VEGAN PREGNANCY

Wow. What an extremely lucky child to have a parent reading this. Can you believe you are creating life?! This is HUGE! I am so glad that you are here. Educating yourself for not only an incredibly healthy and happy you, but the best future for your magnificently blessed kiddo as well ❤

YES as a matter of fact there is nothing missing in a vegan diet to raise an EXTREMELY  healthy happy successful, talented, bright, beautiful, and alive child. AND you are dramatically reducing your risk for complications, pain, sickness, and beyond.

Resources:

Vegetarian Diet Pregnancy PDF – Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dr. McDougall Vegan Pregnancy Newsletter PDF

Vegetarian Infants PDF // Vegetarian Diets Pregnancy – Academy of Nutrition + Dietetics

Vegan Pregnancy Brochure // Pregnancy + Vegan Diet – Vegetarian Resource Group

Nutrition During Pregnancy – Cleveland Clinic

Top 10 Tips:

  1. Educate yourself with all of the material on this post! In general, pregnant women only require about 300 extra calories per day from starch. This video is very informative!
  2. Emphasize beans and greens combined with a source of vitamin C like lemon or orange juice for peak iron absorption. (great recipes)
  3. Incorporate omega-3s daily: ground flax, chia, walnut, hemp, and leafy greens daily for omega-3s (vegan algael oil DHA supplement if you’d like) for a super smart baby 😀
  4.  Incorporate calcium rich foods: kale, broccoli, collards, okra, oranges, figs or calcium-set tofu, fortified plant based milk, etc. daily
  5. Get iodine from a dulse or kelp shaker, nori, Eden’s brand beans, or sea palm. Iodized salt is not the best source of iodine as concentrated sodium like that in salt + high sodium foods has been shown to increase blood pressure and may lead to preeclampsia.
  6. Take a B12 supplement 2-6x / week if not already in your multi / fortified foods
  7. Avoid seafood!!! Heavy metals cross placenta as they detox from mom’s body into baby while pregnant and breastfeeding.  Mercury, antibiotics, and other additives and heavy metals in seafood and other animal products should be avoided.
  8. Spend at least 20 minutes / day in nature if you can. Relax! Take it easy! Get some natural sunshine vitamin D or make sure it is in you multi or be sure to take a supplement 2000IU/ day should do the trick 🙂
  9. Emphasize whole plant foods like veggies, whole grains, fruit, beans, seeds, and nuts and minimize processed foods like added sugars, processed oils, white and refined flours and flour products, and added sodium and salt.
  10. Practice Intuition: what do you feel like eating? An entire watermelon? Fantastic! 3 whole heads of lettuce with an avocado?! Amazing. Our bodies are incredible. Meditate, listen to what it wants, stay calm, and have so much fun!

Some mama inspo + info for ya:

DR. MICHAEL GREGER of nutritionfacts.org:

HEALTHY PREGNANCY PLAYLIST MUST WATCH

Mr. and Mrs. Vegan:

  1. How to Make a BABY! [Healthy Pregnancy Diet]
  2. USDA Guidelines for Vegans + Meal Plan that Meets Needs
  3. What Eat in A Day While Pregnant // Two Recipes

Ellen Fisher:

  1. Pregnant with 3rd Vegan Child
  2. VEGAN MOMS TALK: Tips for Raising Healthy Vegan Kids
  3. What my vegan 4 year old ate today

Supplementation:

MyKind Organics Prenatal:

Garden of Life Organic Prenatal Multivitamin Supplement with Folate – mykind Whole Food Prenatal Vitamin, Vegan, 180 Tablets

Iron supplement I recommend:

MegaFood – Blood Builder, Energy Boosting Iron Supplement, 90 Tablets (FFP)

More Resources:

Books:

The Kind Mama: Book and Website by Alicia Silverstone


The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All you need to know for a healthy pregnancy that fits your lifestyle (Everything Series)

Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother!

Websites + more PDFs:

Feeding Vegan Kids. The Vegetarian Resource Group. http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/kids.htm. Practical information for parents of children from infancy through adolescence.

