LOADS OF OATS –  NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH

MH Oats 3 Ways Blog v1 2

You may have heard that oats keep a nursing mama’s milk supply up, but why? According to the La Leche League, oats are lactogenic, meaning they help induce the secretion of milk.  Oatmeal lactation cookies are super popular among women who pump and nurse, but all new moms need a nutritious start to their day, because having a baby is amazing, but exhausting and hard work. Treat your taste buds and your body to these oat-filled recipes that give the cookie a run for its money.

 

  1. Take your breakfast to the next level with Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes. This recipe is from our friends at Fit Pregnancy.

Oatmeal-Raisin Pancakes (Makes 6 Pancakes)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 cup oatmeal pancake make-ahead mix (this is the mixture, which makes 36 pancakes in total: 2 cups uncooked rolled oats 2 cups enriched white flour 2 cups whole-wheat flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 4 tablespoons sugar Process oatmeal in food processor with metal blade until it’s the consistency of flour. In large bowl, mix oatmeal with flours, baking powder and sugar until blended. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 months).
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Warm maple syrup or low-fat vanilla yogurt (optional)

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • In a small pan, bring water to boil; add raisins, cooking for one minute, then drain.
  • In medium bowl, mix raisins with make-ahead pancake mix, skim milk, molasses, egg whites, oil and cinnamon. Stir until just blended.
  • Meanwhile, heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.
  • Ladle 1/4 cup batter onto hot skillet and cook each side until browned. Remove to plate and serve immediately with warm maple syrup or low-fat vanilla yogurt, if you desire.

 

  1. Make your afternoon snack count and munch on these delicious Cherry Oat Blondies, recipe is compliments from our friends at Family Circle.

Cherry Oat Blondies (Makes 16 Bars)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp dried cherries

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with aluminum foil; coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients on low speed until just combined.
  • Fold rolled oats and dried cherries into batter. Transfer to prepared pan and spread evenly. Scatter 2 tbsp each rolled oats and dried cherries on top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then use foil to lift blondie to a wire rack. Cool completely

 

  1. Wash it all down with a Blueberry Oat Smoothie, made from the following recipe from our friends at BabyCenter.

Blueberry Oat Smoothie (Makes 2 Drinks)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole raw almonds

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

  • Juice the orange.
  • Peel and cut the banana into chunks.
  • In a blender, combine the orange juice, banana, blueberries, yogurt, oats, and almonds.
  • Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Divide between 2 glasses and enjoy right away.

 

Once you try these OATrageously great sounding  recipes, let us know if they helped raise your supply, how easy they were to make, how they tasted and maybe even share a pic with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: HAWAIIAN NO-JITO

Mocktail Monday Hawaiian No-Jito

No alcohol? No problem… thanks to the NO-JITO! Our take on the classic pineapple mojito, which usually includes rum, comes from our friends at PopSugar. They replaced the liquor with pomegranate juice, but you can also sub in sparkling water, seltzer or sprite to keep pineapple as the star. Now is the time to take out your grass skirt, your seashell top and baby umbrella because it’s Mocktail Monday!

What you will need:

  • 3 large mint leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice

What you will need to do:

  1. Put the mint and sugar in a tall glass and mash them together to muddle.
  2. Stir in the pineapple juice. Add enough ice to fill the glass.
  3. Add the pomegranate juice* and do not stir. Serve.

*Replace the pomegranate juice with a splash of sparkling water or soda for more of that perfect pineapple finish!

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MOCKTAIL MONDAY: MALI-BUMP BAY BREEZE

Mocktail Monday Mali-Bump Bay Breeze

Get out your best glass and that little drink umbrella, because it’s Mocktail Monday! For our second recipe, we are going with something summery, light and full of flavor.  The Malibu Bay Breeze features cranberry juice, pineapple juice and rum, usually coconut flavored. We found an upgraded and virgin version from our friends at Pop Sugar called the Strawberry Coco Loco, but we think you can easily swap in cranberries for strawberries to make it more traditional.  We present you with what we like to call The Mali-Bump Bay Breeze!

