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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Tyra Banks is a MOM!

     

    Tyra Banks

    Tyra Banks is now a mom! She and and boyfriend Erik Asla, Norwegian photographer, welcomed a son, York Bank Asla. Tyra announced her new bundle of joy via a cute Instagram post of a newborn baby hospital hat. She included the caption:

    “The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erick’s mouth and chin.”

    Tyra Banks Baby Hospital Hat Instagram

    After a long series of IVF struggles, Tyra, 42,  and Erik conceived through a surrogate. She praises her surrogate in her Instagram caption and supports other moms who are having trouble conceiving as she did:

    “As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone.”

    Tyra Banks Boyfriend

    Congratulations to the happy new parents!

  • Pregnancy Snack - Delicious and Healthy Oil-Free Granola!

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    Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of granola with some fruit and yogurt to start the day? This homemade version is healthier than many varieties due to the fact that it contains no refined sugar or oil! Many store-bought granolas (especially the ones made by companies who make sugar cereals) have too much sugar and oil to actually be considered healthy.

    This recipe makes a big batch, so you will have it for weeks! How’s that for convenience?

    This granola is also an awesome healthy snack during any time of day (or night!). Some pregnant women feel like there is too much pressure on their tummy to have a big meals. It can be hard to adjust to a new way of eating, but don’t fear - snacks are here! Some women have found that eating 5-6 small meals during the day works better for them during pregnancy. This keeps them comfortable, fueled, and properly nourished to be the best mom they can be.

    Pregnancy can be a fun time to experiment with healthy snacks, and this granola definitely fits the bill. It’s a good mix of energy and satiation from the oats and almonds, and has just enough sweetness to taste delicious.

    Besides eating it as a breakfast and snack, try it these ways:

    • on frozen yogurt or non-dairy ice cream (which is typically lower in fat, healthier, cruelty-free and better for the environment)

    • on smoothie bowls

    • sprinkle on pancakes

    • spread peanut or almond butter on celery, banana, bread, or carrots and roll in granola

    • use as a crumble topping for apple and berry crisps and pies

    There are so many ways to enjoy this delicious granola. Get creative and enjoy!

    Oil Free Granola Ingrediants Oil Free Granola Ingrediants

     

    Ingredients:

    4 cups of rolled oats

    1 cup of toasted buckwheat

    1 cup nuts

    1 cup applesauce

    1 cup puffed cereal of choice (kamut, quinoa, millet, rice)

    ½ cup maple syrup

    A generous amount of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and allspice

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets* with parchment paper.

    Mix the applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla and spices together in a small bowl. Set aside.

    Chop the nuts and transfer to large bowl. Mix in the oats, puffed cereal, and toasted buckwheat.

    Fold in the wet mix to the dry and mix until combined. Pour granola mixture onto pan and spread evenly.

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    *If you like your granola with some bigger chunks in it, use 1 baking sheet. Gently press all the mixture into a “bar” or “loaf”. Don’t break up the loaf while it is baking. After it cools, break up the loaf into chunks.

    *If you like your granola evenly toasted and don’t want bigger chunks, use 2 baking sheets. Spread the mixture so that there is plenty of space and the layer is only a couple oats thick.

    Bake for 25-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

    Enjoy your guilt-free delicious snack!

    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2016, All Rights Reserved.

  • Maternity Sleepwear sets with baby sleepers - 2 gifts in 1 !

    Belabumbum nursing pajamasLooking for a great gift for someone special? How about one of our 3 or 5 piece PJ sets!! Everly Grey offers (J100) a great set! This 5 piece set is for mommy and baby. Perfect for the hospital or home. You will love how comfortable this sleep set is with just the right amount of stretch. The maternity and nursing top offers quick and easy nursing access for those late night feedings. The pants have supportive and stretchy elastic waistband. Completing the set for mommy is the stylish robe. This set is perfect for when friends come for a visit to OH and AH over your new baby. You’ll feel pretty and put together. This great set also comes with a cute matching gown for baby!! Beautiful coordinating pjs for both mom and baby for that first picture, whether you’re still in the hospital or at home. Why is this the perfect gift? Because it’s two gifts in one!! A matching PJ set with robe for mommy and a matching gown for baby.

