REAL INGREDIENT PAD THAI

Another yummy and savory dish comin’ at ya by me, Amanda aka @amandaaanicole_ !!

I love peanut butter but I don’t have a huge sweet tooth(I know, I’m crazy!) so I find other ways to incorporate it into my dishes! I am a huge fan of pad Thai, however most dishes come with processed noodles or are made with GMO Ingredients that, if consumed in excess over time, will harm your body. So I have created a REAL INGREDIENT alternative recipe, made with simple pantry staples that will blow your mind! Hope you enjoy!!!

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup organic chicken or vegetable stock (water works just fine too!)

2 tablespoons Organic Tamari (or soy sauce)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons of Wild Friends classic creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon organic lime juice

1 tablespoon organic coconut vinegar (you can also use white vinegar)

1 tablespoon Sriracha

1 tablespoon Garlic chili sauce (depending on your spice tolerance…if you don’t like spicy use half the amount of sriracha and garlic chili sauce)

1 teaspoon minced ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon minced garlic

PAD THAI INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces of organic spinach fettuccini noodles

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 organic eggs, beaten

1 lb. chicken breast, cubed

1/2 cup bean sprouts (optional)

TO GARNISH (optional):

Chopped cilantro

Chopped peanuts (this takes it to a new level!)

Lime wedges

Sriracha

Directions:
1. Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside to “fester”
2. Cook noodles, then drain water and set aside.
3. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and add sesame oil. Add chicken breast and cook until browned and cooked through.
4. Push the chicken over to one side of the skillet and pour the beaten eggs into the skillet and scramble the egg in the skillet.
5. Add the noodles to the skillet and then pour the sauce over the noodles. Cook on low for 5 mins, stirring frequently!
6. Serve, and top with desired toppings and adjust spice level with more Sriracha!

How to increase your milk supply!

Hey mamas! Hey future mamas!

Curious on how to boost your supply! Then this post is for you 🙂

I love breastfeeding! It’s not only the most advantageous form of food for your baby but it’s wonderful for mama too! Breast milk is so nourishing for babies. It is loaded with nutrients and protective antibodies that help them grow and boosts their delicate immune systems and overall health from day 1!

But what happens when you can’t produce enough milk for your baby? When we aren’t producing enough breast milk, at least for me, our first inclination is to panic… but that’s the last thing we want to do. Stress can deplete milk supply more than anything else! So don’t panic. Know you’re not alone! All moms go through a period where their milk supply appears to be depleting, whether that be from the start, when they return to work, or just randomly!

It can be really discouraging for us as mamas and a lot of the time you just want to give up, because you feel like a failure and there is just no use. But I am going to share with you the best tips to help boost your supply, so you and your baby can continue to reap the benefits of breastfeeding!

The number one and most natural and effective way to increase your supply is your baby’s suckling- there ain’t nothin like it! FYI- breast milk production is all about supply and demand. Don’t worry if your boobies don’t feel full or think baby isn’t getting much milk at first, the sucking reflex will help stimulate more milk in the long run. So, anytime you can, especially in the early stages of life, bring your baby to you, and let them nurse, nurse, nurse!

When you do nurse, go skin-to-skin! Wrap a blanket around the two of you and nurse away. It is not only incredibly bonding for mama and baby, it also helps release more of the hormones that produce milk as well as the milk ejector hormones.

YOU HAVE TO get enough sleep and stay relaxed! Easier said than done with a newborn obvi but try as best you can. Studies have proven that us mommies produce more milk and have a better milk letdown when they are calm and relaxed. I’m a basket case sometimes so this is a personal challenge for me! 😉 Nap when baby naps. If you can – get a babysitter, a neighbor or family member to help out around the house so you don’t need to stress about chores. Cancel or eliminate too many outside activities and keep things simple. Order (healthy) takeout or better yet have friends or hubby cook you homemade meals in bulk for easy access to nutritious food! I always meal prep so I have anything and everything on hand!

