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Paleo, Nutrient Dense Red Velvet Cupcakes

Paleo, Nutrient Dense Red Velvet Cupcakes

Sometimes A Girl Just Needs a Cupcake

During the first trimester of my second pregnancy, I was craving sweets BAD! However, refined s0ugar reeks havoc on my stomach, and I know it is not good for my growing baby.

So, typical me went to Pinterest and found the “best” red velvet cupcake out there to modify. I didn’t go for a pre-formulated paleo recipe because I find coconut flour and almond flour don’t work the best for cupcakes. I love cassava flour because it is a 1:1 substitution, and my body was craving carbs! Plus, I find with low carb treats, it ends up being more calories for me, which isn’t helpful either.

I found a great recipe for the cake in which I substituted ingredients.  Then, I decided to use the icing I had formulated for a paleo red velvet brownie recipe that I created.

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2½ cups cassava flour
  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 oz. red food coloring

Makes 18 cupcakes

Icing Ingredients

  • 8 ounces organic, grass-fed cream cheese
  • 4 TBSP unsalted grass-fed butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Line 3 regular-size muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, place the cracked eggs and whisk until egg whites and yolks are blended.
  4. Add remaining liquid ingredients and whisk until well incorporated. Set aside.
  5. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, place all dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  7. Mix on medium-high speed for 1 minute or until mixture is completely incorporated.
  8. Fill batter 2/3rds up the prepared cupcake liners.
  9. Gently tap the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles from the batter.
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a middle cupcake comes out clean.
  11. Let the cupcakes rest 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  12. Optional: If a cake is desired, this cake batter will make a three-layer 8-inch cake.
Why You Should Never Use A Kids Menu

Why You Should Never Use A Kids Menu

More, More!?!?!

That’s what Noah said directly to our waiter one evening as Brendon and I were out to dinner. We had gotten him a side of goat cheese polenta, and he scarfed it down. We laughed so hard when he knew to look right at the waiter and ask for more.

I love that through exposing him to a variety of foods, he always tries food and is a great eater. There are of course foods he has tried and not liked, but he eats so many foods and flavors. He even likes a little spice, just like his daddy! It is all about getting them to try a variety of foods AND foods in different combinations EARLY. it’s easier to deal with a little frustration early on in finding out what they like rather than getting frustrated when they only eat 5 things when they are older because those are the only foods they developed tastes for.

So, should we be giving kids a separate menu or should we just be having them eat like we do whether it is at home or at a restaurant?

Food for Thought

Unhealthy, Unbalanced Options

As adults, we know our plates should be filled with a protein, starch, and vegetable or maybe a fruit. Why shouldn’t kids be the same? And, I am not talking about deep fried french fries as a proper starch or vegetable to eat regularly.

The kid’s menu is so heavy on unhealthy starches and fats. They are also loaded with sodium and sugar, and they do not contain a proper amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they usually come with the option of a drink, and kids typically pick fruit punch or chocolate milk when given the option.

Kids are growing and need a high quantity of nutrients. It frustrates me to hear parents say that the kids will just burn off the calories from their food. And, maybe that is true. But, what is their body getting to fuel them? That’s the most important part. Kids need food to serve their bodies so they can get the proper building blocks.

Teach Kids to Try New Flavors

When kids are young, this is the time to set their palate. If we offer them pasta, mac and cheese, and Nutella or whatever on a regular basis this is what they crave. Then, we get frustrated when they won’t eat anything else. However, for the most part, their options are in our control. So, again, we need to start going through a little frustration in the beginning getting them to find combinations of real food that they like rather than suffering large amounts of frustration later on when they won’t eat many things.

I love that Noah was exposed to everything we ate early. So, he got used to savory, bitter, sour, and even a little spicy. He would try red pepper hummus, goat cheese, seasonings, vegetables, and seafood. He has no anxiety about seeing new foods. However, my step-daughter that lived on mac and cheese was a struggle to get to try new foods. Seeing foods combined in new ways made her instantly assume she wasn’t going to like it because it wasn’t familiar. She didn’t grow up in her early years in the habit of trying new foods, and now, she resists new foods like many other kids that eat pasta and chicken nuggets on a regular basis.

I made a conscious effort to hold off on sweet things (even fruit) for over a year with Noah to build the palate for other foods. I even asked daycare and family to not give him sweets for almost two years because he is so young that he won’t know what he is missing. So, the benefits of him not being exposed to those flavors yet is a bigger benefit than the inconvenience.

Teach Kids to Eat Real Food

“Kid” food is made to be hyper-palatable based on the taste and appearance. To get this way, it is so over processed, it doesn’t even look like the food sources it came from anymore.

When you look at adult options at a restaurant, it is so much easier to identify what you are eating. As I have heard Alton Brown say, “Chickens don’t have fingers.” So, why is there a food product called chicken fingers? Foods like this makes it such a struggle to get kids to eat healthy proteins and real foods. They develop the taste buds to only want fried, salty, and foods covered in cheese.

Kids Menu Options are Filled with Gluten, Conventional Dairy, and Poor Nutrient Density

Making gluten, conventional dairy, and low nutrient foods the main portion of a kid’s meal is not a great option. Now, this isn’t to say that my family doesn’t indulge in dishes when eating out that have these elements. However, overall we chose a mix of options and going out to eat is not a regular habit.

I think it is a better option when eating out to share an indulgent appetizer as a family or a dessert, but you should keep the main entrees quality food options like a steak or seafood dish. This keeps their mindset of healthier eating even if you are still getting more sodium or fat than you would be when eating at home. Plus, they are still getting some nutrition as opposed to an extremely low amount (along with many inflammatory foods) with the kid options.).

If your kid is small, they may only eat a portion of a meal you order, or you can take the leftovers home if you order them a separate entree. My husband and I let my son try some of each of our dishes. Then, it is fun to see what he likes best.

 

 

Paleo Pancake Sausage Muffins

Paleo Pancake Sausage Muffins

Brinner Time!

Mondays are breakfast for dinner. So, we did eggs with these cute pancake sausage muffins topped with some real maple syrup. Delicious and a kid hit! I made this recipe but substituted cassava flour and coconut sugar.