    Olian Nursing PajamasAnother great gift set is from Olian. (J90270). Say you care with hearts and flowers when you give this 5 piece PJ set! With a cute cami top accented with white lace and a pink bow. Easy hook closure at shoulder for nursing access. Ankle length pants and a super cute robe with 3/4 length sleeves and a hood. PJ pant pattern match the edge detailing on robe. To complete this oh so special set baby has his/her own matching sleeper gown and a matching hat. This could be a great gift if you don’t know the gender of the baby. Predominately white with a cute accent pattern of red, orange, green and pink. Think, 2 gifts in one!!

    Olian Nursing PajamasLooking for a 3 piece set? (P97770) Olian Maternity Black Rose Nursing 3 Piece Pajama Set. Pretty and comfortable, you will love this 3 piece Pajamas Set. The nursing pajama top has cap sleeves, cuffed with rose pattern accent, 7 buttons down the front. It easily pulls over your head, no need to unbutton. Full length pants with elastic waistband adjust to your changing weight and shape before and after your pregnancy. Pretty accent of yellow lace on leg bottom are a sweet feminine detail. Completing this set is a cute matching sleep gown for baby!! A great set for mommy and baby all coordinating for that first picture.  This set is 100% cotton.  Comfort and style all in one!!

  • Maternity Activewear for your Active New Year!

    It’s a new year and you’re a new you! Stay active during this special time in your life. The better shape you are in now the easier it is for you to transition back into your regular wardrobe. And remember you will be taking care of a little one and soon a toddler. It all starts now!  You have great options with our active lifestyle fashions from Belabumbum.  Whether you enjoy yoga or aerobic exercise like jogging, you will stay supported and comfortable.  You want pants that are comfortable for all exercise routines.

    BelaBumBum Maternity Yoga PantLet’s call them comfy chic pants, Belabumbum  Black jogger maternity pants (Av16) are wonderful! With a light support waistband that can be worn above or below your belly.  Soft fabric with just the right amount of stretch. These will make great yoga pants too! They have a full length leg that’s gathered and cuffed at your ankle. Don’t get too comfortable. But you’ll find yourself wanting to throw these on for a quick trip to the store. A pair of boots will look great with these pants!! But wait let’s not get carried away, you are supposed to be exercising remember?

    BelaBumBum Nursing Racerback CamiBelabumbum has a great nursing racerback cami top that’s oh so pretty and comfortable. (AV04).  This stylish and comfortable bra offers support with a criss cross design. Its great moisture wicking stretch fabric offers the right amount of comfort and support you need during pregnancy and nursing. When nursing, you will like the easy pull down front clip for access and convenience.

    BelaBumBum Maternity Hoodie WrapIf you’re looking for a great looking little cover up to use before and after your workout. Belabumbum has the perfect option for you! (BBB-AV09) Light weight and comfortable, this little maternity hoodie is one you will be reaching for even if you’re not working out. Flattering and versatile for your active lifestyle, long sleeves with a loose fitting hood. It wraps around and has a snap closure that has been carefully positioned below your bust for convenient nursing access that allows for privacy. What’s really great about this hoodie cover-up is that you can transition it right into your regular wardrobe!!

    So many options to get you back into shape and stay in shape. Remember you don’t have to go full out with any exercise routine to stay in shape. Just a walk around the block and some gentle yoga stretching will do wonders. Your little one will love the adventure, and maybe even take a nap while you’re on your stroll. Exercise and being outdoors is a great way to boost your mental health as well and say goodbye to any baby blues. Bring some music, enjoy the serenity of the world around you. All the while you’re getting exercise.  You and your little workout partner will both feel so much better when you get home!!

  • Mint Chocolate Truffles - ease your pregnancy carvings!

     
    mint c Mint Chocolate Truffles
    Just the smell of mint can refresh and re-energize you when you are feeling that pregnancy fatigue. These truffles are packed with fresh mint leaves and cacao - two superfoods that are beneficial to pregnancy.
    Sometimes you just feel like relaxing, eating truffles, doing a face mask and watching a movie. These truffles are perfect for that occasion - super simple, quick and no waiting around for anything to chill or bake. The cacao adds a deep, rich chocolate flavor that is decadent, yet healthy!
    mint chocolate truffles 1Eating, drinking and smelling mint is very effective for treating nausea. For this reason, it is especially helpful to have some mint tea, grow some in a windowsill or buy some to add to smoothies and salads during pregnancy. Morning sickness can be a very unpleasant experience for many women during their first months, and mint can help relieve those icky feelings. Mint is also very helpful for digestion, headaches, and fatigue.