Be sure to drink A LOT of liquids. I’m not talkin’ your typical 64 oz a day. MORE! I know we hear this all the time but it really does makes a difference. You can’t produce a liquid without consuming them! Shoot for AT LEAST 100 oz. a day!

As far as nutrition goes, many mamas have boosted supply by eating foods and spices that assist in production.

FOODS: oatmeal, barley, millet, quinoa, almonds, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds

SPICES: fennel, ginger and turmeric

SUPPLEMENTS: Brewer’s yeast’ moringa powder, Mother’s Milk tea, and fenugreek

Some great products to try are by Mrs. Patel’s!

I love this company because their goal is to support women. They believe food is medicine, and they strive to heal and nourish with their natural products. Their mission is to help you feed your child, and want your body to feel better and we want you to know that you are supported every step of the way! They’re not just a business, they’re a community!

Love chocolate and coconut? Me too! My favorite are the gluten-free and vegan chocolate lactation bars. They’re handcrafted and made fresh with over a dozen premium ingredients including fenugreek, which is an herb traditionally used for lactation!

The best lactation tea is the chai- which is rich and sweet! Warming cinnamon, clove, aromatic cardamom and rooibos, which is a sweet red tea from South Africa that provides vital antioxidants! CAFFEINE & FENUGREEK FREE! Each batch is mixed by hand and contains the highest quality ingredients.

The MUNCH CRUNCH is a versatile lactation sprinkle which helps with lactation and digestion. Tossed with turmeric and lemon, this savory crunch is an easy way to make any meal or snack lactation-friendly! Sprinkle them on yogurt, toss them into salads, blend them into smoothies, or just have them on their own! YUM!

As far as food goes, be sure you are eating enough to keep up with the demands of nursing. For exclusive breastfeeding, you should be consuming at least 500 calories extra calories per day.

Pumping can also be a great way to keep your milkies stimulated and produce more milk. I know from experience that consistent pumping really works! So immediately after a feeding, pump until all of your milk drains from both sides and then continue for an additional 5 minutes, even if there is no milk coming out- because the stimulation will still help. Aim for 15-30 minutes for each side. Milk production is often higher in the middle of the night (because you’re resting) so you may want to set an alarm and pump during this time as well. It’s hard, but it’s worth it!

Obviously a decrease in supply can happen if your baby isn’t latched correctly because your breasts may not be stimulated enough. Be sure to correct any bad latch habits but also be sure there are no anatomical issues that are preventing a good latch, like baby being lip tied, tongue tied or mama having any breast issues there as well. These issues can be fixed so baby and mom can be breastfeed successfully. If this sounds like you be sure to see a lactation consultant! There is no shame in that! I’ve seen quite a few in my day and you can learn so much!

If you have a sleepy baby that falls asleep before they finish nursing both sides, a technique I ALWAYS practice is as follows: a few minutes into nursing, switch baby to the other side. By doing this you you’ll most likely keep them awake to feed more. Keep switching back and forth when you notice baby starting to doze off or until both sides are drained. You can double feed, which means to nurse, take a break by burping baby, and then place them back on for another feeding session. By taking the burping break, you are releasing gas bubbles in their tummy that allow more room for milk!

I hope these tips can help you! And hopefully this info will help you increase your breast milk supply naturally, so you can be back in the swing of things in no time! 🙂

Happy Milking 🙂

-Amanda

xoxo

‘what’s in your stasher?’ Interview with Stasher Bags

Hello Everyone! 

Below is my interview with the one and only Stadher Bag company! I share how I balance fitness and motherhood, and how stasher has helped me live a healthier lifestyle.

