Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Homemade Frappuccino!

Lately I've been addicted to Starbucks. It doesn't help that they're vegan friendly but not pocket friendly. I think I've easily spent more than $30-$50 in one week. I crave their Mocha Frappuccino that I order decaf with soy.

So, after spending loads of change at Starbucks, I set out on  mission to make this drink at home. It's not as good but it sure is enough to kill the crave. So here's how I make it.

***I use the Magic Bullet***


  • Ice
  • Coffee
  • Milk (rice, soy, etc.)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Vanilla/Hazelnut syrup


Fill the container/cup/pitcher (whatever you would like to call it) with ice. Pour in coffee (decaf is better if you are pregnant) Fill it up half way or a quarter of the way if you want only a light coffee flavour. Add two teaspoons of vanilla or hazelnut syrup and one and a half tablespoons of chocolate syrup. Fill in the rest with milk. Blend until all the ice is pulverized into a slush. 

Tip: Pulsate the blade until you don't hear chunks of ice anymore, then blend. 

Serve with a chocolate drizzle to make it look coffee shop authentic ;) and enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Heartburn - The Natural Solution

If you're like me, heartburn has been your unwanted companion during your pregnancy. Unfortunately for me, I've had it since maybe week 14 or 15. There were some nights that I had to prop myself into a sitting position because the moment I would lie down the acid would work its way up.

If you're a hippie like me (I'm not actually one, but think like one), you avoid as many pills as you can. Yes, I don't take Tums even though it's just calcium. And I don't take Tylenol either unless my pain is 11 out of 10 bad.

I don't take Tums because I can't seem to find out whether the calcium is from a vegan. Their website states that the calcium is derived from limestone but at the same time say it's "kosher dairy" so I have no idea what to believe.

So here is a list of things that have worked for me. It's all food (some that I eat more for pleasure than for heartburn) and all vegan. Remember, everyone is different so I can't guarantee it would work but it's worth a try.

All kinds of melon but especially watermelon seems to soothe the burn. Why? I have no idea. All I know is one day I was ready to pass out from the pain and I couldn't eat anything. Some one offered me watermelon and my eyes lit up. Turns out the eyes were right because the burn was reduced. It didn't make it go away but it was a lot better than before the melon.

Coconut Water (Preferably the one by Grace because it tastes really good):
Same as the watermelon, finding out this was a burn buster was a total fluke that I was thankful for.

Alternative Milks:
Rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk.... Are all great. They are fortified with calcium which helps. Whether it's the added calcium or the milk itself, I don't know but it sure helps me.

It seems the only vegan puddings you can easily find are ones made with soy milk. Buy the ones that are refrigerated, I find they work better and taste better too.

And then, my midwife recommended papaya enzyme. You can get them from the supplement section. I never had a chance to try it but it seems to be the natural go to for heartburn.

On top the list I gave you, here are some tips to avoid heartburn or to further agitate it. 

  • Avoid physical activity for a little bit after eating.
  • Avoid bending over.
  • Don't lie down after eating, instead, prop yourself up on some pillows.
  • Avoid spicy and/or acidic food (I know it's obvious but if your like me, when the food is in front of you it becomes less obvious.)
  • Chew your food well and eat slowly.
  • Don't chew gum.
  • Drink lots of water and non acidic juices (not too much juice though).

Well, this is what I use to treat my heartburn. Hope something works for you!