Super-food Yogurt Parfait

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This looks a little strange, but tastes great as a sweet breakfast or snack.

Mix 2 cups of full-fat organic plain yogurt with 2 spoonfuls of chia seeds and 2 spoonfuls of raw cacao powder. Add some honey or stevia for sweetness. Sprinkle on some organic gluten-free granola or some seeds and walnuts and then top with blueberries.

Coconut-Rolled Bananas

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I’ve been experimenting with healthier sweet snacks and this one was so simple to make.

One serving:

  • 1 sliced banana
  • coconut oil
  • sprinkle of nuts/seeds (anything would work, I used walnuts and sunflower seeds)
  • raw honey
  • shredded coconut
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Melt coconut oil in pan on top of stove. Throw in sliced banana. Drizzle honey over banana. Sprinkle nuts and seeds and spices. Sprinkle coconut at the end and stir until coated for about 1 minute. Simple and sweet.

Diet & Exercise During Pregnancy

I wrote before that I was trying to eat more of a Paleo type diet, especially during pregnancy. I’ve done pretty well mostly eliminating grains. I still am eating some rice every once in a while, like tonight I’m making chili so I will eat some rice with it. I’ll try to eventually stop them all, but I need a transition period. I haven’t been eating pasta or bread or any of those processed grains. (Oh, I also ate some popcorn the other day and corn is technically a grain, not a vegetable.) I am not going to completely give up dairy right now, which some Paleo diets require, because I feel like I need it. I think if you follow more of a “primal” diet, they allow raw, whole, organic dairy, so that’s sorta what I’m doing. I’m not drinking cow’s milk, and have mostly switched to coconut milk for making kefir which I use for smoothies, and I don’t really need “milk” for anything else. I’m still sometimes eating yogurt and cheese, which I feel okay on, so I’ll stick with that for a while unless I feel it’s too much. It’s important to listen to your body and how it feels after eating certain foods and decide what is best for your body type. If you read Dr. Mercola’s “Total Health Program“, he talks about being a “protein type” or “carb type” or somewhere in the middle, and I am definitely a protein type and do better with higher protein and less carbs.

One healthy snack I forgot that I really liked was red peppers with cream cheese.

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We bought this cool looking cream cheese made in Norway that was on sale at Whole Foods and I love it on sweet peppers with a little sea salt. Salt can be a very healthy food, if you buy unprocessed sea salt, which is full of minerals. Eva also loves red peppers, which is great, I give her a whole one and she just eats it like an apple.

Buying high quality meat is expensive. I have been craving steak a lot during this pregnancy and grass-fed beef is the most nutritious but also the most expensive. We can usually get organic chicken for a little more than conventional, but I’m waiting to find a grass-fed beef sale to stock up. We also try to eat wild caught shrimp and salmon every once in a while.

I have been doing much better with exercise this past week. I’ve been doing the workouts from this prenatal exercise DVD that I bought used somewhere. There are multiple workouts for each part of pregnancy. They are short, so I can do 1 or 2 depending on how I feel. Eva sometimes tries to do them with me, or she just sits on my belly and laughs if I lift my legs or something. It’s quite an experience trying to exercise with a 2-year old around. During college, I used to work out every day for an hour or more, I was crazy! Life is so different now that being able to get even a 15 minute short workout in does wonders for my energy and well-being.

Regarding my supplements during pregnancy, I am taking this prenatal vitamin . The regular dose is 4 capsules a day, but I’m only taking 2 because my midwife said my iron was so high that I probably didn’t need a prenatal. (This could be because of the red meat I’m eating, or because I cook in a cast iron pan, which adds iron to your food.) But, I thought I’d keep taking it and just take less. I also am taking fermented cod liver oil, which is an amazing superfood and quite necessary especially during winter months when you cannot get outside in the sun for adequate vitamin D. It also of course supplies DHA and EFA, which are vital for baby’s brain development. I was taking a probiotic and a calcium supplement, but I won’t need those anymore since I am making kefir again with coconut milk. I had stopped making kefir for a while, so wanted the extra probiotics.