Joanna Gaines Says This Is the No. 1 Thing All New Mothers Need

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Joanna Gaines Says This Is the No. 1 Thing All New Mothers Need

By Movieguide® Staff

Joanna Gaines, a mother of five, knows a thing or two about the joys and exhaustion that come with parenthood.  

The FIXER UPPER star shares Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 12, Emmie, 11, and Crew, 2 with her husband and co-star Chip Gaines. 

Aside from staying on top of the television series on the Magnolia Network and her other career-related business, Joanna revealed that she maintains her energy with her mother’s seaweed soup.  

“It is Korean custom to make seaweed soup for a new mom after she’s given birth because it’s packed with all kinds of nutrients and a variety of protective antioxidants that are so healthy for the body,” Gaines wrote in Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, references her mother.

Better yet, Joanna shared that her children also love the rejuvenating recipe.  

“Because it has become a staple dish of my mom’s, it is something my kids have grown to love…,” Gaines continued. “The texture of the soup is something you have to get familiar with, but once you do, the rich flavor becomes this experience that is almost impossible to put into words. Just trust me on this one.”

Find the recipe below courtesy of Joanna Gaines: 

Ingredients for Mom’s Seaweed Soup:

1 cup torn wakame

A tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon jarred concentrated beef stock base

1/2 cup chopped green onions

2 cups uncooked sticky rice

Sesame seeds, for garnish

Gaines said that she also tries to model her mother’s parenting with her five children. 

“You know, my mom played with us,” Gaines recalled. “My favorite memories were just her chasing us around the house. She had such a childlike spirit about her that it never felt like she was too busy.”

“So I’d say from a parenting standpoint, she just taught me to just be there with them and kind of let them lead with their imaginations just because kids, they do that best,” she added. “Many times, I just try to think, ‘How did my mom do this?’ She was tired, she worked, we were her first priority.”