"Spirulina helps me poop": Raising my babies on a decolonizing diet inspired by Queen Afua


I am teaching Eva Luna some Queen Afua inspired nutrition for her womb-health now. She is 14 months old.

I tell her every morning that kale is the food of the goddess. I tell her that I try to decolonize my womb with raw green smoothies. She doesn’t know what I mean, but she will soon.

I am hoping that she will appreciate the Afrowomanist healing knowledge I give her. Similarly to when Sun was a baby (he is 3 now), I make herbal teas while holding her.  I tell her how gifts like nettles help make breastmilk that is nutrient rich for her and is high in calcium and great for her skin and hair health.

The other day, we bought vegan organic ice cream scoop in San Francisco. After a few tiny spoonfuls, Sun decided to stop eating it. He said, “Mama, I don’t want anymore. I don’t want my teeth to get boo boos (what we call cavities) and fall out.” He then ran away to play at the slide on the playground. I always tell him that if it’s sweet, there is usually sugar in it and we have to be careful not to eat too much ‘sweet’ ( even fruit sweetened things) because it gives us “boo boos” in our teeth. This morning, Sun had his apples and spirulina and my homemade banana hempseed oat bars. He said, “Spirulina helps me poop!”

Eva Luna is drinking a green smoothie made from 3-4 big leaves of dino kale, 1.5 tsp of spirulina, 1 tsp of chlorella, 1 avocado, 1 .5 tsp of maca powder, 1.5 sq inch of fresh ginger, 1-2 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 pitted date in about 30 oz of water. I drank most of it, but she drinks about 4 or 5 oz. It is imperative that you add ginger and apple cider vinegar for digestion of raw kale. A lot of people can’t handle the raw kale without a digestive aid.

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