I’m in serious nesting mode these days. We’re getting prepared for baby’s arrival in so many ways. I crocheted a sweater, made a mobile, (pictures of both below) and still might eke out a Halloween costume for the little guy.
Most importantly though, we’ve been stocking up on food for labor and afterwards. This will help keep us nourished and healthy so we can really be present for our little one. I made two different kinds of energy bars (recipes here and here) and mixed up two herbal blends to support health and lactation postpartum. My sweetheart made us a rich, nourishing bone broth to use in soups and sauces. We made and froze baked ziti and chili to warm up on those days when we won’t have much energy to cook.
And speaking of energy, I also just whipped up a batch of “zoom balls,” using Rosemary Gladstar’s zoom ball recipe as a rough guide to ratios. I’m calling them “Mama-Power Zoom Balls.” A friend just asked for the recipe, so I figured I’d post it here. These are expressly designed to support mama’s health after birth, a time that is often not honored in our culture. There’s a pretty big focus on the prenatal time and pregnant women get a lot of attention (which I’ve discovered on a personal level over the last few months!). Unfortunately for most parents in the US, the priority is “let’s get that baby out and get back to work.” In this country, partners of the birthing mothers often get no family leave at all and mothers only receive a measly 6 weeks off from work for “medical” reasons. Nowhere in this equation is the vital point that a new human being is being ushered into this world – I’d say this is the most critical and profound time of life. Not to mention these new parents need as much emotional support, rest, and care as they can get at this energy-zapping time. But this is all a much bigger discussion for another time. On to the zoom balls!
Mama-Power Zoom Balls*
(dad’s can enjoy these, too!)
2 cups tahini
1 1/2 cups almond butter
1 cup honey
3 ounces maca root powder
1.5 ounces shatavari root powder
1 oz spirulina
1 oz powdered rose petals
1 oz bee pollen
1/4 to 1/2 cups chocolate chunks (I cut up a good dark chocolate bar)
a pinch of sea salt
powdered cocoa & spices for rolling the finished balls in (I added a tiny touch of cinnamon & cayenne to taste)
*It’s important to use only organic ingredients for the health of mama & baby.
Mix together all wet ingredients. Add in powdered ingredients and bee pollen. Stir well.** Mix in chocolate chunks. Form this mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter. I might have made mine a bit bigger, but the yield should be somewhere around 35 balls or more, depending on the size you make. Then roll the balls in the powdered cocoa & spice mixture. Set them on a tray and chill them in the fridge. Stack ’em up in a storage container separated by parchment or waxed paper and keep them in the fridge. They should keep for months that way, but you’ll probably eat them all up by then!
**I have this amazing stirring tool called a “spurdle” that makes this an easy task. I wish I had the link to the person who sells them, but this is what they look like: http://nancydavebuildhouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/spurdles.html.