🤓👋🏼 Megan Garcia

First foods for baby. Inspired by science and traditional wisdom.

I did a thing. It's been a long time coming. I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to offer coaching services. Now that I've put together a few great tools, I know that my experience plus some face-to-face time it is one of the BEST ways I can give support.⠀ ⠀ My focus is baby's first 1000 days (9 months of pregnancy and 2 years after baby arrives).⠀ ⠀ Click on the link in bio. Tag your mama sisters and mama friends. Let me know your thoughts. Email me if you have any Qs xxo!!⠀
I do *not* have the best dental history - I had many cavities filled as a was the 80s and I literally cannot count the number of fillings that I have 🙄 So when I say that I *LOVE* @orawellness toothpowder, it’s really saying something. This is the toothcare product that dreams are made of and has (with the help of a good vitamin D3/K2 supplement) helped to rebuild - yes, REBUILD - my enamel and strengthen my teeth. My toddler uses it too 😉 it does have a minty taste, so if your little is sensitive to “hot” flavors like mint or cinnamon, try @earthpaste lemon twist xxo!!
Things I’m working on today: Cradle cap updates, jamming with clients, and reading about baby led feeding. Also thinking about a banana shrimp recipe for baby (I KNOW!!) Thoughts? 🍤🍤🍌
Steamed wild salmon: Baby brain food with lots of DHA, choline, vitamin B12, and vitamin D (you're making sure your kiddo gets enough vitamin D, riiiiight?) along with some minerals like selenium, iodine, and a small amount of iron. ⠀ ⠀ Sweet potato: Starchy and sweet. A good source of beta carotene, the precursor to vitamin A + other antioxidants that protect the body. In Chinese medicine, sweet potato supports digestion. And for mama, it boosts milk production. ⠀ ⠀ Sprinkle with dulse flakes for extra iodine and trace minerals xxo!!
What I wish I had known THEN: My littlest had trouble latching and reflux. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The game changer for us and a lot of mamas that I work with was a combination of prebiotics + low histamine probiotics for baby while continuing to breastfeed. Literally transformative. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ YES, (some) sleep is possible with a colicky newborn 😉 More tips in my bio xxo!!
Most folks are prepping their Thanksgiving eats. Here’s a little recipe for when you’ve finished up leftovers and want something warm and nourishing for your babe.⠀ ⠀ This is one of my favorite recipes for buckwheat - sticky, porridge like consistency, with warming spices ginger and cardamom. Topped with bone marrow (go #meatyminerals for baby brain develpoment) The dried cherries add a bright pop of tartness. ⠀ ⠀ Ingredients⠀ • 2 1/2 cups water⠀ • 1 cup raw buckwheat⠀ • 2 tablespoons dried, unsweetened cherries⠀ • 1 tablespoon maple syrup *optional⠀ • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom⠀ • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder⠀ • Whipped bone marrow⠀ ⠀ Instructions⠀ 1. Fill the Instant Pot insert with water.⠀ 2. Add buckwheat, cherries, spices, and maple syrup (if using) into the Instant Pot.⠀ 3. Lock the lid and make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set on manual high for 8 minutes.⠀ 4. Allow natural pressure release.⠀ 5. Spoon into a bowl and top with bone marrow.
When both my bbs were TINY 💘
“When we’re talking about healing, we have to find the healing in me. We have to find the healing in you. Two people coming together make medicine.”⠀ ⠀ A series of interviews with medical doctors, curanderas, and medicine women living in the American Southwest. Picked it up at UCLA in the 1990s. Full of pearls and #sogood
Amber teething necklaces 4ever - literally 😂
MAGIC happens when my toddler eats grains - he sleeps!! By grains, I mean alternative grains like buckwheat and quinoa (they’re seeds!) and millet. And by sleep, I mean that he wakes up once, twice, or not at all at night - rather than 3 or 4 times. In my first foods program, I share a little science around *chrononutrition* - the idea that some foods promote sleep while other promote wakefulness. Research suggests that starchy foods promote sleep. In my experience, the winning combo is millet and quinoa 😉💗
Not from today. But definitely my favorite part of this week ✨
I usually have a toddler hanging on my legs or launching something through the air while I’m in the kitchen - so I like to make things FAST. Last week, I dumped 4 bottles of spices into a bowl and it’s a small shortcut, but it makes a big difference when you’ve got little hands reaching for spice jars. Tonight we made purple sweet potato (unpeeled! The anthocyanins are concentrated in the peel!!) with kabocha squash, tossed with a big pinch of the spice blend: garlic granules, onion granules, ground cumin, and ground ginger. Added some walnuts + fat and into 400F degree oven until done. Finished with chopped cilantro, super simple 😉 We ate this with cast iron chicken (same spices!! see stories), millet + quinoa, sheep milk yogurt, and blackberries
Today’s our first day back home and I felt REALLY comfortable playing, eating, cooking, writing, and sleeping under the redwoods. My kiddos loved it too. We’re planning another trip to Big Basin this spring and considering Red Rock Canyon. Anyone have recommendations in the California area or on the west coast? I’m listening!!
Evidence of a good time. We got to meet Natalie @honeygheeme and Laura @laura.radicalroots last night and I wish we could have spent more time together. Such good people. We’re already planning a group camping trip this spring (AND if babies + nature are your thing, keep in touch with @laura.radicalroots - she’s got big plans for all the mamas xxo!!
Yes, we did 😉
Chili for our Big Basin camp dinner!! We made the @nomnompaleo recipe with bacon fat and added veggies - a sweet potato, zucchini, and a couple of carrots. Topped with @bellwetherfarms yogurt. Don’t you love the little mossy table decoration the folks before us left??
This week, celebrating TWO times around the sun with this lil’ nugg.
I made this QUICK soup yesterday (inspired by @nomnompaleo carrot soup from her book) for my kids and topped it with sheep’s milk yogurt. My 6 year old got lime (because the love is real) and even though my toddler tries HARD with soup, he usually ends up wearing most of it - so into a pouch it went. If you look at the therapeutics of the ingredients from a Chinese medicine perspective, the soup is warming and good for digestion. ⠀ ⠀ Dried ginger is very warming and more appropriate to support digestion (I love using it in smoothies) whereas fresh ginger is more mild, better for everyday cooking, and especially good when working through the common cold. ⠀ ⠀ Cardamom is moving and warming. It also supports digestion and can help with hiccups.⠀ ⠀ Carrots can be constipating (they’re good for loose stool). Whereas pears relieve constipation. So, you know = balance 😉Celery is traditionally used to clear internal “heat” from babies. ⠀ ⠀ Ingredients:⠀ 1 bunch of large carrots ⠀ 1 bunch of spring onions ⠀ 3 sticks of celery⠀ 1 large (or 2 small) Asian pears⠀ 1 tablespoon of ghee⠀ 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos ⠀ 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom ⠀ 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger, or 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger⠀ 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice ⠀ 4 cups of chicken stock ⠀ ⠀ Roughly chop up your veggies. If you want to develop flavor in the onion, brown first with ghee in the Instant Pot using the saute function. Then add everything to the Instant Pot and set to manual high for 8 minutes. I did quick release and then used my immersion blender to blend it up xxo!!⠀ ⠀ ⠀
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