It’s official – we are having another baby!!!!! Our little family of three is growing into a family of four and we are absolutely, utterly and completely over the moon with joy. Ahhh – it feels so good to finally come clean with all of you!!! Of course, our 19 month old doesn’t quite grasp what’s about to hit him but it’s probably better that way for now. ;)
As a Blogger who spends her days sharing live updates on social media, it has been so hard keeping this secret from all of you!! For example, remember that homemade chicken soup I made recently? There’s a *slight* chance I ate it with corn chips…. Don’t judge me.
Ironically, I found out I was expecting the very next day after resigning from my day job of five years to pursue blogging full time. I’ve always said that everything happens for a reason and learning the news so quickly after such a major life change was a sure sign that I had made the right decision for our family.
In the coming months, don’t be surprised if you see a recipes using fruits like lemons, avocados, eggplants or watermelons. I loved creating recipes based on the size of my baby throughout my first pregnancy so I will most likely do it again from time to time. :-) I’m also looking forward to chatting about a few other topics in my Healthy Habits section such as how to deal with pregnancy-related weight gain after achieving weight loss success. Because believe me, I understand how hard it is to watch the scale go up week after week when you’ve worked so hard to watch it go down.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite recipes that are specifically beneficial for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant:
Beet Salad with Feta, Dill & Pine Nuts: Beets are an excellent source of Vitamin B folate which helps prevent birth defects.
Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries: Sweet potatoes are another excellent source of folate which helps promote healthy fetus and cell development.
Red Chard, Zucchini and Chicken Stir Fry: Leafy greens such as red chard are packed with folic acid which prevents neural tube defects.
Now I am off to research the health benefits of corn chips because obviously I was only adding them to my chicken soup for the baby’s sake. Obvs.