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Chocolate is Back on the Pregnancy Menu! Plus a Great Trail Mix Recipe

Chocolate is Back on the Pregnancy Menu!  Plus a Great Trail Mix Recipe

Dear other pregos-on-the-go out there (or preggie mamas who used to be on the go, but whose babies are now telling them to stay put):

I just found out about the best pregnancy news ever today. In my world, which is now inundated with fears of health complications to watch out for, products to avoid (I’m still pouting about sushi), and hormones that are predisposed to latch onto any and all worries that I might deem remotely and sometimes not-at-all reasonable, good news is something to shout from the rooftops.

Here’s how it happened: my friend and assistant Maddie just brought over the best trail mix ever -- homemade, and tied with a big pink bow. (Have I mentioned how much I love her?)pregnancy trail mix, recipe It’s based on a great recipe by nutritionist Latham Thomas, which I’ve posted earlier, but with at least one, vitally important difference: it contains organic chocolate chips!!! Now sugar, natural or otherwise, has not been my thing this pregnancy, but for whatever reason, chocolate remains somewhat immune to my other sweet aversions. But I was sceptical: Is this really good for me? It was time to do a little research.

Here’s what I found (debunkers normally welcome, but in this case, please don’t apply yourselves here! lets just let me have this one :)): Chocolate actually reduces your risk for pre-eclampsia, and even was linked in one study out of Finland to happy babies! Never one to fly in the face of such stunning research, I will gladly continue to eat Maddie’s trail mix guilt-free, and share the recipe here for your consumption as well. It sits great with my sensitive tummy...let me know how it works for you.

**One nut caveat if you’re prone to allergies and asthma: a couple of years ago, research came out linking daily nut consumption in pregnant women to childhood asthma. The study involved peanuts (not really a nut at all), and has not been recently substantiated, but if you have a history of respiratory ailments in your family, stick to the fruit and chocolate, and add in some pumpkin &/or sunflower seeds for crunch.

PREGO-ON-THE-GO TRAIL MIX

Use equal parts of each ingredient (you can start with a 1/2 cup of each but I’ll bet you’ll end up wanting more):

  • dried pineapple - aids in good digestion
  • dried papaya - aids in good digestion
  • crystalized ginger - helps with nausea
  • almonds - contain calcium, vitamin e (perhaps the best whole foods source), protein, and folic acid -- all pregnancy must-haves
  • walnuts - rich source of omega-3s, vitamin e, and other minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron
  • dark chocolate chips - antioxidants, happy babies, happy mamas, need I say more?

Trail mix is a great snack to keep with you at all times.  You never know when you will feel down and need a pick me-up.  As we recently talked about in our first post on morning sickness, eating small amounts of food frequently, including ginger, and keeping protein constant throughout the day are all great tips for having a healthier pregnancy -- and a happier pregnancy tummy.  

 

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