Vegetarian Nutrition for Teenagers. The Vegetarian Resource Group. Available at: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/teen_veg.pdf. Brochure designed for teen vegetarians. Covers key nutrients, body weight issues, and simple snacks.

Raising Vegetarian Children. Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Available at:http://vegetariannutrition.net/vegetarian-kids/ Blog written by registered dietitians with suggestions for vegetarian families.

Teen FAQs. Vegetarian Resource Group. Available at: http://www.vrg.org/teen/. Questions and answers about nutrition, social situations, family issues, foods and cooking for vegetarian teens.

Vegetarian Teens. Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Available at: http://vegetariannutrition.net/vegetarian-teens/Blog written by registered dietitians with a focus on vegetarian teens.

Vegan Lunch Box Blog. Available at: http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/. Blog includes many ideas for healthy packed lunches for vegetarian and vegan children.

Vegetarian Diet: How to Get the Best Nutrition. Mayo Clinic. Available at: http://mayoclinic.com/health/vegetarian-diet/HQ01596. Includes information on substitutes for milk, butter, cheese, and eggs.

Becoming a Vegetarian. Nemours Foundation. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/diets/vegetarian.html. Article aimed at teenagers who are interested in becoming vegetarian.

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My Favorite Oil-Free Salad Dressing / Kale Stone Fruit Salad Video

Look no further for your bomb-@$$ salad! This baby is so good. And medicinal. Here are just 5 reasons why this salad needs to GET IN YOUR BELLY:

1. Vitamin C + Iron Combo

Vitamin C is needed for peak absorption of plant based iron.  So the vitamin C from the orange and lime in the dressing combined with all of these iron packed greens?! Watch out world, you’re blood is builllttt!

2. Bones of STEEL

Plant based sources of calcium: kale, collards, sesame seeds, oranges… they are all great sources! Throw them all together and you are left with nothing but a mineral dense delicious meal fit for a superhero.

3. Anti-inflammatory + Protein

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory aid, shown to help not only with stomach issues, but migraines, arthritis, and any kind of ache or pain.  It is truly a great go-to cure all.

4. Protein + Fiber Packed

Did you know that 50% of calories from green leafys is from protein?  Plus, sesame seeds have more protein per weight than any other nut or seed.  Protein and fiber are important to turn off hunger hormones.  Plus healthy sources of fat (sesame, walnuts) help curb cravings a lot too.  So this salad will get you shredded baby. Yes, shredded.

5. Simple, Fresh, Versatile

Make this dressing with whatever ingredients you have on hand. No sesame? Use cashews or hemp instead. Or whatever seed or nut you have on hand honestly.  This is delicious with mint, basil, or dill instead of cilantro, and can be used as a dip, filling, or topping for any plant based burger, falafel ball, or, even throw a banana in and drink as a smoothie?! The sky is the limit.  Enjoy 🙂

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The Hero Pot | Lentil Vegetable Healing Soup

Split red lentils cook in just 10 minutes and are an awesome source of iron, protein, fiber, and disease fighting properties. And to me, they almost take like cheese! Ugh so GOOD!  I make a different version of this soup at least every week lately.  Broccoli and onions one day.  Zucchini and mushrooms another.  The ginger, turmeric though.  So divine.  Give this a try!

The Hero Pot

  • A large pot
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small chunk of ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground or fresh turmeric
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • ~6 cups filtered water
  • ~1/2 cup broccoli
  • ~1/2 cup celery
  • ~1/2 cup mushrooms
  • ~1/2 cup peas
  • Lime and avocado to garnish
  1. Prep ingredients: chop vegetables, mince garlic + ginger
  2. Sautee onions and garlic in pot in 1/3 cup of water (keep a jug of water nearby to add as needed)
  3. Add turmeric, lentils, sweet potato, and 5 cups of water and bring to boil for about 10 minutes
  4. Turn down heat to simmer and add in rest of ingredients to simmer for about 15 minutes
  5. Take your superhero medicine 😛 enjoy

 

HEMP MILK RECIPE | Dietitian Approved

Ahh hemp seeds!  One of the most nutrient dense little foods out there.  With anti-inflammatory omegas, packed with protein and iron.  Look out world hemp milk is going to make a lean mean hulk outta you! 1 cup of this milk recipe has got about:

  • Calories: ~130
  • Protein: ~8 grams
  • Fat: ~9 grams (essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids!)
  • Iron: 15% DV* (*daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet)
  • Fiber: 8% DV*

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 pitted moist date
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Steps:

  1. Blend for 1-2 minutes on high until smooth and creamy
  2. Keep in the fridge for about a week
  3. Hug someone randomly, because you can
  4. ❤ smile.