I loved being able to make these on Sunday night as we were getting ready for the week. Then, I had very little work to do at dinner time on Monday. Have I mentioned how much I try not to actually cook at dinner time? At that time, I always have at least one kid that wants my attention, I feel like I am still trying to get all my stuff in the door, and I want to spend time with my family. So, when it was dinner time, all I had to do was heat the muffins in the oven, while I quickly make some eggs and smoothie to go with them.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, cooked and cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups full-fat coconut milk or full-fat milk of choice*
  • 8 tablespoons white vinegar*
  • 4 cups cassava flour
  • 8 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

*Note: For the milk and vinegar, you can also substitute buttermilk or just use milk of choice and skip the vinegar.

Directions

  1. Cook your sausage in the oven or in a skillet. Once cooked, break it into crumbles. I baked patties in the oven at 350 F for 20 minutes, and then, cut the patties into crumbles. I like this way because then I don’t have to watch a skillet.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  3. Add the vinegar and milk together. Then, let them sit for 5 minutes.
  4.  Add all ingredients into a blender except for the sausage.
  5. Blend ingredients until smooth.
  6. Remove the blade from the blender, and mix in the sausage crumbles until they are evenly incorporated.
  7. Fill silicon muffin cups or paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full with the batter.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately, or let them cool to store in the refrigerator or freezer for later.
Breakfast Bear Pancakes (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

Breakfast Bear Pancakes (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

Breakfast can be fun!

Breakfast by far is my favorite meal of the day. I love eating big breakfasts, and for the kids, I love doing special recipes or touches to their food to make it fun, especially on weekends.

Both the kids love the cassava flour pancakes that I have made from the PaleoHacks blog. However, after making the recipe a few times, I modified it by adding some more honey and some vanilla. Kids are used to a slighter sweeter pancakes so I thought that worked well.

Then, I saw a cute photo on Pinterest of how to decorate breakfast toast to make it bear toast. I thought, I could do that with pancakes! I have made them for the kids a few times, and they think they are soo cool! Every time Noah sees them, he says” BEAR! BEAR!!” Brynn loves these bear pancakes at the local dinner, but those are full of sugar. So, I love having this special treat I can make at home to give her the same feeling with healthier ingredients and spending less money.

Recipe Ingredients

  •  3 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 T honey
  • ¾ cup cassava flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Coat the pan with coconut oil well.
  4. Heat the griddle or pan to medium heat or 350 F.
  5. For the ears, use a TBSP measuring spoon. Fill the spoon with batter, and pour the contents onto the griddle in a circle. For each bear pancake, you will need two ears.
  6. For the face, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Fill the cup with batter, and pour the contents onto the griddle in a circle.
  7. Flip when bubbles pop. The ears will cook very fast.
  8. When the pancakes are done cut off any rough edges with kitchen scissors to make the circles more round if necessary.
  9. Place the pancakes onto a plate. The ears will go above the face.
  10. Slice a banana.
  11. Add one slice of banana on top of each ear, and add one in the middle of the face as the nose area.
  12. Add blueberries for the eyes and nose.
  13. When adding the blueberries dip one side in the nut butter to have it stick without having a visible amount of gloppy nut butter.

Want to see how they’re made? Watch our Mommy and Noah cooking tutorial!

 

1st Trimester Must Haves for a Natural Pregnancy

1st Trimester Must Haves for a Natural Pregnancy

My Second Pregnancy

This is my second pregnancy, and thankfully, I have felt less fatigued and barely sick! I think having a very nutrient dense diet before pregnancy was very important. I have been so thankful to be able to keep up with two kids (7 and almost 2) and train for a half marathon.

Not everything has been easy, but it has definitely been physically incredibly easier than last time. My husband definitely picked up the slack taking care of the house in the evenings though when I would crash on the couch after the kids were in bed.

Our body is doing some major work though! So, some changes and fatigue are expected. We can definitely take some steps during pregnancy however to feel the best and have the easiest pregnancy possible.

Important Nutrients

Probiotics – from foods!

Probiotic and fiber-rich foods are so important in keeping things moving, especially when digestion is slowed down due to progesterone. Your body is putting a tremendous effort into growing a baby, building a placenta, and maintaining a pregnancy. You will absorb more nutrients with these as well.

So, incorporating these foods really helps out. You can even add a probiotic supplement, but I personally find that probiotic foods work so much better. Plus, they are less expensive.

Some of my favorite probiotic foods are raw apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized saurkraut, kombucha, raw honey, and kefir. If you can tolerate dairy you can do a raw cheese or a yogurt with live cultures.

For fiber, fruits and vegetables are important. At this stage, your body is going to do better with cooked vegetables because it is a lot more work to break down raw vegetables. You can also incorporate chia seeds or flax.

Ideally, you should be having a bowel movement within 20 minutes of getting up in the morning and possibly one in the afternoon. If this is not the case, even when pregnant, you are having a form of constipation and are not properly detoxing and eliminating waste.

Magnesium

Magnesium is important for progesterone production. It also aids in sleep quality and digestion. Many pregnant women experience constipation or leg cramps. Magnesium can help with both of those.

Food Based Prenatal

Prenatals are not just about what we ingest, but more important, it is what we digest and absorb. For about half of my pregnancy, I took generic prenatals and didn’t feel great. Once I found food based prenatals, such as Vitamin Code’s RAW prenatal, my stomach felt better and overall I felt better because I was getting more nutrients.

Ultimately, a nutrient dense diet is the most important, but I think prenatals are important as a catch-all to make sure your baby is getting everything it needs. With two kids in the house and many responsibilities, I have noticed that this pregnancy that I have been forgetful in taking them because I am running around and stuff my breakfast in my mouth rather quickly. So, now I have set reminders every morning at 7 am so I make sure to grab them.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is a great source of vitamins A, D, K2. These are essential growing nutrients for every system of the body. These our also nutrients we struggle to get in the modern diet with low fat foods, less consumption of liver, pasteurized dairy, and spending more time indoors.

