Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Foldover

I had made this multiple times for my oldest daughter as a quick breakfast.  It literally takes 5 minutes to make and she ate it in the car on our way to daycare (at 630 am 😩).  But somehow it slowly dissolved out of my weekly menu items.  Maybe I ran out of tortillas or chocolate chips for a bit and just totally forgot about it.  Who knows.

Either way it’s a favorite, and requested, in my household.

Preheat a griddle or nonstick pan on medium heat.  There is no need at all to use oil, nonstick spray or butter.  Honestly, just believe me.  Its not needed and is much healthier without.

I start with a large burrito size tortilla.  Slather on your all natural peanut butter on one half only. 

I generally use 1 medium banana or ~1/2 of a large banana.  Cut into slices maybe 1/4″ thick (👈 I’ve never measured them), whatever your preference.  Place the bananas right on top of your peanut butter. Next comes the star ingredient in our house…

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Good quality chocolate chips.  Take a handful(ish) and sprinkle them around the bananas.  

Then fold over the empty tortilla side.  Don’t press down on it and break the tortilla, it will cook down.  Place it on your preheated griddle or pan.  Flip once after it turns golden brown.  Let it cook another minute or so. 

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Inside the peanut butter should be gooey and the chocolate chips just started to melt.  You can thank me later 😉

Some variations I’ve thought of..
-cinnamon chips instead of chocolate
-whipped cream on top
-drizzle some caramel inside instead of chocolate chips

Let me know what you think!!

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Healthy honey chickpeas

As a mom of two I’m always on the search for a quick healthy snack.  I’ve fallen victim one too many times of not being prepared and just grabbing some unhealthy but already prepared or prepackaged food.  It happens to all of us, really.  I want to help you prepare an easy and delicious snack.

Currently hummus is a huge hit among health food experts.  Making your own is even better as you can add in whatever mix of ingredients you want and you can verify the purity of what’s going into your mix.  But that’s another post…

If hummus is so healthy then let’s take the main ingredient, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, and revamp it into another delicious recipe. 

Alright alright, enough rambling about it, let’s make it..

Ingredients
1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Honey
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
Dash of red pepper powder (optional)
1 can of chickpeas

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°. 
Line a baking pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.  Drain your chickpeas and rinse off.  Personally I use organic chickpeas but it’s not a make or break of the recipe.  Next, put the chickpeas on paper towels to dry off.

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While your waiting on the oven to heat and the chickpeas to dry, I’ve found this is a good time to mix up your sauce.  Just put everything into a bowl and mix until combined. 

Once the oven is preheated put the chickpeas in for 40 minutes or until crispy. Go ahead and test one to make sure its crispy, if its still soft on the inside pop them back in for a few minutes. 

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Once they’re done put them in the bowl with the sauce while they’re still warm.  This helps thin the honey and makes mixing a whole heck of a lot easier.

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Feel free to be done at his step.  If you want the sauce to be hardened on these cute little beans then you can put them back into the oven for 10 minutes. 

I put them into little snack baggies and they’re ready to grab and go!

Let me know what you think!  Also the dash of red pepper is requested by my husband.  What do you guys think of the little kick?

Healthy Coffee otherwise known as Bulletproof Coffee

I will share with you one of my best finds in the past year, bulletproof coffee.  If your interested the actual mixture for it can be found here.

I heard about a variation of the mixture that’s a bit more sensible on the wallet and considering how often we drink coffee (daily, usually more than once) easier to replace.  My husbands family actually shared this with me (they seem to have good taste right?) and I’ll admit I was skeptical at first.  Butter in my coffee? Gross! Oh and add oil to it?  Yeah, I’m sure that’s healthy to start your morning off.

So what exactly goes into this new fad coffee?  Grass fed unsalted butter.  It has to be grass fed to get the health benefits intended for bulletproof coffee. The only brand I have heard of is  Kerrygold.  You need 1TBSP. of butter per cup of coffee.

Then you add coconut oil.  I buy organic, but nothing I have read has said it has to be organic.  You add 1 tsp. of coconut oil. 

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Now you blend.  I use a handheld stick blender, portable and easy to clean afterwards but I’ve heard of people using a blender.

What is created is a creamy froth on top, that most people equate to a creamer and just drink it straight. 

I can’t seem to break old habits so I still add a dash of creamer to mine.  I did cut out using sugar in my morning coffee.

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End product – delish! 

