Aria’s Favorite Muffin Recipes

Apple Banana Carrot Muffins- No sugar added
I found these to be perfect for baby led weaning!

prep 10 mins,/cook 15 mins/total 25 mins
yield 24 mini muffins/ can be frozen

Ingredients

  • 1medium Apple peeled, cored and diced,
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tbsp oil (vegetable or coconut) (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat Flour
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Peel and grate carrot, place apple and carrot in a pot with a little water, pop a lid on and simmer until apple soft. Usually takes about 5-6 mins.
  • While apple and carrot cooking, place banana in a large bowl, mash with a fork.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and oil.
  • Puree the cooked apple and carrot( I use a magic bullet, but a blender will work fine)
  • Add apple and carrot to the other wet ingredients.
  • Beat these wet ingredients together with a hand-held beater, should become smooth, yellow and a little frothy.
  • Add the flour, flax seed and baking powder.
  • Beat for a further 30-60 seconds to make a well-mixed batter.
  • Portion into an oiled muffin tin Mix makes 12 standard sized muffins or 30 mini muffins.

Bake at 350 F for 15 mins, cook time is based on making mini muffins. If you are using a standard muffin tray and making approx 12 muffins the cook time will be longer, approx 25-30 mins.

Once the muffins were cooled I stored them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer so I can take one out as needed.

 

Healthy Zucccini, Carrot, Banana Muffins
Prep 10 mins/ Cook 20 mins
Yield 30 mini muffins/ Can to frozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 mashed bananas (or 3 mashed bananas and ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce)

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Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin.
  • Add the whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, flax seed, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • To a separate bowl add the eggs and whisk them with a fork to break up the yolks. Add the canola oil, the grated carrot, the grated zucchini and the mashed bananas and mix with a spoon until all the wet ingredients are combined.
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  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and fold everything together using a rubber spatula just until no streaks of flour remain.
  • Drop about a tablespoon of the muffin batter into each of the prepared muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes or until the muffins are a nice golden brown.
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  • Remove them from the oven and from their tin and let them cool completely on a cooling rack before enjoying!

This recipe makes about 30 mini muffins, but I usually make 24 mini muffins for the babe and 3 regular sized muffins for my husband and I to enjoy.

I pop these in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for whenever I need a quick snack for Aria.

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Favorite homemade granola recipe

Have you ever had those crunchy Nature Valley granola bars, the one in the green package?  This granola has a similar crunch. They are vegan PLUS, they are gluten-free with no refined sugar, boom!

I have my granola with very simple with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt. Other great options are almond, soy or coconut yogurt to keep it vegan, or if you insist a custard
or lemon curd and shape the granola into mini tart pans would be so yummy if you are making these for more of a dessert.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats , Quaker
  • 1 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 2 cups greek yogurt  (coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt)
  • 4 cups mixed fruit for topping, (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples. I love using mango and blackberries.)

INSTRUCTIONS
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mns

  • Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
  • Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, melted oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly coated.
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  • Spread evening of a baking sheet, if you are making the granola into tarts: press about 3 tablespoons of the mixture into non-stick mini tart pans. Use the back of an oiled spoon to help press the granola evenly across the pan and up the sides.
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  • Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden. Remove and let cool.
    If making into tart shells: immediately after you remove the tart shells from the oven, use the back of the spoon to press down the centers of the crust to create more of an indentation, and push up the sides. The shell puffs up in the oven, so it helps to reshape the crust after it bakes while still hot. Allow cooling completely in the pan before removing. Use a small knife to gently release the sides of the crust, working around each side, then very carefully remove it from the pan, turning over if needed into your hand. The crust should be crisp on the sides and hold together, but will be delicate.

 

When you are ready to enjoy, I serve about ½ cup of the granola pre serving or one mini tart per serving.

This recipe yields about 3 cups or 8 mini tarts.

ENJOY!!!

 

Your Optimal Labour and Delivery

Most people know that you need to be completely informed about all your pregnancy care options but did you know that you have labor and delivery options that need your knowledge just as much?

When I comes to labour and delivery most people seem to expect their prenatal care provider to inform them of their option and what will work best for you, but shouldn’t you know what’s best of you and your baby? In todays society it seems there is still fear and anxiety around labor and delivery, especially with natural care, labour and delivery options.   Fear and its associated stress can also cause more serious problems that may contribute to both early and late deliveries, smaller babies, a higher risk for an emergency Cesarean section. Why not get out there and find the information that can save your labor and delivery from the horror section of recaps?

