Pregnancy Eats

Healthy Pregnancy Snacks Sorted!

As I get further into my pregnancy I've noticed I'm wanting to snack more. While choc chip cookies and vanilla sorbet are on my mind, so is staying healthy. But not the broccoli type of healthy - although that's definitely important. I'm talking snack healthy. 

So, a little investigation and a lot of sampling I wanted to share my top five pregnancy snacks with you - that you can both make yourself or buy for those on-the-go days. 

Trail Mix

It's so easy to mix up your own trail mix, specifically tailored to mamas-to-be. My fave ingredients to throw in the mix includes: almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate chunks, goji berries, coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and bee pollen. This mix will give you a boost of fibre, Omega-3 & Vitamin E (nuts), antioxidants (goji berries), flavinoids (chocolate), folate & magnesium (pumpkin seeds)

Barnarna 

Not only do these organic bites taste sensational, but the company's mission is to eliminate food waste from organic banana farms. And... the brand was invented by three sexy guys! With a range of chewy banana-infused flavours including chocolate, peanut butter and coconut, there's a bite for every craving. 

Smari Yogurt

Smari organic icelandic yogurt uses four cups of whole milk per tub not only making it superbly creamy, but ensuring you get just the right dose of protein and calcium in one serving. Ideal for your little babe's continuous growth. None of their ingredients are treated with hormones, pesticides or herbicides so it's better for you than a lot of dairy and better for your babe too. 

Avocado

Nature's green goddess is full of unsaturated fat and if you use your imagination you can adapt it to almost anything in your cupboard. Smash it on toast and add chilli flakes and a poached egg, slice it on crackers with juicy cherry tomatoes, add it to salads, or whizz it up in a smoothie. 

Cherry Tomatoes

I haven't really experienced any cravings, it's more like I just enjoy the foods I always have that little bit more. But.. cherry tomatoes have become much more tasty than I every imagined and I could just eat them like grapes. Full of Vit K, Vit C and folic acid, they also help purify blood and increase circulation as well as protect against infection thanks to an antiseptic effect. 

Chemical-free baby

Talking to Therese Kerr is like talking to your best friend’s mum. The one that makes the tastiest school sandwiches and has your favourite icy-poles in the freezer after a summer Saturday spent cartwheeling in her backyard.

So what if you weren’t cartwheeling with her supermodel daughter, Miranda Kerr, you know the mum I’m talking about. She’s friendly, knowledgeable, interested, advice-driven and maternal. No wonder Therese has launched a line of organic baby products, Divine Baby, to complement her growing range of personal care products including Divine By Therese Kerr, Divine Man and Divine Woman.

Not only are all of Therese’s products certified organic, they’re vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and chemical-free.

Health Bird chatted to the passionate wellness advocate about choosing health, for you and your baby.

You chose the path of a holistic lifestyle after discovering you had cancerous tumors in your spleen. Has it been hard to maintain?

I choose health. With every choice you are either moving away from health or towards health and I choose health with everything that I do.  Considering the amount of illness and toxicity in the world it’s about making that commitment to yourself and to your family.

Why did you choose to add Divine Baby to your organic range?

I’m about babies been born without chemicals in their bodies. Every day we place a chemical burden on our body with products we use and babies are being born with around 200 chemicals in their little bodies. Divine Baby is about removing the toxicity from your life because one of the fastest ways we detox as a woman is to have a baby. But what we do is we transfer our fat-soluble chemicals to our children in utero. It’s really awful.  And breastfeeding is by far the best thing for our baby however we need to really cleanse first. Fat-soluble chemicals are wreaking havoc on our kid’s health.

How different is the level of toxicity in women’s and baby’s bodies than when you had your children Miranda and Matthew?

Years ago there, Bill Statham (author of The Chemical Maze) said there were around 80,000 chemicals in our world, now there is about 140,000. If I had known about this when I was pregnant with Miranda and Matthew, there is no way in the world I would have used chemical laden products. We just didn’t know. People assume that the products on our shelf are safe.  They are far from safe. There’s over 12,500 chemicals just used in skincare, baby care and oral care products alone, most of which have never been tested for safety. Unfortunately chemicals are used in everyday products on basis they are safe until proven otherwise.

How are your products different to other skincare on the market?

They are all ACO certified, so Australian Certified Organic, that’s the most stringent certification body in Australia.  There’s a huge misrepresentation of the use of the word organic, a company can say something is organic if it has one natural ingredient but it may contain hundreds if not thousands of chemicals. For example someone can claim a can of coke is organic if they put a wedge of lemon in it. That’s how lax the laws are. Just ridiculous.

What ingredients do you include in Divine?

Beautiful, certified organic, natural plant-derived ingredients that support the body. What you put on your skin goes into your blood stream and into your organs. The Environmental Working Group states that our skin will absorb chemicals 10 times quicker by way of digestion and that’s because our skin doesn’t have digestive enzymes available to break the chemicals down. Nor does it have the detoxification process of the liver to further break the chemicals down. If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin. All our ingredients are nutrient rich with antioxidants that support the body and don’t harm it in any way.

And that includes Divine Baby?