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Healthy Pasta TASTE TEST + 4 Reasons Why I STILL Avoid Gluten

 

Pasta. What a delectable vehicle for vegetables!  Add your favorite beans, steamed veggies, and tomato sauce and BOOM! An impressive gourmet dinner.  While intact grains are the gold standard (grains in their whole form), whole grains, yes including their bran, germ, and endosperm, are milled into a fine flour to make whole grain pastas, breakfast cereals, and other “whole grain” products.  A few examples of legit whole intact grains would be steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, and millet.

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How to tell if the product is WHOLE GRAIN?

  1. Whole grain stamp is on the package
  2. “100%” or “Whole” are used to describe it
  3. The first ingredient listed is a whole grain

refinedgrains

Refined grains are not only grains milled into a flour, but their grain was stripped of the nutrient and fiber containing bran and germ! Murder! Refined grains are white / light in color and examples include white bread, cookies, cakes, pretzels, white rice, regular pasta, and anything made with white flour. Darn!

Don’t fret too much! The recommendation is:

Make at least 1/2 of your grains whole grains.

Grains are an important part of a healthy balanced diet for fiber, iron,powerplategraphichirez magnesium, selenium, b vitamins, and lasting energy! Be sure to include them on your plate.

The Taste Test

Well before #1, my personal favorite is ZUCCHINILINI OF COURSE! Which is simply zucchini or summer squash, spirilized to look and feel like spaghetti. I like to mix it with pasta dishes to add bulk, flavor, color, and more veg of course!

#1 Nature’s Promise Whole Wheat Spaghetti: #1 in taste, texture, and nutritional profile. Contains gluten.

#2. Bionaturae Gluten Free Corn and Soy Spaghetti: Fabulous texture and taste and with 5g protein and 6% iron, this product is ok. Low in fiber :-/

#3. Jovial Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti: Quite sticky texture, but great flavor and elasticity.  Would go great with a sauce. However, low in fiber although whole grain. Brown rice is naturally low in fiber.

 

#4. Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Corn and Quinoa Spaghetti: Texture dry and kinda crunchy, but a good source of fiber at 16% daily value and 10% iron!

#5. Andean Dream Quinoa Gluten Free Spaghetti: Texture was definitely a little sandy.  But I must say with 6% calcium, 12% iron, and just barely a good source of fiber at 10% daily value, not bad.

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The Consensus:

The quinoa based gluten free products have a better nutritional profile, but are not as delicious as the lower fiber rice based ones.

Why I personally still avoid Gluten?

Do I go out of my way to avoid gluten?

No.  I still enjoy it in moderation. My mom makes homemade bread and pizza with gluten which I eat occasionally.  My diet is whole foods based, so I rarely purchase packaged products that might contain gluten.

Do I eat gluten every day?

No.  Maybe I eat a gluten containing meal or snack 3-4 times a week.  I am generally healthy and do not currently feel any reason to put more effort into seriously avoiding wheat, barley, rye, and foods containing gluten 100% of the time.

Why I make this personal choice:

  1. My sister has ulcerative colitis, which is similar to celiacs in that they are both autoimmune inflammatory intestinal disorders. With a genetic risk factor in my family, I try to not over load the gluten as a personal preventative measure.
  2. Studies linking gluten and autism spectrum disorders autism-and-nutrition-1. The GFCF (gluten free casein free) diet has been shown to help people with ADHD and autism, what else could it be linked to? I am ever curious and after reading such articles have trouble stomaching gluten (and of course would never recommend drinking milk).
  3. Naturopaths recommend avoiding gluten initially when trying to avoid inflammation with an “elimination diet,” along with dairy and other common inflammatory trigger foods. With this in mind, many people have success reversing adverse symptoms like rashes, IBS, fatigue, etc (SO MANY), once they remove gluten from their diet.  I grew up with canker sores, weird rashes, and eczema so, avoiding inflammation (and gluten) is in my best interest.
  4. Close friends with celiac disease so it is easier for everybody to find a gluten free delicious option!

