Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle are important for a healthy pregnancy. There are many essential nutrients for pregnancy such as folate and iron to help your baby grow. In continuation with the Healthy Pregnancy Series here, we will be talking about another important nutrient for expecting mothers today: Calcium.
Why is calcium important during pregnancy?
Calcium is important during pregnancy in the same way it is important for kids. Calcium helps to build your baby’s teeth and bones and also helps the heart, nerves and muscles develop. It is important to have enough calcium to meet your needs as well as your baby’s needs.
If there is not enough calcium from your diet, calcium from your bones is used to support your baby which can harm your health. Calcium is also important while you are pregnant because it can help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy.
How can you get enough calcium?
It is always good to try and get calcium from food sources before trying a supplement....
After I devoured my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies last week, I was looking for another way to use up my pumpkin puree. There are so many possibilities but I decided to try my hand at Pumpkin Pie Granola. The result was a fragrant and delicious granola that reminded me of Pumpkin Pie. We were able to enjoy it throughout the week as a snack and for breakfast. I was so glad I made a batch of this Pumpkin Pie Granola!
I have been making my own granola for about a year now. Ever since then, I have stopped buying cereal. I always thought it would take too long to make my own granola, but once I made it the first time I realized how easy it was! Over time, I have learned some tips and tricks to make the best granola:
Coat the oats evenly with the liquid mixture. Take your time to mix well so that there are no dry areas remaining.
Don't mix your granola while it is baking. A lot of recipes will tell you to mix your granola half way through so that it evenly cooks. This results in gran...
Pregnancy brings so many exciting moments and is the start of a wonderful journey. Throughout this journey, there are certain nutrients that can help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Today’s post will be a continuation of the Healthy Pregnancy Series all about important nutrients for pregnant women. Today’s nutrient of discussion is iron.
Why is iron important during pregnancy?
Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps your blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body as hemoglobin. As with many nutrients, your iron needs during pregnancy increase because your body makes more red blood cells to support you and your baby. Also, iron supplies the placenta as well as brain development and iron stores in your baby for the first six months after your baby is born.
How can you get enough iron?
In the first trimester, there are only small changes in your iron needs but in the second and third trimester, your blood volume goes up and you need more iron. Many women may have trouble mee...
I am here mid-week with an extra special recipe to share with you in honour of the beautiful fall season. If you still have some catching up to do, I have been all about pumpkin this month! Yesterday I shared a recipe for a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (yes they are healthy).
Besides my pumpkin-loving tradition every fall, I also love making Spicy Butternut Squash Soup. Just last week my husband confessed that it is his FAVOURITE soup that I make (wowzers!).
If you come from a South Asian background, butternut squash may be a little too sweet for your liking. Last fall, I had my best friend over for dinner and she claimed she didn't like butternut squash soup because it is too sweet. I insisted that she try mine and guess what? She loved it! The secret to satisfying your South Asian palate is to make it spicy! The balance of spice from the red chili powder and the sweetness from the butternut squash makes for a delicious soup that will satisfy all tastebuds.
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful moments of life as you bring new life into this world. If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you are most definitely hoping for a healthy and happy pregnancy. This blog post will be the first of the Healthy Pregnancy Series. The Healthy Pregnancy Serieswill highlight specific nutrients needed during pregnancy. This series will also share healthy recipes that are high in those specific nutrients to support you and your baby as it grows.
Pregnancy is a normal process that your body goes through but it comes with some slight changes to your metabolism. As you support another life in you, your nutrition needs are slightly higher than normal. The Healthy Pregnancy Series will highlight nutrients that are important and how you can make sure to get enough of each nutrient during your pregnancy.
Today’s healthy pregnancy nutrient is folate/folic acid.
Quick tip: Folate and folic acid are the same B vitamin, however, folate is the food form,...
Happy October! In my household, October means pumpkin season. Every October, I make as many pumpkin recipes as I can. By the end of the month, I am usually ready to say goodbye to pumpkin until the following year! A few years ago, I started this pumpkin tradition using canned pumpkin. Last year, I started buying pumpkin and making my own puree and to my surprise, it wasn't as complicated as it seems.
I know it may seem like an unnecessary step to your pumpkin pie making but I want you to bear with me for a moment. We have become so disconnected from our food that it has become the norm to buy pumpkin from a can. I mean, when was the last time you bought a fresh pumpkin and ate it? Yes it may take a bit longer to make your own pumpkin puree but it is another way to be more connected to your food.
This year, I went to a local farm and picked up my own pumpkins! The whole experience became more than just "picking up a can of pumpkin". It was an opportunity for my family to enjoy some...