Oats: More than breakfast food, powerful for stress

Well, actually the whole plant is! Oats are the edible part that we normally eat but the whole plant (the straw and the tops) is good medicine! In herbalism, the whole oat plant (Avena sativa) has been used as a healing and nourishing food for centuries. Only recently, have we exclusively been using it has a porridge and meal even though the whole plant is very nourishing.

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My Breastfeeding Experience

I’m sharing some of my breastfeeding story to honor this week and to be an encouragement to other Black mamas out there.

Breastfeeding has been a very positive experience for our family. I am fully aware that breastfeeding isn’t a positive experience for everyone and that it can be very challenging. At the same time, it’s really important that we continue to share the positive experiences, too, as a source of encouragement and to provide a balanced perspective.

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Best Sweet Potato Oatmeal Ever

What is Fall without sweet potatoes!?

Y’all. This recipe is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I have had this oatmeal for 5 days straight, so you know I am telling the truth. Because potato is such a grounding, starchy vegetable with loads of fiber and protein, it makes this oatmeal extra, extra filling. It has the perfect sweetness and flavor without ANY refined sugar that would make you crash in the late morning. I recommend making a big ol’ pot of it at the start of the week so you can enjoy it for a few days or so that it can be a really easy breakfast for the kids. Also, I strongly recommend actual organic sweet potato vs. canned sweet potato for both flavor and consistency. Also, coconut oil as opposed to any other vegetable oil for a “buttery” flavor.

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Mouthwatering Braised Cabbage + Collard Greens

This is a vegan and health-supportive version of a classic Smothered Cabbage and Collard Greens recipe ... and it's pretty amazing! The key is caramelizing the onions correctly (so don't skimp on this step!) AND using your lid for your stove top pan (this is essential for generating enough steam to cook to the greens and cabbage).

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