Unfortunately, adjusting to life as a parent can be overwhelming, leaving little to no time to cook healthy meals. Thankfully, there's a new company dedicated to supporting moms and moms-to-be on their nutrition goals through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): Chiyo.
Founded by Irene Liu and Jennifer Jolorte, the idea behind Chiyo was born in Liu's mom's kitchen when Liu witnessed her mother sending her aunt TCM postpartum meals in the summer of 2020. "And then I went down a rabbit hole and looked at what all these other countries were doing, and I was like "oh, all these other Asian cultures have converged on a very similar way of care that's rooted in food—why is there nothing like this in the US, at least at a large scale and accessible?" says Liu. Soon after, she connected with Jolorte, who has a background in the birthing space, and Chiyo was born.
The company offers five-day meal programs—which include nutritious snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for people in the fertility, prenatal (months one through three of pregnancy), and postpartum periods. Chiyo also offers a full, six-week program to assist and support mothers in the first 40 days after giving birth. These programs are meant for one person, but Jolorte says there's an add-on option for families at a discounted rate of $45. (Prices vary depending on plan, but start at $144 per week.)
While meals vary on a week-to-week basis, one day worth of meals can look like this, per Chiyo:
- Morning: Herbal morning tonic
- Breakfast: Ube buckwheat waffles and berry compote
- Lunch: Miso mushroom herbed quinoa risotto
- Post-lunch: Herbal broth
- Dinner: Rainbow noodles with lemon harissa dressing and salmon
- Snack: Peanut butter squares
Read more: https://www.wellandgood.com/about-chiyo/