While as you could see from the video, a gluten free diet is not recommended for the general public because it tends to have less nutrients. Be a savvy shopper and let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy those intact whole grains and plant yums! xx

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Perfect Protein Pancakes | Light, Fluffy, Gluten Free, Vegan

Perfect Protein Pancakes

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As the sun comes, up he rises. He carefully places a tender kiss on her cheek, and makes his way to the kitchen.  While the pan is sizzling, the sweet smell of fresh pancakes tickle her nose.  She tip-toes to the kitchen and slowly hugs him from behind.  He laughs and squeezes her hand.  They take their plates to the back porch, watching the wind over the water while her legs lay over his.

Give love this national pancake weekend ❤ That is just one of my zillions of fantasies / ideas for a recipe video series one day.  I hope you try these. I have honestly never been so pleasantly surprised with a finished product.  Eggless and flour-less, I was expecting something dense. These are light, and cakey, like all famous pancakes should be.

Makes about 6 pancakes, serves 2-3. One serving (2 pancakes) has about 345 calories and 10 grams of protein.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked in 6 tablespoons water, (or try soaking in plant milk)
  • 2 perfectly ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup cooked white quinoa
  • 1 – 1 1/4 cup rolled oats, ground into flour
  • 4-5 dashes of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (I used dried) and 1/2 banana for topping

Steps

  1. Stir the chia seeds into water and allow it to sit until it forms a gel
  2. Grind oats into a flour
  3. Mash bananas in a large bowl
  4. Add quinoa, chia gel, oat flour, cinnamon, vanilla, and baking soda to the bowl. Mix until well combined
  5. Spread coconut oil over skillet on medium heat
  6. Form pancakes with 1/3 cup, place blueberries and sliced bananas on top of pancakes, and flip when ready to flip. It is ok to spread them so they are round but try not to squish / flatten them.
  7. Serve with maple syrup and hugs ❤

Nutrient Breakdown: Based on 1 dried blueberry and banana pancake without syrup

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10 Tips For Vegan Beginners

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Thinking about going veg but don’t know how to start!? First of all, thank you for saving the whole fricken world and honoring your body and just THANK YOU. Second of all- these tips will deff calm your nerves! Click here to watch the video.

  1. Go Meatless: Vegetarian options when eating out and slowly increasing the plant based meat alternatives
  2. Plant Milks: Hemp milk, almond milk, soy milk, vanilla, unsweetened, nonfat, there are so many plant milk options out there, there’s bound to be one that you like
  3. Egg Alternatives: Tofu scramble with veggies is AN INCREDIBLE alternative to the cholesterol and saturated fat in real eggs. In baking, use a 1:3 ratio of 1 Tbsp flax or chia to 3 Tbsp water. It gels up just like an egg! Also, a mashed banana works as a great egg, there are also great products out there like ENER-G Egg Replacer.
  4. Vegan Spreads: Who needs cheese when we’ve got avocado, peanut butter, hummus, guacamole, salsa, marinara, not to mention all the brands of vegan cheese on the market and even ferment or blend your own cheese using almonds or cashews! Healthier you, happier future and seriously saving the planet
  5. Calcium: Kale, broccoli, collard greens, okra, figs – great plant sources of calcium naturally.  Fortified foods like soy milk and other plant milks also have plenty of calcium.  Even orange juice is fortified with calcium and vitamin D these days!
  6. Iron: Lots of greens, beans, peas have plenty of iron. Heck, even raisins have iron! Just try to combine sources high in iron with vitamin C by sprinkling your salads with lemon or orange juice.  Non-heme iron (the iron in plant foods) requires vitamin C for peak absorption
  7. Essential Fats: are ESSENTIAL meaning our bodies can’t make them. So we need to eat them from the diet.  Flax, hemp, chia, walnuts and even leafy greens have omega-3 and omega-6 is in nuts, avocado, seeds and basically most plant fats. It is important to eat healthy fats WE ONLY NEED A LITTLE BIT just a couple of tablespoons does the trick!
  8. B12: If you’re considering going vegan, definitely consider a B12 supplement.  B12 is also in lots of fortified foods like milks, nutritional yeast, and even cereals and energy bars like cliff bars.  However, enough B12 is not naturally occurring in a vegan diet since our soil is so devoid of microbes so it is important to supplement.
  9. Experiment! Variety! Sprouts! Have you tried all the different kinds of beans?! I haven’t even tried them all yet- there’s so many things out there to try! Go crazy!
  10. HAVE SO MUCH FUN! This should be the most fun journey of your life! The vegetarian restaurants! The recipes! The vegan food porn! The epic plant based meal FAILS you’re gonna have! Enjoy it! No stress, you are human just like the most “perfect” person out there! xoxo thanks for saving the world!

