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Book Review: Fertility Foods: 100+ Recipes to Nourish Your Body While Trying to Conceive

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I've been (not so) patiently waiting for this book to be released for awhile! After months of counting down and following its authors on Instagram, it's finally here! And I couldn't be more excited to share it with you.

If you know me at all, you know I love books of all kinds, including cookbooks. I'm not ashamed to admit that I read cookbooks from front to back like a novel. So I was beyond excited when the lovely Liz Shaw sent me a copy of her book just in time for my temporary move back to NYC.

For my four-hour bus ride from Alexandria, VA back to NYC, Fertility Foods Cookbook was my companion. Side note- bus rides along the east coast during Autumn are the best! The changing leaves of crimson and gold, the gentle hum of the bus, those comfy reclining seats... So good, soooo good. Now back to this gem of a book.

Fertility Foods Cookbook, written by Liz Shaw and Sarah Hass, is packed with some of the yummiest recipes and beautiful food photos I've seen in a long time. The recipes make use of colorful and enticing foods that are full of fertility supporting nutrients.

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Book Review: Expect the Best by Elizabeth M. Ward MS, RD

From cover to cover, Elizabeth shares great advice about what to eat before, during, and after pregnancy. The highlight of the book for me were The Words of Motherly Wisdom sprinkled throughout the book where real life mamas share insider tips to manage some pesky pregnancy problems or just offer an encouraging word.

You'll find information on food safety, meeting your nutrient needs, eating for twin pregnancies, preconception nutrition, and recipes.

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5 Easy Steps to Create Fertility Boosting Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast bowls are my go-to breakfast option. They're simple and can be easily tailored to my ever-changing tastes and cravings. With the right ingredients they can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to promote healthy hormonal balance and fertility.

Minimally processed food with plenty of nutrients are an important part of any preconception plan. You are what you eat. Healthy food=healthier body=best chances of conceiving. The research is clear, diet affects fertility. Each meal and snack has the potential to help you reach your goal of getting pregnant and giving birth to a happy health baby.

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. And for good reason. After your overnight fast your body is begging for replenishment. Give it what it's asking for, lady.

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3 Holiday Mocktails for the Pregnant (or Trying to Conceive) Crowd

There are three things you're sure to find at just about every holiday celebration: food, booze, and ugly sweaters. Without fail. If you're pregnant, trying to conceive, or just don't drink, one of these three may leave you feeling a little left out. While you can certainly partake of the food and don an ugly sweater, many of the festive drinks are a no-go.

Sure, you can just have some water, juice, or soda. But maybe you want something more in line with the holiday spirit. Homemade eggnog is out if you're pregnant or icked out (like me) by the whole undercooked egg thing. And definitely no glög chugging for you.

Because I wholeheartedly believe everyone deserves to have a fancy glass in hand at parties, I've put together three simple recipes for folks forgoing alcohol this holiday season.

Whether you're a teetotaller, the designated driver, or have a bun in the over (or heating the oven up in preparation) I'm certain you'll enjoy the following virgin "cocktail" recipes. 

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Follow This Simple Formula To Create Fertility Smoothies

I love smoothies. They're easy to make, portable, and tasty as all get out. You can really pack in the nutrients with very little prep or time in the kitchen. They really have the potential to be a very powerful food ally in your quest to boost and protect your fertility.

After a headlong dive into fertility smoothie recipes on Pinterest and YouTube I decided I needed to write this post. One recipe in particular really inspired me. It's one of the most popular fertility smoothie pins I could find and a very popular video on YouTube. It's a great recipe. It really is, but that thing is way too complicated.

It has 13 ingredients. 13! Most of which were powders, medicinal herbs, and supplements. Now you know I'm pro herbs and pro supplements. But real food works too! And in my opinion should be the first thing you turn to. Food's easier to find and tends to be less expensive. 

The formula I'm sharing below is a real food, fool-proof way to create a smoothie that supports overall wellness and reproductive health. It focuses on simple, whole food ingredients that:

  1. Enhance circulation
  2. Deliver key fertility nutrients
  3. Support hormone harmony
  4. Protect against oxidative stress, promoting egg health
  5. Can be tailored to your personal preferences
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5 Hot and Healthy Drinks for Winter

Growing up in Southern California, the land of eternal summer, I tend to romanticize snow storms. I am almost embarrassed to admit the number of times I imagined myself lying on a (faux) bear rug in front of a flickering fire place. My outfit of choice was typically a cozy oversized sweater and knee high socks. And there was usually a good book in one hand and a hot beverage in the other. So when Old Man Winter blew into town last weekend and dumped over two feet of snow on NYC, I seized the chance to stay in, stay warm, and live out my dream.

While I don't have a fireplace or a bear rug, I do love wearing a cozy sweater, reading a good book, and sipping tea when the temperature drops. If you are anything like me, you may have been on the lookout for some new drinks to add into the rotation. My five current favorites are below.

Each recipe (I use that term loosely) is simple, just 4 ingredients or less, not including the water, milk, or sweetener, and they all happen to be super healthy. All of the ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Some even fight against bacteria and viruses. But most importantly, they are tasty. Feel free to play around with the measurements. Find what you like and enjoy. Happy sipping, pinkies up!

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Building a Better Breakfast

We've all heard it before, breakfast is sooooo important, possibly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal that replenishes our bodies after it has worked heartily through the night to repair itself AND the meal that sets the tone for the day ahead. 

But knowing how important it is not the same thing as doing something based on that knowledge. Whether it's a time constraint or just not being "a breakfast person," for many of us breakfast just doesn't always happen. And when it does, much of the time it doesn't include what our bodies really need or what our tastebuds really want.

Whether your goal is to improve your skin, manage your PCOS symptoms, or just eat a meal that truly nourishes your mind and body while delighting your senses, it all starts with balance. Balancing your blood sugar that is. And how exactly do you do that? By combining fiber, fat, protein, and carbs.

Fortunately, building a tasty and nourishing meal need not be time consuming or complicated. With a little prep the night before or using cooking techniques that allow you to whip up a meal while you shower, you can get it done.

Here are a few of my faves that will help you start your day off with the energy you need to get going and stay going.

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Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow Smoothie Recipe: Pleasantly Pretty Smoothie

Pleasant, pretty, and purple, this smoothie marks the end of the Eat (and Drink) the Rainbow smoothie series. It has been fun to come up with these smoothie recipes and I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have.

A mixture of red raspberries and blue(-ish, they still look purple to me...)berries, along with purple cabbage, gives this tasty delight its beautiful hue. And each ingredient provides nutrients known to improve the elasticity, roughness, and tone of our skin. In addition to providing what our bodies need to be radiant and beautiful, it provides what it needs to be healthy.

If you are looking for an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, thiamin, magnesium, potassium, and manganese, you have found it here. Pleasantly Pretty also packs a good amount of riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and copper. Not too shabby.

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