Thursday, September 25, 2014

Carob Oat Energy Bars (Nursing Friendly!)

New moms need all the energy they can get! Having a new baby, figuring out nursing, and eating healthy can take its toll. Heck, even getting in the shower seems impossible some days. But if you're properly fueled, this beautiful thing called mothering will seem a little easier. Having snacks/treats like these prepared ahead of time in the freezer is super handy. Plus all the foods in this recipe are nursing-friendly!

* If you or someone is allergic to nuts in your family and you are nursing, substitute sunflower seed butter for the almond butter. *


I dearly missed chocolate while nursing my first child. Like so many other infants, chocolate would upset her tummy so I refrained from having it. I found carob to be an interesting replacement - sweeter and contains no caffeine. I like the roasted carob powder from Mountain Rose Herbs but it is also available on amazon or at your natural grocery store.

If your breastfed infant is gassy, this article "Nourishing the New Mom" from Nourishing Meals (authors of Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family - one of my favorite cookbooks) can be very helpful. It gives a list of good foods to eat and foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Also try drinking fennel tea (as I write about here) can be very helpful or have a cup of sweet potato fennel soup!




I hope you enjoy these no-bake carob oat bars. We found them to be quite tasty!

Carob Oat Energy Bars (No-bake, nursing-friendly, dairy free, vegan optional)
3 cups oats (gluten-free certified if gluten intolerant, available on amazon if you don't know where else to look)
1 cup raisins
6 TB roasted carob powder
6 TB coconut oil
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
1 TB Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

1. Line a 8x8 with parchment paper.
2. Combine oats, raisins, and salt in a bowl.
3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and almond butter together. Add carob powder and mix in.
4. Pour over oats and raisins. Mix thoroughly and pour into 8x8 pan. Smooth with a spatula and refridgerate until solid. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Also a scoop of protein powder (unsweetened) can be added for an extra boost!

I buy all my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine Carrot Sunbutter Smoothie

Good morning sunshine!


Today is the day... the day when my son is due. I know its just a day they predict and really has no bearing on when baby is born but our daughter was born on her due date so we have this preemptive hopeful feeling. Will it be today? Tonight will I get to hold my son in our arms? We are waiting with anxious hearts, little one.



Celebrate these lovely hot days with a yummy smoothie and enjoy the sunshine this weekend before school hits!

There are two ways to make this smoothie - with orange juice or with fresh oranges. Both are delicious and taste like a rich Orange Julius with addition of sunflower seed butter. Feel free to add a little vanilla protein powder if you need the boost or some strawberries for extra Vitamin C.

Carrot Sunbutter Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 large orange, peeled
2-3 large raw carrots, peeled
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1 1/2 cup unsweetened milk of choice (I used almond vanilla)

If using orange juice:
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup unsweetened milk of choice
1 frozen banana
2-3 large raw carrots, peeled
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

Saturday, August 9, 2014

30% off 3 Books on Amazon

I love me some book deals. And I just had to share through midnight (PST) tomorrow August 10th, purchase at least three Books on Amazon and use code BUY3GET30 for 30% off (up to $10). This does not work for ebooks. You can read all terms and conditions here.

UPDATE: This code seems to have changed to BUY3GET20 resulting in a 20% off. However some customers are having luck using the code then emailing amazon customer service with a link to the above terms and conditions that state 30% off and getting reimbursed.

Still one more month for summer reading! Or a great time to get some early textbooks. Never a better time to get some nice new cookbooks! There are some great finds out there nowadays like:

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Or you could catch up on all the new bestsellers turned movies:


And while you're at it, also make some scented leather bookmarks, directions on the blog.

Happy Reading!

http://sweetroots.blogspot.com/2012/09/autumn-scented-leather-or-felt.html

(Purchasing through above links may help support Sweet Roots and I do thank you for all the support.)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Veggie Egg Nests with Carrot, Zucchini and Summer Squash

One of my favorite breakfasts this summer. Wholesome, filling and starts the morning off right. It's paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and amazing to boot!

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The eggs are "baked" in their little veggie hash nests on the stovetop, making this a pretty easy breakfast. Just a little hand action on grating the vegetables! No need for potatoes. Carrots, zucchini and summer squash work just fine for our "hashbrowns" and each has its own flavor that adds warmth alongside the garlic.

Also these nests are great served on seedy toast with a little mustard. That is the way my three year old likes them!



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Wondering what else to do with all that wonderful zucchini?
Try my Zucchini and Citrus Gazpacho (tomato free) and No Heat Creamy Turmeric Vegetable Noodles.

Summer Veggie Egg Nests
1 yellow summer squash (or another zucchini)
1 zucchini
2 large carrots
4 free-range eggs (for best taste)
1 garlic clove, minced (I've also used chopped garlic scapes)
2 TB coconut oil

1. Grate squash, zucchini and carrots.
2. Add coconut oil to non-stick pan or cast iron skillet (will need a lid). Let melt and add veggies (and garlic!). Cook on medium heat 10-15 minutes, stirring every couple minutes. Stick the lid on intermittently.
3. Make four wells in the veggie hash and crack an egg into each one. Put lid on and wait 5 minutes. The white should be firm to touch and the yolk clouded over.
Serve immediately with some good sea salt and pepper!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Amazon Deal for Kids Shoes: 20% off on $50 orders

For all you mommas out there, I noticed this morning on Amazon they are having  a deal through August 13th for 20% off $50 back-to-school shoesfor children. Just use promo code 2050KIDS at checkout on eligible shoes shipped and sold by Amazon. Go hereto check out all the options. Good luck! There are some nice high quality brands included. I even saw some rainboots - Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Rain Boot! I think I will have to get a pair for my little puddle jumper!
http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&linkId=X6M5PO6F5IELX4IL&node=9633016011&tag=sweroo-20&linkId=XYMGT3PPTP4EYRH6

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