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HOMEMADE GRIPEWATER RECIPE

After a few nights of no sleep and a very unhappy newborn, I finally got the energy to research why my sweet little angel turned into a monster over night.  Ok so he wasn’t a monster but his painful cries and tense little body was scary to say the least.  He looks like Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas when he is angry.  I learned that colic is a broad term used for fussy babies that is generally linked to digestive issues.  I did another blog all about this that you can check out here.

Gripe water is one of the Mommy Remedies that every mom I know has used.  Many moms tout it as “Mommy’s Miracle”!  I had to learn more about this magical concoction that everyone was speaking of.  Gripe water has been around since 1851 and is considered a traditional medicine to treat colic, intestinal discomfort, hiccups & more.  The ingredients in modern day gripe water are mostly ok, however like most items sitting on store shelves consisted of preservatives & additives.  Here is a breakdown of common ingredients…some great, some not so good…

Safe Ingredients
Aloe vera – alleviates bloating and flatulence.
Anise seeds – promote easy digestion.
Angelica – works great for an upset tummy.
Blackthorn – relieves pain and discomfort due to abdominal cramps.
Caraway seeds – enhance digestion and prevent flatulence.
Cinnamon bark extract – improves the process of digestion and helps get rid of nausea.
Cardamom – relieves nausea and vomiting and promotes easy digestion.
Chamomile – helps maintain the health of the stomach.
Dill extract – helps get rid of nausea, offers relief from flatulence, brings back the sick stomach to normal position.
Fennel – works great for the upset stomach and provides quick relief from cramps.
Ginger root extract – helps prevent indigestion and nausea.
Lemon balm – helps get rid of flatulence.
Peppermint – is required to settle down the stomach as it works great for nausea.
Unsafe Ingredients
Alcohol – It can ruin the bodily systems. Feeding the baby with an addiction inducing element is very dangerous. Alcohol can cause drowsiness.
Charcoal Vegetable Carbon – It lowers the effectiveness of other drugs, which is quite dangerous. It can cause dehydration, swelling or pain in the stomach.
Dairy – The baby can be ‘allergic or intolerant’ to lactose. Lactose can make the baby suffer from excessive gases.
Gluten – The baby can be ‘gluten intolerant’ or ‘allergic to gluten’. Gluten can be harmful for intestinal cells.
Soy – Certain kinds of soy may restrict the body from absorbing nutrients, leading to long-term health problems.
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) – It can affect the health of the baby seriously. It can affect the pH of the stomach, blood pH, functions of nerves and muscles.
Yeast – It promotes storing of fats in the body, making the baby overweight.
Citric Acid – It can be harmful for the delicate digestive system of the baby, in various ways. Excessive consumption of citric acid is harmful even for adults. It can lead to nausea, loose motions and vomiting. It can act like an allergen for some babies.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/gripe-water-for-newborns.html
As you can see there are benefits as well as some nasty side effects to using over the counter gripe water.  This is exactly why I decided to create my own.  Here is the recipe that works best for my little man but you can adjust based on the needs or your kiddo from the safe list above.
MY HOMEMADE GRIPE WATER RECIPE
Ingredients:

  • 2 c. distilled water
  • 1 slice (about the size of a quarter) fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. dried chamomile (or 1 tea bag’s worth)
  • 2 tsp. dried fennel, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cardamom, crushed
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. food grade vegetable glycerin or natural sweetener to taste (no honey until baby is over a year old; also avoid no- or low-calorie sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, or artificial sweeteners)
  • 1/4 ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or tea kettle.
  2. In a muslin bag combine the ginger, chamomile, fennel, and cardamom.  If you do not have a tea bag that is ok but you will have to strain the contents very well to make sure that no small pieces remain in the mixture.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and add the tea bag (or loose herbs).  Allow to steep for about half an hour.
  4. Remove the tea bag (or strain the loose herb).  Add the glycerin or other non-honey sweetener and cinnamon to the tea. Store in an airtight, glass container in the refrigerator or freeze into ice cubes.  I always freeze measured out doses so I can easily administer with a glass bottle.

Dosage:  Do not exceed 6 doses in a 24 hour period

● 0-3 months: 1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL)

● 3-6 months: 1 tsp. (5 mL)

● 6-12 months: 2 tsp. (10 mL)

 

My little guy loves this stuff.  He actually gets mad that he can’t have more.  It actually tastes amazing and I have even tried it for my own digestive issues with great success.  As always do your own research & consult your physician or midwife before administering anything new to your child.  Check out the full medical disclosure here.

 

 

COCONUT CURRY SHRIMP W/ COCONUT BASMATI RICE

By far this is the yummiest curry recipe that I have ever eaten!!  The perfect combination of sweet & savory.  The coconut milk gives the sauce a rich creamy texture that melts in your mouth.  This recipe does take some time for preparation but it is totally worth every minute.

Servings: 4-5

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 50

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium organic onion diced

4 cloves organic garlic diced

3 cups organic coconut milk

1lb organic shrimp

8-10 sprigs organic cilantro or basil

3tbs olive oil

2 cups uncooked organic basmati brown rice

1/4 tsp Himalayan salt or sea salt

1tbs curry powder

ground chili powder to taste (its hot, be careful)

2tbs sugar or local honey

 

DIRECTIONS:

Start by cooking 2 cups of rice based on the directions on the package.  Substitute 1 cup of the water that the recipe calls for with 1 cup of coconut milk.  Brown rice has to be cooked perfectly to give you a nice texture.  I use Lundberg Organic California Brown Basmati Rice because it works great with this recipe.  It is important to start the rice first because it will take at least 50 minutes to cook the brown basmati rice.

Why use brown rice?  Brown Rice, being less processed than white rice, retains its whole-grain nutritional value. Basmati has the highest content of  amino acids and essential nutrients of all rice. Rice is also healthy for what it doesn’t contain: fat, cholesterol, sodium and gluten.

Next you want to heat a large skillet with the
olive oil on a medium high heat.  Brown the shrimp on each side for 2-3 minutes.  Do not overcook the shrimp as it will get rubbery.  Remove the shrimp and set aside.

In the same pan saute the onion & garlic until it starts to brown.  Then add the curry powder.  The smell of curry will be wafting through your home in a matter of seconds.  Ok so it doesn’t smell great but curry is so yummy, healthy & worth it!  Continue to brown for 1-2 minutes.

Add the remaining coconut milk, salt, cilantro or basil, lime juice, sugar or honey & ground chili pepper.  Cook to a low boil and turn to low heat.  Add the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to sit uncovered until the rice is finished.  This will allow the flavors to get in the shrimp with out over cooking.

Now simply serve on top of the coconut rice.  I promise you will get smiles for this one!  Everyone I have made it for has loved it!

Goes great with Sweet & Spicy Carrots or Green Beans…recipe forthcoming.

 

 

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

Take your taste buds to the tropics with this refreshing smoothie treat.

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfulls of Organic Baby Spinach

1 Organic Banana

½ Organic Pineapple cubed

½ Organic Orange peeled

1 cup Helios Organic Greek Kefir (Coconut & Honey is great but you can substitute for Strawberry & Honey)

2 tbs Local Honey

2 cups Distilled water

Ice

DIRECTIONS: Simply place all ingredients into a blender (40oz or larger) & blend until smoothe! Drink immediately as ingredients in smoothies will separate quickly.

YEILD: 5-8oz Servings

Smoothie Tip:

You can freeze your fruits in advance, it will help preserve the fruit & also eliminate the need to add Ice.