Iodine from Kelp Extract

Big factors in our pregnancy and the development of our baby is detoxification. I found that because I had detoxed before this pregnancy and incorporated iodine in food form and a kelp supplement. I had way less fatigue. When we sleep, our body uses that time to process out toxins. Last pregnancy, I was sleeping during the day and crashed at 8:30 pm that first trimester. This time, I didn’t need naps (not that I had an option with a toddler), but I also didn’t go to bed quite as early. It was probably more like 9-9:30 pm this time.

Iodine supports our thyroid health, which supports our metabolism and energy. It is also important in the development of breast tissue for breastfeeding. We use a ton of iodine in the production of breast milk, and if our iodine levels are not monitored some women find they have hypothyroid after breastfeeding.

This could also play a role in why many women with autoimmune issues see a flare up after pregnancy. Without the resources to properly detoxify, these women’s immune systems struggle.

Listen to Your Cravings and Aversions

Want to dig into that ice cream and cheese? Downing that jar of pickles? Can’t stand the smell of chicken? I hear ya. Between my two pregnancies, I have been through all of that.

In my first pregnancy, I craved french dip sandwiches, blue cheese, and Frank’s hot sauce. I think the important take aways from that were:

  • salt – your body is increasing its fluids rapidly and electrolytes are really important
  • beef – with the increased blood volume your body needs a ton of iron
  • blue cheese – (Yes, I know soft cheese is frowned upon in pregnancy but I am a rebel sometimes. It is a personal choice.) I think cheese and ice cream are important for K2 sources, calcium and fats needed for the growing bones and the brain.

In my second pregnancy, I had more aversions. I could not stand meat, seafood, and vegetables for awhile. I felt crazy since that makes up my normal diet. I think my body wanted the most easily digestible foods.

Now, for my cravings:

  • sushi – (I know, I am a rebel again. My rule of thumb was get the best quality.) The rice and raw fish digested really well and gave me omega 3s, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates.
  • raw honey – contains enzymes that help with digestion, vitamins, minerals, B vitamins, and carbohydrates
  • paleo sweet treats – I was all about that carbohydrates for easy digestion and energy to run and make a baby.
  • yogurt – great source of calcium
  • fruit – I felt so great when I would get a good amount of vitamin C

I list these cravings just to give you my personal experience and what worked for me. I was able to make healthy choices with the cravings and aversions to give my babies what they needed, which is the most important. You have to do what is right for your body and choose the foods you like.

I mainly tell my stories because it is so important to be aware of what our bodies are telling us. They are so smart and can help guide us.

Acupuncture

I will be writing a whole separate post on my experience with acupuncture, but with this pregnancy I found myself needing some emotional help. Unlike last time, I have deal some extreme mood swings and little ability to emotional cope with some stresses I have had.

So, together Brendon and I decided to send me to acupuncture. Within one session, I felt more balanced and able to cope with every day things. As I have continued to go, it has really help balance me hormonally and deal with emotional issues. I think reducing stress and being happy is extremely important for you and the baby.

 

Healthy Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

Healthy Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

This Meal is a Kid Pleaser!

In the early months of Brendon and my marriage, I had a mission to find new dishes that Brynn would eat. At the time, she really just ate mac and cheese, egg sandwiches, alfredo, and peanut butter. I am sure that in reality there were a few other things, but it felt really limited. I was frustrated with how picky she was.

So, I went to Pinterest and set out to try new recipes with her to eventually find at least a handful that she would eat. One night we tried a recipe for sloppy joe cornbread casserole, and she gobbled it down quick! Since then, it has been one of her favorite foods. Here is the original recipe.

However, once I moved to more of a real food diet, especially aiming for low gluten and refined sugar free, this recipe wasn’t making the cut in my meal planning. I felt bad because Brynn loved it so much. So, I set out to make a paleo friendly version that I could feel good about.

Now, since this is a more labor intensive recipe than the original that involves a box mix and a can of sauce, I decided it was essential to batch cook it and freeze a few to make it worth the effort. That way I can cook once and have 4+ dinners. Otherwise, I was not going to be serving this for dinner on a regular basis. Even a food lover like me doesn’t have a ton of time to be stuck in the kitchen!

Thankfully, I made this revised, healthier version, and she ate it with the same excitement as usual without the processed ingredients. YAY!

Ingredients

1. Paleo Sloppy Joe Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup Paleo Whole30 Ketchup, or ketchup of choice (ideally refined sugar-free)
  • 1 TBSP coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Optional: Kids may want it sweeter so I would add some honey once you give it a taste test

Note: I removed some of the veggies from the original paleo sloppy joe sauce recipe I found to make it more friendly for picky eaters

2. 1-1.5 lb pasture-raised ground chicken, turkey, or beef

3. Gluten-free, refined sugar free corn bread mix

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (grass-fed)
  • 1/4 whole milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 4 TBSP melted grass-fed butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a blender.
  3. Brown the ground meat in a pan on medium heat with butter or coconut oil to coat the pan.
  4. Pour the sauce into the pan with the meat, and stir to heat through. This should take 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place the meat mixture in a 9 by 11 pan.
  6. Mix the cornbread ingredients together.
  7. Pour the cornbread batter over the meat mixture. Spread it with a spatula to evenly coat the top.
  8. Bake in the oven at 400 F for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Check the middle of the cornbread to make sure it is fully cooked by sticking a toothpick into it. If the toothpick comes out clean, then it is done.
  10. You can either serve immediately, or you can make several at one time, let them cool, and freeze covered to reheat for quick weeknight meals.
Paleo Maple Bacon Breakfast Pie

Paleo Maple Bacon Breakfast Pie

Bacon Love

We made the original recipe of this maple bacon breakfast pie on our honeymoon in Hocking Hills State Park. We rented a cabin for the week and cooked all our own food. It was so fun, and we loved this pie. It has been a recipe we love going back to for the taste and the memories.

Changing It Up

However, once our family started eating more real food, paleo, gluten-free, I didn’t want to use a regular store bought crust, and the gluten-free crusts in the store didn’t seem like great options either. Plus, all the store bought crusts fell apart rather easily.

So, I went on the hunt for an EASY paleo pie crust that would stay together and taste great. The cassava flour crust recipe I found stayed together really well and was delicious, especially when I used the bacon fat to brush the crust instead of an egg wash. I also added pepper instead of the cinnamon in the original recipe since this is a savory dish. I definitely recommend using this crust recipe though. I love cassava flour!

