I was interviewed a few months ago for the Houston edition of the Bump magazine. I was asked to share my pregnancy diary, a few significant days from my pregnancy with Madison. Here is the article!
Eating healthy can be challenging, especially during pregnancy. There are so many different recommendations and diets out there that it can be overwhelming to know what you should and should not eat. In general, sticking to unprocessed whole foods tends to be your healthiest option. What about the fats that naturally occur in many whole foods? Things like nuts & seeds, avocados and some oils get a bad name for being naturally high in fat. These foods are high in fats, but they are good fats that your body needs to function properly. Below is a great article from Mind Body Green about 5 high fat foods that do not make you fat.
The Pregnant Chicken blog was one of my favorite things to read during pregnancy. Their no-bullshit approach to telling you the good, the bad and the ugly of pregnancy is both refreshing and comical at times. It makes you feel a little better about the hormonal roller-coaster you are on for nine (let’s be real, ten) months during pregnancy.
The Pregnant Chicken’s latest post about the best books to read during pregnancy is a great resource for all of you mom’s to be who want to stay well informed. My favorite book was definitely the Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. This book was a down to earth and entertaining look at pregnancy and things that only a good girl friend would talk to you about (like cankles).
For you mamas who plan to breastfeed. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is another worthwhile read. Not as entertaining or easy to get through but definitely very helpful and informative information on ways to make the most out of breastfeeding your child.
To view the full list of books click here
This awesome infographic from Greatist blog is super helpful for making healthier substitutions when baking. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Substitute 1 cup black beans for 1 cup of white flour
- Substitute 1 cup of applesauce for 1 cup of white sugar
- Substitute 1 cup of pureed avocado for 1 cup of oil or butter
- Substitute 1 cup of cocoa nibs for 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Full the full infographic. Click here
Just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the service men and women who selflessly risk their lives to protect ours. Thank you to the military, the firefighters, the police men & women who protect this great nation. Thank you also to their families who share their loved ones with all of us.
The Fit Pregnancy Plan is a one-of-a-kind prenatal fitness program that keeps mamas in shape throughout all 9 months of Pregnancy!
Created by certified maternity fitness specialist Tatum Rebelle, the Fit Pregnancy Plan is a comprehensive week-by-week guide that will keep you healthy and active. There are even multiple flexible options to make the plan realistic for even the busiest of schedules. Some of the results you can expect to see with the plan include:
- Maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy
- Bounce back quickly once your baby arrives
- Increase your strength, muscle tone, and energy
The Fit Pregnancy Plan takes all of the guesswork out of how to stay lean and healthy during your pregnancy. With pictures, written tutorials, video demonstrations, step-by-step instructions, and a smartphone or tablet-friendly layout, your workouts will be quick and easy to follow. They’re designed to target specific muscles that burn the most calories, while achieving the best results with the least amount of time and effort. For the same cost of one personal training session at a gym, this program gives you a year of training that is customized to your specific needs as an expecting mother!
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Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially while pregnant. It’s easy to give in to the cravings or the justifications that its OK to have lots of sweets and junk food since you’re expecting. The truth is eating for two should really mean eating healthy for two. You are eating not only for your own body’s nourishment but also for the nourishment of your little one.
Healthy foods, especially organic foods, are more expensive and sometimes less convenient than the faster less healthy food choices. However, there are now more options than ever to get healthy food and not break the bank. One excellent option for getting quality lower cost produce, meats and more is your local Farmers Market or Co-op.
The Huffington Post has a great article Here on how to make the most of your trip to the local Farmers Market. From shopping seasonal to buying local and trying new things, the Farmers Market can be a fun shopping adventure for you and your family.
If you are unsure where the nearest Farmers Markets in your area are, check out Local Harvest. They have a search tool to help find the local farmers market closest to you. Eat healthy and enjoy!
This sweet treat is my go to when I need a yummy Gluten Free dessert:
- 1 Jar Almond Butter (16oz)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Honey or Agave
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Cacao Powder (Unsweetened)
- 1 Tsp Baking soda
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (milk or dark or dairy free)
- In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth
- Blend in eggs, then blend in honey (or agave) and vanilla
- Blend in cacao, salt and baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips
- Grease a
- Pour batter into dish
- Bake at 325° for 30 minutes
Makes about 24 brownies
Not sure what to get the Mommy or Mom-To-Be in your life for Mother’s Day? Here are a few great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your special Mom:
For the reader:
- Kindle E-Reader - $69
For the Mom who needs a Break:
For the Fashionista:
- Kendra Scott Earrings - $60
For the Tech Mom:
- Custom iPhone Case – $35.96
For the Sentimental Mom:
- Customized Family Initial Necklace – $34.50
For the Art Lover:
- DIY Mother’s Day Hand-print Art - Tutorial
For Every Mom:
- Homemade Breakfast in Bed! – Recipe