Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. --John Milton

Monday, December 7, 2015

Yogurt Muesli for Baby

This is as easy as it gets. Mix oats and yogurt. That's it!

Yet the benefits of this baby-pleasing recipe are big. First yogurt is a gentle, nutritious food that infants can enjoy and then continue to enjoy as toddlers. Not all yogurt has the same value of course. Look for as little sugar as possible. Greek yogurt is better with more protein. My new favorite is a Friendly Farms whole milk vanilla yogurt that our local Aldi's recently added to their dairy section. If you can make your own yogurt from raw milk, that's probably as good as it gets nutritionally.

So, low-sugar yogurt is healthy and most babies love it, right? Also the old fashioned rolled oats are packed with goodness. But as I've been learning from Nourishing Traditions, grains have anti-nutrients too. The way to have the good stuff without the hard-to-digest stuff is to soak the grains in something acidic - like yogurt!

Make this Yogurt Muesli the night before as a breakfast or have it in the fridge for an anytime snack.

1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 
Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours. Top with fruit if desired. 

My whole family enjoys this one for breakfast about every couple weeks. Maybe you or your baby will love it too. Please let me know either way.

For those who are familiar with soaked or fermented grains, I'd like to have your opinion on this. I suspect that the Yogurt Muesli breaks down the anti-nutrients some, while not as much as soaked or even fermented grains. Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Raspberry Loose Leaf Tea for Pregnancy

Here's a mama who details how raspberry loose leaf tea is wonderful for pregnancy - especially that last trimester. Wellness Mama has enjoyed the tea often herself and includes brewing instructions.

I had a cup this morning and find it relatable to green tea which I like so much. I think it was good for me during my two precious pregnancies, but I only had maybe a cup a day and it was with tea bags. I'm excited to try loose leaf - 3  to 4 cups a day in the last few months!

 Here's what Wellness Mama says about it:

The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labors.
Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon of Raspberry Leaf. Steep, covered, for at least 5 minutes and drink as regular tea. I often keep a gallon of cold raspberry leaf tea in the fridge so that I don’t have to brew by the cup. To make a gallon, just 3/4 to 1 cup of Raspberry Leaf per gallon of boiling water.

She's got lots more goodness to share here.