Find the full interview here.

introduce yourself! 

my name is amanda and i am a wife and mother of two tinies! i am a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to educate others on how to eat well, while simultaneously enjoying what they’re eating, by creating and providing recipes that are to die for! i began eating whole foods only, when i was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis back in 2010. ever since then i have been on a mission to rejuvenate my body, and heal through natural remedies —which means healing through what i feed, and don’t feed, my body! i am a 25 year old foodie fit mama, with zero lack of delicious (and nutritious) foods in my life!

how has stasher helped you live a healthier lifestyle?

stasher has helped me live a healthier lifestyle because i am able to easily store my favorite fresh foods in my stasher bag, in order to have healthy snacks on hand at any moment. they also help me help keep my kids loaded with their favorite snacks so we can avoid eating “fast” food!


as a mom of two, how do you balance your fitness routine with the responsibilities of motherhood?

i will be completely honest, it’s not easy. it’s extremely difficult at times, and there are times i don’t even get to go to the gym or participate in any type of workout at all! my family always comes first. however, i do keep myself organized and do my best to arrange our schedules in order for me to fit “me” time (workout time) into my routine! by staying healthy and fit, i feel i am able to stay strong enough to tackle anything that comes my way, including fighting off my autoimmune disease! when it gets busy, i will incorporate at-home workouts with my children, or we go outside and walk,play,jump, you name it!

what’s your favorite thing to stash in your stasher bag? your daughters’?

my favorite thing to stash in my stasher is my homemade sweet potato discs or fries, and my daughters’ favorites are endless! top three are avocado, apples, and emmy’s organics cookies!

best health/fitness tip for moms?

the best tip i can offer any other mom out there struggling with finding the best way to stay fit, is finding balance, as well as being at peace with the fact that sometimes you just cannot do it all! balance your work/home life, balance your diet with whole and nutrient dense foods, and most importantly balance the time you spend catering to your kids and catering to yourself. every mom out there deserves a trophy (or maybe a massage?)!


favorite stasher?

my favorite stasher bag is the pretty aqua color, because i am a sucker for a girly accessory.

what items do you always have in your fridge?

i always have kombucha, unsweetened almond milk, kite hill almond cheese, homemade baby food purée, fermented food (kraut in particular), and fresh organic veggies!

where can we find you online?

Instagram: @amandaaanicole_

http://www.raisingtinyminds.com

Why the healthy eats, you ask?

Tuna, tomato, cucmber sanwich with pine nut hummus as “dressing”

 

Hello All!

I will normally post my recipes under the Cookbook Menu Tab, however this recipe comes with a little bit more! I wanted to share WHY I cook the way I do and what motivates me to do so. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis back in December of 2011, when I was 19 years old. If you don’t know what ulcerative colitis is, it is an inflammatory bowel disease which is the result of an abnormal response by my body’s immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. But in my case, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the GI tract for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, my body sends white blood cells into the lining of my intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations. OUCH!

With all of my health complications regularly occurring, my doctors have not been able to state I am in “remission”. Instead they are investigating whether or not I was mis-diagnosed, and if I have a case of chrons disease. But we will get to that another day!

The main reason I cook so healthy, and cook with whole foods, mostly organic, is because of this disease I have! Not only does eating healthy help with the ulcerative colitis, but it is just generally good for my body to begin with. (And my husband’s body, and my kids’ bodies, etc)

So instead of the boring “chicken, brown rice, and veggies” people usually associate with “healthy” eating, I like to get a little more than creative with it! This recipe I came up with is very flexible when it comes to ingredients. The bottom line is, sweet potatoes make great bread replacements!

Take your sweet potato slices, about 1/4 inch thick max, and place them in your TOASTER. That’s right, I said it. TOASTER. Like where you put your bagels and such 🙂 Toast the sweet potato slices for TWO ROUNDS (2x longer than you’d normally toast your bagels!) Careful when they’re finished because they will be hot! Personally, I was too eager my first time and totally burnt my fingers and then dropped it on my dog – lol.

Once the yummy sweet ‘taters are toasted and tender, get out your tuna,cucumbers, hummus, and tomatoes! Assemble your sandwich, and then DEVOUR!

I also turned mine into open faced sandwiches which I have pictured below!

Hope you enjoy!

Open Faced Sweet Potato Sanwdwich! From left to right: Tuna + Tomatoe, Hummus + Cucumber, Egg Whites + Acocado. Not Pictured: Plain Oikos Greek Yogurt topped with creamy almond butter!