Recipe for Healthy and Nutritious Scrambled Eggs

Recipe for Healthy and Nutritious Scrambled Eggs

Good afternoon and happy Thursday! This is one of my favorite recipes to cook for a quick healthy, nutritious, and delicious breakfast for Paul. Click on the ingredient whose nutrition you wish to explore further: 

Recipe

Ingredients

  1. [Organic] Eggs
  2. [Organic] Avocado
  3. [Organic] Butter 
  4. [Organic] Tomatoes
  5. [Organic] Mushrooms
  6. [Organic] Fresh Spinach or [Organic] Frozen Spinach 
  7. Scallions
  8. Hemp Seeds

Part 1:

    Sautée spinach and mushrooms in a pan with butter. 

    Part 2: 

    Add chopped tomatoes when mushrooms and spinach are sautéed to your liking. 

    Part 3:

    Add eggs and scramble until they are cooked to your liking. 

    Part 4:

    Sprinkle hemp seeds on top of your eggs. Serve with avocado for your little darling to enjoy =)

    Thank you for reading! I hope your little one enjoys this recipe! =D

    Recipe for Quinoa Guacamole Salad 

    Recipe for Quinoa Guacamole Salad 

    Good morning and happy Saturday! Quinoa Guacamole Salad is one of my favorite recipes to make for Paul for lunch or dinner because each of the ingredients are packed with nutrition. =) The recipe is as follows (click on the ingredient whose nutrition you would like to explore):

    Recipe
    Ingredients: 

    1. [Organic] White quinoa 
    2. [Organic] Frozen Spinach
    3. [Organic] Tomatoes 
    4. Scallions 
    5. Lime
    6. Salt
    7. Pepper
    8. Two [Organic] Avacodos 

    Part 1:                    


    Place 1 cup of [organic] white quinoa, frozen [organic] spinach (it is my preference to use frozen spinach for this recipe) and 2 cups of [purified] water into a pot over medium heat. As soon as it reaches a boil, cover the pot and lower the heat as low as possible so that it is simmering. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed into the quinoa. 

    Part 2:


    While the quinoa cooks, prep your quacomole. The ingredients for this recipe should be based on your preferences. Place two ripe [organic] avocados in a bowl and mash them with a fork until the consistency is smooth. Then add in the ingredients of your choice. In this recipe, I added and mixed [organic] tomatoes, scallions, salt, pepper, and one lime into the avocados.  You can add jalepenos, cilantro, onions, etc. Then cover and cool in the refrigerator.

    Part 3:


    When the quinoa is done cooking, serve with the guacamole for your little munchkin to enjoy =D 

    Tip: for extra nutrition, add a tablespoon of [organic] hemp seeds. =D 

    Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy happy happy Saturday! =)

    The Ultimate Power Dessert: Yogurt Ice Cream

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    Happy Saturday! Matt has created many recipes throughout my pregnancy to satisfy my ever changing cravings. This dessert is not only super delicious, but it is nutritious for you and your baby =D There are two recipes that we have been making.

    Recipe 1:

    Ingredients:

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Frozen Strawberries

    Pasteurized Honey

    Chia Seeds

    Lemon

    French Vanilla Oats

    Recipe 2:

    Ingredients:

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Peanut Butter

    Banana

    Chia Seeds

    Pasteurized Honey

    Lemon

    French Vanilla Oats

    Place the yogurt and frozen strawberries (Recipe 1) or the yogurt, peanut butter, and banana (Recipe 2) in the food processor or blender. Add some raw organic honey, some chia seeds, and a squirt of lemon. This measurements are based on your taste, after the ingredients are mixed, add more of anything that you would like. Place the mixture into a bowl and put it in the freezer until it is at a texture to your liking. Sprinkle french vanilla oats on top for a nice crunch.

    What nutrients do these ingredients contain?

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Yogurt contains protein, calcium, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains probiotics, which research suggests boost the immune system.

    Pasteurized Honey

    Honey boosts your immune system and reduces heartburn. It contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

    Chia Seeds

    Chia seeds contain fiber, iron, protein and calcium.

    Peanut Butter

    Peanut butter contains protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and healthy fats.

    Oats

    Oats contain fiber, potassium, and iron.

    Strawberries

    Strawberries contain vitamin C, magnesium and calcium.

    Bananas

    Bananas contain potassium and vitamin B6

    Lemon

    Lemons contain calcium, thiamin, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin B6 and riboflavin.

    How does the nutrition found in these ingredients foster your babies development?

    Protein is necessary to the baby’s growth and organ development.

    Calcium is necessary to the baby’s bone development.

    Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels and your build tissues.

    Potassium contributes to balancing electrolytes and nerve impulse transmission throughout your body.

    Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells.

    Copper assists with developing the baby’s heart, blood vessels, and skeletal and nervous systems.

    Iron helps create blood for you and baby as well as transports oxygen throughout your body.

    Phosphorus helps with the baby’s bone development.

    Zinc is essential for the baby’s rapid cell growth.

    Fiber helps regulate the digestive track in pregnant women.

    Vitamin C assists with the development of the baby’s skin and bones.

    Vitamin B6 helps promote the production of white blood cells by ensuring that the organs that create them remain healthy.

    Thiamin helps promote a healthy nervous and muscular system for your baby.

    Riboflavin helps a baby develop bones, muscles, and nerves.

    I hope that you enjoy this delicious dessert =D Happy Saturday <3333

     

     

    How I am Staying Fit During Pregnancy

    Good afternoon and happy Thursday! Even though I have been unable to do toning exercises, I have been trying to stay as fit as possible by eating healthy, drinking a lot of purified water, and going on daily walks. I have been gaining 1 lb a week since week 13, so I am currently 130 lbs (my pre pregnancy weight was 115) and I have about 12 to 15 more pounds to gain depending on the size of my boy. I have found many recommendations online about how many calories to eat on a daily basis, but honestly, I do not follow any of these suggestions. When I am hungry, I eat. Since the second trimester, I have been consuming approximately 1800 to 2300 calories a day. Though I do add up my daily calorie intake, I am not concerned with them. What is most important to me is where I am getting the calories from. I try my best to limit the amount of empty calories I consume on a weekly basis since they have little or no nutritional value and try to keep my diet very healthy. I am very happy if I consume 2300 or more calories from nutritional foods in one day. =D

    There are specific items that I try to always have in my kitchen to ensure that I am eating healthy and nutritionally:

    Fruits and Vegetables

    Avocados, Organic Spinach, Organic Apples, Oranges, Frozen Strawberries and Mangos, Bananas, Tomatoes, Onions, Organic Celery, Organic Carrots, Jalapeños, Red Peppers, Cucumbers, and Garlic

    Protein

    Chickpeas, Cannelloni Beans, Red Beans, Organic Eggs, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic, Whole Chicken, and 90% Lean Ground Beef

    Dairy

    Greek Yogurt, Parmigiana Cheese, Butter and Whole Milk

    Oils

    Canola Oil or Olive Oil

    Grains

    Pasta and Whole Wheat Bread

    Drinks

    Orange Juice and Sparkling Water

    Seeds

    Chia Seeds

    There are so many delicious and nutritious meals that could be created with these ingredients. I have been sharing my husband’s recipes and explaining how each ingredient in the recipe impacts the development of a growing fetus. If you would like to view some, you can click on the following links =D

    Chicken Burrito

    Beef Chili

    Chicken Salad Sandwich

    Upcoming recipes include homemade hummus with homemade yogurt sauce, chicken chili, and fruit smoothies  =)

    Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day! <3

     

    Why I Avoid the Deli Line

    Good evening and happy Friday! As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started researching foods that would offer essential nutrition to my baby as well as which foods that could potentially cause harm to my baby. Three foods that I used to eat on a regular basis have been on my avoid list during my entire pregnancy. As difficult as it has been, I am just too afraid to risk it.

    Deli Meats

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    Oh how I miss my Prosciutto, Salami, and Sopressata. My mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious salty spicy goodness that could be in my mouth right now. As much as I love these meats, there is a risk of Listeria contamination on all deli and hard meats. Listeria poses a huge threat to your baby. Listeria contamination could be found in other foods as well. Please read about it on the Center for Disease Control website:

    http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections-listeria.html

    and on the Food and Drug Administration website:

    http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/ucm083320.htm

    Over Easy Eggs

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    I was eating these beauties every day for breakfast. I stopped when I found out I was pregnant because that delicious runny yolk can be contaminated with Listeria or Salmonella. It seems that Salmonella is not AS serious as Listeria or Toxoplasmosis, but it still may pose complications to your pregnancy and your baby.

    Medium Rare Red Meat

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    I absolutely loved eating juicy medium rare burgers. We would top them off with jalapeños, onions, mushrooms and avocado to create the perfect juicy burger. I stopped eating undercooked red meat because there is a risk that it could be contaminated with Ecoli, Salmonella, Listera, or Toxoplasmosis. Ecoli, like Salmonella, does not seem to be AS serious as Listeria or Toxoplasmosis, but like Salmonella, may pose complications to your pregnancy and your baby.