The health claims that bulletproof coffee are supposed to provide:

-Feeling full.  Originally this was supposed to replace a breakfast.  The high fat content was supposed to make a person satiated.  I’ve always ate a healthy breakfast afterwards so I’m not sure if it works.

-Mental sharpness. 

-Increased heart health.

I won’t agree or disagree with these statements but I will provide you with why they might be true.

Grass Fed Butter

The reason it has to be this specific type of butter is because it provides good doses of vitamin k2.  This actually helps declog arteries, which provides better heart health.

It also provides a type of antioxidant and cancer fighting property. (1). Although this article mentions grass fed beef, I would assume there is hardly any variance with their milk. 

The only problem is there’s nothing that states what a good dosage on a daily basis is.  I’m sure like everything else, even too much of a good thing can be bad. 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has MCT better know as medium chain triglycerides.  In comparison to long chain triglycerides, which are found in fast foods, margarine and meats such as pork, lamb and beef, MCT’s increase metabolism and again prevent heart disease. (2, 3).

So weight loss, increased heart health and mental sharpness?  Even if its not all entirely true, the placebo effect has its grasps on me and I’m buying in.  We won’t know any benefits until someone does a controlled study on bulletproof coffee, but if I can feel justified in my daily addiction I’ll continue on. 

What are your thoughts on bulletproof coffee?  Has anyone actually had their cholesterol measured since starting drinking this coffee? I’m curious to know!!

Tips for successful breastfeeding

Let me just start by saying I’ve been on both spectrum’s of the breastfeeding journey.  With my first little princess I was only able to produce until 4 months.  This devastated me, I felt like a failure.  My mother breastfed me until I was 3 years old (yes you’re reading that right, 3 years old!!).  I thought with my medical background and knowledge this would be a breeze.  I was wrong, actually I’ll say I was naive.  With my second little princess I’m still feeding her breast milk exclusively at 9 months (actually 10 months in 4 days).  We actually had to buy a chest freezer to store all my excess milk and it is currently July and we are still working on bags from January and February to help with her growing appetite. 🙂

So let’s explore some helpful tips I’ve gathered along the road.  Some are from professionals (physicians or lactation specialists I have contact with at my hospital), some from friends, and some from experience or research. 

•Skin to skin contact immediately after birth

•Immediate feeding after birth – if possible try to feed your little one within an hour after birth to get that extremely nutritious colostrum flowing.
World Health Organization Early Breastfeeding

•Frequent feeding/pumping –  In the beginning this may be every 2 hours.  The first night after my second princess was born she fed continuously from midnight to 4 am. 😟 Then all up until she was 6 months old I pumped or fed every 3 hours, even while at work.  This helps keep your supply and demand ratio going strong.

•Oatmeal – Eat plenty of this!! If your supply is low you can eat it for every meal.  

•Water – you need to drink at least 2 liters a day.  Makes sense, you need to replenish the hydration you’re losing in your breast milk.

•Garlic – you don’t need a lot of this.  If the thought of garlic makes you nauseous try a garlic pill.  I hear you can’t taste anything.

•Almonds – these worked really well for me.  I indulged on Emerald chocolate dusted almonds every evening.

•Mothers Milk More Milk Plus – this is a supplement I tried that really worked.  In fact I believe I got my highest quantity pumping after taking this.   I tried pure fenugreek with my first baby and it really didn’t do anything for me.

•Placenta encapsulation – now this is entirely based on your comfort level.  There isnt any research to support this but supposedly it helps with breast milk supply and PPD both of which I had problems with in my first pregnancy so I gave it a try.  Once you deliver your placenta it needs put on ice and stored in a refrigerator until the person who encapusaltes it for you picks it up to dehydrate and grind it up for you.  It worked for me.

•Beer – OK so I know you’re thinking I’m crazy for this one.  But even my friends in Mother Infant told me about this.  The yeast helps your milk supply increase.  Disclaimer – do not feed your infant after drinking the beer.  Instead pump and dump.  You can purchase alcohol detecting strips at babies r us or online and it will tell you when your milk is safe for your little one. 

•Invest in a good pump – My husband has excellent insurance and we actually got our second pump for free (it was a $200 pump!) through them.  However, it didn’t compare to the hospital grade pump I used while at work.  It was a medela professional symphony. 👌

I’m sure there are many more out there, and I would love to hear about them to try with our next little one.  Let me know if you’ve tried any and what has worked or not worked for you.  Happy World Breastfeeding Week!!