Feed Me Friday: Happy Belly Gift Bag Giveaway + Teething Bagels Story

WINNER CHOSEN: Ashleigh Walter!

Welcome to Feed Me Friday.

I love the weekend because it gives me time to meal-plan, try new recipes, and browse my way through cooking magazines and food blogs. Leisurely pancake breakfasts…slow-cooker meals…and even zucchini chips drying out in the dehydrator. The kitchen gets a workout!

Today, I have an awesome giveaway of a swag-a-delic NEW Ashley Koff Approved Happy Belly Bag, with a value of $122, as well as a guest blog post and recipe for teething bagels by Bill Prescott of Los Bagels of Arcata, CA.

Happy Belly Bags is a new allergy-free, all-natural gift business, which offers a variety of organic gift baskets, gluten free gift baskets, vegan, raw, kosher food gifts, and much more. How cool is that? You can support the ___-free people in your life by turning them on to new products, or replenishing their existing stashes. You can also arrange for a bag to arrive at your hotel if you will be traveling and otherwise be at the mercy of the closest grocery stores.
Happy Belly Bags is also offering a 10% off discount code to Mothering readers. The code is MOTHERING.
Ashley Koff is an amazing woman and a very wise dietician. I met her recently at a press event, and she completely changed my digestive life. I had such a bad scene going on with slow digestion, indigestion, stomach discomfort, and other things (I’ll spare you the details). She advised that I take the Align probiotic supplement, Natural Calm, continue with the bitters I was taking, and it really shifted things for me.

It is loaded with the following:

Recipes for IBS by Ashley Koff RD (cookbook)

Align probiotic, 28 capsule (supplement)

Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm Rasp/Lemon, 8 oz. (Supplement) – “Bye bye stress! I recommend starting with 1 teaspoon of this in hot water at night and hour before bed to resolve anxiety, sleeplessness, constipation and bloating.

Note: this is not recommended if you have diarrhea or loose stools;

Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters Spray, 10 ml (Condiment) – “Bitters are a digestif that can help resolve any digestive issue. Spray before or after a meal, great on an airplane, too.”

Traditional Medicinals Ginger Tea, 16 Bags (Beverages) – helps reduce nausea and corrects inappropriate inflammation (is anti-inflammatory

The Pure Bar Apple Cinnamon, 1.7 oz. (Nutritional Bar) — organic, gluten-free vegan protein, delicious and portable –yum!

22 Days Chocolate Cherry Bar, 50 gm (Nutritional Bar)– organic, gluten-free vegan protein, delicious and portable

Nature’s Path Optimum Slim Cereal, 10.5 oz. (Cereal) – organic means food only and no chemicals – optimum provides optimal nutrition including fiber

Nutiva Organic Hemp Seeds, 8 oz. (Seed/Grain) – organic vegan protein that doesn’t contain carbohydrates; hemp seeds also contain GLA, a fatty acid that helps with hair, skin, nails, and hormones.

Better Than Roasted Raw Almond Butter, 4 oz. (Spread)- “Nut butters, and almond butter specifically, is a great choice to provide protein and healthy fats, as well as to use it in place of other known digestive irritants, to help achieve nutrient balance at any eating occasion.”-Ashley

So to enter to win the giveaway, leave a comment below. Thank you for participating!

Guest Blogger Bill Prescott on Teething Bagels, plus recipe!

In the charming town of Arcata, nestled on the redwood coast of northern California, there is a bagel shop that has been pleasing teething babies and their moms for over a quarter of a century. New customers at Los Bagels often see the “Free Teething Bagels” sign and just have to ask…what is a teething bagel? Parents figure it out first.
Christy and Ethan Cropped

The creative bakers at Los Bagels make a batch of their traditional (boiled then baked) bagels, except, they make the bagels extra small. After they cool down, the bagels are frozen, thus creating an ideal treat for a teething baby. The bagels numb the little ones’ gums, and since they are made from only five wholesome ingredients (flour, water, salt, malt and a pinch of yeast) this is a natural, preservative-free way to soothe your baby.

In any department store today, you will find plastic teething rings, designed to be put in the freezer. Made in industrial factories…do you really know what’s in this plastic your baby is gnawing on? Why not make a batch of “teething bagels” and freeze them to use when baby is getting fussy? Use organic ingredients to ensure your baby has a natural way to relieve those sore gums. When the bagel warms up it can be tossed out, or even composted.

If you are in Arcata, you can swing by Los Bagels and grab a free teething bagel. However, since most of us don’t live in the hills of northern California, there are two great ways to treat your baby to a teething bagel. Los Bagels has generously shared their bagel recipe with us. It is included in their fantastic cookbook, Los Bagels Recipes and Lore which is available on their website at, www.losbagels.com.

As with many new parents, if you don’t have time to hop in the kitchen and knock out a batch of baked then boiled bagels, you can order a batch of teething bagels right off www.losbagels.com and they will ship them to your door.

Plain Bagels (for teething bagels)

Yield: 1 Dozen

1 ¾ cups lukewarm water

½ teaspoon dry yeast

2 teaspoons salt

1 ½ tablespoons dry malt (sugar may be substituted)

4-5 cups high-gluten flour*

*Bread flour may be substituted

Mix all ingredients except flour. Add flour and mix into a ball. Knead for 10-15 minutes, adding more flour if necessary. The dough should be stiff. Let dough rest 10 minutes, and then cut into 14-18 pieces with a sharp knife for teething bagels, 12 pieces for regular sized bagels.

Now roll each piece of dough on a table to form long cigar-like shapes. Then connect up the two ends by overlapping them about ¾ inch and rolling the ends together to connect the dough and make a ring shape. Make sure the joint is secure or it will come apart while boiling. Sometimes a bit of water on the two ends makes joining easier.

Cover with a damp towel and let rise 1-1 ½ hours in a warm spot. In a large pot of kettle bring 1-2 gallons of water to a rolling boil. Place bagels in boiling water and boil until they float (approx. 15-30 seconds). Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Yummy! Now I have a craving for a delicious bagel…or seven.

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