Serving size is for one mama only!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 1 Cup of Ice
  • Fresh Strawberries (or cranberries!)
  • Blender

Instructions

  1. In the blender puree a handful of fresh strawberries (or cranberries) and set aside.
  2. Combine the pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice. Blend until slushy.
  3. Pour the coconut mixture into your cup.
  4. Swirl in the strawberry (or cranberry) puree.
  5. Garnish with fresh strawberries (or some cranberries).

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Bottoms up ladies!

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: THE BLUE BELLY-NI

Mocktail Monday The Blue Belly-ni

For our first mommy mocktail we decided to slightly switch up one of our favorite recipes from our friends at Fit Pregnancy; their Non-Alcoholic Bellini can be made with peach juice, but by swapping in blueberry juice instead, we present you with THE BLUE BELLY-NI!

Servings: 1                                           Prep 10 mins                           Start to Finish 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup blueberry juice*
  • 1 wedge worth of lemon juice
  • Agave nectar, pasteurized honey or simple syrup (to taste)
  • Sparkling water
  • Blueberries for garnish (optional)

Make It

  1. Add apple, blueberry and lemon juices to a champagne flute.
    (*To make the blueberry juice, you will need roughly a ½ pint of blueberries. Throw them in a blender or food processor and mix until they become liquefied. Strain the juice and discard any remaining skins.)
  2. Heat agave syrup or use simple syrup. Tip: To stir in the agave more easily, heat it in the microwave or stovetop before stirring it in.
  3. Top off the drink with sparkling water. To finish, throw some blueberries into the flute.

 

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HELLO SWEETNESS

MH Friday Pie Day v1

Friday may just be the best day of the week, because it kicks off the weekend. It’s the precursor to Saturday (which actually may be the real best day of the week…) We digress though. Friday rhymes with pieday and we are going to make this a thing!

We love a berry pie, especially when it comes in all the colors of summer like red, white and blue. We are looking for something to satisfy your cravings. Enter this recipe, sweetly called The Miss America Pie from Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery.

What will you need?

For the crust:

  • 2 store-bought pie crusts
  • whole milk, for brushing

For the strawberry filling:

  • 2 quarts of strawberries, quartered
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the blueberry filling:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

What do you need to do?

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Begin by blind-baking the pie crust. Blind baking is important in making any pie because it involves baking the crust initially on its own, allowing for the final product to have a crispier bottom crust, not gooey and still uncooked). To blind bake, grease a glass pie plate and set down the bottom pie crust. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pat down the crust so it lies flat on the plate. Using your fingertips, ruffle the edges to make it look pretty.
  3. Use a fork to make 15-20 indentations in the bottom of the crust (this allows air to escape from the crust and prevents bubbles from forming). Now grease the inside of the crust and line it with a piece of aluminum foil.
  4. Next, pour in dried rice or beans to line the aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove aluminum and rice and allow the crust to cool slightly while you prepare your filling.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and salt.
  6. In a smaller bowl, combine the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.
  7. Fold a piece of aluminum foil at a 90° angle to act as a barrier between your blueberries and strawberries. Pour the blueberries into the smaller wedge and the strawberries into the larger wedge. Carefully remove the aluminum and adjust the berries as needed.
  8. Brush the entire crust with whole milk, then bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating!

SAVORY AND SWEET MDW SNACKS

Memorial Day: eat, drink and be pregnant...

We took some simple recipes from our friends at Fit Pregnancy and Parents Magazine. Mini-meals made with nutritious (and tasty) foods can help fight queasy tummy, ease heartburn and minimize indigestion. Whip up and enjoy these little pregnancy pick-ons for that backyard BBQ, summer kick-off party, or even just a relaxing day at home.

Let’s start with something savory: Meze Platter with Roasted Pepper Dip

Servings: 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 15 mins Start to Finish 20 mins

Ingredients
For dip:
• 3 roasted or grilled red peppers, seeded and peeled
• 1/2 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 small clove garlic, minced
• Salt to taste

For meze platter:
• 2 6-inch pita breads (3 ounces each)
• Cooking spray
• 20 cherry tomatoes
• 16 kalamata olives
• 1/2 English cucumber (about 1/2 pound), peeled and cut into thin spears

Make It
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place dip ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Put in a covered, airtight container and refrigerate until needed. (Dip will keep for 3 days, refrigerated.)
2.Cut pita into triangles, place triangles on a cookie sheet in a single layer and mist with cooking spray. Bake until toasted and crisp, about 15 minutes.
3.To assemble each meze platter: Add 1/4 cup dip to a small bowl; place on a plate; arrange one-fourth of toasted pita triangles alongside 5 cherry tomatoes, 4 olives and 2 to 3 cucumber spears.

