The type of fat found in seafood, omega-3 and DHA specifically, makes it essential for both mom and baby. Research shows that the benefits for women during pregnancy include increasing the likelihood for full-term pregnancy, as well as improved size of the newborn. Research also suggests that appropriate intake of seafood and DHA reduce the potential for post-partum depression. For baby, DHA is believed to offer extensive neurological benefits, including development of baby’s eyes and brain. It’s even possible that there is an increased potential for maintaining an ideal body weight in childhood.
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The seafood counter can be intimidating. Most people scan the case, looking over different filets and shellfish, wondering how they taste, how fresh they are, and of course, the best way to prepare them. Ironically, most seafood is very easy to prepare, especially on the grill. Last year I wrote about all of the reasons why you should grill some fish this Father’s Day. This year I want to help you select the right fish at the seafood counter.
My family recently went on a 2,000 mile road trip. On paper, this eight state tour looked like a serious culinary challenge. After all, I’m naturally particular about fast food fare and convenience products, and two members of my family of four have celiac disease, which means that very little is “fast” and just about nothing is “convenient.” Unless, of course, you make it that way. Whether you are tackling a big road trip, spending too many hours at a hotel, or checking into a hotel for a week, you can eat well while you’re traveling and at your destination too.
The beautifully blended combination of nutrients that come together to create your favorite smoothie may also be the perfect pre- and probiotic boost your body needs. Prebiotics, the non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of the beneficial bacteria found in our gut, team up with probiotics, or good bacteria, to positively impact our gut microbiota. A few questions commonly come up when the topic of smoothies and gut bacteria is considered.
April is Kids Garden Month, a month devoted to highlighting the many reasons why we should get kids into the garden and a time to remind us that there are many resources available to help us do just that. The big take away is that you don’t have to be a master gardener to develop a child with green thumb, you just need to get them into the garden and learn along with them.
You use your reusable water bottle, recycle as much as you can, and compost. Your habits include turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth to reduce water use and unplugging all unused chargers to lower energy use. You are a clear champion for our environment and believe that small changes have a big impact. But if you aren’t also looking at your diet, you may be falling short of doing all that you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Some people don’t give hunger much thought. For these individuals, it’s just a passing feeling that waxes and wanes throughout the day; a comfortable feeling that’s easy to manage. For others, it brings about feelings of uncertainty (“Should I be hungry?”) or guilt (“How can I be hungry? I just ate.”). This tangled space of questions is where I love to work, and an area I think many of us can relate to. I believe that this junction where the how and when to respond to hunger exists is where a lot of positive change can happen.