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  • Baby Food by Stage

    Happy Family’s founder shares some of her favorite recipes for baby.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Baby’s first feeding is a huge milestone. And while we know it’s fun and exciting, it’s also overwhelming and sometimes even nerve-wracking. It’s not always easy to create healthy, nutritious meals when we’re busy or distracted or simply trying to adjust to a picky palette. But, what your child eats during those first few months and years has the potential to impact him for his entire life.

    Nobody knows this better than the founder of Happy Family Brands, Shazi Visram, who’s been helping moms provide healthy food for their babies for 10 years. “From the moment you conceive through your child’s second birthday is a vital period where everything you feed yourself and your child will ultimately shape their healthy eating habits,” she says. “Tastes develop in the womb and these seemingly small decisions will result in big outcomes for your child’s future.”

    Shazi’s celebrating Happy Family’s 10th anniversary in a big way — she just published The Happy Family Organic Superfoods Cookbook For Baby & Toddler, with more than 70 easy-to-prepare recipes made with wholesome and easy-to-find ingredients for children from 4 months and beyond, AND gave birth to her second baby, Asha (son, Zane is 6 years old). Below, Shazi shares some insights on balancing her babies, business and book, and provides 3 easy recipes for your baby, no matter what his stage.

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  • 5 Lactation-Friendly Popsicles For Summer

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Boost your milk supply with these drool-worthy popsicles!

    I’ve been dying to take a swing at making homemade popsicles this summer, which naturally prompted me on Pinterest for delicious and photo-worthy ideas — cause if you can’t share your hard work, what’s the point, right? It didn’t take long to find some incredible recipes that are not only tasty and refreshing, but also breastfeeding friendly. That’s right, each recipe that caught my eye has at least one ingredient that is known to increase lactation. Here are 5 of my favorites. Enjoy!

    1. Carrot, orange, ginger & turmeric pops. Carrot, orange and ginger are all known to bump up milk production.

    Carrot, orange, ginger & turmeric popsicle

    2. Homemade fudge pops. Both almonds and hazelnut are rich in calcium, which helps maintain strong bone and teeth health.

    Homemade fudge popsicle

    3. Berry lemonade pops. Adding berries to your pops is a good way to get the 2 to 3 servings of fruits that you, breastfeeding mamas, need.

    Berry lemonade popsicle

    4.  Chocolate dipped almond milk pops. Almonds are considered some of the best nuts to rev up milk production.

    Chocolate dipped almond milk popsicle

    5. Sweet tea & peach pops. Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, which are essential to nursing moms. If you little one is sensitive to caffeine, you can swap out the sweet tea for a decaf green tea.  

    Sweet tea & peach popsicle

    This article is by Hailey Andresen courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • The “Knocked Up” Smoothie Pregnant Celebs are Loving

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY and Well+Good.

    Just like sneakers or bags, the drink you hold in your hand tells a story about who you are. Smart Water or Poland Springs? Juice Press or Pressed Juicery? Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi? (Kidding!)

    And for pregnant women—specifically, wellness-obsessed, nutritionally savvy famous pregnant women—the drink du jour is a smoothie from the SoCal organic cafe, Beaming.

    Famous moms-to-be like Molly Sims and Chrissy Teigen have been getting straw-happy over the appropriately named Knocked Up, a smoothie created in collaboration with LA-based doula, healer, and pregnancy coach Lori Bregman. (She also created for them the Get Preggy blend, packed with nutrients specifically helpful for those who are looking to conceive—consider it the bump watch precursor.)

    The Knocked Up smoothie is filled with superfood staples like avocados, goji berries, and almond butter, along with ingredients specifically selected for their pregnancy-boosting benefits: think spinach (high in birth defect-preventing folic acid), dates (a natural energy booster and—yup—constipation aid), and E3Live (an algae said to purify the body of environmental toxins).

    Bregman, author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be and doula to the likes of Sims, Kelly Rowland, andKristen Bell, dreamed up the Knocked Up beverage after one of her previous recipes went viral. “Many women attributed their becoming pregnant to my Fertility Smoothie,” she says, adding, “I wanted to create a smoothie that was packed with all the things a pregnant woman needs to feed her growing baby and help her thrive though pregnancy. I also needed it to taste delicious, as many expectant moms have food aversions or suffer from morning sickness.”

    And you don’t have to be in LA to look as good as Chrissy Teigen does eight months into her pregnancy; Bregman shared with us her drinkable secret.