And finish with something sweet: Yogurt Covered Fruit

Parents suggests strawberries, but we think adding in blueberries and bananas would make for that Red, White and Blue kick the holiday calls for! (They even gave the nutrition facts in case you’re into knowing…)

Ingredients and Directions:
Dip 1 lb. strawberries into one 5-oz. container Greek yogurt. Place berries on a wax-paper lined baking sheet; freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 58, Fat, total (g): , chol. (mg): 2, sat. fat (g): , carb. (g): 10, Monounsaturated fat (g): , Polyunsaturated fat (g): , Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 2, sugar (g): 7, pro. (g): 5, vit. A (IU): 15, vit. C (mg): 67, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 30, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 15, Potassium (mg): 226, calcium (mg): 59, iron (mg): , Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

CINCO DE MAMA!

Cinco de Mama! great source of vitamins and minerals for expecting moms; brain power for mommy and baby

Let’s take a minute to appreciate the almighty avocado. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we’re mixing up the classic guacamole. And no, we do not charge extra for our guac!

To begin, avocados are amazing for pregnant women. They have folic acid; they have calcium; they have vitamins; they have minerals and they have that healthy fat which boosts brain power for both mommy and baby.

Our first recipe is the plain ol’ guacamole… as simple as it is scrumptious.

  • Deshell and mash up 3 avocados, mix in ½ of a finely chopped red onion, add in about ¼ cup of cilantro (do less if that just isn’t your taste), pour in the juice of ½ of a lime, sprinkle in salt and black pepper until you can’t resist the creamy goodness. You can also add in 1 cup of cherry tomatoes for more texture. Get your favorite chips or pitas and dip away. If you want a creamier guac with a tangy finish, replace 1 of the avocados with ¼ cup of Greek yogurt.

Let’s sweeten the deal with some fruity guacamole ideas.

  • Get the flesh of 2 large avocados all mashed and smooth, leave some chunks if you desire, then mix in ¼ cup of pine nuts, a ½ cup of pomegranate seeds, pour in the juice of 1 lime, then season with salt and pepper.
  • To make your guacamole even fruitier, replace the pine nuts with ½ cup of finely chopped pineapple, replace the pomegranate seeds (or keep them!) with ½ cup small chunks of mango, add 2 jalapeño peppers that are both seeded and finely chopped. Add a minced garlic clove in there too. You can add ¼ cup of onions if you want as well. Continue with lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Not into trop guac? How about strawberry peach guacamole? Mix 3 avocados with 1 cup chopped strawberries, 2 peeled and chopped peaches, the juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon basil. Fresh and ready to be dipped and devoured.

Wait… there’s more!

  • Need a simple and satisfying guacamole recipe? Make the classic recipe, add in ¼ cup of feta cheese and chopped up bacon. You’re welcome!

EARTH MAMA & MOTHER EARTH – #motherearth

Today we thanks the mother of all mothers... Mother Earth!

Today we thank the mother of all mothers… Mother Earth!

Today is Earth Day and we like to celebrate by doing something good for our environment. From recycling to reusing, there are so many ideas and inspirations of how to help our earth. Check out Earth Day’s website for plans and ways to get involved.

As for us, we want to highlight a brand we love. “Babytime! by Episencial is dedicated to creating safe, effective, natural skin care products that enhance the health of babies and young children’s naturally sensitive skin. Babytime! is the only skincare brand to make baby-safe, all-natural skincare products with PROBIOTICS to support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions.”

Be a true Earth Mama! Since bumps are just as sensitive as baby bums, we encourage you to try these products out during pregnancy too. Your skin is the biggest organ and with baby in the belly, being safe becomes top priority.

