Lactation Peanut Butter Balls

When I was newly postpartum, a lovely friend brought me these amazing lactation friendly peanut butter balls that were so nice to have around and just grab when I needed a snack.  I scoured the web looking for the recipe that matched.  I found this one at TheBabyGoat.com and it is amazing!

lactation oatmeal peanut butter balls

The tiny ones are for the toddler 🙂

I have changed it A LOT though over the past year a a half, and have added even more nutritional yumminess!  I have also doubled the recipe (sorta).

edited version:
In stand mixer mix: 

  • 2 cups dry rolled oats + 2 cups finely ground dry rolled oats
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed and chia seed (in whatever ratio you like)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, and/or hemp hearts
  • 4-8 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (optional – though a GREAT source of nutrients and protein)
  • 1-2 tbsp turmeric and/or cacao powder. (optional)

Add, while mixer is running: 

  • 1-2 tbsp vanilla or almond (or both) extract
  • 2/3 cup honey – mix well

mix in:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup room temp butter (depending on how okay you are with eating lots of butter 😉

At this point add peanut butter until it holds together to be able to form balls.

I then add:

  • 1/2-1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped nuts

Roll into balls, put into bowl, eat all the time! (or as I all too often do, don’t make into balls, eat with spoon out of mixing bowl every time you walk by the kitchen…)

These are so yummy and addictive.  They are chock-full of healthy ingredients, so you can snack guilt free.  Enjoy!

Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa

Quinoa and Oats are good for you

This post was written by Courtney Blake, a local Placenta Encapsulator, mother, student, and friend.  Thank you so much for contributing to the Sacred Roots Community!

My older Sister is a personal chef and birth enthusiast. Her name is Mandy Unruh and her blog Mama Mandy is an amazing resource for current and future Mamas and Papas.
I am truly excited to share this recipe for Cool Creamy Oats and Quinoa with the Sacred Roots Services LLC family. The ingredients in this recipe are known to be excellent in helping mamas milk supply. That being said, you don’t have to be a Mama to indulge in this amazing hot or cold treat.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
Makes 8 servings
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup quinoa (rinsed in a strainer for one minute and drained)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 droppers full liquid vanilla stevia (I prefer Whole Foods 365 brand)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup roasted mixed nuts, chopped
1 cup blueberries
In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of oil, then add the oats and quinoa and cook until grains smell toasty. Add almond milk and water. Add salt and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Liquid should be absorbed. Take off heat, let rest for five minutes, then uncover and fluff with a fork. Turn mixture out onto a baking sheet and let cool for 30 minutes.
Whisk together the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil, maple syrup, stevia, and yogurt. Mix in chopped nuts.
Combine grains and yogurt mixture. Gently fold in blueberries. Serve room temperature or cold. Tastes even better the next day

http://mamamandy.com/2012/06/09/cool-creamy-oats-quinoa/

The Placenta Experience

This post was written by Courtney Blake, a local Placenta Encapsulator, mother, student, and friend.  Thank you so much for contributing to the Sacred Roots Community!

Greetings! I would like to tell you about my experience with Placenta Encapsulation. I have had a very pleasant post-partum period and believe that choosing to consume my placenta via Placenta Encapsulation is a very big reason why.

It really does make sense when I think about it!

The placenta grows as the baby grows and it holds all kinds of hormones and nutrients. Where do those nutrients go after my baby is born? Well, usually the placenta is discarded or used for medical experimentation. I chose to take my placenta home and send it off for encapsulation.

My older Sister had her placenta encapsulated and encouraged me to look in to it. Our mother had terrible post-partum depression with her last pregnancy (me) and my Sister wanted to try consuming her placenta as a means of avoiding post-partum depression. Because she claimed that it worked and she was glad that she consumed her placenta, I took the steps to have mine encapsulated as well.

After doing some research, I also discovered that placenta consumption could help to prevent excessive bleeding, iron-loss, help my uterus shrink back to its normal size, increase energy, help with insomnia, and help with milk production. Why isn’t everyone doing this?  I was sold!

Placenta Capsules

I did my research, contacted a somewhat-local encapsulator and spoke with my Midwives about it at several appointments. Because I was having a hospital birth, I knew that I would have to address the hospital staff as well. When I went in to have my baby, I made sure to show my birth plan to all of the hospital staff and I even attached a separate “Placenta Plan”, that basically requested that no chemicals be put on my placenta and that is was promptly put on ice and saved for me (cord and all).

I brought my own little cooler to the hospital and arranged for my Dad to take it home and then overnight it to the encapsulator for me.
The encapsulator received my overnighted placenta, encapsulated it using the Tradtional Chinese Method and shipped my pills to me within a few days.
I figured that the capsules would help me, but I had no idea to what extent. I was skeptical, but hopeful. I took my first dose and didn’t feel a whole lot different. But after my second and third doses, I could tell that they were actually helping.
After I had Alice, I had this “cry hour”. Well actually it was a “cry three hours”. I would weep from about 5p-8p nightly, until the placenta capsules arrived. Then I noticed that my “cry hour” went away, I had more energy and was actually, truly enjoying being a new Mama.

I was so grateful. I took the capsules for about three weeks regularly and then tapered off to when I felt I needed an emotional boost. I still have some left (my placenta was huge and yielded an unusually large amount of capsules) and I still take them for those occasional, “raw” emotional days. They never fail to help.

I want to share this with all the women I possibly can because I believe that placenta consumption truly does help women in so many ways.

Many mammals (cats and dogs) do it, and yes there is argument that they only do it to keep the birthing area clean, but the hormonal aspect and replenishing the body right away with what is just lost makes complete sense to me.

I have become so passionate about placenta consumption that I have started helping women consume their own placenta by becoming a placenta encapsulator myself.  For more information see my page.