Happy Earth Day Mamas-to-Be! Today is a great reminder of how precious our planet is and that we need to do our best to protect it and make the most out of all that it gives to us. Going green not only helps the earth but it also helps you and your baby. Here are a few ways from Fit Pregnancy to stay Green while growing your little one:
Get Wise To Water
One of the first rules of a healthy pregnancy is to stay hydrated. “You need to drink for two while you’re expecting,” says Solomon. Your blood volume increases dramatically, and you’re flushing two people’s waste through your kidneys. Meanwhile, your fetus constantly swallows the amniotic fluid and pees in it. To keep “refreshing” that fluid, you need liquids throughout the day.
Find The Fresh Stuff
At first glance, the ideal green diet looks simple: Choose what’s organic, in season and locally grown. “But that’s not always possible, especially if you’re pregnant during winter in the Northeast,” says Elizabeth Ward, R.D. “You need to strike a balance between saving the Earth and eating what’s right for you and your baby.” That means focusing on fruits, vegetables and grain products fortified with folic acid and iron, cutting back on processed foods and upgrading to environmentally sustainable foods when you can.
Use Your Boobs
Whether to breastfeed may be the most important decision you make while you’re pregnant,”. Study after study has found that breastfeeding is healthier for both mother and infant from the first latch through the length of their lives.
For more ways to stay Green during pregnancy click Here to read more.
The world is not always a happy place. With the tragedies that take place, like the one at the Boston Marathon yesterday, it can be hard to be happy and look on the bright side of things.
Trying to be happy and stay positive not only benefits you but also your family as well. I love this post from Alphamom on “17 Ways to be a Happier Parent”. Below are a few of my favorites:
- Be Kind: Be kind to everyone, and kinder still to those who least deserve it. And most of all be kind to yourself. It sounds cliche, but the more kindness you put out into the world, the more kindness that comes back to you. Karma isn’t just about negative things or as I heard someone say recently, karma is only a bitch if you are.
- Compliment Your Children: Find something every day to praise them about.
- Be Spontaneous: Roast marshmallows. Eat breakfast cereal for dinner. Play flashlight tag. The best memories that I have of my childhood are those where we did something on the spur of the moment. That is probably because there were no expectations in advance. It simply was the moment that it was.
Don’t compare your inside to everyone else’s outside: None of us have it all together. It’s just an illusion.
To read the full article click Here.
Have a blessed week and try to look on the bright side!
Looking for a great way to start your day? Look no further. These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are delicious and make for a great snack or quick breakfast. This is a modified version of a recipe I originally found on a great Paleo Recipe Blog called Paleo Comfort Foods.
2 1/2 cups almond flour (can also substitute coconut flour)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with muffin liners. Recipe yields approx 18 muffins.
2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot, apple, coconut, walnuts and raisins and combine well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and vanilla extract together.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix very well. The batter will be very thick.
5. Spoon the batter out into muffin pan and place on upper or middle rack of your oven for 25 minutes.
6. When a toothpick inserted into the top of a muffin comes out clean, the muffins are done.
7. Cool muffins in the pan for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.