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I’ve got a delightful, portable breakfast recipe for you today: Whole grain -not too sweet- muffins loaded with blueberries. Sounds good right? While I’d love to take credit for the blueberry goodness, the recipe belongs to Dr. Sonali Ruder, author of the new Natural Pregnancy Cookbook. Sonali is a physician, chef, and food blogger at The Foodie Physician, and my friend in the blogosphere. (We haven’t yet met in real life, but I’d love to – her blog rocks).
The first section of the book is a nutrition primer, and the rest of it is filled with recipes (many of them vegetarian) designed specifically to boost your health, and your baby’s. The nutrition section is really well laid out with lots of boxes and charts to highlight the most important points. It’s easy to reference them later when you’re wondering, for example, which fruits are especially high in water. Some of my faves include:
- A sample daily food plan for each trimester
- A chart with the caffeine content of certain products, and
- A list of beverages that can help with morning sickness (did you know that cold, clear and carbonated beverages are better tolerated?)
As for the recipes, you’ll find things like:
- ‘Pump Up Your Milk’ Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Berry and Ricotta Stuffed French Toast
- Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
- Caribbean Fish Tacos
- Craveable Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes, and
- Super-Fast Peach Frozen Yogurt (no special equipment required)
I chose to make the Rise and Shine Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins for a friend who just had a baby. Since the recipe makes 16 muffins, I was able to give her a dozen big ones, and keep a dozen mini-muffins for myself. Win-Win!