The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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You’re going to pick up a lot of new tricks when the baby arrives; from diapering to stroller-folding to learning how to master everyday tasks as a one-handed, baby-balancing wonder. A great trick to pick up now? Have a few easy, delicious, healthy, go-to dinners down, preferably using staple ingredients you can keep on hand at all times. Trust us: 20 Minute Meals will be life savers both now and after the baby comes.
What defines a great snack or light meal—especially for busy expecting or new moms?
* Simple to put together with a short list of “always at the ready” ingredients. No last-minute runs to the store, please.
* Able to be made ahead in batches, and equally delicious served fresh or reheated. This is no time to be on your feet and cooking constantly.
You and your partner have talked about having a baby, but it’s not happening just yet. If you plan to get pregnant within the next few months—or even year—it’s important to get your diet on the healthy track now to prepare your body for pregnancy later.
We all want to eat a healthy diet free of additives and chemicals, and it’s particularly true for moms-to-be. After all, preliminary research suggests that exposure to pesticides may pass through the placenta and affect birth weight according to Enviromental Health Perspectives.
There are times during the summer when it’s just too darn hot to cook or even think about recipes—all you want is a simple supper solution.
One of my favorite “no recipe required” go-to dishes for summer is pasta salad. It’s an easy way to use up just about any fresh veggies you have in the fridge and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch the next day.
One of my favorite things about summer is picnicking on the beach, at outdoor concerts, or just in the park hanging out with my daughters.
While you’re pregnant it’s usually recommended you stay away from processed deli meats (seemingly everyone’s “go to” sandwich for picnics). This week I’ve got a crowd-pleasing, easy to make, healthy, upscale alternative to share with you that’s perfect for packing to go.
You gotta love those leafies! Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and proven disease-fighters; leafy greens are something we should ALL be eating more of—pregnant or not.
This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be doing on leafy greens to help you incorporate more of them in your diet for your own and your baby’s benefit.
When I teach cooking classes I always try to cover a few grill techniques because I’m a huge grill fan. It’s such an easy, tasty, low-mess, healthy way to cook. What’s more, you can toss a few things on the grill at once and have dinner done in a flash.
Heartburn, constipation and indigestion are all too common during pregnancy, thanks to progesterone, a hormone produced by the ovaries that relaxes your stomach muscles and slows digestion. Luckily, there’s an easy way to ease these unpleasant side effects of expecting: up your fiber intake.
Packed with nutrients, kale is one of the best prenatal foods around. But it can also taste like health food—especially to expectant mothers.
The recipe for my meatballs is a perennial favorite among my personal chef clients, students in my healthy cooking classes, kids of all ages, picky eaters, carnivores… just about everyone!
I’ve probably made these for more people than any other recipe in my repertoire. Bonus: They happen to be ridiculously easy to make and super-healthy.