Ah yeah, the first trimester, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. It was also a time when I couldn’t really taste most of the food I was consuming much less enjoy it! Really though, I can’t complain too much other than a bit of nausea (no puking;) I had a pretty seamless first 84 days in comparison to the horror stories you hear.
For myself, there were a few go to snacks I found easier to consume and that were pretty important for organ and brain development. While eggs (pasture-raised) got me by earlier, after awhile I had to take a step back, since the smell drove me bonkers! Organic avocados are packed full of anti-inflammatory monosaturated fat in the form of omega 3, as well a heathy source of carbohydrates. Amoung other vital nutrients they contain the ever popular folate, for boosting growth and decreasing the risk of birth defects.
So my pick for what I thought was a nutritious-dense snack and that I was able to get down (especially for those with morning sickness), was this spiced applesauce with added sweet potato. I left the skin on the apples, which were red, (apparently contain the greatest amount of flavonoids), for a boost of antioxidants to support a fragile immune system. After pureéing it you can’t even tell the skin was left on! Just be sure to buy organic, apples are on the top of the list for highest containing pesticides!
At the end of the day, I looked at it as though if I weren’t putting this good stuff in my body for replenishment, the baby was going to take it from my stores anyhow! The nutritional deficencies of me would predict how healthy the babe will be. Eating for 2 isn’t exactly accurate in the sense that most believe, really most women only need an extra 300 calories. Increasing the quality was the importance I based it on, being concious of where I ate out at and if the meat served was not injected with hormones or gmo feed and only organic produce to avoid all those nasty chemical pesticides. Even if you’re not pregnant or trying to conceive, these are important factors to be aware of when purchasing your foods.
yields: two 32oz jars
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 1 hour
- 14 organic red apples, cored and chopped
- three sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp
- sea salt
- two cinnamon sticks
- 1 lemon, juiced
- water or pure apple juice, enough to cover apples and potatoes
- In a large stainless steel pot, add all the ingredients including the liquid and cover.
- Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer for about an hour covered. Stirring occasionally until apples and potatoes are very soft.
- Remove cinnamon sticks and with an immersion blender, pureé the applesauce until desired consistency.