After Dennis left, I stayed home with my 2 babies and did the two things that come naturally to me when I'm sad or stressed: I prayed for all those involved, and I baked.
I started by making a couple of loaves of my sourdough bread, because my original plans of going to the grocery store didn't pan out, and we didn't have anything in the house for breakfast. Then, I decided to try to figure out a way to put the brewer's yeast I got from Vitacost (I love me some Vitacost.com!) to good use.
Have you ever tried Brewer's yeast? I ordered some along with a giant bottle of fenugreek because both are supposed to help increase milk supply when breastfeeding. I've taken fenugreek before, and it makes me smell like maple syrup. I consider that a bonus. :)
Brewer's yeast was new for me. I read the nutrition facts and found that it contained protein, b vitamins and magnesium, which are three things I need more of. I thought I may have found my new favorite supplement.
Then, it tried to kill me. Three times.
The first night, I stirred it into some orange juice, and Dennis turned to me and said: "What are you drinking, it smells like throw up."
It tasted like it, too. I choked it down, though.
The next morning, I decided to just shove a spoonful into my mouth and chase it with a large glass of water. Terrible, terrible idea. The yeast turned into glue in my mouth. I spent the next few minutes gagging, rinsing, and spitting. I even pulled the toddler move of trying to scrape the offensive stuff off my tongue.
|Evil Brewer's Yeast!|
Finally, last night, on day 4, just when I was about to give up, I looked up a recipe for "lactation cookies" that I remembered seeing back when I was nursing Izzy. I found a recipe, but of course it had lots of sugar in it and sugar doesn't sit well with me, so I "revamped" the original recipe a bit.
I didn't really expect them to turn out good, but as I was stress-baking anyway, I went ahead and gave it a go.
Lo and behold, they were very tasty! Healthy and tasty, even!
Here's my lovely sugar free lactation cookie recipe:
11/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flax seeds
3 Tablespoons brewer's yeast
2 tsp vanilla
4 bananas (mine were previously frozen and then thawed, this usually makes them mushier, which might make a difference)
1 1/2 cups oats (I used "old fashioned" oats, not instant)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl
beat peanut butter, bananas, butter, flax, brewer's yeast and vanilla until creamy
add the eggs
gradually beat in flour mixture, then oats
spoon onto a baking stone or baking pan
bake for 10-12 minutes
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