Postpartum Recovery Placenta Smoothie Recipe
Yep. You read that right.
Let's talk placentas!!!
There’s been something intensely gratifying about consuming the placenta that nourished and sustained our little water baby as he grew in my womb.
After our deeply primal, out of this world, water birth here in the living room of our Tokyo home, saving the placenta Nile and I shared felt like a no brainer. Using it to replenish and heal my body after bringing him earthside has almost felt ceremonious — like I’m acknowledging and honoring, quite literally, our physical connection, but also our spiritual one, and the profound respect I have for my body, and the powerful organ that delivered nutrients and oxygen to Nile until the moment he took his first breath.
There are articles all over the internet to support the idea that placental consumption is healthy, and a great idea for new mamas, especially those who are embarking on a breastfeeding journey.
A quick Google search and boom!
“…Can prevent postpartum depression; reduce postpartum bleeding; improve mood, energy and milk supply; and provide important micronutrients, such as iron…”
And of course, there are just as many Google hits explaining the contrary.
So what’s what? Who really knows lol but I can tell you, I’ve felt more whole, balanced, energized, and full when I've started the day with my placenta smoothie.
I tried a few recipes and landed on a favorite!
Details are below — and for those wondering — NOPE, can’t taste the placenta at all. :-)
1 frozen Banana
.5 cup of frozen organic blueberries
.5 cup of frozen organic straberries or raspberries
1 handful of fresh spinach
1 heaping teaspoon natural peanut butter
4 dried and pitted dates
1 cup water
1 cup almond milk
3 or 4 frozen cubed chunks of your placenta! (Cut into pieces that are about an inch across and stored in the freezer ahead of time)
Let me know if you're thinking about keeping your placenta on your next go around, or if you've kept it in the past! I'd love to hear what your plans are! And if you try this recipe, let me know what you think and how you feel!
All the love to you and your little babe on this incredible journey!