    Get Beaming x Lori Bregman’s superfood-filled, pregnancy-boosting, celeb-loving Knocked Up smoothie recipe below.

    Knocked Up Smoothie

    Ingredients:
    8 ounces almond milk
    2 ounces coconut water
    1 date
    1 tbsp almond butter
    1/2 cup of spinach
    1/4 avocado
    1 Tbsp goji berries
    2 Tbsp of protein powder
    1 tsp of super greens
    1 tsp of chia powder
    1/2 tsp of E3live
    1/4 cup frozen bananas
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1 cup of ice
    1 Tbsp of hemp seeds

    Directions:
    Place all ingredients except for hemp seeds in blender. Blend on full speed until fully combined, pour in glass and top with hemp seeds.

    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • Expert Advice: Bone Broth

    This wonder food can improve every aspect of your baby-making, from preconception to pregnancy and postpartum.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Whether you are currently trying to conceive, pregnant or just gave birth to your precious little one, homemade bone broth should be like the best friend you talk to every day. Bone broth has been getting a ton of attention lately, especially here in NYC, and rightly so: it’s literally one of the most nutrient-dense foods we can consume. Loaded with every amino acid and mineral our body needs, along with protein, fat and collagen, it’s the ultimate almighty when it comes to improving health, digestion, immunity and fertility in every aspect–from preconception to conception to pregnancy to postpartum. Literally every part of the pregnancy journey can be supported by this wonder food.

    In my clinic, I actually call bone broth ‘baby glue.’ The collagen from bone broth works as an amazing tonic to not only improve a woman’s fertility when she is trying to conceive, but to hold her pregnancy once she does conceive.

    If you’re pregnant, the nutrients in this yummy broth are amazing for baby, and according to an ancient South American proverb, drinking bone broth regularly through your pregnancy will help ease labor pains! Lastly, when it comes to postpartum, bone broth is wonderful for regulating hormones, supporting ample milk production, helping your body heal from delivery and building back all the energy you put out during labor and delivery.

    As a women’s health and fertility expert who is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), bone broth has been a part of my health optimizing protocol for over a decade. I use bone broth as the cornerstone of my fertility-enhancing protocol because it has an ability to improve not just hormonal health but also the quality of egg (and sperm).

    In addition to using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to restore my clients’ health and fertility, I also guide my patients to overhaul their lifestyle—nutritionally, emotionally and physically. In TCM we see animal products, particularly the bones, as providing not only imperative nutrients for the body but supplying us with what we call Jing. Jing, in TCM is kind of like the fountain of youth. When we begin to run out of Jing, we age faster than we should. Alternatively, when we have plenty of Jing our health is vibrant, our skin is radiant and we age at a much slower pace. I mean, who doesn’t want to age more slowly?

    Get on the bone broth wagon and not only slow down your aging process (and improve the quality of your hair, skin and nails) but also preserve your fertility.

    Why bone broth?
    Let me break it down. When one cooks down the skin and bones of an animal into a broth (I usually use a whole pastured organic chicken as it’s bit easier to work with), the nutrients—namely fat, collagen, protein and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium—seep out into the broth making it a rich, nutrient dense and fertility-boosting concoction. Bone broth also helps improve digestion, boost the immune system, strengthen bones, teeth and joints, nourish hair, skin and nails, balance the thyroid and combat the toll stress takes on the body.

    Clinically, I have seen a dramatic increase in the fertility of my patients who are compliant and drink a cup of bone broth daily. And, for myself—I got pregnant with ease at the age of 40 and think that my daily bone broth consumption had a lot to do with it!
    It’s not as hard as it sounds

    I know many of you are saying, “I don’t have time to cook this!” Aha! I assure you it’s really not that much time. Yes, the soup needs to cook down for about 8-12 hours, but prep time is literally 30-45 minutes all in. And, one batch will make at least a 3-4 week supply of broth. Personally, making homemade bone broth is one of my favorite things to do—in the hectic-ness of life, it really slows me down. Cooking this concoction feels nourishing, therapeutic and really, really good for my soul.

    My favorite bone broth recipes can be found here. I have adapted these recipes from the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

    But, actually, before you link to the recipes, here are 5 secrets to making good bone broth:

    1. Use the highest quality of bones you can find — bones from grass-fed animals ONLY.

    2. One hour before cooking, add vinegar to the stock pot (or slow cooker) full of water and bones to draw the minerals out of the bones into the broth.

