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Pregnancy Essentials

Pregnancy is such a special time. Although in the early (and last) days it may be a little rough, I don’t think there is one pregnant women out there that takes for granted the miracle of the life she is carrying. During both of my pregnancies I found I relied on a couple of essential items to really get me through. Today on the blog we reveal them.   

Vitamins

Vitamins are a must for your pregnancy. Personally my go-to are the Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Vitamins and I tend to take these at night to help minimize any additional reflux I may experience. 

Snacks 

My top snacks during pregnancy are apples, bananas and wholegrain muesli bars (and let’s face it - the occasional chocolate bar!). I tend to feel much better if I always have something in my stomach, so I make sure I’m having something to eat every two to three hours. When I needed an extra boost come snack time (especially in the early days of pregnancy when snacking helped to keep the nausea at bay) I relied on Franjos Kitchen Belly Bump biscuits. Made in Australia, these gems are packed full of extra vitamins such as Omega 3, iron, calcium and zinc, and are an added source of fibre. 

Hand Sanitizer

Confession time! I am a bit of a germaphobe. Even more so when I am pregnant and have another life growing on board. I always carry a travel size hand sanitiser with me to keep those germs at bay. Not all hand sanitisers are created equally though, and some actually do more harm than good, so I stick to a natural brand - my favourite being Squeaky brand’s Natural Hand Sanitiser (the perfect size for your purse and/or nappy bag).

Stretch Mark Oil

I’m very much prone to stretch marks, and I honestly don’t mind because to me they are a badge of honour for the life I have brought into the world. Also, there are some great products on the market to help minimise stretch marks and help them to fade over time such as Badger’s Organic Pregnant Belly Oil and Weleda’s Stretch Mark Massage Oil.

Leggings

Given this was my second pregnancy my muscles (or lack thereof) certainly needed a helping hand this time around to support my growing bump. SRC Pregnancy Leggings were a wardrobe staple on my days out of the office, perfect for chilling at home or running around with my toddler. 

What are your pregnancy essentials, mummas? 

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What I Ate Wednesday

Welcome back to What I Ate Wednesday. I always feel a bit silly writing these posts as I am such a creature of habit my meal plans don’t tend to change that much. Anyway, I thought I'd share with you what I ate today (Wednesday) as I haven’t posted on this topic for a while. 

Breakfast: Bowl of buckwheat cereal topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries and peaches and a dollop of organic vanilla yoghurt. Two slices of sourdough toast with vegemite. Bottle of water. 

Morning snack:  Whole apple. Half bottle of water.

Lunch: Homemade buddha bowl with quinoa, cooked egg, avocado, capsicum, cooked spinach, carrot and cooked salmon. Bottle of water.

Afternoon snack: Whole banana. Wholegrain muesli bar. Half bottle of water. 

Dinner:  Pumpkin, Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta. Two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with almonds for dessert. Bottle of water.

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Smoothie Fiend

Now that summer is well and truly here the delicious summer fruits are in abundance. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries - all the berries! Here are some of our favourite berry smoothies: 

Mixed Berry Smoothie 

This Recipe is super quick and easy, and makes up to three serves. Simply take a half punnet of blueberries, a small handful of raspberries (I don’t add many as I find them to be quite tart), a full punnet of chopped strawberries and add to the blender. Throw in 2/3 cup of organic coconut yoghurt, 1/3 cup of almond mylk, a small handful of ice cubes, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Blend until desired consistency is reached and enjoy!  

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Sunshine Smoothie 

Mangoes are a delicious treat to enjoy over summer. This recipe lets this super fruit shine. Add to your blender one ripe mango and half a ripe banana, chopped into chunks. Squeeze in one tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Throw in two large chunks of watermelon, a small handful of ice cubes and two tablespoons of maple or agave syrup. You can add a small grating of ginger to taste. Blend until desired consistency is reached and enjoy. 

She's a Smooth(ie) operator - Our Top Smoothie Recipes

Now you can't get that awful song out of your head, can you? Sorry for that (it was by an artist named 'Sade', released in 1984...think tragic 80s pop for those who don't know). Anyway, I digress. Now that spring is upon us, and warmer weather isn't too far away, we've decided to refresh our smoothie recipe collection. I thought we'd share our standouts:

Banana, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

Add one frozen banana, one diced mango and one small tin of diced pineapple (with juice) to the blender. Pour in a half a carton of coconut water (or you can add almond mylk if you're not keen on coconuts). Blend until smooth and serve. 

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Blend until smooth one frozen banana, one and a half cups almond mylk, one tablespoon peanut butter, one teaspoon maple syrup, one tablespoon chia seeds, two tablespoons cacao powder and four medjool dates. 

Berry Smoothie

Add one cup of frozen blueberries, half cup frozen strawberries, one kiwi fruit, three medjool dates and one cup of almond mylk to blender. Blend until smooth and serve.

Classic Green Smoothie

Blend two handfuls of baby spinach, one frozen banana, one kiwi fruit, one small tin diced pineapple (with juice), two medjool dates, half cup almond mylk, one teaspoon maple syrup, and one cup ice. Blend until smooth and serve.

Enjoy your smoothie in the sun with a nice book while the little one's play! They might even love to try an unsweetened (minus maple syrup) version in their sippy cups!