Book Review – Tips for “colicky babies”

A friend recently recommended The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp MD. Harvey has a 5 step technique for soothing infants especially in the 4th Trimester. He believes babies come out early and the first 3 months of life, they need the calming reflex stimulated. I watched the DVD which I rented from the local library. It was a quick video with tips that can be used by new parents immediately. The visual helped drive the points home.

His steps are:

  1. Swaddle
  2. Side lying
  3. Shhh
  4. Swaying
  5. Sucking
I highly recommend pregnant parents and new parents to check out this book and DVD. If you’ve tried these techniques and your baby is still fussy, please contact your health care provider or book an appointment with myself for a well-baby check and we will look at their digestion and overall health.  http://www.happiestbaby.com/

Tex Mex Corn Salad

My aunt and cousin gave me this great recipe that is perfect for barbeques. It has a little bit of heat and lots of flavour.

  • 4 cups – corn kernels (from cans, rinsed well)
  • 1 – red onion finely chopped (I used half because my onion was big)
  • 1 – jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped finely)
  • 2 tbsp – fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp – cumin
  • 1/4 tsp – ground coriander
  • 6 tbsp – olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup – coarsely chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
Combine corn, onion and pepper in a bowl
Wisk lime juice, cumin, coriander, olive oil and season to taste, then pour over corn and toss to coat. Chill.
Add cilantro leaves before serving.

Elimination Diet – Breakfast Day 1

Here is what I made for breakfast this morning. I thought I would share with you and build up our recipe database for everyone who wants to eat clean and do the elimination diet.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I make a big batch and refrigerate up to 4 days)

2 tbsp ground flaxseed (stored in the freezer)

1/2 cup frozen berries: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries

1 tbsp vanilla flavoured rice protein powder (sold at The Healing Oasis)

1/4 cup of water

Simmer on the stove until warmed through

mmm!

Recipe – Sweet potato & shrimp coconut curry

I made this last night by altering a couple recipes. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and elimination diet approved!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced gingerroot
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into cubes
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions and cook, stirring until softened. Add garlic and gingerroot and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add vegetable stock, sweet potatoes, chicken breast cubes. Boil then cover and reduce heat. Cook until chicken cooked through and sweet potatoes soft.
2. Add shrimp, coconut milk and curry powder. Let simmer until warmed through.
3. Serve over cooked brown rice with a salad on the side.

Quinoa Dinner

Quinoa Dinner

1 cup quinoa – rinse with water

2 cups water

Bring water and quinoa to boil then simmer until cooked.

1 cup frozen peas (boiled)

2 garlic cloves minced (I use a zester to mince my garlic)

1 tomato diced

handful yellow beans (boiled)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in one pot. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. I took leftovers for my lunch too.

Spinach and Cashew Rice Salad

I adapted this from a recipe my cousin Kristin and Aunt Cathie gave me. My fiance Steve doesn’t like raisins but still loves cashews so here goes our new recipe!

Mix together:

  • 2 cups cooked rice (measured dry before cooking), cooled
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Bragg’s soy sauce (gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pour dressing over top of rice mixture. Tastes great right away or let marinate in fridge for 8 hours before serving. Try both and let me know which way you like it best.