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Nourishing Foods for Vegetarian New Mother

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2012 at 6:40 AM

A dear friend of mine is a vegetarian and just had a baby. Our group always makes meals for new mothers, and I try to sneak in organ meat and healthy fat, or at least use grassfed beef when I prepare meals for them. I want to sign up to cook two meals for her, the first is a frittata, but I'm stuck on the second. Is there another (preferably non-egg based, for variety) vegetarian meal that has optimum nutrition for a new mother? They eat eggs and dairy but no seafood or meat.

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on April 20, 2014
at 01:13 PM

Low sugar = honey...?

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Yes, they're all animal products. But the whey's allowed, since the mom eats milk products. Tallow and regular gelatin, though, are made from body parts, which is a no-no. It's possible to get vegetarian gelatin, however.

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:59 PM

They are all animal products. The original poster did stick in animal products as well into her foods. Those Fermented veges might not be bad too, makes soy edible. Use lots of coconuts and avocados too.

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on January 25, 2012
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No tallow, and be careful with the gelatin: tallow is definitely an animal product, and gelatin usually is. Both are therefore verboten on a vegetarian diet as described above.

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I'd stay away from faux chicken...

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Crap! I was gonna say salmon and liver... Suggestions below are great, but don't forget things like sweet potatos, kale and other high nutrition plants.

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76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

on January 25, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Here's a great, and very easy, vegan dahl (Indian lentil soup) recipe: http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/soupschilistews/r/lentildahl.htm. I would double it for a family.

You could make it with this garlic flaxbread: http://www.lowcarbist.com/2009/01/garlic-flax-flatbread/

Failing that, finger foods! New moms, especially if breastfeeding, get hungry fast, and often need to grab a no-cook snack to eat while holding the baby. Veggie trays, cheese sticks, vegetable/cheese fritters. Whether it's raw, or (in this weather), something that's already cooked and ready, anything they can grab and eat will be greatly appreciated!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 25, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Crustless Cheesecake!

I made a low sugar one (used honey) for a post-partum visit to a Primal mama client of mine.

It's filling, easy to eat (even when nursing) and very soothing.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on April 20, 2014
at 01:13 PM

Low sugar = honey...?

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on January 25, 2012
at 07:09 AM

These are more dessert than meal ideas, but I was all about sweet tasting things for a few weeks after I gave birth.

I couldn't get enough custard and pudding.

Lactation Cookies: http://fastpaleo.com/grain-free-lactation-cookies/ (make sure they are good with nuts first). This recipe doesn't have brewer's yeast though, which I always though was the magic ingredient in lactation cookies. I'm always nervous about baking with flax seeds too.

Oven pancake made with eggs, coconut milk or milk, butter, bananas or pumpkin, and rice or coconut flour. Topped with more butter and maple syrup, yum, yum.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 25, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Gelatin, tallow and whey come to mind. I guess it would be too hard to disguise a juicy steak.

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:34 PM

No tallow, and be careful with the gelatin: tallow is definitely an animal product, and gelatin usually is. Both are therefore verboten on a vegetarian diet as described above.

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

(1098)

on January 25, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Yes, they're all animal products. But the whey's allowed, since the mom eats milk products. Tallow and regular gelatin, though, are made from body parts, which is a no-no. It's possible to get vegetarian gelatin, however.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on January 25, 2012
at 02:59 PM

They are all animal products. The original poster did stick in animal products as well into her foods. Those Fermented veges might not be bad too, makes soy edible. Use lots of coconuts and avocados too.

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on January 25, 2012
at 06:49 AM

I would make something with pastured eggs and cream. Maybe make a cream sauce for veggies or something like that... Pastured eggs will have a nice amount of Omega 3.

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:23 PM

I'm also a vegetarian and just had a baby a few months ago. I was not too interested in fat-filled foods after giving birth!

Some things that people made me that I loved: Faux chicken pot pie (just replace the chicken with faux chicken and make sure to use veggie broth if broth is called for), veggie stuffed peppers (consider a southwestern version with beans instead of meat), hearty soups with lots of veggies, lentils and whole grains (love barley!). Peta has a TON of great, easy veg recipes online here: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/recipes/default.aspx

Good luck!

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I'd stay away from faux chicken...

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