Elliot has arrived! Just one week ago our boy decided it was time to enter the world. Our entire family is just in love with this little bean and it’s as if he’s always been here in our lives! It feels perfect and we feel complete. What also feels perfect and complete? Our breastfeeding relationship is getting off on the right foot, which is such a surprise for us. I was really expecting it to go south real quick. You can read about the issues I had with my first-born here.
Maybe it’s because I prepared for the worst case scenario. I had the number for a local lactation consultant pre-programmed into my phone and had even hired a doula to come check on me in the days following delivery to make sure my latch was looking OK and assess his latch. I also had alerted every health care professional that our child will likely have a tongue and/or lip-tie like our first-born did. I have been making everyone we encounter, including our baby chiropractor, check his little mouth and give us their opinion on the state of his mouth/our latch.
One way I’ve been ensuring things stay on this smooth course has been to keep my supply as high as it can be. Growth spurts are nasty and I’m already preparing for them by building my supply up with proper nutrition. I love my morning smoothie and after I have one I feel like I’ve given my body the best start I can for the day. Here’s my go-to recipe:
Throw all that in the blender until it’s the consistency you like, adding more milk or ice until it’s the way you like it.
I tend to make mine thick like ice cream and it legit tastes like a treat. When I’m craving something sweet, this is also a great alternative to a sugar-laden snack.
Let me know if you try this recipe or if you have something similar to this that helps keep your supply where it needs to be.
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It’s no surprise that I love a good recipe using pumpkins. I love to bake with them and am guilty of at least one Starbucks PSL a season. You’ve been sharing so many amazing pumpkin recipes with the Ladies Collective Linkup, I figured it’s about time I share as many as possible all in one place.
Without further ado, I give you as much pumpkin as you could possible stomach in one sitting:
Pumpkin Spice Squares – Everyday Made Fresh
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing – Everyday Made Fresh
Pumpkin Apple Soup – Ilkas Blog
Pumpkin Donuts – The Gold Lining Girl
Pumpkin Money Bread – Nap Time Creations
Pumpkin Cake Pops – Dizzy, Busy & Hungry
Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Poke Cake – Delightful E Made
Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Creamer – Small Green Kitchen
Pumpkin Pound Cake – Inspiration For Moms
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese Cups – Mom’s Messy Miracles
Pumpkin Cheesecake Whoopie Pies – Dizzy, Busy & Hungry
Coconut Pumpkin Biscotti – Home Cooking Memories
Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread – A Dish of Daily Life
Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip – Whimsy & Hope
Pumpkin Toffee Cookies – Lemons for Lulu
Crockpot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Pumpkin & Chicken Rice – Natural Fit Foodie
Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread – Marty’s Musings
Pumpkin Bread Pudding – Ilkas Blog
Pumpkin Chai Latte – Sunny With A Chance of Sprinkles
Halloween Pumpkin Pies – Inspiration For Moms
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Bars – Delightful E Made
How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds – Kenarry
Pumpkin Hummus – Small Green Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Coconut Smoothie – Frugal Foodie Mama
Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Lemons for Lulu
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – Life Anchored
White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte – Delightful E Made
Carrot Pumpkin Bundt Cake – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Martini – Home Cookie Memories
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole – The Gold Lining Girl
Which recipe are you dying to try? Do you have a favourite pumpkin recipe? Let me know in the comments!
PS: I’ll be sharing on this post on these blogs!
Happy Fall Y’all! Nothing says fall like pumpkin flavoured anything. I say that as I’m sitting in my kitchen with a cup of Pumpkin Chai Tea from David’s Tea, eating my masterpiece pumpkin spice muffins. I’m sure you’re sick of Pumpkin-everything by now but I swear these are worth it.
This summer our friends decided to have a “Things-on-a-Stick” themed party and it was as yummy as you’d expect! I expected a tonne of meats on sticks but was pleasantly surprised to see the most delectable desserts on sticks. My favourite of the night was S’more Pops! They were so classy looking and zero mess. Perfect treat for the kiddies. Without further ado, here’s how it’s done.
1 cup of chocolate chips or chunks of choice
1 heaping spoon full of peanut butter
Large marshmallows (as many as you’d like to make)
5-ish Graham Crackers, crushed
Small pot with about a half inch of water
Heat proof bowl
Crush up the graham crackers on a plate. I like to use the bottom of a glass cup or measuring cup to smoosh them up really fine.
Cram your popsicle sticks (or tooth picks) into the marshmallows without puncturing all the way through.
Slowly heat up your pot of water with your heat proof bowl inside on low heat. This is called a “double boiler”. Prop tip…it works way better than quickly melting it in the microwave because it wont harden as quickly. Add your chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring them together as they melt.
Dip your marshmallow in the chocolate, careful not to melt the ‘mallow! Use a spoon to help smooth the chocolate coating out. Take care to cover the base of the ‘mallow where the stick is stuck in to help keep it on the stick.
Before it dries and hardens, roll the deliciousness in the crushed graham crackers and set up-side-down on a plate to dry and harden. Stick in the fridge to harden even quicker.
Substitutions: Roll in peanuts or shredded coconut to jazz them up a little!
Find this recipe and many other DIYs here.
3 ripe mashed Bananas
2 Scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder of your choice
1/3 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 Cup of Oats (Either whole oats or blended into a powder)
1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Handfull of Dark Chocolate Chips
Mix everything together! Pour into greased muffin tins and back at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if they are done! Stick it in to the centre and if it comes out clean, they are ready! Let them cool and ENJOY! You should get 6 fairly large muffins for on batch.
I added ground Flax and Psyllium Husk but forgot to add more liquid so they turned out a tad too dry but still edible. You can definatly substitute anything for anything just keep the ratio between wet and dry ingredients fairly similar to the recipe.
Let me know how yours turn out!
Welcome to the first ever instalment of Food & Fitness Friday! Eating well and keeping an active lifestyle are key to mental health. No matter what any journal or study will ever say, the benefits of exercise and eating healthy do wonders to your mood. Well, that’s been the case for me, anyway! Since I started to eat clean and eliminate unneeded gluten from my diet, I’ve noticed such a difference. Add in exercise and you’ve got a recipe for a better mood.
So I have been following Blogilates for about a year now and I LOVE Casey Ho and her workout videos. She instagram’d a picture of some banana bread/muffins she made and the recipe was so simple I knew I was going to have to try it out! I tweaked her recipe a bit and added in my own goodies. Here’s the recipe with my tweaks:
2 cups of Large Flake Oats.
1/2 cup of Almond or Soy milk (regular milk is fine too)
2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
a dash of cinnamon
a drop of vanilla extract
a sprinkle of flax seeds
(I didn’t measure the last three… Just added until I was satisfied! Remember less is more. You can always add more to the mixture but you can’t take it away!!)
Mix it all up and put it in either a muffin tin or in a loaf tin. It wont rise so be sure to fill cups or tin accordingly. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Take out and let cool before diving right in there and enjoying that deliciousness!
Comment below or tweet me and let me now what you thought of the recipe! Easy, huh? Instagram me a picture if you want to! I’d love to see it!