So far this pregnancy has been nothing but nausea. If I cough, I lose my lunch. If I brush my teeth, I lose it. If I am too active, you guessed it. I’ve been spending a LOT of time on the couch. For a time, I keep telling myself! This too shall pass.
So… I know one of the best things I can do for the sickies is to eat breakfast… IMMEDIATELY! Thankfully, I have an AMAZING husband who does ALL the other morning stuff, including making the kids breakfast, while I eat a leisurely bite before the kids wake up.
I’ve always practiced this morning ritual of eating immediately after getting up… but Honey Bunches of Oats (my go to breakfast choice because it’s easy to give it up a moment later), has become sooooooo boring! I’ve used it for four pregnancies so far and I’m.sick.of.it!!!! But, a stroll through the cereal aisle reveals nothing more appetizing. In fact, anything dry & bready/crunchy is rather nauseating to me this time around.
Anyway… 15 years ago (yikes!) I went to Guatemala on a short term youth group mission trip. One thing I remember about that trip was this drink we had in the town of Holca… a small mountain town where we experienced a GINORMOUS rain & thunderstorm & slept on the concrete floor of a room with a spider in it….. A spider as big as my hand…. Let me tell you, that was the scariest night of my young life!
Oh yeah, the drink. I’ve thought about this drink a lot since then… researched on the internet for recipes…. but could never find anything that resembled it! I remember thinking it definitely had cinnamon in it… and some sort of grain but I couldn’t distinguish if it was barley, oat, rice or what. So, on one particular day a couple weeks ago… after puking my guts out twice before Jesse even left for work… I browsed the internet again with a craving for this drink I remembered. Guess what!?!?! I FOUND IT… it’s called Mosh, and it’s a slow-cooked oatmeal with cinnamon! Ha!
Anyway… thought I’d share with you the recipe. I found it here, but I’ve modified the recipe slightly to make it more like what I remember.
- 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 4.5 Cups Water
- 1 Cinnamon Stick (these are the ones we get)
- Mix in a saucepan & bring to a boil.
Pour into a crock pot & cook on low 4-5 hours stirring occasionally, until the oats are quite broken down & the Mosh is runny.
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Milk
Add to crock pot, stir, cook another couple hours.Allow to cool, pour into mason jars, cover & store in fridge. In the morning, put 8oz or so in a mug, heat on stove or in microwave, and eat immediately.
If you need more protein for your morning meal (this recipe only has about 2g per serving) just add an additional cup of water & 5 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds to bring the protein up to 5g per serving! Chia Seeds also contribute a ton of omegas which is great for pregnancy.
So, this has really helped sooo much! Yes, I’m still super nauseous… but since I’ve switched to Mosh from HBoO I have been able to get the morning chores done before taking a break in the morning! That alone has been quite helpful!
I hope all my preggie friends have been able to find a “miracle help” for those morning yuckies as I seem to have found.
What has been your go-to food for conquering the sickies during pregnancy?