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My 2 Favorite Salad Dressings, Made in 5-10 Minutes

In no particular order AT ALL! They are both redonkkk

1. Marinarapastasal9

This marinara is beyond any tomato sauce I’ve ever had.  And I LOVE tomato sauce.  Mama knows, I could go through a jar a spaghetti sauce in less than a week- easily!  Here’s why it beats the rest:

  • no sodium
  • no fat
  • no weird additives
  • it takes literally 5 minutes to make
  • lycopene (antioxidant in tomatoes) decreases risk of skin cancer and sunburn and decreases risk of prostate cancer
  • full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, all fruits and veggies here ladies and gentlemen

Tear up some leaves and spiralize a couple of cuces or zucchinis/ summer squashes and:

Blended in my tiny $10 blender:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon or more of Italian Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 oz (apx 1/3 cup) sun dried tomato

I make lots of variations to this! This time I made it, I used fresh oregano, thyme, and rosemary that Janice gave me, THANK YOU JANICE!!! I also didn’t have sundried tomato or onion, and I still loveeedd itt!  Sometimes I just blend tomatoes, dates, and basil.  Sometimes no onion, sometimes extra garlic!  Have fun with it and see how you like it!  And I don’t usually top with walnuts, but those looked good to me today 🙂 Some mushrooms and/ or artichokes would have been nice, or some broccoli!! Mmmm

2. Sweet Citrus Ginger Mint

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Moan moan moan moan moan moan.  Oh KALE  ya!  This + kale = OMFG HOW IS THIS SO GOOD!? I actually had 2 huge bowls of this salad for breakfast this morning.  It is that goood!!!!  And you thought eating 2 heads of kale was difficult, ha ha HA!! Just you wait, you’ll be dreaming of it, just like me 🙂

  • easily absorbed calcium
  • easily absorbed iron (mixed with vitamin C!!)
  • protein packed, sweet satisfaction
  • indigestion aid (ginger)
  • it’s so good, so easy, so refreshing and satisfyingly filling ❤
  • so low fat
  • so high fantastic
  • so addicted to the way I skipped down the street singing after I ate this

Kale is this one’s soul mate.  I suggest tearing some up like I did, or if you have a knife, chiffonaded dinosaur kale is how the chef Sam Romano made it for me.  I’ve never been so impressed in my life.

Blended in the little blendah:

  • 3 oranges
  • around 15-20 fresh mint leaves (depends on size and variety, I’d load it in, looovee orange and mint)
  • 3 dates
  • 1.5 tsp maca (optional, what do you have on hand? 🙂
  • 1 Tbs hemp (I’ve used sesame seeds and flax seeds before too, both phenomenal)
  • 2 thimble sized pieces of ginger, ( I’ve been adding more lately, the warming ginger is aweesomee)
  • lemon juice

I actually didn’t have lemon juice, but have made it before with lemon and it’s really nice, the sour with the sweet date is just, ! .  Impeccable.  I really want to try it with pomegranate seeds on top!  You have fun with it!  Too easy, too many health benefits! Stuff your excuses in the trash, suck it up, and make this.  If you don’t like it, I’m convinced you are an alien.