     

    It is not recommended for pregnant women to consume large amounts of caffeine during pregnancy. Chocolate and cacao do contain small amounts of caffeine, but not enough to pose any risk when eaten in moderation. Cacao is also very high in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, fiber, and other minerals. It also contains theobromine, which dilates blood vessels and relaxes smooth muscle, which helps to lower blood pressure.
    If you don’t like the flavor of mint, you can try fresh ginger, which has similar benefits to mint. Start with a ½ inch piece and add in more to taste.
    These can also be packaged up in a jar with some festive ribbon and a cute gift tag to give to friends and family for the holidays or as winter gifts. You can even print out the recipe and attach it so that they can re-create the bliss.
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    Ingredients:
    1 cup of nuts
    1 ½ cup dates
    ⅔ cup packed fresh mint leaves
    5 tablespoons cacao powder
    3 tablespoons dried unsweetened shredded coconut
    Process the nuts and mint until you get a rough sand texture. Add in the other ingredients and pulse until combined. Test the mixture by trying to pinch together a small ball. If it falls apart, pulse a bit longer. Try not to overmix -- the processing will separate the oil from the nuts if it is blended too long.  When the dough stays together, form into small balls and roll in cacao powder, chopped nuts, shredded coconut or cacao nibs. These keep well in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
    You can use any blend of nuts you want: walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, brazil nuts, or seeds such as sunflower seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
    Lastly, enjoy your guilt-free desert!
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    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2016, All Rights Reserved.



  • Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Ever!

    Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Ever - only 5 ingredients!

    If you are looking for a yummy pregnancy snack that is as good as it is healthy, then check out this super easy Cinnamon Rolls Vegan recipe! There is no dough-making involved - which means less waiting, less work and more fun! For this recipe, pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough is used, so all you have to do is make the filling, roll, cut and bake. Traditionally, cinnamon rolls use butter and refined sugar for the filling. For these super healthy vegan rolls, it is recommended to use vegan butter, coconut oil, any specialty oils (hazelnut, walnut, pistachio), or a blend with olive oil. Or, experiment with nut butters!

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    There is some debate about whether vegan butter is actually a better choice than butter.

    Here is a comparison of the two:

    Vegan Butter Dairy Butter
    Most brands contain ingredients that are sustainably sourced (cruelty free). Most brands use generic milk from cows in factory farms (bad living conditions).
    Plant foods take less resources (space and water) than animal products. Animal products (namely dairy and meats), take huge amounts of resources.
    Plant foods contain no cholesterol. Dairy contains cholesterol.
    Less saturated fats. More saturated fats.

     

    The price is comparable and the taste is almost exactly the same. So make the switch to support a healthier you and care for the planet and animals.

    Coconut sugar is used instead of regular refined sugar. Coconut sugar has a great caramel-y taste and is more sustainable than cane sugar. It also has minerals, amino acids, and a lower glycemic index.

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    Ingredients

    1 package of pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough (Trader Joe’s brand was used)

    ¼ cup coconut sugar

    2 teaspoons cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

    5 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance was used for this recipe) or about 4 tablespoons of your choice of oil/s

    Optional:

    ¼ cup chopped dates

    ⅓ cup chopped pecans

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    Glaze:

    4 oz. vegan cream cheese or coconut butter

    Maple syrup to taste (a couple tablespoons should do it)

    1-2 teaspoons lemon juice

    water to thin out to desired consistency

    Directions

    Follow the directions for dough prep on the package. This may include setting the dough on a lightly floured surface and letting it rise for 25-30 minutes.

    While you are waiting, mix together the coconut sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and optional add-ins in a small bowl and set aside. After any dough prep is done, roll out into a rectangle about ½ to ¼ inch thick. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and line a cake pan or 8x8 dish with parchment paper. They will spread out and touch as they bake.

    Spread 2-3 tablespoons of oil or vegan butter onto dough. Sprinkle the sugar mixture. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.

    Put rolls into pan. They should all have a bit of room around them (about ½ an inch). Drizzle the remaining 1-2 tablespoons of vegan butter or oil on the outsides of the rolls.

    Bake for 25-45 minutes. There is variation in the cooking time depending on what oil/butter and dough you use. Mix together glaze ingredients, smear on, and enjoy!

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    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2016, All Rights Reserved.

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