My New Breakfast Pie Recipe

Filling:

  • 2 cups whole milk (or full-fat coconut milk)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded grass-fed cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups cooked shredded potatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 slices thick cut bacon
  •  Maple syrup for brushing

Crust (original recipe)

  • 1 cup Otto’s Natural Cassava Flour
  • 2 T arrowroot flour + additional for dusting
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • ¼+ t Redmond Real Salt
  • ½ c grass fed butter, let set at room temp for about 10 minutes, cut into about 1″ pieces
  • 1 lg egg, whisked
  • ¼ – ½ c room temp water (this will vary)
  • 1 lg egg, whisked in separate bowl for egg wash
  • 2 sheets of parchment paper

Directions

  1. Start by getting the crust baking. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix together, cassava flour, arrowroot, pepper & salt.
  3. Add small cubes of butter to the mixer, and blend.
  4. Add egg to the mixer, and blend.
  5. Pour water in, and blend. Start slow and add until it is moist but not super sticky.
  6. Lay down parchment paper. Dust with some arrowroot starch. Place your dough in the center and flatten. Then, dust the dough with arrowroot startch. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top and slowly begin to roll out the dough into a large circle.
  7. Place the dough circle in the 9″ pie pan and press down.
  8. Bake crust for 10 minutes.
  9. While crust is baking, cook the three slices of bacon for the pie.
  10. Once the crust has cooked for 10 minutes, pull it out and baste it with the bacon grease from the pan. Pull out the bacon from the pan once cooked.
  11. Bake it for another 10-12 minutes.
  12. Dice your 3 pieces of bacon into small cubes.
  13. Peel and shred your potatoes. Put them into a hand towel and squeeze the extra liquid out of them. Then, cook them in the pan that you cooked your bacon in.
  14. Add the eggs, milk, bacon, cheese, salt, potatoes and pepper to a bowl.
  15. Mix the filling ingredients well.
  16. Pour the filling into the pie crust, and bake for 40 minutes. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet to prevent filling from spilling into the oven.
  17. Pull the pie out of the oven, and increase the oven temperature to 450 F.
  18. Then, place the 10 slices of bacon in a lattice onto the top of the pie.
  19. Brush the top with maple syrup.
  20. Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil.
  21. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the bacon is cooked.
Tip: I love to make these the night before for quick breakfasts, lunches, or dinners. You can even make a few and freeze for the future. These make great food gifts for new moms or families.
My Stats and Symptoms with My First Pregnancy

My Stats and Symptoms with My First Pregnancy

Tracking My First Pregnancy

I am definitely a numbers girl. I love data, and so, when I found out that we were pregnant. I thought it would be fun to track everything from my symptoms, weight, emotions, etc.

It has been great to look back on for several reasons. I got to see what helped my different symptoms, and that has been especially helpful in my second pregnancy. I also thought it was interesting to learn more about my body through conceiving, birth and postpartum.

I loved keeping track of all the appointments and what we talked about. I thought keeping track of stats and questions were really helpful to look back on. Plus, it made me feel confident that I was doing a good job taking care of my baby, which was actually really reassuring. When I felt so out of control of your body in many ways, this helped me feel more in control.

I also liked to track my weight and digestion to make sure that I was eating balanced food. By keeping a chart, it was easy to see that I got bloated and constipated when I ate junk food or too many treats. I didn’t want to go into pregnancy with the common mindset of it being a free for all or eating for two. I wanted to gain enough healthy weight for my baby, and then, be able to lose it easily and in a healthy way. For me, I was able to learn that gaining between 20-25 lb allows me to have a healthy 8 lb 2 oz baby with a large placenta. I credit that to eating a lot of whole foods and exercising regularly.

Finally, I made notes from baby center and reminders for myself of when to start taking certain supplements or do certain exercises. I planned for a natural birth, and so, I had some additional things to keep track of. It was really helpful to know that at least weekly, I would look at this spreadsheet and get reminders to start certain regiments. It was really helpful!

