As the season cools in the northern hemisphere, it is time for hot drinks!
It is recommended that new mothers drink nothing cooler than room temperature for at least for first 40 days after giving birth. It takes a lot of energy to heat up what we eat and drink, and funneling that energy to making breastmilk and healing your tissues after birth is the prime directive!
Horchata is a beverage common in Mexico and Guatemala made from rice. It is dairy-free, warm, creamy, and comforting!
It not only tastes good, it brings the elements of earth, fire, and water into mama's body, helping her heal and feel stable in body, mind, and spirit. Sweetness & grain are grounding (earth). Warmth, nutmeg & cinnamon rekindle weakened digestion (fire). Warm water and ghee hydrate and lubricate the digestive tract (water).
This recipe is slightly altered from one in a wonderful cookbook for new mothers called Mama's Menu: Ayurvedic Recipes for Postpartum Healing.
handmade mug by the fabulous @krisbenyopottery
3 c hot water
1 c cooked basmati rice
2 T coconut sugar
1 T molasses
1 t cinnamon
1 T ghee
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 c chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend on high for 2 minutes.
Strain and serve warm.
Keep leftovers in the fridge, but heat before drinking!