Illustration As much as you might be excited about the upcoming arrival of your baby, pregnancy symptoms have a way of sapping away all of your energy and leaving you lethargic. So even though you might have initially vowed...
As much as you might be excited about the upcoming arrival of your baby, pregnancy symptoms have a way of sapping away all of your energy and leaving you lethargic. So even though you might have initially vowed to stay active throughout the nine months, now that the nausea and fatigue are both kicking in, you might be tempted to simply coil up on the sofa. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can start feeling alive again once you make it your mission to do so with the lifestyle changes outlined below.
Stop Feeding Your Body Junk
Your body is like a car's engine, and the food you eat is basically fuel. So if you want your body to operate in an optimal manner, you need to give it the right type of nutrients in the form of food. And as you've no doubt heard before, junk food is nothing but empty calories. Your body does not gain any valuable nutrients from eating junk. Thus, there's no need for anyone to eat it. Yet there's this acceptance in society for pregnant women to eat whatever they want even if it's bad for them. Of course it's no big deal for you to gain weight during pregnancy. However, do you really want to feed your baby junk? Because during pregnancy, your baby eats everything that you eat. So why wouldn't you aim to feed the baby in your belly the most nutritious of foods?
Change Your Idea of Convenience Food
When you're dealing with the effects of pregnancy hormones, the idea of having to spend extra time to prepare healthy foods can be rather daunting. That's why so many pregnant women turn to convenience food. Sadly, most of what's considered convenience food in mainstream society are loaded with sodium, fat, and preservatives. All of which are stuff that you probably don't want to eat an excess of while your baby is still getting all of its nutrients from you. So does that mean you have no choice but to spend hours prepping your food on a daily basis? No, it just means you should consider broadening your definition of convenience food. Instead of reaching for prepackaged food at the grocery store, try eating fresh fruits and vegetables in its raw form. Peeling a banana is just as easy as opening a bag of chips. Yet the banana will nourish you and your baby while the bag of chips will just add to your feeling of lethargy.
Discover a World of Tasty Treats
Just because you're trying to eat healthy for you and your baby doesn't mean you can't explore a variety of food. There's actually a very wide array of tasty and nutritious treats out there for you to try. You can start your day by using juicers to make a healthy drink made of the freshest fruits and leafy green vegetables. For lunch, have some vegan sushi rolls. Then enjoy a quinoa salad for dinner. If you get hungry in between meals, have all the fresh or dehydrated fruits and vegetables your heart desires.
Want some inspiration for eating healthy foods while pregnant? Check out Loni Jane. She's an Australian woman who's known for eating a healthy vegan diet throughout her entire pregnancy. In the end, she was able to give birth to a very healthy baby boy. You don't need to be as strict about eating nutritious vegan food as Loni Jane to benefit from the power of fruits and vegetables. However, she definitely does serve as a good reminder that it's certainly possible to stay healthy and energized throughout pregnancy when you fuel your body with the right nutrients.
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"Juicing" is a trending word in the health food community "Juicing" is a trending word in the health food community and many mainstream media have picked it up as well. Juicing refers to the act of reducing fruits and...
"Juicing" is a trending word in the health food community and many mainstream media have picked it up as well. Juicing refers to the act of reducing fruits and vegetables to juice and straining away the pulp.
Many believe that the resulting vitamin and mineral rich juice is a great way to improve overall health, wellness, and immunity. Others do a juice diet to detoxify the body from junk foods, pollutants, sickness, and chemical build-up.
Juicers are the primary tool used to make juicing a daily reality for those on a detox or juice only diet. However, juicers can be used to make a variety of delicious home-made foods beyond pure juice!
Check out these eight tasty dishes, sauces, and treats made with the help of an electric juicer such as the Cuisinart Extractor:
1. Salad Dressing
Fresh salad dressings add a lot of flavor and nutrition to greens, pastas, and more. Easily make your own veggie infused dressings with a juicer!
Carrots, celery, basil, watercress, ginger, lime, and cranberries are some common veggies, herbs, and fruits which can be juiced to add to salad dressings. Mix with oil and vinegar and other spices to get the exact flavor you want.
Making frozen sorbet is easy with a juicer. Choose your favorite blend of seasonal fruits and veggies, then juice. You'll also need plain syrup, and flavored liqueur (prevents the sorbet from freezing solid). Read this sweet juicer sorbet recipe for more tips.
Most people think of sweet things to make with their juicer, but you can also make savory items too. Juiced veggies are a great way to start the perfect soup base blend.
4. Pulp Muffins
Many people wonder what to do with the strained pulp that remains after juicing. One yummy way to use the pulp is in muffins.
Add the pulp to your favorite breakfast muffin mix in place of 1/3 of the liquid. This not only makes the muffins moist and tasty, but adds some great hidden nutritional benefits to the treat!
5. Fruit Roll-Ups
Remember those colorful fruit roll-ups your mother packed for lunch when you were a child? Make your own healthier version using an electric juicer and food dehydrator. Home made versions are also sometimes called fruit "leathers" if they are several mm thick.
6. Adult Beverages
Make your favorite alcoholic beverages with fresh ingredients using your juicer. Bloody Marys, Margaritas, Mimosas, and Sangrias are just a few of the most popular options.
Get creative and make your own twist on these classic drinks by adding special herbs and fruits for a unique flavor! For example, try adding strawberry juice to your Margarita for a fruity fun taste.
7. Baby Food
For those with little ones at home, using a juicer to make baby food is a great alternative to store bought options. Home made baby food is fresher and can be customized to your baby's unique dietary needs.
Make up a jugful of baby food in advance, pour into an ice cube tray, then store in the freezer covered. Thaw 2-3 cubes for about 2 hours in the fridge before meal times to serve. Another popular option is to put the baby food in reusable squeeze pouches -- toddlers love these too!
Make your own low-sugar or no-sugar jelly using concentrated juices from your electric juicer. These are fresher and healthier than commercial jellies which are commonly sweetened with high fructose corn syrup and colored with artificial food colorings.
What are some favorite recipes you've made with your juicer? Share in the comments!
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