 My Stats and Symptoms with My Son in 2015

Week Dates Ideal Weight Gain-Single Actual Weight Exercise How am I feeling? Cravings/Appetite
1 12/31/2014 130 130 run
  • eat 6 dates a day
  • increase Vitamin C
  • get appointments for Webster techniques/exercises
2 1/7/2014 130 130 run
  • moody
  • breast tenderness
  • not any major symptoms
  • tracking CM for ovulation
  • using Pre-seed during the expected fertility window
3 1/14/2015 130 129 run
  • getting tired and nauseous
  • I don’t really want to eat much
  • I need to put together workouts
  • January 8th (1 dpo)-feel very nauseous throughout the day, dizzy, headachey, and I do not have any more visible CM in my underwear. I am guessing I ovulated yesterday, and therefore, I am in my luteal phase. I think I am getting sick because of the rising progesterone. I need to eat more grains and greens this week so I don’t get sick., I don’t recall having sex this day
  • -Jan 9 (2 dpo)-had last glass of wine, i think we were still using pre-seed for a few days
  • -January 10th (3 dpo) – relaxing day, errands, went out on a date night to Longhorn Steakhouse, I remember around these days thinking that some CM came back and temps got weird for a second and wondered if I miscalculated O’ing (or just increased white CM in luteal phase)
  • -January 12 (5 dpo)-had a lot of cramping, pinching in abdomen and had a very strange hot flash in the morning, felt kind of snappy in the evening when Brendon ate candy without me and I had wanted to make s’mores but I don’t think I showed it, also increased libido, for once I didn’t think our bedroom was cold, Snap slept by my feet all night last night which hasn’t happened in awhile
  • -January 13 (6 dpo) -BFN, little nauseous on the way to work and feverish, Anne even said I was flushed and felt my head, some waves of cold, wanted treats badly and normally I am indifferent (had a brownie), I smell really strong to myself (sweet, bready), annoyed when dinner wasn’t ready when I got home, they say animals are very attracted to pregnant women or kids just know you are pregnant-Brynn was very attached to me that night (for comfort and love) and she mentioned having a sister, felt bloated and some cramping
  • **first positive pregnancy test was 5 days after this day-I have read it can take that long for a urine test to show a positive. The implantation occurred in the afternoon, and the urine test was in the morning.(so really 4 days??)
  • January 15 (8 dpo)- BFN, I cried on the way to work today, but who know if that was because of pregnancy or because i am in a bad mood because of how people treated me last night, some pain in breasts, woke up feeling hungover/headachy (but Brendon said he did too so maybe it’s just the cold weather drying us out), feeling warm, feeling headachy. by the afternoon I am in absolute rage mode (probably shouldn’t talk to anyone especially Brendon) and I am really dreading being around Brynn this weekend. I don’t want to spend my birthday with her and skiing seems like such an utter hassle, heightened anxiety (Bre texting to say Brynn has fever of 103), thought I was going to puke at Kroger, didn’t want graham cracker and icing when Brendon made it
  • -January 18 (11 dpo) – BFN, used dip strip and FRER and both Neg, boobs hurt this morning, could barely stomach food for lunch, nap in afternoon, nausea in evening, hot flash at night
  • -Jan 19 (12 dpo) – faintest positive line (BFP), used dipstrip, nausea has increased and I still feel hot, last week I tapered off one pill of maca and today I took away one pill of vitex, I still feel hot and thirsty, out of breath after walking up stairs, tightness in abdomen, got my blood work done this morning and asked that they add a blood pregnancy test into the test request, took a test when I got home and it was fainter than the morning (only could see it if you held the morning test next to it)-I drank a lot of water during the day so it makes sense it would dilute, fatigue
  • – Jan 20 (13 dpo) – faint BFP again using dip strip, hot face and thirsty, a little nausea with coffee but not very nauseous all day (took b6), blood work came back with a slight positive (17.0 hcg) so I have to go back tomorrow to test again
  • -January 21st would be my expected next period- BFP on dipstrip and FRER (both very visible), very emotional, 4 weeks pregnant today, went to get my bloodwork done again, I have read that HCG levels don’t consistently start to double until 6-7 weeks, call this week to schedule appt with OB-GYN, doctor called and said that my level is at 47.6 (multiplied by 2.8 since last test) but they want me to come back and test again in a week, when we took a shower at night I noticed darkening of my breast skin and size
4 (end month 1) 1/21/2015 130 130 run
  • positive pregnancy test
  • emotional
  • exhausted
  • cramps
  • hard to run
5 1/28/2015 131 130 run
  •  retest blood work: new HCG level is 936.7 (levels are multiplying by 2.7 every 48 hours)
  • cramping
  • gassy
6 2/4/2015 131 130 run
  •  restless leg
  • vivid dreams
  • boobs are sore
7 2/11/2015 131.5 130 minimal
  • fatigue, morning sickness
8 (end month 2) 2/18/2015 132 130 minimal
  • fatigue, nausea, had some anal bleeding on 2/17/15 and 2/18
9 2/25/2015 132.5 130 minimal
10 3/4/2015 133 130.6 minimal
  • noticing cravings for spicy food and Mexican food
11 3/11/2015 133.5 132 run, strength
  • getting energy back
12 3/18/2015 134 132.2 run, walk
  • swollen feet
  • ears plugged-due to water retention?
  • very itchy back and shoulders
13 (end 1st Trimester) 3/25/2014 134.5 134.2 run, walk
  • ** start drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea every day once second trimester starts
  • bump up calories
  • baby’s heartrate 163
  • 4.2 weight gain in first trimester
  • nuceal fold 0.102? or 1.02 can’t remember – very low risk
14 4/1/2015 135 135.4 run, strength
15 4/8/2015 135.5 135.8 run, strength
  • very bloated and sluggish from holiday weekend
16 4/15/2015 136 136 run, strength
  • vitamins made me throw up on 4/12/15, ligaments around uterus/groin tense
17 (end month 4) 4/22/2015 136.5 136.2 run, strength
  • to gain 0.5 lb per week -250 calories extra per day
  • start webster technique appts (Volz Family Chiropractic Cedar St. Holt, MI) – first appt on 4/18/15
  • stop biking per Dr. Tremp
  • baby’s heart rate 158
  • said if I am not feeling hungry then I am eating enough
18 4/29/2015 137 137.8 run
  • had a few more treats than usual this past week and started exercising more – so I think this extra weight gain is muscle or water weight
19 5/6/2015 138 138.6 run,swim,bike
  • genetic testing: 1/980 risk factor based on age, 1/100,000 risk based on test, negative test results for downs and trisomy
  • ate a ton for Brendon’s birthday=bloated, getting fuller faster/bloated (was 139.6 technically on Wednesday but that was a lot of bloating and not real weight gain so I officially used Thursday’s weight-planning to be better about how many treats I eat
20 (find out gender) 5/13/2015 139 138.8 run, bike
  • gender reveal = BOY
  • started to wear pregnancy girdle (Gabrialla) just when running
  • heart rate is 150
  • small cyst on brain (similar to blister)-rechecked at 28 weeks to make it goes away
  • baby currently breech (butt down)
  • anterior placenta but high so not a concern
21 (end month 5) 5/20/2015 140 140.2 run,bike
  • Hypnobabies and hospital paperwork
  • pick baby name and color of room
22 5/27/2015 141 141.8 run, bike
  • loving french dip sammies (beef and blue cheese)
  • felt like it was a growth spurt week with hunger and extra sleeping/napping
23 6/3/2015 142 143 run, bike
  • pretty bloated or growth spurt this week
  • went for sushi and snacked (was really 144.4 on Wed but knew it was from sushi)
24 (viability) 6/10/2015 143 143.8 run, bike
  • **schedule check in to hospital and placenta encapsulation (Red Cedar Birth)
  • start doing MRYTL routine
  • start having him listen to things (music, lectures, stories)
  • ran a 6 miler this week and started wearing compression socks while running
  • having some acid issues while running
  • heartbeat 144, my blood pressure was 100/80
25 6/17/2015 144 143.6 run
  • digestive system is a mess
  • running is harder
  • nesting in full effect
26 (end month 6) 6/24/2015 145 143.8 run, kayak
  • complete fitness journal
  • order belle bandit
