I have spent quite a bit of time trying to make lactation cookies that weren't just oatmeal cookies with brewer's yeast...
Most of the recipes I found on line were full of sugar but didn't have much in them that were actually good for you..
So after much searching.. I came up with a lactation cookie of my own and to my surprise they were AMAZING! Not too sweet and have almost a buttery taste!
So here is the recipe!!
3/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup Flaxseed
3/4 Cup Sugar (or 1/2 Cup Honey)
2 Tsp Black Strap Molasses
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Organic Self Rising Wheat Flour (Biodynamic if you can find it)
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Ground Fenugreek (buy it here)
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
3 Cups Gluten Free Oats (The gluten free part is important! If they are gluten free many people have found that they get better results from gluten free oats rather than regular)
2-3 Tbsp Brewers Yeast
1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- Prehead oven to 350
- Put coconut oil, Sugar, Flaxseed, Eggs, Spices, Molasses, Baking Soda, and Vanilla in standing mixer and mix until somewhat thick.
- SLOWLY add in 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup of oats at a time.
- Mix until good cookie dough consistency.
- Using a cookie scoop, place cookie dough on cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12 minutes
Enjoy with a cup of Mrs Patel's Tea!!
For moms who have take a lot of time to plan their natural birth and then find out they need to have a cesarean due to complications or unforeseen circumstances, a cesarean can be devastating to the mother. Some moms are told they need a cesarean due to a baby who won't turn or something medically going on with mom. This can be especially devastating to the mothers who have done lots of research surrounding natural birth. Some women have said they felt as if their child wasn't born, but ripped from them. The process of labor & the birthing of a child is a defining moment in a woman's life and she will think about it often.
Now I'm not knocking the mamas who have opted for medicated births at all, and if you had a cesarean & wouldn't change it-- there is nothing wrong with that! If you chose to have a medicated birth, then that was your game plan! But to some women, a natural, unmediated birth is very very important.
I happened to be one of those women that was adamant about birthing my child naturally, I had every homeopathic, essential oil, and other things in my birth bag to make sure that I could have a natural birth.... but I also knew and understood that sometimes a cesarean is needed and modern medicine needs to intervene. I wasn't looking forward to this, so I began researching how to make a cesarean feel more natural for the mother. I couldn't imagine going through what some of my friends went through and not being able to hold my baby but just be able to kiss him. I had one friend that just had a nurse hold the baby up and that was all.
For those of you who are set on a natural birth & have your birth plan all wrote out, I would like you to take a moment and think about how you would emotionally handle needing to have a cesarean...
Have you imagined it? How did you feel? Sad? Stressed? Devastated?
Well I am here to tell you about a growing trend around the United States called a Gentle-Cesarean.
*Even with a Gentle-Cesarean you can have a tough time emotionally. I recommend having a doula or someone with you to help support you emotionally-- BESIDES your husband!
What is a Gentle-Cesarean?
A Gentle-Cesarean is a way to have a cesarean birth, but to have it have a more relaxed and natural feel to it.
I know what you're thinking... How can a cesarean have a natural feel?
When women request a Gentle-Cesarean, as long as there are no complications, they can often receive the following:
How can I get this Gentle-Cesarean??
First and foremost, please talk to your doctor at one of your prenatal appointments. Some doctors are open to this, on the other hand some doctors have never performed one so they might need a list of what you want... Here are somethings you can add to your birth plan & talk to your doctor about:
Be sure to add the items listed above to your birth plan if this is something you would like to have in the event of a cesarean!
Now you might be wondering why you want a vaginal swab .....
When a baby goes through the birth canal during a vaginal birth, he or she is exposed to a plethora of microbes in baby’s mouth and on the skin. These bacteria help build a healthy microbiome for your baby, which could reduce his or her risk of inflammatory illnesses. After the cesarean, your doctor can take a vaginal swab and rub it on the baby's face and skin, or you can rub the swab on your nipples allowing the baby to take in the microbiome during breastfeeding.
No matter what, birth is your expierence. Many women want different things! Somethings are more important to some moms than others! Whatever your preferences are, at the end of the day you became a mom! One of the best gifts and roles you could ever have
My husband takes a lunch to work almost everyday! I do my best to send him with healthy and nutrious foods but when he packs his own lunch he ends up taking granola bars and tuna fish!
