Strawberry Cream Pie is one of my favourite indulgent desserts. I'm lactose intolerant, so I avoid dairy where possible, but this recipe is so creamy you wouldn't know it was dairy free. It also has the advantage of being raw, vegan, gluten free and so quick and easy to make. I have converted this recipe for my thermomix but any good blender or food processor will do. Let me know what you think
100g raw almonds
20g raw walnuts
30g dried, shredded coconut
1tsp coconut oil
300g fresh strawberries - washed and hulled
120g raw unsalted cashews
40g vanilla extract
50g raw honey
1 pinch salt
190g melted coconut oil
Mill crust ingredients in thermomix 10 seconds, speed 8
Press firmly into the bottom of a pie plate, slightly building up the sides
Place in fridge while making filling
Without washing your thermomix, place all filling ingredients in and blend on speed 7, 37 degrees (to keep oil melted) for 1 minute. You may need to scrape down the sides half way through to make sure the filling is smooth and creamy.
Pour the filling on top of the crust and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until set.
Serve straight from the fridge.
Every person's reasons for choosing to encapsulate their placenta are different.
It might be that they've heard about it from a friend or in the media and think it sounds like something they're happy to try.
Perhaps they suffered from Postnatal Depression after their last pregnancy and are willing to try everything to avoid a repeat experience.
Some women wish to honour the placenta and complete a full circle journey.
Whatever the reason, they are all equally valid and unique, just as your placenta is.
One of my clients, Kirsty, talks about her reasons and what she experienced from taking her placenta capsules.
I had my first baby in a rural hospital, so I didn’t get to keep my placenta, it wasn’t even an option (or so I thought), and within days of delivery I was slipping into post natal depression. For my second, and last, baby I knew I had this opportunity. The idea of having another placenta literally thrown in the bin was heart breaking for me, and PND is the darkest place I’ve ever been, I would do anything to not experience that again. I can’t say that my capsules alone stopped post natal depression this time, but it helped me form a bond with my midwives who helped me basically smuggle my placenta out of the hospital in a bucket, it made me feel strong, proud, and powerful to be able to bring it home and decide what happened with the parts of mine and my baby’s body. It made me feel like a strong mama bear, using what my body had given me to aid my recovery.
My approach to birth-planning with clients draws inspiration from different areas. One of them is goal-planning. Setting goals can be fun, exciting and also stretch you to consider different areas of your birth you might not have previously thought of.
Through my Clarity Sessions, you (and your partner) get up to four hours of one-to-one time with me. What do we go through:
1. Your previous pregnancies and births. Let's see what worked for you and what didn't.
2. The power of emotion - how do you want to feel during your labour, birth and immediate postnatal period?
3. Defining your biggest, juiciest goals.
WARNING: you might be surprised that these are different to what you originally believed.
4. A reality check - are your current actions in-line with your goals and circumstances?
5. Action steps - finally we will nut out specific actions you can start taking straight away and make achieving your goals one step closer.
How do you make your birth-plan unique to your circumstances, powerful yet flexible?
In this infographic I share 5 tips to help you to develop a fabulous, meaningful birth plan. If you'd like to delve deeper with me and get crystal clear on what you want from you birth, book in a Clarity Session asap.
Which of these 5 tips most INSPIRES you?
Let me know in the comments below.
Elemental Beginnings will be at BBB Parenting Fair
As a doula, Kelly from Elemental Beginnings is a specialist in supporting and coaching parents through pregnancy, birth and that adjustment phase with your new little one.
Just like a personal trainer helping you and your partner to achieve your optimum birth experience and parenting goals.
Whether you want private birth education, continuous support to cope with the physical and emotional intensity of labour or an extra pair of hands to help with your baby, Kelly is there for you.
Come see me at the Belly Baby Beyond Fair - Plant 4, Bowden, Adelaide
Sunday 10th February, 10am - 3pm
I'm taking bookings for free half-hour birth planning sessions or just stop by if you'd like to ask a Doula some questions about optimising your birth. I'd love to see you.
I'll also have a few little goodies for sale - postnatal lift balm, cord ties and bath soak herbs
As a little extra bonus - anyone who books my placenta or doula services on the day will get a 5% discount xx
This is such an easy and healthy meal to make. It would also be a nice meal to drop off to a family with a new baby so they don't have to worry about cooking for the night. It easily fed our family of 5 and could be bulked up with more veggies to go even further. The best bit is, that it is all prepared and ready to eat in under half an hour and tastes delicous!
Go Go Chicken
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 chilli, finely diced (remove the seeds if you don't like it hot)
2 large chicken breasts, bite size pieces
1 zucchini, quartered lengthways and sliced
1 cup frozen baby peas
1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
handful fresh parsley or coriander
small handful almonds
cooked rice or couscous to serve
* Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion, carrot and chilli until soft and golden
* Add chicken and brown
* While chicken is browning, roughly chop parsley/coriander and almonds together and set aside
* Add zucchini and peas, stirring until chicken is cooked through
* Add mango, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste and heat for 1 minute. The mango and lemon juice should coat everything in a nice sauce.
Serve the chicken on top of the rice/couscous, sprinkled with the herbs and almonds.
-You could also add a stick of chopped celery and a diced red capsicum.
-I think this meal would freeze well so you could make it while pregnant as part of your babymoon preparations!
- The chicken and vegetables could be served without the rice/couscous if you have a small family.
And yes, I really must start taking photos for these recipes hey!
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