It’s late. Summer just fell asleep, and I plan to do the same as soon as I write this post. So, let’s get started, shall we?
I’ve been loving on some Ana-fied oats lately…
Coconut oats in the waning almond butter jar.
Ana recently shared her favorite method for cooking oats with me, and it’s quickly becoming my favorite method as well. The recipe requires a little more time than regular oatmeal, but it is so worth the extra effort. Simply soak 1/2 cup rolled oats with 1/4 cup oat bran in 1 1/2 cups water for 15 to 20 minutes. You could soak them while getting ready or working out, etc. Then, bring the oats to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until most of the water is absorbed. Then add 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used HEABified coconut milk) and cook until oats reach desired consistency. Mmmm, creamy dreamy oats. The texture is kind of like rice pudding – I love it! Thanks Ana.
I’ve also been loving on these cookies…
Milkeez Cookies. Easy Nutrition for Nursing Moms.
A while back, Abby sent me the link to this article regarding lactogenic, or milk producing cookies (Thanks Abby!). I immediately contacted Making Thyme Kitchen where the cookies are made, and owner Karen Bryan agreed to send me some. The cookies contain various ingredients that are thought to increase milk supply like fenugreek, thick rolled oats, flaxseed, black strap molasses, and brewer’s yeast. There are three different flavors: Molasses Chocolate, Chocolate Chocolate, and Chocolate & Cherry. I inquired about the cookies before giving up chocolate, and when they arrived decided to try one with hopes that the chocolate in the cookie would not upset Summer’s stomach. She was totally fine, and I’ve been eating these as middle-of-the-night snacks ever since. They’re so tasty, and at about 240 calories per cookie, I know I’m getting the extra calorie boost I need for breastfeeding. So far, my favorite flavor has been the chocolate chocolate…of course, that’s probably because I’ve been without chocolate for over a month! I’m not going to dive into my Baker’s chocolate stash just yet, but I think a few chocolate chips every now and then are okay. Anyway, the cookies are delicious – they’re thick and dense, yet chewy, and they would make a wonderful gift for any nursing mama out there. You can order them online here and here…and they’re not just for breastfeeding women either. CD ate a few, and no, he did not start lactating.
OK, I really need to get to bed, but real quick…
My good friend Catherine has recreated the amazing Marathon Burger from local Nashville restaurant, Burger Up. Anyone that has ordered this delicious vegan black bean quinoa burger can attest to the deliciousness, and so of course, I had to share Catherine’s recipe with all of you. Make it now!
Also, some of you may have heard about Joanne from The Simple Wife. She is a 38-year old blogger with two young children, and on January 11 she suffered a major stroke. Her friends have taken over her blog to keep it up and running and to post info. on how Joanne is doing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you!