing out then local farmers markets could be a good bet too. We hope you keep well fed - don’t forget to stay hydrated too. Breastfeeding in particular can be thirsty work!