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Mr. Larz is not the best breastfeeder… we have been struggling big time since about 4 weeks and now at 12 weeks are still working daily on our milk supply to keep it up and his belly full. The other day I hit the store for some oats (as they are a natural booster) to make granola bars but when I got home I realized I grabbed Steel Cut Oats instead of Rolled Oats. The awesome ladies in a pumping group I am in mentioned it working just as well so I hit the web to find an easy option… guess what - its not easy… Steel Cut Oats takes FOREVER on the stove top… and I don't have forever for my breakfast. I found an awesome recipe on A Yummy Day by Monica and made some adjustments to make it even more mama milk friendly… here is my final adjustments to her recipe. OH! And one more thing… Do yourself a HUGE favor, and get the crock pot liners… they're 4 for $1.98 at walmart and you will be SO THANKFUL to not have to scrub this pot afterwards...
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces or a little smaller
- 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (or coconut oil + 1 teaspoon of salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seed
- 5 tablespoons Brewers Yeast
- Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, cranberries, maple syrup, additional milk or butter
Put liner in the crock-pot. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 6 to 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). I did mine overnight and it was so great having it hot and ready when I woke up.
To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
If you're like me while breastfeeding, you're always hungry... I'm also always trying to keep my milk supply up. So I thought I would share with you this great way to take care of both things for breakfast. This smoothis is super versatile and can be adjusted however you like, so I will keep ratios vague.
1/2 cup orange juice (adjust as needed)
1 tablespoon Chai Seeds
1 tablespoon Brewers Yeast
1 tablespoon raw Honey
This smoothie is protein packed and will help keep you fuller for longer... And the brewers yeast will help boost your breastmilk supply. Add oatmeal for another great milk booster! Enjoy!
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Rozzlyn and I had the chance to try out the Nuby Steam 'n Mash this week and were oving all the possibilites! Mr. Larz isnt old enough for real food yet, so we were using it to make some yummy popsicles for our Fruitsicle maker! Last we came up with a yummy banana recipe for it... this week - we're doing a fresh apple and OJ version.
**Well, we were GOING to come back via video... but there was a very unhappy Larz getting his diaper changed that was really just ready for some mama milk... so we continued in picture form ;)
It was about 5 minutes in the microwave and our apples were soft and mushy. We let it sit for a minute to cool off... then drained the water... took off the lid and dumped the apples into the bowl. Ms. Rozzlyn helped me get them all mashed up... then we added a splash of orange juice and smashed some more!
After that we poured it all into our Fruitsicle mold... Rozz capped them - and into the freezer they went!
I was SUPER happy with this new set and its a great addition to our baby food making collection. It worked perfectly for the fruitsicles... and I can see us grabbing this as Larz gets older when I want to make something quick without pulling out the blender for big batches of food. Its also dishwasher safe making it easy to clean, and the grippers on both the handle of the masher and bowl make it easy to use and hold. Another homerun by Nuby.
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