  • on Saturday woke up and gained a pound overnight, went to bathroom but didn’t feel it was ‘enough’ considering how much fruit/veg I ate, and then on Tuesday took cranberry pill with lemon water, on Wed morning, system totally cleaned out and I lost the lb
27 (end 2nd Trimester) 7/1/2015 146 146.2 run, bike
  • start eating 400 extra calories per day to gain 1 lb per week-focus on protein and keep carbs/sugars moderate
28 7/8/2015 147 146.2 run, swim
  • 7/1/15 – ran 6 miles and had intense BH contractions for a few hours-at appt doctor said I should reduce running because premature labor is considered 5-6 contractions for 2 hours
  • appt (7/6/15)-while checking cyst-cyst gone
  • posterior/anterior baby?-posterior (need to start doing spinning babies exercises), head down?- head down; heartbeat = 132; BP = 104/70; TDAP shot; glucose test=passed; iron level=passed, by end of second trimester
  • I ran 300.4 miles in pregnancy
29 7/15/2015 148 146.8 run
  • It is typically recommended to be drinking 30oz of RRLT a day beginning at 30 weeks, staying regular by eating greens and flax seed, aiming for 15 miles a week (5 * 3 miles), forward lean inversion
  • Appt 7/21: measuring right on 29 weeks fundal height, glucose test-68 (they just want it to be under 140), iron-12 (most pregnant women get 10-11, which is barely passing), heart rate-134, Dr. Tremp said only sticking point for birthplan is they want you to have at least a heplock but prefer IV, said he is still in my pelvis
  • http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/hic-blood-glucose-test results 50-70 for glucose are only seen in healthy people
30 (end month 7) 7/22/2015 149 147.8 run
  • start packing hospital bag and have nursery together, make big sibling basket, baby should go head down around this week, able to go #2 twice a day at this point (6am and 3:30pm)
  • comfort measures class
31 7/29/2015 150 146.4 run
  • 7/23-weight went down to 146.8, 7/24-weight went down to 146.2 (still going twice a day because of increased veggies)
32 8/5/2015 151 146.2 run
  • want to start taking the calcium/magnesium supplement (with dinner) I bought to support my mineral levels-it is supposed to help with labor contractions (Ca & Mg)
  • Get organized with diaper stockpile (approximately what we will need for 1st year):
  • Newborn: 13¢ – 16¢ (approx. 252 diapers)-currently have 128 (need 124)
  • Size 1: 11¢ – 14¢ (approx. 280 diapers)-currently have 288
  • Size 2: 14¢ – 16¢ (approx. 560 diapers)-currently have 620
  • Size 3: 16¢ – 19¢ (approx. 1368 diapers)-currently have 1044 (still need 324)
  • Second Year:
  • Size 4: 19¢ – 22¢
  • Size 5: 22¢ – 26¢
  • Size 6: 26¢ – 30¢
  • **in these last two months really focus on protein intake to support surfactant protein A (SP-A) production (baby’s lungs) that are the last to mature in utero and signal when he is ready to be born (hormone release)
  • hunger has increased since 7/30 and starting to get more tired
  • 8/4 appt with Dr. Mirate- blood pressure 118/78, she said Noah is staying on left side and head down (I might have a horn on that side of my uterus to explain why he has always been on that side), he is measuring right on even though I haven’t gained weight/lost weight, his heartrate- 137
  • emailed doula to set up birth plan meeting
33 8/12/2015 152 147.2 run
  • 4 lbs & 17 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • Dr. Herman says for sachral discomfort lean over a table/counter and sway & sit on birth ball
  • night of 8/11 – had an hours long episode of Braxton Hicks with nausea
  • 8/17 – Dr. Seiler said measuring right on for 33 weeks, heartbeat – 136 and very easy to find
  • birth center tour: TDaP for parentsCan leave 24 hours after delivery, if strep B negative, for vaginal birthCircumcision happens around 24 hoursBaby has to wait 2 hours after circumcision to be released
  • had some Klavon’s and just seemed to have some issues staying regular twice a day without taking Fiber and wasn’t able to go to bathroom first thing everyday
34 8/19/2015 153 147.8 run
  • 4.75 lb (based on Baby Center)
  • once I hit this week, if I went into labor, I would not have to be shipped to Sparrow for high risk birth – can stay at McLaren
  • noticed an increase in exhaustion and anxiety – cortisol must be surging quite a bit right now so I need to focus on supporting my adrenals and sleeping
  • not able to go #2 first thing in the morning anymore – need to take fiber/caffeine/water and still it takes until about 8:30
35 (end month 8) 8/26/2015 154 147 run
  • 8/21/15 – was told I look like I have dropped, feeling more pressure in vag/low belly (stretch marks came in)/increased constipation but not sure because I don’t have to pee that much more
  • 8/24/15 – having much more intense BH with twinges/pinches in cervix (effacement or dilation?), back pain, had two ribs out at chiropractor this week
  • 8/25/15 – thought I peed myself this morning then saw underwear, and I am pretty sure I lost at least a huge part of my mucus plug, back pain to the point of feeling nauseaous
  • 5.25 lb & 18 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • have nursery done and shopping done
  • Can hand express milk after 35 weeks; refrigerate for 48 hours(?), and then freeze. Can be used for 24 hours after thawing
  • last run (he dropped on a nerve on 8/28 – made it to about 450 miles run in pregnancy
36 9/2/2015 155 148.6 run, walk (done running because he dropped)
  • 6 lb & 18.5 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • sciatic nerve pain on left side for a week or two 8/28 – tried to run in morning and something happened where I cannot even walk properly without holding sciatic nerve, did forward leaning inversion and that seemed to move him and help him continue to drop (I have to get up and pee once a night now)
  • start doing perineal massage with oil, evening primerose oil, listen to birth day affirmations
  • 9/1/15 – Dr. Tremp appt: He was very active, did Group B Strep, he is fully engaged and in pelvis (She said with runners babies go low early, and once I start contracting the pressure on my cervix will make it dilate), measuring right on track
  • **Head to hospital when contractions are 45 sec long, can’t talk, 5 min apart for at least an hour
37 9/9/2015 156 148.2 swim, walk
  • 6.33 lb & 19 in (based on Baby Center)
  • start pumping colostrum, bake almond joy oatmeal cookies, relax/boost oxytocin (eat favorite foods and be affectionate) some people stop gaining weight at this stage because they are so large and everything is pushed out, clean the house
  • have 37 week appt with doulas, drink coconut water with pineapple juice; Food mentioned containing oxytocin besides chocolate include protein rich foods, such as eggs. chicken, beans, apples, bananas, beets, watermelon and wheat germ, if you’re not allergic to any of them.
  • boost melatonin with tart cherry juice at night, coconut water at night supports adrenals to relax
  • reduce cortisol/stress – sugar and inflammatory foods raise cortisol
  • nadi shodhana (stress reliever)
  • strong sense of calm for the last week to week and a half – for the past few weeks I have really focused on my fat intake (i.e. adding a spoonful of sunflower seed butter (contains zinc that helps use hormonal data), lox, coconut/almond butter, butter, etc. I have not gained more weight just hoping to support Noah’s development (brain, heart, lungs) and my hormones to prepare us both for birth
  • adding mango to fruit I eat in morning seems to be keeping me regular again
  • adding vinegar to water that you drink before any high carb intake lessens the blood sugar spike you would undergo by about 30%, going for walk right after food does the same thing as well-vinegar also good to do before Group B test
  • pelvis very mobile
  • 9/6/15 – we went to McLaren to check if water had broken: water had not broken, Noah was extremely active with heartbeat of 125, was less than a cm dilated, cervix long (not effaced?) and GBS test was negative, my blood pressure was perfect, contractions could be seen on monitor I just couldn’t feel them
  • appt 9/9/15 – contractions and cervical pressure yesterday means it’s close, heart rate 138 but he was moving a lot away from Dr. Tremp, measuring right at 37 weeks, breasts hurt, my blood pressure = 104/68
38 9/16/2014 157 149.4 walk, bounce on birth ball
