Nursing Mama Nuggets

I became a nursing mama for the 7th time in 2020. And, thanks to Trim healthy mama I feel that this has been one of my best post partum periods.

I have not needed a whole lot of support with teas or anything else, no extra pumping, I just eat lovely God-made foods that have helped my youngest beauty thrive while I have released weight consistently.

I have discovered two ingredients that have really kicked my production up, without me even trying to, consistently. Duo Greens powder and Oatmeal in any form.

So, I made these to help support a mama on the go, or those middle of the night nursing sessions that leave you floundering for something to stuff in your mouth so you can get back to sleep when the baby does.

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Ingredients:

Method:

I mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the Applesauce. Mix it until it comes together with no dry powder, and you can leave it in the bowl and eat it straight or make into a bar/balls.

***This is a single serve addition to an E meal or snack on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan. Please add some berries or a half a banana to this to round out your meal***

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Single-Serve Maple Nut Waffle Sauce

If you are the only one in the house that loves the flavors of peanut and maple on your pancakes, I have the perfect single serve recipe for you!

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Ingredients

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Method

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, if you don’t mind it room temp, until completely smooth. Then, use it on anything from pancakes to ice cream!

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Easy Oat Bars

Want an easy, gluten free bar that ca be made in minutes?

Then, these are the bars for you, Lovely Lady!

I just wanted something that could be mixed and eaten without having to wash a lot of dishes, and quick enough for me to eat it before the baby woke up.

The oat flour I use is Certified Gluten free, because I buy those type of oats and blend my flour in a blender. You can find a reel I did on Instagram about making it, here.

The green banana flour is new to me, and so far I am finding that I really like it! Very Little flavor, with some nice health benefits as well as some hopeful results in future gluten free baking ideas.

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Basic Bar Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all Dry ingredients together well, and then add the Applesauce. Mash into the dry ingredients with spoon until it is combined enough for you to use your hands, mixing until it comes together like play dough. Form into one large bar, and serve right away, refrigerate or freeze for later (it does freeze very well).

**This is an E meal if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle**

Other Flavors:

Salted Carmel- 2-3 pinches of mineral salt plus 1/2 teaspoon of Caramel extract, leave out the cinnamon.

Cherry- Leave out the cinnamon and add 1/2 teaspoon Cherry extract.

Lemon Poppy Seed- Leave out cinnamon, and add 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds and 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract.

Jaffa- Decrease the Green Banana Flour to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and add 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa or Cacao powder plus 1/2 teaspoon orange extract.

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“That’s Bananas” Shake

This recipe is a recreation of one that I used to enjoy when I was young. That recipe called for regular milk, which we now enjoy raw or fermented into kefir in the Treehouse, and a sucralose-based sweetener which we do not use in our home anymore.

I craved that child-hood drink while pregnant with our 7th child, and I wanted to see if I could make it something I could enjoy in any season of life while keeping it a single fuel for our food plan, and dairy free because we did not have any raw milk available at that time and I thought kefir would not work well here.

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Ingredients

Method

  • Peel and freeze your banana several hours in advance, this helps make the shake creamier.
  • Mix all other ingredients together in a blender long enough to chop up all the ice.

*This makes a single serving, and it falls into an E setting on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

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The “Non-Wich”

One of the things that most people learn very quickly, when going gluten free, the sandwiches are not the same…..

The bread is very small, the texture is generally a little off too, and if you follow a food plan like we do, many of the options are just not on plan!

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I use the term “recipe” loosely here…but this recipe was born when we were travelling frequently between our home and the closest major town that had Pediatric Speech Therapy options for our oldest daughter, 2 hours from home.

One of the easiest, on plan, things I found to grab from the gas station was a piece of salami sandwiched by two pieces of cheese. This totally worked, and tasted really good as a place to put a couple tablespoons of the guacamole I found there too! But, I knew I could make it at home, cheaper!

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of the cheese you prefer (I love provolone, pepper jack, and gouda)
  • One or two slices of your lunch meat (Hard Salami, or Oven Roasted Turkey is good too)

Method:

  • Layer them….1 slice of your cheese, Lunch meats, 1 slice of cheese

*On the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can make these an S by using full fat cheese slices and more than 4 ounces of lunch meat…which would be quite a few of these. You can make it a fuel pull by keeping your total fat content under 10 g and using less than 4 ounces of ultra-lean deli meat.

Why do you call them Non-Wiches?

It started as the “None-Wich” in our house and thanks to high school French I knew “Non” meant “NO” and because there is no…

  • Bread
  • Condiments
  • Veggies
  • Dishes
  • Effort beyond placing things in layers

The name was shortened, not to mention, my kids pronounce it “Nun-Wich” and that has stuck too….

Can I make a bunch and store them? YES!

I made 4 quart-sized bags worth, before we travelled by car from Western Montana to Virginia in 2019.

They froze and thawed perfectly, and did not get soggy for the three days they lasted our family, of 8 at that time, as car-snacks or meals in our cooler.

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Low-Carb Egg Cream

My very first job was in an Old-Fashioned Soda shop. I worked there for 4 years, and I knew the recipes like the back of my hand.

One that I did not make very often, but had to explain to customers a lot, was the “New York Egg Cream.” My short description was always, “A fizzy chocolate milk.”