    If toxoplasmosis is contracted during pregnancy, the bacteria causes serious risks to your baby’s growth and development. Please read about it on the Center for Disease Control website:

    http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections-toxo.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/

    and on the Food and Drug Administration website:

    http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/ucm083327.htm

    Listeria and toxoplasmosis are two bacterias found in food that pose a huge risk to your baby’s growth and development. Unfortunately, I had a toxoplasmosis scare at the beginning of my pregnancy. If you are interested, check it out here: http://sandrabasile.com/index.php/2015/09/05/my-cute-little-kitties-and-my-toxoplasmosis-scare/

    For more information about food poisoning, please refer to the following websites:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/528520-the-risks-of-rare-meat-when-pregnant/

    http://www.cdc.gov/features/holidayfoodsafety/

    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning-during-pregnancy-topic-overview?page=1

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/367332-effects-of-food-poisoning-while-pregnant/

    http://www.cdc.gov/features/ecoliinfection/

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/507063-the-dangers-of-undercooked-meat-in-pregnant-women/

    I hope that this post was helpful =D Thank you for reading, I hope that you have a wonderful night <3

     

    My Number Two Pregnancy Craving: Jalapeño Sauce!

    Happy Friday everyone! I have always loved spicy foods, but ever since I became pregnant I can not stop eating hot sauce with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! My favorite hot sauce is Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Sauce. It is perfection in a bottle. It is especially delicious with my scrambled eggs and toast in the morning =D The best part is I can understand every ingredient that is in this bottle. The ingredients are red ripened jalapeños, hot chili peppers, distilled vinegar and salt. I highly recommend this delicious sauce. I hope you have a wonderful night! =D

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    Delicious Chicken Burrito

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    Good afternoon and happy Friday! =D Chicken burritos are one of my favorite dinners because it is simple, delicious, and all of the ingredients are super nutritious! We oven roasted and steamed a whole 8 lb chicken for 3.5 hours at 350 degrees. The whole chicken is cooked at 25 minutes a pound. To steam the chicken, water is placed on the bottom of the pan. Be sure to cover with tin foil before placing in the oven. When the chicken comes out of the oven, separate the breasts, legs, and wings. The meat will be so moist from being steamed in the oven that it falls right off the bones. We made four different dinners from each part of this whole chicken.

    For this meal, we are using chicken breasts, spinach, avocados, and whole wheat tortillas.

    Why is this meal nutritious for your baby?

    Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts contains Protein and Iron.

    Spinach contains Magnesium, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Choline, Omega 3 Fats, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C. Eating spinach contributes to preventing birth defects in the baby.

    Avocado contains Omega 3 fatty acids, Protein, Vitamin A, B6, and C, Calcium, Iron, Folate, and Magnesium. Eating avocados are essential to the baby’s eye and brain development.

    Why are these nutrients important?

    Iron helps create blood for you and baby as well as transports oxygen throughout your body.

    Protein is necessary to the baby’s growth and organ development.

    Fiber helps regulate the digestive track in pregnant women.

    Calcium is necessary to the baby’s bone development.

    Choline is essential to the development of the baby’s nervous system.

    Omega 3 Fats is necessary to the development of the baby’s brain, eyes and nervous system. Many prenatal pills have DHA, which is an Omega 2 fatty acid.

    Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamine, promotes the baby’s brain development.

    Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin, contributes to the growth of the baby’s skin as well as eye development.

    Manganese helps with the formation of the baby’s bones.

    Vitamin C assists with the development of the baby’s skin and bones.

    Vitamin B6 helps promote the production of white blood cells by ensuring that the organs that create them remain healthy.

    Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels and your build tissues.

    Folate contributes to the prevention of brain and neural tube defects in your baby.

    Potassium contributes to balancing electrolytes and nerve impulse transmission throughout your body.

    Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day <3

     

    Delicious Chili =D

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    Matt introduced chili to me a few years into dating, and it has been one of my favorite dishes since. Chili is super delicious and you can taste every ounce of love that Matt puts into it. What makes this dish even more amazing is that each ingredient contains nutrients that are essential to our son’s development =D

    Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey

    Contains iron and protein

    Black Beans

    Contains fiber, thiamine, protein

    Red Peppers

    Contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and folate

    Jalapeños 

    Contains vitamin C, iron, and manganese

    Tomatoes

    Contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, and chromium

    Onions

    Contains vitamin C

    Why are these nutrients important?

    Iron helps create blood for you and baby as well as transports oxygen throughout your body.

    Protein is necessary to the baby’s growth and organ development.

    Fiber helps regulate the digestive track in pregnant women.

    Thiamine helps promote a healthy nervous and muscular system for your baby.

    Vitamin C assists with the development of your baby’s skin and bones.

    Vitamin B6 helps promote the production of white blood cells by ensuring that the organs that create them remain healthy.

    Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels and your build tissues.

