Grab-n-go Snacks For On The Go

Everyone is busy these days and it can be hard to find healthy options when you’re on the go. It’s been a struggle but I’ve found some healthy alternatives that I love to make and they’re filling too!!

Fruit and yogurt parfaits

  • Yogurt of your choice (I like Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurt but choose whichever you like best)
  • Fruit of your choice (my favorite combo is bananas, strawberries and blueberries)
  • Honey
  • Granola (my favorite is Mason St. Bakehouse granola or you can make your own)
  • I layer the yogurt then fruit add a little honey and granola on top then continue to layer as much or as little as you want. The best part is you can change your toppings to fit your mood!

 

Overnight Oats

I like overnight oats because it’s easy to make ahead and it’s great for breastfeeding mothers. Plus it takes great too!

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill is my go to)
  • 1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I like almond milk)
  • Fruit or nut topping of your choice

This is another recipe where you can be creative and put whatever toppings and fruit you like in it. Below is a great chart to help get you started from the producemom.com:

I love to add just the basics: bananas, peanut butter and honey is my usual overnight oat of choice mix.

Hope these recipes help you make some good choices for future snacking!

 

Time Oat: Overnight Oatmeal is the Best Thing You’ve Never Had

Before I was pregnant I had never tried overnight oatmeal. The thought of cold oatmeal in the morning didn’t really sound appealing but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

When I was breastfeeding with my first baby, I had a hard time producing milk in the beginning, so I looked up ways to increase my production. Hence the previous posts on lactation cookies. I also discovered oatmeal was a great source of iron and perfect for breastfeeding moms and women in general.

The best part is that it’s easy to make. You can make batches ahead of time (I like to store them in mason jars in the refrigerator) and it’s a great way to get a healthy breakfast in when you’re a new and/or busy mom.

Below are some recipes that I’ve tried and loved but feel free to put any toppings you choose once you have the base.

Overnight Oats

    1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I’m not a big milk drinker so I use Silk Almond Milk)
  • –Refrigerate in a jar and the next day add your toppings
  • –Topping suggestions:
    • Banana, peanut butter or other nut butter and honey
      Apple, chia seeds or flax seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg
      Nutella and banana
      Berries, yogurt, nuts and honey
  • Skies the limit with this simple yet filling recipe. Give it a try and add anything healthy you like! It’s perfect for morning, noon or night!
  • Things I loved about 2017

    🎶 These are a few of my favorite things…🎶

    2017 was a year full of life lessons: being a mom is hard, being a wife is harder, and no matter what happens and what obstacles come my way, I still love to shop 💕

    This past year was a weird one for most of us but there is always a silver lining. Here’s what made my year a little more bearable:

    1. Things that make a new Mom’s life easier: pouches– I LOVE the organic baby food pouches that are available these days. They’re convenient, easy for baby to use on his own as he gets older and a good way to get those veggies in before and even after they get teeth. Some faves are Plum Organic, Gerber and Happy Baby. Teething snacks– my faves are Happy Baby teething wafers. They come in different flavors such as sweet potato and banana and my son loves them! Perfect for on the go. Pack and play– I probably don’t use it the way it’s intended but it’s helpful all the same. My son doesn’t sleep in it but he does sit and play and watch tv in it. And it’s perfect if I’m by myself and need to take a shower or I need him to stay put for a minute. I have the Graco Pack n Play playard with newborn napper station. You just take out the newborn top station and leave it open for him as a toddler. Throw in some toys and books and it’s perfect. Last but certainly not least, the thing that makes my life easier by far is my mom. Without her, being a mom would be far more challenging and not as fun. 2017 helped me realize that you need to appreciate those that are there for you no matter what because the years don’t mean much without the support of those who love you.

    2. Online shopping: did I mention I love to shop. Whether it was Christmas gifts, baby items or clothes and shoes for moi, the internet was my best friend this year. The downside is that the post office and UPS were also my go -to when the online orders didn’t pan out and I had to return items. Still beats the mall though! Some of my favorites: SheIn, Amazon , Target, and Etsy just to name a few.

