Postpartum Meal Plan

New food delivery service, Barley + Oats, shares the perfect nursing cookie recipe.

Postpartum Meal Plan

It’s hard work being a new mom! You’re so focused on taking care of your little one, you often forget to take care of yourself, especially when it comes to what you put in your mouth. But pregnancy’s over, you can eat anything you want right? Well, not exactly. At least not if you want to feel good physically and emotionally. Oh, and did we mention produce breastmilk? Right. If only you had the time to cook…

Ashly Yashchin has been there. In fact, before she even became a NYC mom, she was already researching ways to make easy, healthful postpartum meals to prep for when Baby Boy arrived. Except none of them were actually easy. So she decided to do us other mothers a solid and created Barley + Oats, an organic meal delivery service for new and breastfeeding moms.


Barley + Oats meals include key superfoods for a new mom: lactogenic foods for increased milk supply and foods rich in probiotics and high in beta-carotene, choline, EFAs and lauric acid for baby growth, digestive and immune development. The plant-based recipes are based around different micronutrient rich foods that help balance mom's mood, give her energy, replenish the minerals she lost during birth and give her back some time. Oh and did we mention they’re delicious?

We know, we know: we NYC mamas are so spoiled--the meal delivery area is currently Manhattan and most of Brooklyn. But, Barley + Oats can deliver organic lactation snacks and gifts nationwide. Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can make these yummy Barley + Oats Banana Butter Lactation Cookies at home. Happy cooking!

Banana Butter Lactation Cookies

Yield: 18 Large Cookies (¼ cup size)

Starting with a traditional lactation cookie base of oats, brewer’s yeast and flax, these Banana Butter Lactation Cookies are anything but ordinary. Containing additional breastfeeding superfoods like almonds, coconut oil and tahini coupled with bananas to mask the yeast, these cookies are potent supply boosters with a ton of yummy flavor.


2 Tablespoons Flax Seed, freshly ground

¼ Cup Water

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Cups Rolled Oats

2 Cups Gluten-Free Flour (we use a blend of brown rice flour, potato starch and tapioca)

1 ½ Cups Maple Sugar

1/4 Cup Brewers Yeast Powder

2 Tablespoons Banana Powder*

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Cup Coconut Oil, room temperature

2 Ripe Bananas**

2 Tablespoons Tahini

2 Tablespoons Almond Butter

*Can be purchased online or you can buy freeze-dried bananas from the grocery store and grind them to a powder in the food processor.

**The banana skin should be almost black. An easy fix if your bananas are young is to stick them in the freezer overnight and then thaw in a bowl of warm water in the morning

to use in the recipe. They will be perfectly ripe.


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Whisk flax, eggs, vanilla and water in small bowl and set aside for ten minutes.

3. Mix all remaining dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl and set aside.

4. Cream oil, banana, tahini and almond butter.

5. Add flax mixture.

6. Mix wet mixture into dry mix until just combined.

7. Let dough sit covered in refrigerator for at least 1-hour.

8. Using a 2-oz. ice cream scoop, scoop cookies on tray lined with parchment.

9. Bake in for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around edges.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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