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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Medela Pumps can make Breastfeeding Easier!!

     

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    The time is getting close and you still haven’t decided if you want to nurse or bottle feed your new baby. Well let’s take a look at a few of the options and why you may want to consider nursing. First consider how convenient it will be for you to just get up in the middle of the night to nurse. No bottles to warm. Checking them and warming again. You just pick up your baby and the two of you settle down into your favorite chair to nurse. These are treasured times.

    1. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing.

    Human milk is the preferred feeding for all infants, including premature and sick newborns. It’s more digestible then formula.

    1.  Breast milk is an intestinal soother. Cow’s milk is intestinal irritant.
    2.  Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby.

    Hormones are stimulated during nursing to help with uterine contractions. Which helps it shrink more quickly. Getting back your figure more quickly. These same hormones help you relax and bond with your baby. They even help you sleep!

    1. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer.
    2. Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born.

    That’s a real positive immediate positive that you can see and enjoy!!! It may take a few months but that weight does start falling off with all the calories that are going into producing your healthy breastmilk. It really is a workout for your body even if you don’t hit the treadmill. (Speaking of – who needs a treadmill when you can push a stroller and spend quality outdoor time with your baby?!)

    1. Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does. It’s also always the perfect temperature – so no microwaving or worrying about it being too hot or cold for your baby. PLUS it’s 100% ORGANIC and customized for your baby’s exact age!!!

    Need we say more?

    The list goes on and on about the positives of breastfeeding. And with today’s great innovations you don’t have to be stuck at home. Life goes on as usual. If you need to go back to work or want to take a trip to the mall and leave dad home to get his quality time with baby just pump and go! Choosing the right breast pump makes all the difference.

    At TummyStyle we offer the Medela Symphony Breast Pump for rent. Why buy when you can rent a hospital grade breast pump that is far more effective than anything you can buy? Hospital grade Medela pumps are especially recommended if you are having a hard time nursing and need to make you’re your baby is getting enough milk and if your milk supply needs to be increased. It is also recommended for moms who work or are away from their baby during the day and need to pump more milk than once a day (and maintain their milk supply).

    Renting a highly efficient Medela Symphony breast pump is an effective, efficient and comfortable way to have a hospital-grade breast pump. And you can rest assure it is the highest quality breast pump. Even stronger than many breast pumps that are available for purchase. The Symphony breast pump is Medela’s latest innovation in hospital-grade, electric double breast pumps. The 2-Phase Expression technology of the Medela Symphony Breast Pump is designed to mimic baby’s natural nursing rhythm.  The pump action of the Medela Symphony begins with a fast, light pattern to enhance let-down, and then switches to a slower and stronger expression phase. Mom can easily change from single pumping to double pumping at her leisure. It’s used in hospitals and is the number one choice of hospitals and mothers for breast pump rentals.  If you are looking for a lightweight and compact pump you will like the Medela Symphony breast pump.

    Other common reasons for using a breast pump: a sick or premature infant, mother’s illness, engorgement, flat or inverted nipples, latch-on difficulties, sore or cracked nipples and returning to work. And remember with your portable Medela you can take it with you to pump while you are at work.

    Hope we’ve made your choice a little easier. Nursing is definitely more satisfying for you and your baby even if it is more work in the beginning, it does get easier each week and overtime it is much easier than formula as well as less expensive!

  • Pregnancy Quiche - Vegan Tofu Quiche

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    During pregnancy food aversions, such as eggs, can be a turn off foods such as quiche. However, this yummy vegan version can give you a great alternative that's also super healthy!

    Spring brunches get an upgrade with this healthy dish! Make this for family get-togethers, potlucks, or just a weekend in. Quiches, packed with cheese, cream, and meat, are loved by many and are a comfort food indeed, but are usually not so healthy. Don’t worry though - this quiche will satisfy your comfort food cravings and provide good nutrition for you and your baby.

    This yummy quiche is packed with veggies and has a hashbrown crust -- which is way easier to make and healthier. Instead of having to use multiple ingredients, roll, refrigerate and shape the crust, you can just shred potatoes and toss them in a pan with vegan butter! This quiche uses mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, and green onions. However, you can use the same amounts of any veggies you have in your fridge! It’s a great way to use leftovers and make a delicious dish.

    Instead of using the traditional method of eggs, tofu is used. The texture and flavor is very similar, so vegans and non-vegans will love it!

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    Here is a comparison between tofu and eggs per 100 grams:

     

    Tofu Eggs (generic scrambled)
    Calories 62 212
    Fat 2.70 grams 16.18 grams
    Protein 6.90 grams 13.84 grams
    Carbs 2.40 grams 2.08 grams

     

    Tofu has a third of the calories and a fifth of the fat of eggs. Eggs also take more resources (water, feed, and space) and excrete more waste than producing tofu. Many eggs are also from factory farms where animals are subjected to terrible conditions (cramped, dirty areas).  Sometimes soy is seen as questionable, but Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. says “During pregnancy, one to two servings of soy daily is fine” (fitPregancy). She adds that, “Besides high-quality protein, soy is a great source of folate, iron, calcium, zinc and trace minerals.”

     

    This quiche is good for you, your baby and the earth (and it tastes amazing!).

     

    Vegan Tofu Quiche Recipe:

    Hashbrown Crust:

    4 ½ cups grated, shredded golden potatoes (about 4 medium)

    2 tablespoons vegan butter or oil of choice

    Salt and pepper to taste

     

    Filling:

    Egg:

    2 cups tofu

    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    4 tablespoons hummus

     

    Roasted veggies:

    2 green onions, chopped

    2 cups chopped broccoli

    Olive oil spray

    salt and pepper

     

    Sautee:

    2 cups chopped mushrooms

    1 big handful spinach, chopped

    3 garlic cloves, chopped

    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Vegan quiche

    Directions:

    1. Roasted veggies: Combine chopped broccoli and green onions in a medium bowl. Spray lightly with olive oil and toss with salt and pepper. Roast at 450 F until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes).
    2. Hashbrown Crust: While the veggies are roasting, wash and grate the potatoes. Put the grated potatoes into a 9x13 inch glass dish and drizzle with the melted vegan butter or oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss everything by hand. Press into the pan to form a crust. Bake at 450 F until slightly golden (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside until the filling is ready.
    3. Sauteed Veggies: Heat up a medium pan and add the olive oil and garlic and sautee until fragrant and starting to golden. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft (on medium heat). Add the spinach, put heat on low, and cook covered until the spinach is lightly wilted. After everything is cooked, drain the cooking juice and save for the filling.
    4. Egg Filling: Blend the tofu, hummus, and nutritional yeast in a food processor. Add in the reserved cooking juice from the mushrooms.
    5. Fold all the veggies into the egg mixture in a large bowl. Spread over hashbrown crust and bake at 375 F for 25-35 minutes.

     

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