Update & Black Bean Burgers

Fellow moms, it’s happening.  Teething!  Ah!  I have been so quiet on the blog because I have been tending to my little dude.  Last week was okay, a little fussiness here and there.  I think I was in denial about what was coming.  Monday thru Friday of this week have been horror days, particularly today.  Austin just turned 6 months, and he’s ringing it in with his two bottom teeth.  I feel so bad for him, but I know he has to go through this.  He has been awake since 12midnight when he couldn’t stay asleep from the gum pain.  I shouldn’t say he’s been awake that entire time, he’ll get at most 10 minutes in here and there, but snaps back awake when he rests his gums against each other.  I had to email Dave this morning to tell him our son was a sad little mess today and needed some daddy time.  Thankfully, daddy came home and snuggled with Austin for a little while, and finally he and daddy are snoozing in bed going on 30 minutes now.  :)

So far, here is what we are doing for natural teething relief: amber necklace, lots of chilled wash clothes to chew on, chilled spoons, Thieves oil for his gums (1 drop to 10 drops olive oil), Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets, and night time foot rubs with Young Living’s Calming oil blend.  It’s all been working well so far, but his teeth are really shooting up today.  Any other natural tips out there?  Let me know what worked for your babes!

So while my boys are resting, I wanted to get on here and post a recipe!  I literally have like 30 recipes I need to post.  I just snap pictures at meal time as a memory to post them when I get time.  How do other mom-bloggers do this??  It’s amazing to me how life can change so drastically after having a baby, especially following the attachment-parenting lifestyle as we try to.  Six months in and I’m still trying to get the hang of it.  Maybe by 5 years it’ll sort itself out….

We like our burgers pretty spicy and with a kick of smokey cumin.  Feel free to adjust the seasonings however you like!  I thought these would also be yummy with a handful of fresh cilantro blended in.

Black Bean Burgers
Makes 8-10

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed (more/less to taste)
2 free range eggs
2 Tbsp chili powder (more/less to taste)
2 Tbsp cumin powder (more/less to taste)
2 tsp hot sauce (more/less to taste)
1 1/2 cups almond flour or meal

1.)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly grease a large baking sheet with coconut oil.  Set aside.

2.)  In food processor, pulse together the beans, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until almost smooth.  (You want to leave the beans mostly pureed but with a little bit of meatiness left to them.)  Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

3.)  In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs with a fork.  By hand, stir the eggs into the bean mixture.  Add the chili and cumin powders, hot sauce, and almond meal.  [You may need to add a little more almond meal until the mixture turns sticky and holds together well.  If too thick, add a little bit of water, 1 Tbsp at a time, to thin.]

4.)  Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.  Place on baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, until crunchy on the outside and warmed through the center.  Serve any way you’d like, we love them over salad with tangy chipotle mayonnaise.  (You can grill these for 10 minutes on each side.)

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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.


  1. You’re already trying everything we’ve used but couldn’t read without sending some hugs! The only other trick I could think of is I read about freezing breast milk onto a pacifier (like a little baby Popsicle) and letting them gnaw on that. Never tried it but it sounds promising in theory! Hope he gets through it quickly. My second is 5 months and we’re headed that way!

  2. Loved Hyland’s tablets! They worked SO well for our son. He would really go right to sleep after we gave them to him. But, when times were extra tough…Tylenol. You know your baby best. Good luck! For our son, the pain seemed worse when they were still just below the surface and got better once they were through the skin.

    • do Motrin instead, which has Ibuprofen in it. Never, ever give Tylenol to children or anybody! It reduces glutathione in the body. You are setting your children up for all kinds of health problems at a young age if you start lowering their glutathione levels.

  3. I am realllly old compared to all of you (65+ years) and we didn’t have all the resources 50 years ago that you do now, but my mother-in-law who raised 11 children gave me the best remedy (at that time) for teething pain — a bit of blackberry brandy rubbed on the gums — it worked like a charm on my daughter who got 11 teeth at one time (she was almost 2 years old before her teeth came in!) I have since tried it for teething pain when my own wisdom teeth were trying to break through the surface, and it was very effective — warmed the area and calmed the pounding.
    Thought you might want to know that you are not alone–we all had to deal with the “teething” part of parenting. Next will come the “biting” stage with all those new teeth and it will be another challenge. Good luck with it all and remember that you truly are blessed–and believe it or not, the time really does fly by so quickly. I already have three grandchildren and reading your blog today made it seem like just yesterday when I was dealing with the “teething” of my own children.

  4. Wow, the burgers look great! I made a giant batch of cumin-y black bean dip last week, and was wondering how I could turn them into burgers. Now I know – almond flour.

    Sorry to hear about the teething trouble. The ladies at my church give new moms a gift bag, and they include these things called BooBoo Bunnies, which are washclothes with a pocket for an ice cube that are sewn to look like bunnies. They’re more for “booboos”, but I suppose you could chew on it.

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  6. THANK YOU everyone! I so so appreciate your stories and suggestions. You really helped me get through last week’s teething troubles. Can’t thank you enough!!

  7. Hylands Teething tablets contain belladonna poisoning and caused my son to be constipated so watch for that.

  8. teething causes high histamines, so vitamin C chewies and quercetin in juice, or a safe antihistamine might work.. There is crankiness and difficulty sleeping in babies during teething because the antihistamines open up the blood brain barrier and disrupt normal moods and sleep cycles, plus it hurts (teething). Sounds weird, but we learned this from a PANDAS doc, who is finding out this condition is very histamine-driven. Make sure you never vaccinate during teething.. unless you want a PANDAS kiddo- I have two of them. When the blood brain barrier is wide open during vaccination or illness, all sorts of bad things can happen.

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