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Coconut Cream Coffee

June 10, 2014

This coffee drink has changed my life during Whole30. Thankfully we’re allowed to have coffee – in moderation, of course – but I still don’t love it black, so adding a little coconut cream makes this extra enjoyable for me. I love having a warm and comforting beverage in the morning, and this always hits the spot. Continue Reading…

A Few Things I’ve Learned

May 28, 2014

Today is Day 7 of our Whole 30 (my Whole 25), and it seems that emotions are finally starting to even out. Energy levels are going up, anger levels are going down. After spending some time on the Whole 30 forum yesterday, I realized I was doing a few things wrong. Breastfeeding can burn an extra 400-600 calories per day, which is why I’m already back to my pre-baby weight, so I had to remember that I’m not doing this program to lose weight, and I have to make sure to eat enough calories during the day so that Esmé is getting what she needs, and I don’t turn into a mean nasty anger monster again. For any nursing moms or people who are pursuing Whole 30 for reasons other than weight loss, here are a few things I learned:

  • Melissa, one of the founders of Whole 30, suggests sipping on a can of full fat coconut milk throughout the day to get the fat and calories a nursing mama needs. I don’t like that idea very much, so instead I add extra coconut cream (the part that solidifies when you refrigerate a can of coconut milk) to my coffee in the morning, and a dollop of coconut cream onto my afternoon snack.
  • The Whole 30 program discourages snacking, but it’s advised that pregnant or nursing moms add an extra ‘meal’ to the day. A protein + a fat is what is suggested for that extra meal, so my favorite is a banana with almond butter, coconut cream and coconut flakes (pictured above).
  • No matter how much I ate, I was never feeling full after meals, or if I did it would go away immediately. One of the things I read to help stave off hunger is to add a starchy vegetable to each meal, so I’ve been eating sweet potatoes or carrots with everything and that has helped a ton.
  • Drinking a TON of water is also helpful to keep hunger at bay, and keep milk supply up. I haven’t noticed a drop in supply at all, though I don’t pump so it’s hard to tell. Esmé seems to be getting what she needs and hasn’t been fussy or hungry as far as I can tell.
  • I have to eat immediately when I wake up now, otherwise I’ll be shaky and won’t even have the energy or wherewithal to make a decent breakfast, so my solution: Larabars! I’ll just eat a nibble or two to take the edge off and I’m golden. Or I’ll eat a couple of almonds and half a banana. I’m hoping this is one of those things that will even out as my metabolism gets used to this new way of eating.

Those are my tips! The Whole 30 definitely can be done while nursing or while pregnant, and I think in the long run it will be better for both me and Esmé. I hope these few bits I’ve gleaned are helpful to any moms wondering if they can do this while also caring for and feeding a young baby, and the answer is yes! Absolutely! You just have to be careful and be smart, and try not to let yourself go hungry 🙂

 

Chocolate for Breakfast

April 23, 2014

This isn’t a recipe, it’s just a simple combination of things that basically rocked my world. I realize it may seem weird to eat chocolate for breakfast, but these days anything that gets me out of bed and excited to start the day is absolutely worth it. Esmé is decidedly not a morning person, and could easily sleep until 10 or 11 everyday…aaand sometimes I just follow suit and cuddle the entire morning away. I never regret it, but I’m also not super proud of it.

Anyway, this doesn’t have to be eaten for breakfast! This would make a delicious afternoon snack as well. When you look at the instructions you’ll probably think it’s hardly worthy of a blog post. But trust me, you should try it.

Here’s what you do:

1) Go to Trader Joe’s
2) Buy this Cocoa Almond Spread, and a loaf of their Tuscan Pane bread
3) Go home and make coffee
4) Toast the bread just slightly. Spread liberally with the Cocoa Almond stuff.
5) Dip the toast into your coffee and then…just take a deep breath and relax.

Cinnamon and Vanilla French Toast

October 29, 2013

This recipe is pretty simple, but it occurred to me that it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a French Toast recipe on here, which is insane since I LOVE FRENCH TOAST. I always like to put cinnamon and vanilla into the egg mixture, and I find it adds a deliciously subtle warmth. To up the cinnamon-ness for this chilly Fall morning, I used cinnamon raisin bread but this would be equally as delicious with sourdough, brioche, or other soft white breads. Sometimes we eat this as dinner, too. Because we’re adults and we can.

Whatever time of day you choose to eat this, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it!

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast     { serves 2-3 }

3-4 eggs
1 Tbsp half and half
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of sea salt
2-3 drops of vanilla
4-5 slices of cinnamon raisin bread
butter
maple syrup

In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, half and half, cinnamon, salt and vanilla until combined. Heat a cast iron skillet, or non-stick pan over medium heat. Dip and soak each side of the bread thoroughly in the egg mixture, and place in the hot skillet. (Make sure to butter the skillet, even if using non-stick. There’s a flavor that you get when you cook French Toast in butter that can’t be beat!) Cook on each side for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown and egg is cooked through. Serve warm slathered in (more) butter and syrup. Enjoy this simple but incredibly delicious breakfast!

Toast with Jam and Butter

October 3, 2013

Morning is my favorite time of day. I love the possibilities that await, and the stillness in the air. Especially the early mornings of Fall. It’s a little cold, and coffee tastes even better than normal.

What’s your favorite time of day?