    Folate contributes to the prevention of brain and neural tube defects in your baby.

    Potassium contributes to balancing electrolytes and nerve impulse transmission throughout your body.

    Chromium assists with breaking down and storing fat and protein as well as contributes to stabilizing glucose levels in your body.

    Recipe by my wonderful and thoughtful fiancé, Matt <3

    Ingredients

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    1lb Ground Turkey or Lean Beef

    1 Jalapeno

    2 Red Peppers

    1 Onion

    4 Tomatoes (or you can add one 1 can of tomato puree)

    1 Package of Black Beans (or 1 can of black beans)

    Salt

    Pepper

    If you are using beans that come in a package, you will need to cook the beans for a few hours before they are ready to be consumed.

    After the beans are cooked, you can put a pot with some oil (we use canola oil) on medium heat and place ground turkey or beef into it. When fully cooked, add onion, peppers, and jalapeño and cook until they are sautéed. Then add the tomatoes (or can of tomato puree) and the cooked black beans (or can of beans) into the pot and stir. Cover and let cook on medium heat for about 2 hours stirring every couple of minutes, then let it simmer for another half hour still stirring every couple of minutes. Turn the gas off and let set for a few minutes before serving.  It is super delicious and super nutritious.

    I hope that you enjoy and that you have a happy Tuesday =D

     

    Limiting Exposure to Toxins Found in Plastic and Cans

    Good morning everyone and happy Sunday! In this post, I will share all of the information that I have learned about the toxins that are found in plastic and cans. I provided links that will direct you to the Center of Disease Control, WebMD, and Livestrong. I hope this post is helpful =D

    Plastic

    What are the toxins found in plastic?

    • Phthalates

    http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/phthalates_factsheet.html

    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/cookware-plastics-shoppers-guide-to-food-safety?page=1

    • Benzene

    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/benzene/basics/facts.asp

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/101892-harmful-effects-benzene/

    • Styrene

    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/PHS/PHS.asp?id=419&tid=74

    • Bisphenol A

    http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa?page=1

    http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/BisphenolA_FactSheet.html

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/478451-disposable-food-containers-cancer-risk/

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/255205-plastic-everywhere-side-effects/

    Vinyl Chloride

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/530191-clear-plastic-wrap-food-safety/

    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=281&tid=51

    There are seven types of plastic that we come into contact with. If you look on the bottom of any water bottle, you will notice the number 1 (which is toxic) engraved into it. If you look at the bottom of a gallon of milk, you will notice the number 2 (which is safe) engraved into it.  Here are two links that will explain each type of plastic.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/158674-which-plastic-containers-can-i-safely-use/

    http://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2009/02/know-your-plastics.html

    Cans

    What toxins are found in cans?

    • Bisphenol A

    http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/BisphenolA_FactSheet.html

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/259503-the-disadvantages-of-aluminum-cans/

    http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1009710-12-dangerous-chemicals-avoid-everyday-products/#slide=2

    What have I done to limit my exposure to toxins found in plastic and cans?

    To avoid exposure to toxins, I discontinued eating food that is stored in cans and I limit my exposure to plastic. I try to only drink out of glass bottles, and I store food in glass containers.

    I hope this post was helpful! I hope you have a happy Sunday =D

    Week 8: The Decision to Change My Lifestyle =D

    Good afternoon and happy Friday =D This post is about the hours following my appointment.  I hope that you enjoy =D

    I had to be gone for about 2 hours before arriving home to my apartment where my partner was awaiting my return. I will never forgot the big smile on his face when he greeted me at the door. We both smiled at each other for a few seconds, and then I said, “I’m pregnant.” The upcoming hours after telling him was a very happy and loving experience that I will never forget. We spent the entire day planning the next steps in our lives.  There is so much to look forward to =D

    For about the last year, Matt and I have been doing extensive research on which environmental factors are toxic to our bodies. Personally, I started this research when I was diagnosed with Phyllodes Tumors of the breast in July 2014. Once we found out I was pregnant, we made drastic changes to both of out lifestyles. I just want to reinforce that there are no right or wrong lifestyle choices during pregnancy; my lifestyle choices are not the right way, rather they are the ones that work best for me. I want to share my lifestyle choices with you and the reasonings behind my choices. =D

    In a matter of hours, the following was decided:

    1. To throw away all of our plastic tupperware and to not to drink from plastic bottles
    2. To throw away all of our nonstick pans
    3. To only have Matt clean the litter box
    4. To discontinue the use of toxic cleaning supplies
    5. To try to eat organically
    6. To discontinue eating products from cans
    7. To avoid food additives

    My next few posts will explain why each of these choices were made and what we did to accommodate these changes. I hope that you find them helpful! <3