    2. Selling clothes and accessories online: random, I know, but I’m so the opposite of a hoarder. So when I realized there were some things I would never fit again post pregnancy and wouldn’t even try, as well as things I just didn’t know why I still had lying around, I decided to try the online selling route. And you know what, Poshmark is everything you think it is and more. I HIGHLY recommend them if you have some old and even some new things collecting dust. Poshmark takes care of the shipping and the fee is minimal. You can’t beat it.

    3. My family: and no this list is not in order of importance! Of course I love them, but this year I really valued them more than ever. Having your own family makes you appreciate the one you have and all the sacrifices they make for each other over the years. I’m lucky and thankful for my friends, family and in-laws. No matter their flaws or annoyances, they’re family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I reflect over 2017 I realized how I never would have made it without them.

    4. The DIY era we live in: Everywhere you turn there is a how to or DIY video to show you how to do something and I love it! What’s not to love about making something yourself and for cheap? This year I made a lemon sugar scrub as part of a gift for my mom and sister. It was so simple and I already had the ingredients in my kitchen. It was a win win! Recipe below 👇🏽

    Sugar Scrub recipe:

    2 cups sugar

    1 cup coconut oil

    A few drops of essential oil of your choice (grapefruit, lemon, lavender)

    Mix together and put into airtight jar of your choice like a mason jar

    I hope the new year brings new and positive things your way and that we all learn from the year before to improve, grow and be better.

    Happy New Year!!

    XOXO

    Healthy snacks for the breastfeeding and the non-breastfeeding 

    It may seem weird that I’m posting about breastfeeding tips as my little one is almost one and pretty much weaning himself off of breastfeeding, but it’s never too late, right? Plus some of these recipes can carry me over even when I’m done nursing and wanting a healthy snack. 

    I find myself needing these tips because the more he eats regular food, the less milk I seem to be producing. He mostly nurses at nap time and at night but I still have to pump for when my mom watches him. And maybe it’s my stress about pumping and nursing that’s slowing my flow but I find these tips really help and felt the need to pass it along. 

    I’m starting to work out more and gearing up to go back to part time work, so as I said before some of these are perfect healthy snacks for anyone.

    Lactation Smoothie

    1 banana

    1 cup of milk or almond milk

    1/3 cup of rolled oats 

    2 tbsp honey

    1 tbsp peanut butter

    1 tbsp brewer’s yeast

    1 tbsp flax

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    {To make it a non-lactation smoothie, take out the brewer’s yeast. I mix it up and add strawberries and other fruit to it and omit the peanut butter and cinnamon. It’s really good!}

    Lactation Cookies 

    {I used the same recipe that I posted about previously}

    Ingredients:

    2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal 
    4 Tbsp. water

    1 cup butter, softened

    1 cup white sugar

    1 cup brown sugar

    2 large eggs

    1 tsp. vanilla

    2 cups all purpose flour 

    1 tsp. baking soda

    1 tsp. salt

    3 Tbsp. Brewer’s Yeast 

    3 cups quick oats

    1 cup chocolate chips

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. 
    2. Mix together the flaxseed and water and let sit for 5 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, cream together the butter and sugars.
    4. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
    5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla.
    6. In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt, Brewer’s Yeast, and oats.
    7. Add to the butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time.
    8. Once the dough is mixed together well, add chocolate chips.
    9. Bake for 9-11 minutes.


