Guest Blogger-Daughter #3: Protein for Preggos

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Most of my readers will know by now that Daughter #3 is carrying our first Grandchild.  Yes, I am going to be a Glamma!  J2 is also a blogger and if you are a young Mom or Mom to be, you will really enjoy her posts: Baby Lady of the Prairies

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“In my first trimester of pregnancy I had zero energy, zero motivation to get anything done, my house was a mess and the thought of cooking or even being near my kitchen made me queasy. Then, like clockwork, at 15 weeks life started to gain its color back. I started getting antsy to start and finish projects, I once again gained the satisfaction of having a clean house and best of all I loved food again!

Loving food again is helpful as baby is growing and developing in the second and third trimesters – especially loving foods rich in protein. The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells. Pregnant women are advised to consume around 70-100 grams of protein every day. I don’t track the specific number of grams that I take in, but I am always aware of how I can add more protein to every meal.

Since I don’t have any dietary restrictions (by choice or otherwise) I usually eat at least one good-sized portion of meat every day which generally contains about 20-35 grams of my daily protein intake. Lately I have been trying to be creative with other sources of protein besides meat.

Here is a yummy recipe I have made including the beloved quinoa. Just 1 cup of cooked quinoa contains over 8 grams of protein.”

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Quinoa Cookies with Coconut and Chocolate Chunks
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Ingredients
  • 1½ c whole wheat flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ c sugar
  • ¼ c light brown sugar
  • ¼ c honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ½ t almond extract
  • 1 c cooked quinoa, cooled
  • ½ c desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 c dark chocolate chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° & Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In stand or electric mixer, cream butter, sugars, and honey until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract, and mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.
  5. Mix in flour mixture, ½ cup at a time.
  6. Stir in quinoa, coconut, and chocolate.
  7. Plop spoon size balls of dough onto sheets an inch or so apart, and bake until golden, 12–15 minutes.
  8. Cool on wire rack.

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J2 searched and found her recipe on this blog site.

Kath’s quote: “Being pregnant was the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Except for the cupcakes.” Ashlee Simpson

Love-that is all.

 

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