We want to deepen and widen your existing pantry for this specific phase in a families life. Sorry to get all task driven on you but as you know PPN doesn't provide every single ingredient, so it's time to audit your kitchen.
There is a good chance you have many of these already in your kitchen but it's a good idea to double check and make note of what you are out of OR low on. ;) Many of these things won't go bad and will last you well beyond your postpartum. Please try and remember that food is medicine and this is an investment in your health.
If you are curious about why an item might be worthy, many are listed in the Powerhouse section in the table of contents.
This list is geared towards OVERALL PANTRY PREP as well as completing the suggested recipes at 32 weeks. But since we are covering a long length of time (roughly14 weeks from 32 weeks pregnant through 6 weeks postpartum), you'll need to look at the individual DoorStep Delivery entries (see table of contents) and have some one keep an eye on the levels. Its worth repeating that if you dive deep into other recipes and make them, you'll go through pantry items faster and may need to purchase elsewhere again.
Items with [ x ] mean these are already included in your upcoming PPN deliveries. Items with [ ] mean they will be need to be audited in your pantry and if out, purchased for recipes. This whole list should be considered but the bold items are especially important. Items in italics are more for funsies and if you have easy access - not necessary
SEEDS, NUTS, SWEETENERS
[ x ] Blackstrap Molasses
[ x ] Pure Maple Syrup
[ x ] Honey
[ x ] Dates, Medjool
[ x ] Chia Seeds
[ x ] Hemp Seeds
[ ] Nut Butter
[ ] Mixed Nuts
[ ] Cashew, raw
[ ] Almond, raw
[ ] Walnut, raw
SALTS, SPRINKLES, OILS (FATS)
[ x ] Grass Fed Ghee
[ ] Butter, Organic, Grass Fed (cultured is great)
[ ] Sesame Oil This warming oil is a friend to most postpartum people. We will use lots of this tasty oil both in our food and on the body.
[ ] Coconut Oil, unrefined
[ ] Kosher Salt & Himalayan Salt
[ ] Nutritious Yeast
[ ] Pure vanilla extract
[ x ] Cacao powder
[ ] Full fat coconut milk, cans
[ ] Goji Berry
[ ] Ground Flax
[ ] Jaggery
[ ] Dried medicinal mushrooms ( shiitake, reishi, maitake)
[ ] Mustard Seed
CANNED + JARS + PANTRY
[ ] Regular Soup Broths (
[ ] Apple Cider Vinegar
[ ] Coconut Aminos /Liquid Aminos/ Tamari
[ ] Tuna
[ ] Salmon Roe
[ ] Sardines
GRAINS + LUGUMES + SUCH
[ x ] Basmati Rice, white
[ x ] Quinoa, 2lbs
[ x ] Steel Cut Oats, 2lbs
[ x ] Rolled Oats, 2lbs
[ x ] Split Mung beans (ample)
[ ] Split Lentils
[ ] Black Beans, dried
PRODUCE (this will vary each week but a regular supply of the following)
[ ] Fresh Ginger
[ ] Garlic
[ x ] Sweet Potato
[ x ] Beets
[ ] Rice (wide) noodles
[ ] Onions, yellow & shallot
[ x ] Carrots
REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER
[ x ] Bone Broth
[ ] Pastured organic eggs , 1 dozen
[ x ] Organic pastured chicken, thighs or ground chicken, 1 lb
[ x ] 100 % grass fed beef or bison (ground)
[ x ] Pepita Mylk
[ ] Milks (cow, oat, coconut, almond (choose your preferred))
[ ] Chicken heads and feet (if you are making additional broths)
[ ] Mixed Berries, Frozen
[ ] Filo Dough
[ ] Chicken Liver,
General Shelf Stable or Freezer Stable Foods:
[ ] Apple Cider Vinegar: This is used here and there. A nice switchel recipe to a fortifying heartburn helper, ACV with the mother is the way to go. Ideally Organic Braggs but just make sure there is a cloudy, ghostly little mother lingering in the bottle.
Coconut Cream/Milk (canned)
Regular Soup Broths: While the bone broth will be delivered to your door, standard soup broths are great to keep stocked up on. Ideally, organic we always have a few chicken stock, beef stock and veggie stock to use in place of water when a grain needs extra flavor, or a soup needs flavorful warming.
Chicken Livers: There are some recipes that might be for the more adventurous or open minded. Organ meat is tremendous for you especially when we are in the blood building stage.
Sardines - these are in exactly ZERO recipes but if you inclined to eat these little fish, stock up as they are good for you!
Canned Tuna: Same reasons as above, be sure to get line caught quality albacore
Goji Berry: Don't stress if you don't have these little gems. They are great in infusions, nutrient dense, and tasty. Gr
Salmon Roe: Consider it, please? Yes, this feel fancy and luxurious but the little pops of flavor are jam-packed with good for you stuff. Used sparingly, a little can go a long way.
Nori Seaweed: Same reason as Chicken Livers
Fillo Dough: I mean, you are welcome to scratch make this.....but I don't bake, nor do I have time to learn so this is one of the very few 'short-cut' type item that I recommend. While it is technically processed, keep the ingredient list as short as possible. The Fillo Factory makes an organic fillo that can be found around. If not organic, don't overthink this one too much, we use it sparingly. The Bison HandPies aren't to be missed! There is also a Buckwheat Fillo that is gluten free.
Dark Chocolate Chips
Cacao Powder: This is not cocoa powder, it's her more bitter and more nutritions mother. Cacao medicine is powerful and a major asset in the flavor department once you know how to use it.
Mixed Berries (frozen): Of course, if we are in season and have access, fresh is BEST! However, it's not a bad idea to get a back up in your freezer. An easy one to get its the Good + Gather mixed berry at Target. Trader Joes also has some nice offering too. Essentially, we are looking for organic raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry mix.
Nut Mylks: This is not a dairy free program but a few things factor in when choosing a nut milk over cow milk. Cow milk is complex on the digestion, many people react to it and there is a small chance that baby could react as well (happened to me!). Dairy doesn't play well with other foods. In Ayurveda, dairy is often treated as medicinal food but not mixed with much else other than some spices. Cow milk and banana is a no go, cow milk and eggs are also a no go as they are very different foods that often 'lock' up the digestion when we are trying to gently reignite.
While we will be providing some produce, the nature of a seasonal, local item can be precarious. Some items just aren't grown here or are very limited (i.e. avocado, citrus, banana) but are vital in the repletion.
Yes, this requires a whole other section. That's how important taking a look at your spice cabinet is in postpartum. Long ago I wrote, Six Everyday Spices for the Postpartum and it's one of most popular shares.
SOME TODDLER MOM REALNESS HERE:
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