    Overnight Oats
    1/2 cup of rolled oats

    1/2 cup of milk, yogurt or kefir {whatever you want}

    ☝🏽That’s the base and you can add fruit or whatever you like from there. Mix the oats and the milk together and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, mix in whatever you like. Berries, apples, nuts, etc. Here’s a good link to check out: Overnight oats recipes

    Some other tips for increasing your supply are things you should be doing anyway:

    • Drink lots of water 80-100 ounces. Just drink water as much as you can. 
    • Make sure you’re eating enough small meals throughout the day. 
    • Some healthy snack options: bananas, granola bars, Greek yogurt, trail mix, cottage cheese, pretzels, nut butters, fruit

    Now for those that are breastfeeding the above works for you as well as these:

    • Pump!
    • Try the recipes in this post! 
    • Try some foods that boost your supply- asparagus, oatmeal, quinoa, fennel, flax, whole grains, berries, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, milk, cheese, chicken

    I have to admit I’m a little late on trying these tips. Like I mentioned before, my son is almost 1 but this would have been a lot more helpful had I done these things from the beginning. So I’m passing this on to those who may need it! 😉

    Making the Most Out of Mealtime

    As a new mom, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Time stands still when you’re trying to put the baby to sleep. 10 minutes feels like 10 hours. Then there are some days where I wake up, and the next thing I know it’s 5:00!

    So basic things that I need to do like, I don’t know, cleaning the house, making dinner and well showering, become an afterthought. That’s why I’m always looking for ways to save time and make life easier. Which brings me to my latest venture-one pot wonders i.e. red beans and rice.

    You may be thinking 💭 hmmmm…a blog post about red beans? Don’t knock an oldie but goodie. I totally understand why it’s a recipe that’s passed down from generation to generation. It’s easy, it’s filling and it’s a perfect leftover meal.  And when you’re short on time, but still need to make dinner, this has become my favorite (and my husband’s favorite) weekly meal.

    The hardest part I’ve found about being a new first time mom is trying to meet your own unrealistic expectations. I had so many pre-conceived notions about motherhood and none of them turned out to be true. This has forced me to prioritize my routine and just do what I can when I can. You don’t have to clean the whole house everyday and make a 4 course dinner all while trying to run after your crawling baby. Make a meal that gives you leftovers, clean one room of the house when the baby naps and well, you still have to run after the crawling baby, but at least you’ll be prepared for it.

    Red Beans and Rice a la Nola Fit Chick

    •  1 lb bag of Camellia red beans (or any brand you want)
    • Creole seasoning (found in the produce section and consists of onions, bell peppers, garlic, celery, green onions and parsley-makes life easier)
    • 3 packs of turkey and/or chicken sausage (depending on how much meat you like in your beans)
    • spices (use whatever you like, I use Tony Chachere’s and Mrs. Dash. I try not to use any extra salt)
    • instant rice (don’t judge, we’re saving time here)

    So the cooking process is basically an all day affair, so be prepared for that.  First, I soak the beans over night and the next day I rinse them until the water runs clear. Then I fill the pot with water and start it to boil on medium heat. Keep and eye on this because you do not want to burn your beans or you will have to start all over which defeats the whole purpose!

    Next, I blend maybe a cup to a cup and a half of the creole seasoning in my food processor. Then I add it to the pot with the beans and let the seasoning incorporate in with the beans as they boil. After the beans cook down a little, I add more water and keep cooking them. I fill up the pot maybe 2 times before I add the meat.

    In a skillet, I add more creole seasoning and enough water to fill the bottom of the pan. I use water instead of oil or butter so that I don’t have to drain it before putting it in the pot with the beans. I let the seasoning and water cook down a little before adding all my chopped up sausage. Then I season my meat with whatever spices I want and when it’s done, I add it to my beans. I use turkey sausage and chicken sausage but most people flavor their beans with ham and pork sausage. The good thing is you can use whatever you want, but I usually opt for the healthier option since I don’t eat pork. Completely up to you. 

    Now all you have to do is keep cooking it until it gets to the thickness that you like. Red beans cook pretty fast so you don’t have to keep adding water if it looks like it might be done. Taste your beans often and make sure it’s got the flavor you want and the consistency you want.


    And then, voila! Add rice if you want. I use the boil in a bag instant rice and you just follow the box directions on that. It’s pretty much idiot proof. You now have a meal for the next few days. So when your husband comes home and asks what’s for dinner, you don’t have to punch him in the face. Tell him dinner is done and leave you alone. He knows how to use a microwave, right?!

    What kinds of meals do you make? I’m always up for a new recipe!