  • average baby is 6.8 lb & 19.5 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • walk up stairs – every other step while taking wide steps (to get baby low)
  • laughing during labor-makes labor progress more swiftly, ensures lots of blood is still flowing to uterus/baby, reduces perineum damage. similar to hypnosis, endorphins are released, nature’s best pain killer.
  • feeling nauseous this week, fuller, but also harder to go to the bathroom
  • 9/14/15 appt with Dr. Seiler – heartbeat at 148, feeling nauseous, measuring on track, active
  • methods to induce: ran out of dates, pineapple, sex, bouncing on birth ball, Evening Primrose Oil, walking
39 (full term) 9/23/2015 158 152.8 bounce, walk, swim
  • average baby is 7 lb & 20 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • nausea, contractions, tightening in back (mid to upper), had lots of sex this week and EPO
  • made some unhealthy eating choices this week – Thursday – Monday (grilling night at life group, monte cristo/sweet potato fries/two sugar cookies at Kara’s shower, Buddies’ for lunch Sunday, Dairy Dan’s on Monday) so I think this led to bloating and the higher perceived weight gain this week
  • 9/18 – constipated, took fiber day before and today, lots of fruit and no urge
  • irritable/moody, fatigued – progesterone dropping and preparing for birth?
  • 9/22 – 3 hours of contractions 4 – 10 min apart and they got more intense. Went to bed and they stopped (even had sex to try and induce).
  • 9/23 – nausea, body clearing itself out in morning, contractions all day, went to chiropractor/bounced on ball/spinning babies inversion/sex/EPO
  • 9/24 – appt with Dr. Maser – blood pressure 106/72, heart rate – 130, cervical check – 3 cm dilated, 75% effaced, and his head is VERY low, predicted to have him by the weekend, measuring 37 for fundal height, also lost a large amount of mucus while in the waiting room of the office
40 (end month 9) 9/30/2015 159 151.2 bounce, walk, run/jog
  • 9/26-9/28 – nausea & diarrhea getting progressively worse each day, more tired, more mucus, lots of sensations of opening in cervix and he seems to be getting lower somehow
  • 9/29 – Dr. Tremp, about 3 cm, 80% effaced, -2 station (low), measuring 39 weeks, stripped membranes
  • average baby is 7.5 lb & 20 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • after giving birth assess weight and set up fitness plan, bio oil if I have stretch marks, take glucosamine postpartum for sore joints that still have relaxin, take blessed thistle with fenugreek to up milk supply
Birth 9/30/2015 151.2 Water broke at 7 pm in bathroom as we were trying to go to the Y, and he was born at 10: 24 pm. I told Brynn and Brendon to still go and I would get ready. I started gushing on floor and ran up to our shower. Then I grabbed a towel and put on running shorts to hold it. I went downstairs to finish stuff like Brynn’s lunch for the next day and stood on another towel. Left the house with contractions 2-3 min apart. Got to hospital check in at 8:33. In triage, I was checked at over 9 cm and +1 station. Before then I was very scared for what I was feeling so intensely because things were progressing so fast, but I didn’t know. I was telling Brendon “But, seriously I want drugs. Our nurse was also a doula, and she was just telling me to get through each one. Standing up during contractions and relaxing pelvic floor. Bleeding meant cervical change. The nurse was going to have Brendon fill out paperwork but changed her mind when she saw there was no time. We had to back date it and fill it out after the birth, First check in delivery room was a 10. I fell into Brendon during a contraction and said I have to poop. They told me to get on the table so I didn’t have the baby on the floor. Then they said, “You wanted a natural birth right? Well, good because you don’t have a choice. Started pushing on side but was not very effective. Pooping. Started pushing on back. 3- 10 sec pushes per contraction. I started out going very hard pushing at first part but that wore me out. They gave me some oxygen because it seemed I was tiring and Noah’s heartrate was going down (even though he has always had a low runner heartrate). Maser told me to ease into it, and it started going a lot faster. Started to feel “ring of fire”, but it wasn’t unbearable. Contractions slow down during pushing to let you rest, and they are not really painful, just pressure. I just knew it was getting closer. They were pouring oil or water on me to stretch. They told me he had a lot of hair, I asked what color, and they said black. I said “aww, like his daddy”, and that seemed to perk me up. As I was making progress, they asked me to keep pressure down there so that he would stay there, and they were amazed with the control I had, especially for not having an epidural. I got the head out, and Dr. Maser said for the rest to do small pushes. He came out with a nucal hand, which was really uncomfortable and his face got a bit of a bruise. I did not tear though. Brendon was very involved and got to watch everything, which made him so excited after. When they plopped him on my stomach, they asked Brendon to cut the cord and he said “Alright!” with a huge smile and proudly grabbed the scissors. I delivered the placenta, and it was huge meaning good nutrition and high oxygen due to running. They stamped Noah’s footprints on his arms, and he was proudly showing them off. He went over with Noah for the weight check, and Noah grabbed his finger very tightly. He was strong.
  • exposing him to fresh air in the afternoon may help him to sleep at night (go for walks/runs): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1477238/A-daily-dose-of-fresh-air-helps-babies-to-sleep-longer-at-night.html
  • exposing him to a second language and music early may make him smarter – play music during day time naps
10/2/2015 141.6
10/3/2015 140.2
10/4/2015 138
10/5/2015 135.4
10/6/2015 136 walking, play music/red to him/expose him to different languages to stimulate brain, tummy time
10/7/2015 135 cluster feeding day and night
10/8/2015 135 uterus definitely shrinking back to normal, start pumping even when he is not feeding
10/9/2015 134.8 kegels, exercises while breastfeeding
10/12/2015 135
  • itchy rash on butt and legs (cleanse liver because it is overwhelmed processing hormones -apple cider vinegar, probiotics)
  • need to increase milk supply- coconut water, power pumping, red raspberry leaf tea, flaxseed, coconut oil, lactation cookies, brewers yeast, oats (Noah has not gained weight since peds appt last week- even after cluster feeding and feedings every 2-3 hours)
    low estrogen
    trying to walk every day 2-4 miles, do squats, etc
10/14/2015
  • skin to skin to stimulate prolactin for more milk & pumping after feeding, ran walked-wear running pregnancy belt to support pelvic floor
10/18/2015 134.4
  • eating more veggies and body has started pooping more, itch is less
10/30/2015
  • my weight loss seems to be stalling, dealing with some constipation this week when Noah went through a growth spurt and was feeding all the time, bleeding stopped this week and I am running 15 miles a week
  • figuring out how many calories I burn breast feeding (each oz is 20 calories):
  • 3 weeks – 3 months: 24-32 oz/currently pumping at night – approximately 600 calories burned from breastfeeding
  • try to lose last 5 lb – follow SANE diet (water, fiber, protein, fats, low fructose fruits) double digit serving of veggies a day
11/18/2015
  • my weight is still at a plateau, did add double digit servings of veggies, cut coffee
  • plan to give up sugar for a time to lose last 5 lb and start doing pilates to tone stomach (no processed foods)
  • noticed on 11/17 that I had some white cervical mucus but it seemed the infertile type – plan to monitor if I have some fertile mucus to start to track ovulation
  • start to bring square of dark chocolate to lifegroup instead of having dessert
  • adrenal reset – fat/protein in morning and midday, but add carbs after 3 pm to reset cortisol
**for my height if I stay under 159 lb, I get to stay in the category of “healthy weight” even while pregnant
after delivery 12/19- weight 133.8…finally thinking my body is healing 2.5 months later – adrenals regulating and hormones balancing
sit on exercise ball to strengthen abs
1/17/16 – 131.8 weight
Making and Freezing Bone Broth

