Super Easy Drinks, Soups, and Smoothies for a Healthy Pregnancy: Quick and Delicious Meals-on-the-Go Packed with the Nutrition You and Your Baby Need
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An optimal supply of vitamins and minerals is important in any diet but nutrient needs increase dramatically during pregnancy and are critical for ensuring baby’s healthy development. However, common pregnancy complaints such as nausea often make eating properly difficult. Smoothies, juices, and soups provide a easy and digestion-soothing way to get essential vitamins and minerals—and can be prepared quickly and easily. Super Easy Drinks, Soups, and Smoothies for a Healthy Pregnancy provides over 100 recipes developed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and nursing women, ease pregnancy complaints such as nausea and sleeplessness, and keep moms-to-be nourished and energized.
puréeing your baby’s food when you start weaning. Once you’ve decided what you want, use these guidelines to help you choose a particular model. GENERAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER 1 How easy is it to clean? Which parts— if any—can go in the dishwasher? 2 How easy is it to assemble? 3 What quantity of food can it take—is this enough if you were to make a dish for four or six? Will it process tiny quantities of food as well? 4 Does it come with a sealed or spill-proof lid to prevent liquids
the fridge for 24 hours or frozen for up to six months. • For a tasty kick, add a little chili oil on serving, or blend in some fresh coriander leaves. CARROT AND ORANGE SOUP This soup makes use of ingredients that are cheap and available all year round. Make a batch and freeze it in individual portions, so you can thaw out one at a time as a quick and nutritious snack any time during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding. Good for: Boosting immunity High in: Carotenes Source of:
is the best route, and this means ensuring that you are drinking at least the recommended 75 ounces (2.3 liters) of fluids a day. Enjoy having drinks such as homemade smoothies and juices, or make a few simple soups which are nutrient rich and go down easily when your stomach seems to have disappeared under the weight of the baby. High-fiber foods such as dates and prunes, beans and lentils also help, and these are found in several of the recipes, including Billion beans and garlic soup (page
have been proven not to cause any adverse effects, even during pregnancy. The most commonly used waxes are E903 Carnauba wax and E902 Candelilla wax, both of which are derived from plants and are also found in chewing gums. E901 Beeswax and E904 Shellac (both insect products) can also be used. Generally, organic fruit is unwaxed and it is possible to find other fruit that is labelled unwaxed. To remove wax, wash fruit thoroughly in warm water and scrub well with a brush. BLUEBERRY AND LIME
a low birthweight baby. Recent studies have also found that there is a link between iron deficiency anemia in the last trimester of pregnancy and schizophrenia in later life. Your breast milk supplies iron to your baby and your ability to absorb iron from food improves after pregnancy. Very few of these drinks recipes in the book actually contain sufficient iron to meet your needs. However, many of the juices rich in vitamin C will increase your body’s ability to absorb iron if you drink them