Most who have been through childbirth will attest to the fact that it’s nothing like a marathon. More like a relay of marathons; the likes of which you probably had no idea you had to prepare so intensely for. Post-labour, you’ll probably feel more physically spent than you thought possible (testament to how far your body can push itself when the need arises); so it’s vital that you both heal and build up your energy stores again — after all, you’ve got a baby to look after now, too!
What you eat post-birth has a strong effect on how quickly you recover; enjoy this nutrient-boosting smoothie a couple times a week for 3-4 weeks after labour.
You can add your fave fruits to the recipe, but the base ingredients alone will pack a healthy punch: pineapple can help reduce swelling, tenderness and pain; blueberries assist wound healing, lower blood sugars, and may even sharpen memory (bye, baby brain!); cashews helps repair damaged tissue, and bolster the immune system – as does coconut milk; and avocado is both an anti-inflammatory and great source of good fats, essential for cell health and energy sustenance.
- 1 Large handful of cashew nuts
- 1 x Small tin of pineapple- fresh use one large slice
- 1 Cup of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Tin of coconut milk
- 1/2 Tin of water or milk 1 x large teaspoon of active Manuka Honey (optional)
Blitz everything and enjoy!