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Fun & Healthy Easter Snack

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Fit Pregnancy, Foodie Fun & Recipes, Holidays | Comments Off on Fun & Healthy Easter Snack








This past Easter, I encountered a new twist on an old favorite. I was dying Easter eggs with my niece and talking to my sister about the future of our colorful creations. My sister asked me if I had ever tried deviled eggs made with avocado instead of mayo. I had not and was excited for the new experience! But, I had to wait until Easter day. So, the big day rolled around and I was finally able to try the new treat. They were so yummy! The kids named the deviled eggs “Shrek eggs.” If your kids are hesitant to try these unusual looking snacks, “Shrek eggs” sure does make them sound more fun and appealing. Not only does avocado add something new to a classic, but it has zero cholesterol, contains vitamins A, C, and B-6, as well as iron and magnesium, and is significantly higher in potassium and protein when compared to mayo. I highly recommend substituting avocado for mayo next Easter. Or, why not try it now? Let us know what you think! Avocado deviled eggs are a healthier option for all ages.

Try this simple recipe:
12 boiled eggs
1 avocado
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Garnish with paprika

Other mix-ins to try:
-Get some extra veggies and flavors by adding finely chopped tomatoes and onions and a splash of lime juice to make guacamole deviled eggs. Top with cilantro.
-To satisfy savory cravings, top with crispy bacon.
-Spice up your avocado deviled eggs by adding roasted red pepper flakes or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

Tell us your favorite and share any ideas for future healthier Easter snacks!

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5 Ways to Track Your Baby’s Milestones

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in baby, General, New Mom on the Block, Toddler | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Track Your Baby’s Milestones

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Pregnancy and new motherhood are magical times. Many new moms feel that there’s no way they could forget their baby’s firsts—first smile, first word, first step…first tantrum. As many moms will tell you, though, the sleep deprivation and the busy-ness of motherhood don’t always lend themselves well to keeping your memory sharp. Here are 5 ways to track your baby’s best moments and milestones to ensure that you don’t forget them.

  1. Keep a Line-a-Day Journal
    One easy way to preserve memories and create an amazing, lasting gift for your children when they’re older is to keep a line-a-day journal. Pick out a journal (even a simple spiral notebook works fine), and write down one memory, event, or milestone each day. You and your family will appreciate all the little moments you thought you forgot later and you’ll keep track of the biggies!
  1. Make Memory Jars
    Label a jar or can with the year and cut a hole in the top. Keep a pen and some squares of paper next to your jar. Each time your baby hits a new milestone or does something you want to remember, jot it down on a square of paper and stick the memory into your jar. At the end of the year, you can more formally record each memory, stick the squares in a scrap-book or album, or simply collect your memory jars, compiling a gallery of memories for your family to go through.
  1. Use a Calendar
    If you know that the only way you’ll keep track of milestones is by putting forth the least amount of effort possible to do so, simply use a calendar. If you’re a paper person, write milestones down on the calendar on the day they occur. If you’re a digital gal, keep track of memories in your Google or Outlook calendar.
  1. Take Photos and Videos
    Even though you think you’ll remember your baby’s chubby cheeks, tiny voice, or the way she sneezed, chances are you won’t! Take a lot of photos and videos, you will be so happy you did in the future.
  1. Save Tidbits
    In addition to writing down milestones, it’s fun to save some visual reminders of special events. Save scraps of wrapping paper, family Christmas cards, etc. to compile in a scrap-book along with your memories and milestones for a beautiful family keepsake!

What’s your favorite way to preserve the special moments in your family’s life?

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5 Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in baby, breastfeeding, Fit Pregnancy, General, New Mom on the Block, nursing, Toddler, Toddler Tips | Comments Off on 5 Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Moms


So you’re a new mom who’s made the decision to breastfeed—congratulations! Breastfeeding offers many long-term benefits to mom and baby, including reduced incidence of postpartum depression, reduced rate of infant mortality and illness, higher IQ scores later in childhood, greater attachment bond between mother and baby, and reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer in mom.

While we hope you and your baby reap only the rewards of breastfeeding, we know how challenging it can be too. From latching and supply issues to mastitis and food sensitivities, you may encounter a few road-blocks on your breastfeeding journey. If you’re facing breastfeeding challenges, contacting your local La Leche League or the lactation consultants at your delivering hospital or midwifery center are great places to start getting support. In the mean time, here are 5 nutrition tips for breastfeeding moms to help set you—and your baby—up for nursing success!Baby's Own Room

  1. Eat Enough Calories
    Believe it or not, breastfeeding moms need even more calories than pregnant women. On average, breastfeeding can burn anywhere between 400 and 1000 calories per day, depending on how much your little one eats. To ensure that your supply stays up and that you, the mama, are getting enough nutrients and calories for yourself, make sure you eat at least 500 extra calories per day.
  1. Make Your Calories Count
    Many breastfeeding new moms find that the major hormone shift that occurs after birth leaves them queasy and kills their appetite, much like in early pregnancy. Additionally, a lot of new moms find that they barely have time to eat, and it’s easy to forget to feed yourself when caring for an newborn. Because you may not be on top of snacking and meals, when you do eat make sure your calories count. Healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables are great choices. Think mashed avocado on toast, “green” smoothies with an added scoop of almond butter or coconut oil, and a handful of almonds with a piece of fruit. One avocado alone contains around 250 calories, most of which come from good fats!
  1. Drink A LOT
    As we said, it can be easy to forget that mom needs taking care of, too, when there’s a new baby in the house. Enlist the support of your spouse, parent, postpartum doula, or whoever is around to help you remember to drink lots and lots of water. Those giant water cups hospitals give out in the maternity ward come in handy when you don’t have time to get up and down from the couch between nursing sessions to refill a measly 8 oz glass.
  1. Choose Foods Rich in Iron, Vitamin D, and Calcium
    These three nutrients are essential for the health of new mom and baby, and they also help stabilize your mood and hormones. Go for foods like beans, leafy green veggies, and yogurt. Because many babies are born with milk-protein allergies (and because you may need a little help getting your gut health back to normal, depending on how your delivery went), yogurt is a better choice than milk or cheese because it contains less of the irritating sugars and proteins that give babies gas, reflux, and colic. (Please note: before starting any kind of supplement while breastfeeding, ALWAYS check with your health care provider as well as your child’s).
  1. Avoid Highly Allergenic Foods
    In the first weeks and months of motherhood, it can be helpful to avoid some of the most common allergens in food—fish, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, and peanuts. Many babies have sensitivities to these allergenic foods, and these sensitivities can cause painful gas, reflux, rashes, and a host of other issues if they are not identified. By starting with a clean slate, you can add these foods into your own diet one by one to ensure that your baby doesn’t react to them.

Breastfeeding can be challenging, but with the help of these tips you’ll be off to a great start and will feel happier, more rested, and more energetic. Happy nursing!



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