I can't take the credit for this simple recipe! I purchased Maca Powder at Trader Joe's the other day and the back of the bag had this awesome recipe on it. Most of the time these recipes aren't GREAT. I check them out and maybe try them with a few substitutions but this one needed NON!
A good friend of mine just gave birth to her second baby girl and once they were home I came to visit with some snacks. Breastfeeding nutrition is very similar to pregnancy nutrition (done right). Your hungry often so smaller meals, packed with healthy fat, fiber and protein to keep you full, is key!
These bars have coconut oil and macadamia nuts in them for GREAT healthy fat and protein! For fiber you have dates and shredded coconut. Fun fact, dates are also great for uterine health. Have you heard about eating 6 dates a day your last month of pregnancy? The reason is the help relax your uterine muscles to dilate faster! I love the blog Mama Naturals she has a great blog about dates for an easier labor. Check it out here. The research that has been done is super interesting and worth the read I swear. I can tell you that I don't need an excuse to eat dates, so I will be on the 36 week date train!
So the recipe is simple. You mix all the ingredients in a food processor, press them into an 8x8 pan and freeze for an hour then store in the fridge!
-1 C Macadamia nuts or cashews
-1 or 2 TBSP Maca powder
-1/2 C Coconut flakes
-1 C Pitted dates
-1TBSP Cocoa powder
-1 TBSP Coconut oil (melted)
-1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
*Once mixed in the food processor if the mixture doesn't stick together well enough add 1 tsp of water at a time until it sticks.
The recipe is that simple! Make sure not to spread the mix too thin or your bars will be flimsy, which mine were. next time I will make a double batch and freeze half. I know I will be making these before our baby girl comes. They are a great one handed breastfeeding snack for sure!
Our garden is over flowing with strawberries right now. I needed to find a recipe to utilize 3 cups of strawberries and something that was great to take with me for a quick snack for the 2 births I have coming up. Being pregnant as a Doula at births is no joke and getting hungry or worn down isn't an option. I knew I needed to make something that was sweet but not too carb heavy and wouldn't spike insulin, leaving me more hungry. Muffins are always great for births. You can eat them quickly, they don't need to be warmed up, they don't smell offensive to moms AND bonus if your mom wants to snack on one while in labor! You know she is getting home made, nutrient dense yumminess!
Paleo recipes are my go to for baking. They are always lower carb, using coconut or almond flour which has more protein and fiber, keeping you more full! They usually also call for a lot of eggs which helps add to their filling nature with protein and keeps your blood sugar level.
I found a chia seed recipe last year and saved it. So simple. I knew at least that part would turn out ok. I found a basic paleo muffin recipe and thought lets swirl these and pray they turn out ok! Sure enough they did. I had a cup of chia jam left over and canned it for later!
Here is the Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe:
-3 cups of strawberries
-2 TBSP Chia seeds- if you want thick jam go for 3
-1 TBSP lemon juice
-1.5 TBSP maple syrup
1. Pulse the washed and trimmed strawberries in a food processor.
2. Add in chia seeds, lemon and maple syrup and hand stir.
3. Set aside for muffins, you can store the leftovers after!
Feel free to make more and store it for later! Last year I had double this!
Chia seeds are a super food. They are protein and fiber so they sure do keep you full. I know this jam will go in yogurt, on all the GF bread with almond butter, pancakes and will top off these muffins while they last!
Now for the muffins!
Paleo Muffin Recipe:
-1/2 C coconut flour
-1/4 C tapioca flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/3 c coconut oil melted or grass-fed butter
-1/4 C maple syrup
-2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375 and line muffin tin with parchment paper cups
2. In a mixer combine coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a separate bowl beat eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
4. In mixer combine the wet mix to the dry. IF the batter seems to dry/thick you can add in 1-2 TBSP milk/milk alternative. I added it for mine.
5. Now this was a bit of trial and error. Fill the cups in this order. 1 TBSP batter (covered the bottom) then 1 TBSP chia jam, THEN another TBSP batter. This should fill the cup a little more then half way. I used a fork to swirl the jam and top batter layer a bit. Some of them I added a bit more batter on the top and think that turned out a bit thicker, which I liked.
6. Bake muffins for 18 min. OR until a tooth pick in the center comes out clean. I think I went more like 20 minutes.
7. ALLOW them to cool for about 10 minutes.
Of course they are best same day but are actually really good the next day cold with some chunky almond butter and a bit more chia jam! The next day I got ANOTHER 3 cups of strawberries from the garden and will be planning another baking session soon.
We just made the typical “expecting parent” move and bought an SUV. To say I’m grateful is an understatement so I want to take care of it as best I can. I am 30 years old and this is the nicest car I have owned, thanks baby! A few days into owning this SUV I realized I needed to figure out the best way to maintain it. We have a very hairy dog and I know this new baby will try hard to destroy the cleanliness I love!
I was at Target buying a mini trash can for said car and grabbed some leather cleaning wipes. First, they aren’t cheap. Second, the chemicals in them scared me. I try my best to limit toxins and chemicals that are hormone disrupting. So, the convenience of those wipes was outweighed by logic. I make a lot of our house hold and hygiene products, so I knew I could find a way to make something cheap and easy at home.
To Pinterest I went. Of course, I am not the first to think of DIY car wipes so there were lots of options. The theme was water, vinegar and dish soap. I decided to make my own mix by swapping out the dish soap for jojoba oil and adding some essential oils! You can use fractionated coconut oil or almond oil instead of the jojoba oil. It's simply what I had in the house. I have leather seats and it makes them nice a shiny but not too oily/greasy.
*Paper towel role
*Glass or metal measuring cup
*Glass or metal Tbsp
*Wide mouth mason jar/lid
A of the recipes called for an old/empty wipes container. I don’t use chemicals in my home, so I don’t have any old or empty wipes container. Instead I used a wide mouth mason jar. When you’re using essential oils, you want to make sure you don’t use plastics anyways. Fun fact oils break down plastics.
I was a bit nervous about cutting the Costco size paper towel roll I had but my bread knife worked just fine. The roll is too big to place in the jar directly, so I simply wrapped the roll around my hand until it was the width of the mason jar. I set that a side to make my cleaning blend.
Cleaning Blend Recipe:
*1 cup water
*1/2 cup vinegar
*2 drops of lemon essential oil
*5 drops Frankincense essential oil
*3 tbsp. jojoba oil
You simply mix all the ingredients into the jar, shake it up and put the paper towel roll into the jar. Shake it up one more time to make sure all the paper towel gets covered, then pull the center paper towel up and Voila’!
Of course, I promptly went out to my week-old car and wiped down the steering wheel. YUCK! The car might look new, but the paper towel told another story. It was black. I chose lemon oil for the smell and frankincense for its immune system benefits. I knew it would disinfect the grimy places in the car for me and baby, while leaving my car smelling yummy!
Hope you enjoy this simple DIY. Leave me a comment on how much you love the wipes or what essential oil blend you used! Spice it up!
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Primal Health Couch. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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