hemp protein barsNo CommentsRead more
I know some of you were asking for granola bars, and while these aren’t granola bars per se, they are delicious! Made with four types of seeds, they’re packed with protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium and omega-3s (those essential fatty acids you keep hearing about that reduce inflammation). Omega-3s are important for baby’s brain development as well as brain health for all ages! Both hemp and chia seeds are complete plant proteins, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids we need as humans. Hemp is also one of the world’s most sustainable crops because it grows in nearly every climate and is used all over the world as a source of food, fiber, textile, paper and even fuel! To make these bars a little more toddler friendly, I cut them up into bite sized chunks.
all fat is not created equalNo CommentsRead more
We need three types of macronutrients to live – carbohydrates, protein and fat. However not all fat is created equal. I think most of us know that saturated fat from meat (red meat, white meat, dairy, eggs and fish) creates plaque in our bodies and increases risk of heart disease and stroke and that trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) are even worse still. But what is considered healthy fat? It’s best to stick with whole food forms of fat, and limit oil consumption. Although I do use small amounts of olive and coconut oil for dressings, cooking and baking, it is not what I would consider a health food. Comparatively, it is high in calories and low in nutrients and for the majority of our food, we should stick with foods low in calories and high in nutrients. Dr. Fuhrman, who I received my Certificate in Nutritarian Studies from, says H=N/C (health = nutrients/calories), in other words, the more nutrients per calorie, the better for our health. Below are the fats that give you the best bang for your calorie buck.
pumpkin spice overnight oatsNo CommentsRead more
Quick, no fuss, nutrition packed breakfasts are essential to starting your day off right. Before I had littles and worked outside of my home this was true but even more so now that I am a mother of two and work as a health coach on the weekends. Someone always needs me and sometimes even a smoothie isn’t something I have time for. That’s why I always, and I mean always, have pre-made breakfast bars, muffins, or something like these overnight oats or chia pudding in the fridge and ready to grab and go.
protein power ballsNo CommentsRead more
These snack balls are perfect for a pre work out snack, post work out recovery, lunch box treat, or in my case “need calories for breastfeeding” snack. They are packed with protein (4-5 grams per ball), good fats and minimal natural sugar from the dates which you can certainly omit if you don’t want any sugar. I’ve made these with sunbutter so that they are allergy friendly but you can use whatever nut butter you have on hand (peanut, cashew, almond, etc).
lactation cookies (breakfast bars)No CommentsRead more
I have two exciting things to share today, one, our second baby decided to join us last weekend at home under the care of my amazing midwives, the Midwives of New Jersey, and two, I am finally sharing what is probably the most used recipe in our house! These aren’t just “lactation cookies” but also a great breakfast for everyone. They are basically a protein-packed oatmeal cookie (and who doesn’t want a cookie for breakfast?)! My husband and toddler love these too.
healthy snacking: spiced cashewsNo CommentsRead more
Packing healthful snacks to bring to work or on the go is important to avoid temptation of buying something processed and unhealthy. Nuts are perfect to grab and go but it’s also easy to get bored of snacking on plain nuts every day so today I’m sharing a recipe that makes nuts more exciting!
10 things you need to know about reducing your risk of breast cancerNo CommentsRead more
Breast cancer sucks, and today I am sharing some easy ways we as women can reduce our risk of developing breast cancer (among other cancers). It is the second leading cause of death in American women and is affecting women at a younger age and becoming more virulent. I feel the most important thing we can do is to educate women on what they can do reduce their risk, how to suppress the genetic disposition to breast cancer, and for women who’ve already beat it, how to reduce their risk of recurrence. Most of us probably know the bad habits that increase risk like drinking alcohol daily, smoking, taking prescription medication regularly, and eating processed food/sugar and large amounts of animal products. Instead I want to focus on some steps we can take that may be a little less well known.