    3. For a more robust taste, roast and brown the bones in the oven before adding them to the stock. Do this especially if you’re using beef bones. When I use a whole chicken, I don’t typically roast it.

    4. Always used filtered water and cook slowly for 8- 12 hours. The longer you cook the bones the more medicinal value you will receive from them. Be mindful that more water will have to be added due to evaporation.

    5. Be in the moment when you’re making it and see the process as a therapy in and of
    itself.

    You deserve a daily dose of bone broth! Happy cooking!

    Get more tips on how to naturally improve your fertility here.

    This article is by Aimee Raup, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • Protein for Babies

    How to get protein into your baby’s vegan, vegetarian and omnivore diet.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    If your baby is near the 6-month mark, you’re probably doing a lot of thinking about solid foods. Even though he or she will get all the nutrients she needs from breast milk, formula or a combination of the two, it’s a good time to start mixing in natural sources of protein, too. Here are some ideas for ways to add protein to purées for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. For every ounce of purée, mix in 1 teaspoon of protein. Just be sure to taste what you are serving to baby, and adjust flavors and amounts accordingly. Who wants to eat something that tastes boring and flavorless? You don’t, so neither does your baby.

    Before adding anything to your baby’s food, be sure to check with your pediatrician. Also, you should introduce common allergens such as soy and nuts one at a time in case your baby has a reaction. Learn more about allergy symptoms.

    Whatever sources of protein you choose to add to your baby’s food, remember to:
    1. Keep trying, even if the first, second or third attempts don’t go well (some babies need to taste a food up to 40 times to decide they like it!).
    2. Be creative and play around with different combinations.
    3. Have fun!

    Sources of protein that add minimal or no texture:

    For Vegans:

    • Soy milk
    • Hemp oil or powder
    • Silken tofu
    • Soy yogurt
    • Puréed legumes such as peas and beans

    For Vegetarians:

    • All items listed in Vegan category
    • Unsweetened yogurt (Greek yogurt has a higher protein count than regular yogurt)
    • Ricotta cheese

    For Omnivores:

    • All items listed in Vegan and Vegetarian categories
    • Cooking liquid from cooked meat, poultry or fish

    Sources of protein that add texture:

    For Vegans:

    • Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter)
    • Quinoa

    For Vegetarians:

    • All items listed in Vegan category
    • Cottage cheese

    For Omnivores:

    • All items listed in Vegan and Vegetarian categories
    • Puréed meat, chicken, fish or seafood

    Happy cooking, experimenting and feeding!

    This article is by Jory Lieber, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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    • Well Rounded Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Reds & Greens

      A pregnancy perfect breakfast or brunch.

       

      Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

      Breakfast or brunch, as we all know, is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it provide us with the right fuel and nutrients we need for sustained energy levels throughout the day, it also helps with better metabolism, digestion and our overall mental and physical well-being.

      For the perfect start to your pregnant day, we’ve created a delicious, simple and healthy scrambled eggs dish with three green and three red vegetables. On the red side, you’ll find Spanish onion, capsicum and mini Roma tomatoes, while our greens include spinach, zucchini and basil leaves. All you need is a chopping board, sharp knife, bowl, whisk, frying pan, and wooden spoon, and you will be able to serve up an amazing brunch that will be enjoyed by all your guests…and you!

      This recipe is for 4 people, however you can halve or double the amount if you require less or more portions.

      Ingredients:

      • 5 x organic eggs
      • 1 x red Spanish onion, finely chopped
      • 1 x red capsicum, finely chopped
      • 100 x grams mini Roma tomatoes, cut in half
      • 100 x grams spinach leaves, washed
      • 2 x zucchinis, finely chopped
      • 4 x fresh basil leaves
      • 1/4 x cup milk
      • 1/4 cup x olive oil
      • salt & pepper to taste

      Directions:

      1. Heat olive oil in frying pan and add onion, capsicum and zucchini. Lower to medium heat and sauté for 4 minutes.
      2. In the meantime, whisk eggs with milk in a bowl and set aside.
      3. Add spinach and tomatoes to fry pan and sauté for another minute.
      4. Add egg mixture, salt, pepper and basil leaves and cook on low heat for 3 minutes or until eggs are cooked light and fluffy (stirring constantly and gently with wooden spoon).
      5. Cut in quarters and serve.

       
      This article is by Penny Zalalas, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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