A baby’s immune system and central nervous system is immature and still developing and doesn’t have the ability to detoxify so you don’t want to put chemicals on it. Children have roughly double the skin surface per body weight of adults so they have more ability to absorb chemicals.

Do you think chemicals are contributing to infertility too?

One in seven women are infertile. We are the only species on earth that are contributing to our own extinction. I don’t want people to get tumors in their spleen or have endometriosis so bad they can’t have children. It’s all about education and providing a healthy alternative that actually works.

Yourself and Miranda are such advocates of this holistic lifestyle. You must be so proud of her range of Kora products too?

Yes, as a family we are committed to providing certified organic products. We have a public profile as a family and we use that. Be a champion for yourselves and your children and your children’s children. Stop buying the products that are causing this.



BOTANICAL BEAUTY

I've fallen in love with FIG + YARROW - a delightfully botanical-based line of handcrafted organic health and vanity products made in Denver, Colorado. The face, body, and hygiene range is made using advanced formulations of vibrant roots, leaves, flowers, oils and mineral elements and trust me, it is a treat for the body and feast for the senses! Fig + Yarrow's use of nature's raw beauty with their wild-crafted ingredients inspires vitality and heightens the body’s senses. 

These heavenly-scented products (I'm in love with the Pink Love Salts) are the creation of apothecary artisan, Brandy Monique, who as a young girl was always playing in nature amongst plants and creatures great and small. Later she studied Herbalism and Plant Spirit Medicine which lead Brandy on a Shamanic journey in which she was able to speak to the plant spirits. "This came very naturally to me," says Brandy. "I began doing a tremendous amount of research on the efficacy and effects of natural ingredients for physical health and beauty." Brandy's research confirmed the guidance she would receive in her journeys and from there she was encouraged to start the Fig + Yarrow line using always natural and never synthetic ingredients. 

Choosing natural beauty products crafted with organic and wildcrafted ingredients is one very significant way in which we, as consumers, can collectively influence how the land, people and other creatures at the most basic level of our product chains are treated.

I firmly believe we receive the most benefit from natural products by approaching the plant and minerals respectfully and utilising their gifts responsibly.
Founder, Brandy Monique in the Fig + Yarrow studio

Founder, Brandy Monique in the Fig + Yarrow studio

Part of FIG+YARROW’s mission is to educate consumers on how to apply products so they feel the true benefits of the organic line. Watch a step by step to use the Cardamom and Coffee Anti-cellulite Body Scrub

 

Read about the benefits of paraben-free skincare

Tasty Coconut Water recipes to whip up... Now!

Nutritionist and personal trainer Nikolett Toth is all about building lean bodies and helping clients tap into their ultimate health. The former Las Vegas VIP host admits on her blog to once loving champagne nights, but since learning to love her body, and what she puts in it, Nik has gone onto help clients get fit, drop pounds and feel healthy and happy as a result. 

Now an ambassador for Meko 100% Pure Coconut Water, Nik offered to share these tasty recipes - using super hydrating and delicious Meko 100% Pure Coconut Water - with Health Bird. 

With powerful ingredients such as goji berries, cinnamon and chia, these colourful dishes are the perfect after-workout boost or as a tasty sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free dessert.

Raspberry-coconut chia pudding

Ingredients:

·      ½ cup chia seeds

·      1 cup Meko coconut water

·      3/4 cup frozen raspberries

·      ½ cup light or full-fat coconut milk

·      1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional for sweetness)

Method:

1.     Mix chia seeds and the coconut water in a bowl, and soak for at least 10-15 minutes. (Until it forms a gel-like consistency.)

2.     Using a hand blender mix coconut milk, raspberries and maple syrup.

3.     In a glass or glass jar scoop in quarter of the chia mixture, then top with a layer of raspberry sauce. Repeat for the last half of the mixture and in a second dish.

4.     Serve chilled and top with shredded coconut, nuts and raspberries.

Raspberry-coconut chia pudding

Raspberry-coconut chia pudding

 Meko Protein Punch (the perfect post-workout treat)

Ingredients:

·      2x ¼ cup Meko coconut water

·      3 tbs chia seeds

·      3 tbsp rolled oats

·      3 tbsp pumpkin seeds

·      3 tbsp Greek yogurt

·      ½ cup frozen mixed berries

·      1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional for extra protein)

·      ½ tsp cinnamon

 Method:

1.     In a separate bowl soak the chia seeds and oats in coconut water for 20 minutes.

2.     Meanwhile prepare the layers by mixing the Greek yogurt, cinnamon and protein powder.

3.     In a glass place 2 scoops of the chia mix, then top with the yogurt mix, the frozen berries, oats and a final layer of chia mix.

4.     Top it with pumpkin seeds and goji berries. Serve chilled.

Meko Protein Punch

Meko Protein Punch

Super Green Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 scoop brown rice protein

 2 handfulls of kale

 ½ banana

½ cup Meko 100% Pure Coconut Water

cinnamon

slippery elm

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour into a bowl and serve with raspberries, seeds and almond meal.

Super Green Breakfast Bowl

Super Green Breakfast Bowl