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THREE HEALTHY PREGNANCY FOODS TO KICKSTART YOUR DAY

Oct 01, 2013

Three Healthy Pregnancy Foods To Kickstart Your Day

Pregnancy is one of the most important times in your life. It’s also one of the most demanding. Your body is working overtime supporting the life of a growing human being, so it's imperative for both mama and baby to have the best nutrients possible in pregnancy foods. With that said, it can be hard to find the time and motivation to feed yourself well during pregnancy; you’re tired, you have strong cravings, and you just want what is easy. 

Owner of a food cleansing and health consulting company as well as a momma-to-be, FitBump raw food expert Summer Sanders has learned firsthand how to make sure both mom and baby are getting the nutrition they need during pregnancy. The key is to set yourself up for success by preparing things that are easy to make, last awhile, and give you lots of energy. Having these little pick-me-up meals on hand are essential for overall health and well-being during pregnancy, as well as being great on-the-go snack options for busy moms. Here are Sanders’ top three pregnancy power food recipes that will be sure to keep both you and your baby healthy and energized!

Gluten-Free Oat Balls
Yields 12-15 balls

Ingredients:
2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons raw extra virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoon raw almond butter

Directions: In a large bowl, combined oats, cinnamon, coconut sugar, vanilla and sea salt. Blend well and then add in the coconut oil and almond butter. At this point, go ahead and get your hands dirty! Knead the mixture and shape it into 2-inch balls. Transfer shaped balls onto parchment paper, place in the refrigerator, and let them cool before serving.

Pumpkin Seed Date Bars
Yields 12-15 bars

Ingredients:
5 large pitted dates, chopped
2 tablespoons of raw pumpkin seed butter
2 tablespoons of raw almond butter
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2-1 teaspoon of salt (I like them really salty!)
Optional:
Whole pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds

Directions: Add the dates, pumpkin seed butter, and almond butter to the food processor and pulse. Once it starts to take the form of batter, add the salt and cinnamon. If you decide to add the whole seeds, stir them into the batter at the end. 

On your cutting board, place the dough and flatten out. You can them cut them into squares. I also sometimes make these round. Just roll and serve. They taste best chilled. Enjoy!

Kale Power Smoothie
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 cups almond milk
5 kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup of spinach, packed tightly
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
1 scoop of favorite protein (I love Vega One French Vanilla.)
Pinch of salt

Directions: Blend and serve.

By FitBump’s Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders has long had a passion for holistic health and fitness. She trained at the Matthew Kenney Academy and eventually took a job as the head instructor of the online raw food educational program. Summer now runs a whole food cleansing and health consulting company called Radiantly Raw Lifestyles. She is a certified personal trainer, weight management coach, prenatal exercise coach, and fitness nutrition specialist with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Summer splits her time between San Diego, CA and Sedona, AZ with her husband Mike. She's expecting her first child in October.

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