DHA Bowls

by HEAB on December 9, 2010

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Before I begin today’s post, I wanted to send out a special thank you to Chocolate Covered Katie for hosting my virtual baby shower and to all of my fellow bloggers & readers who participated. Reading through all of your recipes and kind words made me feel so special and loved. That was truly the best shower I’ve ever been given, and I cannot thank you all enough. The recipes were all amazing (you know me so well!), and I cannot wait to try them. My goal is to showcase one of the recipes each week and do some sort of baby shower recipe series. Thanks again. Love you guys!

Look, we got our Christmas tree up and decorated…

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Summer’s first Christmas – so exciting. :)

I’ve been trying to eat more foods rich in DHA so that Summer gets a good dose of of Omega-3’s from my breast milk, and I’ve been loving on some un-baked casserole bowls lately…

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Inspired by Melissa’s Tarragon Sardine Salad, I finally used up a tin of sardines that has been sitting in our cabinet for a couple of months. First, I drained the sardines and then minced them in the food processor with 1 stalk of celery and some Dijon mustard. I then stirred the sardine mixture together with 1 cup of cooked brown rice and 1 TBSP butter. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any tarragon, but this was still a tasty dish. Thanks Melissa.

The following is my favorite way to get in my Omega-3’s…it’s so good. You must try!

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My bowl contained 1 can of wild Alaskan salmon stirred together with 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1 TBSP butter, 1 TBSP Brewer’s yeast, and pepper. I know it sounds like an odd combo, but I love it! I’ve been eating Brewer’s yeast to try and up milk supply. For the longest time, I thought it was the same as nutritional yeast, but it’s not. According to this website: Brewers yeast is a one-celled fungus, and used in brewing of beer. Brewers yeast is actually a by-product of the brewing process. Nutritional yeast is grown on molasses as a nutritional supplement. Neither are the same types of yeast as you use baking bread for example. Brewers yeast and nutritional yeast are not alive; they are deactivated. Brewers yeast has a more bitter taste than nutritional yeast. Many people say that nutritional yeast has a cheese flavor and like to add it to popcorn and pasta sauces…Brewers yeast has always been a good source of the very important B vitamins and chromium. If your main interest is the chromium, you should choose brewers yeast as a good source of chromium. If your main interest is B vitamins, you could choose either, but it does appear that the nutritional yeast has more of the B vitamins. Both of these yeast’s will give you a good source of non-animal protein.

I’ve read that brewer’s yeast and nutritional yeast can both help increase milk supply in lactating women, but brewer’s yeast seems to be more common. I bought mine from the supplement section at Whole Foods, and I have to say that I really like it. Is that weird? Any brewer’s yeast fans out there, and if so, how do you prefer to eat it?

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