Combat itchy and stretched skin with Babytime Body Lotion, sold through Motherhood Maternity. Calm down those hormonal changes that affect your skin with the Babytime Soothing Cream. And nourish your body with their massaging serum. All natural, all good, all ages.

Besides using natural products, how do our team members give back to Mother Earth? Read on to see how they show a little love to the land.

Matt, our Production Manager, gardens with his children with help from the compost, which he uses as food for his plants. He grows peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, tomatoes, mint, basil, chives, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini.

Jeff, our Creative Project Director, exchanged all the windows in his upcoming baby’s nursery to make it more energy efficient. His wife has been purchasing organic baby clothing; she is in to sustainable children’s clothing as well!

Klaudia, our Senior Graphic Designer, and her four-year-old daughter take leftover fruits and veggies to feed the animals at a local petting farm outside of their veterinarian’s office. Her little peanut also plants flower seeds every spring at a nearby preserve; together they take walks there to see them bloom! How cute is that mommy/daughter date?

Share how you care about the earth on our Instagram with the #MotherEarth

OUR FOUR FAVES

Easter Essentials Our Four Faves

1. STYLE: graphic maternity tees make every look a little more bumped up… quite literally

2. SKIN: pregnancy changes you, inside & out, so we are serious about what we put on the largest organ of our body, especially one that is creating life!

3. BABY: this holiday, all you need is a lot of love & some little presents – take these pacis off your list by adding them to your basket, whether that be shopping or Easter basket of course!

4. FOOD: traditional Easter bread, because carbs are always on the cravings list…

 

TOTAL TIME:  Prep takes about 30 minutes + Baking takes 30 minutes

MAKES: roughly 20 servings

DOUGH:

  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    (can make healthier with whole wheat flour or almond flour for an option containing less gluten)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
    (can substitute with cane sugar)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (can replace with another nut-based milk)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (can replace with coconut oil or ghee)
  • 2 eggs (medium to large sized)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, blanched almonds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract (optional)
  • 5 uncooked eggs, dyed

GLAZE:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk (or a nut-based / soy option)

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a large saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter, right before it begins to boil. Then, add the dry ingredients; stir or beat rapidly with whisk for 2 minutes. Add eggs and mix them well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and until it has an elastic consistency, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased/ buttered bowl. Turn the dough over so both sides get greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, which takes about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and then turn it out on a lightly floured surface. Fold in the almonds and anise extract (if you chose to add them) until blended in evenly. Let the dough rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Shape the halves in to a 24-inch rope, or to as exact as that as you can get. Twist those two ropes together loosely and place them on a greased baking sheet. You want to make them into a ring shape on the sheet by closing the ends of the twisted roped together.
  • Melt what’s left of your butter and brush it over the shaped dough. Gently separate the twists on the ropes and place your dyed eggs in. Cover and let rise until it has doubled, which is about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool your sweet bread on a wire rack.
  • To create the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency in a bowl. Drizzle it over the warm bread. Sprinkle with candies (we like the nonpareil kind, because it’s what our family is used to, but we aren’t bias to good old-fashioned sprinkles either!)

PREGNANT TO PARENT PAJAMAS

The thing we like about our pajamas, you know besides the unbelievable softness, stretch and comfort, is that they can be used way past the bump stage and right into feeding or cuddling your new baby stage. We call our maternity sleepwear, nursing sleepwear, because we know that pregnancy really lasts “four trimesters.” As contradictory as that sounds, those first three months are an extension of pregnancy… just with a living, breathing being.

Our newest sleepwear is perfect to show you while rounding out our Week of Sleep. These maternity pajama pants and nursing nightgown are both featured in our fresh floral print. We paired the bottoms with the “I Love You More Than Sleep” maternity and nursing sleep shirt and topped our best-selling nightgown with our light pink nursing robe.

All pieces are seasonally transitional, trimester transitional, as well as interchangeable with each other. We hope you are sleeping like an actual BUMP on a log, but if not, we then hope this past week has given you some tips, styles and products to consider for making every night a good night. So, here’s to happy days and restful nights!

Floral Maternity Sleep Pants

Bump in the Night Nursing Nightgown

I Love You More Than Sleep Maternity Nursing Sleep Top

Bump in the Night Tie Front Nursing Robe

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