Tuesday, April 28, 2009

High Energy Snacks That You Can Eat One-handed ~The Calm Baby Cookbook~

Dr. Melanie Beingessner has kindly agree to share some of the recipes from her wonderful book The Calm Baby Cookbook with us! Dr. Beingessner is a chiropractor, a breastfeeding counsellor, an infant massage instructor and the mother of three. She offers additional information about pregnancy and breastfeeding on her website: http://www.drmelaniebee.org/

Her Cookbook has tons of wonderful recipes that are yummy for mommy with ingredients that won't upset baby's sensitive system(s).

The following is written by Dr. Melanie Beingessner.

High Energy Snacks That You Can Eat One-handed

Simple Snack Ideas

• Almonds and raisins. You can mix these yourselfbeforehand and keep them in convenient snackinglocations throughout the house.
• Raisins are full of potassium, copper, iron, magnesium,riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, thiamin,niacin, calcium and folic acid.xxxv
• Fresh and dried fruits can be placed at your breastfeedingstation for you if you get hungry whilebreastfeeding. Choose from bananas, nectarines,apricots, plums, peaches, pineapple, apples, pears,raspberries, mangoes, blueberries, saskatoons andblackberries.
• Dried fruits such as raisins, dates, cranberries, apricots,figs, peaches, pears, apricots and apples can beplaced in strategic places around your house so thatyou can snack on the go.
• Prepare vegetables and keep them in your fridgeready to munch on when you find the time. Thereare many vegetables to choose from: carrots, celery,cucumber, zucchini slices, asparagus, green beans,baby corn and mushrooms. Most dips contain dairyproducts, but the following hummus recipe works well.

Slightly Garlicky Hummus Dip

1 can chick peas (or garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup tahini (ground sesame seeds)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
2 garlic cloves, roasted
3 tbsp. soya sauce
Sea salt to taste

Rinse the chickpeas and let drain. Add all of the ingredientsto a blender and process until smooth. If themixture is too thick, add a bit more olive oil, lemonjuice and soya sauce and blend again. Let sit for onehour and serve. This is great dip for vegetables, crackersor pita bread cut into wedges. The roasted garlic adds amellow flavour and will be easier on a baby’s digestivesystem.

The following are great suggestions for nutritioussnacks to eat while breastfeeding or on the go:

The Best Granola EVER

3 cups oats (large flake oats are better, but any kindwill do)
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups whole almonds chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamonIn a mixing bowl combine all of the nuts and oats.

In ameasuring glass, mix the extra virgin olive oil, cinnamonand brown sugar until smooth. Pour over the nutsand oats and mix until well coated, then spread evenlyover 2 baking sheets. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes oruntil the nuts and oats start to brown at the edges. Addthe dried fruits evenly over the oat and nut mixture andbake for 5 minutes more.The fruit should be warm when you take the bakingsheets out of the oven. Watch closely, as the raisinscan plump up and burn easily if you bake them for toolong. This granola tastes wonderful eaten with a soyyogurt for breakfast.

Very Berry Protein Shake

Protein shakes provide instant energy and a great startto your day. They are easy to make and to take with you as you care for your baby.

2 cups rice milk
1 cup frozen berries or fruit – i.e. blueberries, raspberries,peaches, apricots
1 serving of dairy-free protein powder

Pour the rice milk and fruit into a blender and processon high until smooth. Add a serving of protein powder that doesn’t contain whey or milk solids and blend for a few light pulses to mix. Most protein powders are made from whey orcasein (by-products from cow’s milk) or soy. If your baby can tolerate soy, there are many soy based protein powders to choose from. Another alternative from dairy or soy protein powders is hemp protein. Hemp proteinprovides a complete balance of amino acids; essentialfatty acids; natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,fiber and chlorophyll.37 One of the best choices for hemp protein is Vega– a complete whole food replacement that contains a complete plant-based protein,essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes and a multi-mineral & vitamin complex. Vega can be found in most health food stores.

Honey Coated Almonds

1 egg white
2 cups whole almonds
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon

In a medium sized bowl, using a whisk, beat the eggwhite for about 2 minutes. Add the almonds and tossuntil well coated. In a measuring cup, mix the honeyand cinnamon and drizzle them over the almonds. Stirthe almonds once more, and then spread them evenlyacross a baking sheet coated with non-stick cookingspray. Bake at 300° F for 30 minutes or until brownedat the edges. Let cool on waxed paper.

Ginger Spiced Mixed Nuts

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1 cup walnut halves
1 cup whole almonds
2 cups peanuts
2 cups raisins

Preheat a large frying pan on medium heat. In a measuringcup, mix together the olive oil, the spices andhoney until smooth. Pour into the frying pan and heatthrough. Add the nuts and stir to coat, then add theraisins and stir again. Spread evenly over two bakingsheets covered with waxed paper. Let cool.

Trail Mix

1 cup whole almonds
1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
1 cup raisins1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup salted peanuts

Mix in a large bowl and store in a resealable freezer bagclose to your breastfeeding station.

Maple Mixed Nuts

5 cups of your favorite nuts (use as many kinds asyou like)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves

In a large bowl, mix the nuts, the spices and the maplesyrup. Spread evenly over a baking sheet coated withnon-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes or until the nuts are brown at the edges. Let cool.

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