If you find yourself pregnant during warmer months, there is probably a backyard barbecue (or three!) on the calendar. But before you fire up that grill or fill up your plate, remember that some of your favorite dishes may be risky for moms-to-be. “Certain foods can harbor bacteria that are particularly dangerous during pregnancy,” explains Mary Lynn, D.O., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
Now that you’re steering clear of cold deli meat, your sandwich selection is limited. To the rescue: a delicious chickpea-stuffed pita. It’s packed with protein, fiber and immunity-building vitamin C. You can also use the bean mixture in a filling salad.
Our June/July cover star Stacy Keibler shared this avocado-based dessert with our sister magazine, Natural Health. It's the perfect personal portion for nights when you have an undeniable chocolate craving but don’t want to overindulge.
It’s certainly not like you need an excuse to whip up this yummy Mexican Hot Chocolate, but we’ll give you one: Drinking milk during pregnancy may lead to taller children, a new study in the European Journal for Clinical Nutrition finds. So fill your mug and start picking out extra-long onesies for your future basketball star!
This all-natural dish, courtesy of Grace Crossman of Goldie's vegan restaurant in Asbury Park, New Jersey, will satisfy your sweet tooth in seconds—no animal products required.
To stir in the agave more easily, heat it in the microwave or stovetop before stirring it in.
Between taking care of a newborn, prepping for your return to work after maternity leave, and still decorating the nursery, getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables can feel more stressful than the thought of having your least favorite in-law move in next door.
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