Posts Tagged ‘protein’

Running out of steam? Don’t forget to eat

Monday, September 13th, 2010

appleSounds odd, but some of us are so busy taking care of the small fry, not to mention the older medium and large fry and/0r work, that time flies by and we forget to eat.  When I forget, I usually end up with a wicked headache. Here are some tips for healthy and quick eats for Mom.

• Hard-boiled eggs (protein’s a power house)
• Hummus scooped up with pita chips or sliced carrots, celery, peppers (keep a big bag of them in the fridge for diving into whenever the mood strikes)
• Low-fat cheese (kids love string cheese… so do I!)
• Yogurt mixed with cereal and diced fruits
• Fruit smoothies with yogurt in them
• Water, lots of water
• Whole grain crackers
• Low-fat bran muffin
• Dried fruits and nuts (I keep some in my car)
• An apple a day… what can I say? (except maybe banana)

She hates milk!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

So there you have it. Last Friday I mentioned starting my daughter on cow’s milk and let’s just say it’s not going well. She turns her head and 33348837_thbpushes the cup away every time we offer it to her. My husband has a knack for tricking her into taking a few sips, but she makes the most awful grimace and then lets it dribble down her chin. We’ll continue to encourage her and offer lots of praise though. She’ll get used to it at some point, right? If you have any advice on weaning or making this transition easier I’d love to hear from you.

As you already know a baby should turn one before they start cow’s milk, but do you know why? Well, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, younger babies simply can’t digest cow’s milk as easily as they digest breast milk or formula. Cow’s milk contains a lot of protein and minerals, which can put a lot of stress on a newborn’s kidneys. Also, cow’s milk lacks the proper amounts of fat, iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients that growing babies need.

Have a great weekend!

Raw meat makes my skin crawl

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant my appetite started to change. It has definitely improved, but there are still certain things that gross me out! Most notably beef, chicken and fish. I have no desire to prepare these foods. The idea of touching them raw makes my skin crawl. I’ve tried gloves and I ask my husband for help, but still. Yuck. I don’t even want to look at them in the grocery store. Do you know what I mean? Is there anything you just can’t stand the sight of?

I told my midwife about this aversion and she asked where I was getting my protein from. Good question. She rummaged through her filing cabinet and pulled out a fact sheet on healthy, high-protein snacks. She raved about beans, peas, nuts and seeds not only as good sources of protein, but as foods unlikely to activate my gag reflex. She was right.

Here are some of the snacks from the handout she gave me.

Unsalted/raw peanuts, almonds or cashews

Peanut butter w/ apple slices

Sunflower seeds

Hard boiled egg

Hummus with whole wheat pita or crackers

Black bean or lentil soup

Whole grain bread or cereal

Plain yogurt with granola

Low fat milk or cheese

Tuna fish