Making and Freezing Bone Broth

Bone Broth Does the Body Good

Bone broth has come back to the forefront of nutritional news lately with all its health benefits. I make it on and off, but I recently got motivated to start making it again. Being 14 weeks pregnant, I have noticed some aches in my legs and feet, especially when running. I have a standing desk this time, but I have also noticed that I needed to start using my compression socks earlier in pregnancy while running because of the soreness. I have also noticed just more inflammation per say this time when I eat certain foods or stress.

Maybe I am just more aware of my body this time, I don’t know. I am probably just more sensitive to small shifts in how I feel and my health. Overall, I have felt way better this pregnancy physically, so I can’t really complain. Brendon has also had some joint pain because we are both training for a half marathon in September.

Plus, looking ahead, I am due in January. That is PRIME sickness season in our house. Without fail, Brynn seems to get a major cold in early to mid-January, and I really don’t want to deal with that for several reasons. I don’t want anyone getting sick in general, but I don’t want it to spread to me or the baby. Plus, dealing with her (or any kid) while sick is super stressful, and I want to try and reduce my stress as much as possible during that time. I don’t want any stress to delay my labor (any pregnant woman knows at that point you want that baby OUT!).

Watch how to make bone broth and why you should!

Benefits of Bone Broth

  • Immunity
  • Gut health
  • Packed with zinc and other vitamins and minerals
  • Collagen

My Predicament with Bone Broth

Previously, I have made batches of bone broth and not used the whole thing. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy drinking a cup of bone broth every day, and it is extremely filling. Plus, being on the go, sometimes it is hard to remember. So, sometimes half the batch gets wasted.

This time though, I have a plan. I am going to make batches to store and freeze it in small portions. Then, I can cook with it or drink it whenever I want. I figure as long as I am getting some into my families diet at regular intervals that is doing pretty well. Hopefully, by boosting our consumption even a little bit, it can help our bodies and immunity for the next 6 months (and beyond).

Ingredients

  • 3 lb grass-fed bones
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional)

Directions

  1. Roughly chop celery, carrots, and onion. Cover the bottom of the crock pot with them.
  2. Place bones in crock pot on top of vegetables.
  3. Fill the crock pot with water to cover the bones.
  4. Add apple cider vinegar and seasonings.
  5. Set crock pot on low for 24-48 hours.

Storing

  1. Place portions of cooled bone broth into pouch bags/breastmilk bags.
  2. Freeze flat.
  3. Remove from freeze and defrost as needed.

Ways to Add Bone Broth to Your Diet

  • Soups
  • Mix in mashed potatoes
  • Cook rice and cous cous with it
  • Drink it
  • Bone broth protein powders