I was looking for a way to use some seltzer that was open in my fridge, but I wanted a flavor other than plain water, and the idea that maybe I could make this sugar-laden drink from my first job into something healthy and delicious came into my mind.

I also wanted to make it dairy free and a fuel pull on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, because I’m extra like that!

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Add all ingredients, except seltzer, to a blender.
  • Blend well. Taste and adjust sweetener because you won’t be able to stir much once you add the seltzer.
  • In a large glass, there will be foam so get a bigger one than you think you need, pour the contents of the blender.
  • Add your seltzer slowly, and lightly mix the contents together with a spoon. Enjoy!

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5 Minute Monkey Mix

This recipe was created one night when I wanted a decadent crossover before I went to bed after our baby had spent most of the evening cluster feeding, but I did not want to cook anything to get it because I was very ready to go to bed.

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Mix up your PB powder spread
  • Cut up your banana and add it to the bowl
  • Add your toppings
  • Enjoy!

I get it, busy mommas need a super simple snack! So, I give you my creation that tasted like a banana split without ice cream, or a lot of effort.

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Single Serve Low Fat PB Spread

I love peanut butter, but I don’t always love the fat content. I also like the flexibility of making this spread on demand so that it does not get eaten through by my kids before it is used for its intended purpose.

3 ingredients. 5 minutes. You’re wecome!

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Ingredients:

Method:

Measure 3 flat Tablespoons of Defatted Peanut Powder. Break up the big lumps of powder with the back of your spoon, add sweetener and mineral salt, and mix a bit. Add 3 Tablespoons of water and mix until smooth.

*Depending on the brand of Peanut Powder you may need to add a touch more more, by the teaspoon full, until it is the consistency you desire.

*This is a fuel pull or E meal protein source on the trim healthy mama plan

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

We are fortunate in the Treehouse, both of our children with Celiac Disease tolerate certified gluten free oats without a problem. While they are still not as cheap as the regular type, they provide us with a frugal breakfast for our large family.

I actually consider this grain a ninja in the gluten free pantry. If you can tolerate it, don’t leave the store without it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder (or your preferred sweetener to taste), optional
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, except applesauce, and cook on High in a small pot, stirring frequently until thickened. Pour into your bowl an top with 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix together, or grab a small dab of applesauce with each bite.

*I have made this without sweetener and it is still sweet enough due to the applesauce.

This is a single serve recipe and is an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.

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Green Bean Goulash – THM E

This recipe was something I created, and made a lot, as a tween.  I come from a family of 7, so I knew how to feed a crowd on a dime from the beginning.  In my childhood home it was made with venison burger hunted by my Dad, white Minute Rice, and Soy Sauce.  Now, I have had to change a few things to fit our current eating style.

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#1 – Make it Gluten Free!

I have to read labels to check the green beans for cross contamination.  So far, the #10 (101 ounce) cans from Walmart are our cheapest safe option.  We go through between 4 to 6 of these a month for our family of 8 for varios meals.

Then, I had to ditch the soy sauce and replace it with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  You could change this to either Coconut Aminos or Tamari.

It seriously took more time to figure all that out than it does to cook it or to eat it!

#2 – Make it work for the Trim Healthy Mama Plan

There are two different fuels in the body that are used for energy.  Fats and Carbs.  Obviously, we’re working with a Carb source here, rice!

White rice is not recommended for those looking to release weight in THM, just young children and those at goal weight, so I replaced the white minute rice with brown rice.  Yes, you could use the brown Minute rice here, but it is cheaper for my family to use the slow cooking kind.

I also subbed out the venison burger because we have not had plentiful sources yet, which could easily be used in this fuel type because of its lean properties, for either extra rinsed regular ground meat or at least 96% lean ground.  I am not picky at all about ground meats in my cooking, and so I use anything I have on hand.

There, you have it.  A recipe that is simple, frugal, gluten free, and THM compliant.  It actually fits all allergy types too because it is egg, nut, tree nut, dairy, shellfish, sugar free and gluten free! It is Soy free if you used liquid aminos!

Green Bean Goulash – THM E

Servings: 6-8          Print

Time: 1 hour (if you have to cook the rice), 20 minutes if you don’t

Ingredients:

2 Pounds extra lean ground meat

8 cups brown rice, cooked

1 – #10 Can green beans (101 ounces), drained

1/2 Cup gluten free soy sauce alternative

1/2 Cup nutritional yeast

1 large onion, diced

Pepper, garlic, Onion Powder to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon and go from there)

Directions:

Cook your rice according to package instructions.

I cook approximately 2 Cups of dry brown rice for this recipe.  In a skillet, at least 12 inches or a stock pot of some kind, brown all your ground meat.

If using at least 96% lean ground meat you do not need to rinse it, if you are not then rinse in the pan under very hot water for at least 5 minutes to release additional fat and drain off the water.  Return to the stove and set on medium-low heat.

Add diced onions, cooked rice, and green beans.  Soy sauce alternative, and other seasonings and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.

*Note: the picture has corn in my mix, I added 1 Cup of corn for the entire pan there to use some in my freezer.  I would not add more than that, or leave it out entirely to keep the Carb count within E meal territory.

For growing children: Add a fat of some kind to their meal.  I add coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or butter to my kids’ bowls. I just drizzle it on and mix it up.

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