Most women who have there births in the hospital think that the nurses or doctors will tell you how to labour properly and they know best when it comes to happy mom and baby, but why? You know your body and baby best, don’t you? Most hospital practices are meant as a general for everyone but you can have a say in how you want your experience to be. Here are some things that most women don’t know:

Did you know you could turn down the lights in your hospital room?
The main hormone that helps you to labour effectively is called oxytocin. It shapes the frequency, length and strength of your contractions, and works best if you feel calm, safe and relaxed.
**Labour Partners – Even just being near your wife during labour can help with natural flow of oxytocin. Want to be more helpful? find out how your partner likes to be touch while experiencing their painful contractions and use supportive language.

Did you know you could limit vaginal exams?
Stress and anxiety make your body produce fight-or-flight hormones, such as adrenaline. Vagina exams can make your body feel vulnerable and actually stopping the oxytocin flow and in turn slowing down your progression in labour.

Hospitals only look at dilation as progression but did you know that other factors are just as important?
Hospital staff will offer you medications and C-sections based on failure to dilate in the labouring hours but there are other questions you can ask to determine for yourself if you are progressing in other aspects. Before you make a decision you can ask, has my effacement improvement? This refers to the thinning of your cervix; if it has improved then yes you have made some progress. What is the station of my baby? This refers to the depth of your baby in your pelvis, if you baby is deeper, then yes you have made progress. Has my baby moved position? This refers to the position of how you baby is facing.
Of course everyones main focus is health baby and mom, if your baby isn’t reacting poorly to the contractions then you are safe to say that you want to continue to labour natural before having interventions.

Did you know most moms go to the hospital to early?
Most parents are eagerly waiting for the day labour begins but you will labour better in your home environment. Most women show up at the hospital only 2cm dilated, most are thinking they need to be at the hospital to be monitored and this is a safer environment for labour. Your labour will slow once you are at the hospital due to many factors that your body does automatically. As a general rule, you don’t need to travel to your place of birth until contractions are 4 minutes apart; lasting 1 minute and it has been that way for 1 hour. Telling signs from the mother includes mom in the zone and non-verbal, moaning in the contractions, losing modesty (clothes are coming off) and she has no desire to eat anymore.
In doing the early labour at home you can progress you labour nicely with a better chance of avoiding hospital intereventions.

Did you know that hydration and urination are key?
A hydrated cervix is a happy cervix! During labour the cervix is the largest muscle in your body and its working very hard to push your baby down into a good position. Reward your self with a drink after every contraction. This can be a simple sip of water or you can go for a low sugar electrolyte options like coconut water or Ener-C packs.

During labour a women wont feel the need to pee so partners need to be there to remind her go to the washroom every 30-60 mins. Think this is excessive? Maybe but can you imagine the pain of a full bladder being pushed on by a baby and your cervix? Plus most women are happy to avoid having catheters inserted when its discovered how full your bladder is but you can’t urinate on your own due to baby’s position.

By being a little more informed about your choices during labour, you could make decisions that you feel informed in turning your delivery story into a positive memory.

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Have a Happy Labour Day !

 

 

Road to Motherhood

All I ever wanted to be was a mom.

We were taught in schools that if you had unprotected sex you would get pregnant. I grew up thinking, getting pregnant was easy, it was becoming pregnant before you were ready that was hard.

At the age of 19, I met this wonderful man and 6 months later he proposed. It was my fairytale coming true. Two years later, after I finished post secondary schooling, on September 14, 2013, I married my husband, Daniel.

As a dating couple you talk about goals and life plans. We had come to the conclusion/agreement that we would have a couple years of marital bliss before adding any little ones to our family. We have places we want to experience before fully settling down to raise a family but I had a itch that was getting hard to ignore, I wanted to be a mom so bad and a couple of years seem like an eternity.

Marriage is about the other person as well and my husband just wasn’t ready to have kids right away which we had previous had conversations about, it was my duty to be respectful to our agreement and just enjoy our time just the two of us.

AS the two-year mark began to approach, I was incredibly excited, however, everyone seemed to have an opinion on the subject. Some felt I was too young to be a mother at 24, others expressed that it would happen so fast and the odd person lectured me on not putting stress on wanting to be a mom because it will make it harder on us. I find it somewhat interesting how people express their views on the subject of my fertility without being asked.

On July 3, 2015, we started trying for a beautiful baby of our very own. Much to my surprise it did not happen that month. I began to think of all the opinions that were given to me and I started to get frustrated. Months passed quicker and quicker and still we had not been blessed with a little one of our very own. Numerous friends were posting on social media about how they were expecting and it was tremendously difficult for me.

Was something wrong with me?