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Recipe: Mommy + Me Pancakes

Recipe: Mommy + Me Pancakes

Serves 2 (if one of those 2 is a little human)


  • 1 whole banana (use ripe to overripe)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp almond flour (hazelnut or coconut flour also work)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp sunflower or coconut oil


  • Mash banana in a medium-sized mixing bowl with a fork
  • Add all the other ingredients, mixing well to create a smooth batter
  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-low heat
  • Drop batter in and cook pancakes on each side until they are golden brown and you don’t see any gooey bits
  • Serve with any or a combo of the following: 100% pure maple syrup, fresh berries, unsweetened applesauce, nut butters, or greek yogurt (use whole milk yogurt if serving to baby!)
  • Eat and enjoy!

*Recipe adapted from All Good Eats

Postpartum Trend: Placentophagy, What’s The Deal??

Postpartum Trend: Placentophagy, What’s The Deal??

Placentophagy, the practice of eating one’s own placenta -- either cooked, encapsulated, or raw, is becoming trendy among certain mommy circles. Health advocates and the media assert that the placenta retains hormones and nutrients that are beneficial to the mother and can aid in postpartum recovery. Some of the proposed benefits include prevention of postpartum depression, reduction of postpartum bleeding, more rapid uterine recovery, increased lactation, enhanced maternal bonding and boosting of the immune system.

So what’s the real deal behind this practice? Is it really the “magic bullet” to solve your postpartum woes? Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. In a recent scientific review in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health, researchers determined that to date, studies that have investigated placenta consumption remain inconclusive. There is very little research on the effects of placentophagy in human populations. Not to mention, consuming one’s own placenta may be potentially dangerous to mother and baby.

One of the main functions of the placenta is to protect the fetus from exposure to toxic substances such as mercury, lead and pathogenic bacteria. Because the placenta isn’t sterile, toxic substances may remain in the placenta post-term. Bottom line: placenta ingestion may be more harmful than helpful, and until there is more scientific evidence to support this practice, your best bet is to steer clear.