Tonight I threw something together for him & we ended up eating half of the pan! It is simply wonderful & paleo!!
So without wasting time-- here is the recipe:
1 Cup Brussels Sprouts, sliced
2Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Onion, Chopped
1 Tsp Healthy By Choice All purpose seasoning, buy here
2 Chicken Breasts, chopped
1 Cup of barley
1 Can of Organic Coconut Milk
- First cook your chicken on the grill-- & then chop it
- Next heat oil in a large pan along with the onions
- Once onions are translucent, add Brussels & seasoning
- Sautee until the Brussels change to a brighter green color
- Add in barley & chicken
- Sautee a few more minutes
- Add coconut milk and mix well
- Let cook for a few more minutes until no longer soupy
~~Enjoy with a dash of sea salt & cracked pepper!
During my pregnancy & in the first couple of days after my son was born, I was terrified of something going wrong to where he would need antibiotics. I did everything in my power to be healthy during my pregnancy, even though I was sick most of the time. I ate fermented foods daily and took probiotic supplements to help my gut and to help his.
Since my son was born earlier than expected, when I reached the hospital to give birth, the OB on staff wanted me to have an antibiotic since they hadn't gotten my group strep B testing back yet. I declined. I had no idea declining would be such an issue with the nurses. While I sat on a birthing ball in a shower, moaning and trying to concentrate through my contractions, I constantly had a nurse bugging me about declining the antibiotic. "It is unsafe for the baby" was the most common sentence used.
A tactic that I found many people using in the hospital.
As I continued to decline, my husband, said to a nurse "She isn't going to take it, so I would like you guys to come up with a solution and just leave her alone. She doesn't need you pestering her." 10 minutes later a nurse came in and told me if I wasn't going to get the antibiotic then I would need to have a blood culture done on my son.
I remember laughing. They were going to do blood work on him when he was born anyways. So we nodded and they left the room.
10 minutes before I started pushing, my OB said she called the lab and got the results of my strep B-- I was negative... therefore the antibiotics would have been unnecessary.
My son was born a healthy, 6 pounds and 5 ounces. We declined the hepatitis vaccine, there was no reason for it & even the pediatrician agreed (I was a little shocked) since my husband and I both are not carriers. We declined circumcision because we feel it is his body and his decision.
When my son was a week old he began getting an ounce of my breast milk with a probiotic.
"Why?? Since he didn't have any antibiotics why would you give him a probiotic?" I heard my grandmother say over the phone.
I began to explain gut health to my grandmother in the easiest way possible,
"So your gut lining holds about 75% of your immune system. In that gut lining are probiotics, friendly bacteria, that live and keep us healthy. The friendly bacteria stops bad bacteria from wreaking havoc on our systems. This day in age, even if we haven't been on antibiotics, we don't get a lot of friendly bacteria in our everyday diet. Breast milk contains probiotics, but I want my son to have a leg up in this world. The more probiotics you have, the less chance that you are going to get sick. Plain and simple."
My grandmother laughed on the other end of the telephone and relayed what I had to say to my grandfather. My grandpa laughed and started to tell me about sailors taking cabbage and turning it into sauerkraut on ships. Since fermented foods usually contain high amounts of Vitamin C it protected them from scurvy and kept them healthy.
Here is another reason:
I don't want to be afraid of taking my child out in public! The world is full of germs, viruses, and bacteria that is gonna get my baby! I'm not afraid of any of those things at all! I want to build his immune system and if that means he gets sick every now and then, well that is okay by me! BUT he will always take a probiotic!
Oh and one more reason!!
Sometimes babies don't poop everyday! Many people will tell you this is normal and fine-- I disagree and always will!
If you know anything about the toxic stress cycle-- you will know that all illness and disease begins in the gut & digestive system. If your bowels stop moving, it is a warning that unpleasant things are to come! Probiotics will help keep a baby regular! (Also if your baby is still not pooping with a probiotic daily & you're breast feeding-- you need to reevaluate your diet! Maybe take a probiotic yourself!)
Repeat after me!!
The more probiotics in my gut the less chances I have to get sick!
Plain and simple folks! Take a probiotic, eat fermented foods! Our ancestors knew it was good for us! So sip that kefir, take your probiotic 11, eat a sausage with homemade sauerkraut! You'll feel better, poop better, and get sick less often!
Also-- click here to learn more about fermented foods and their benefits!
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.