You are four weeks along and that tiny little bean inside of you is already starting to develop her organs. Incredible, isn’t it? But what it means for you, an amazing mama-to-be, is that now is the time to make sure you get enough of everything this baby needs, starting with plentiful folic acid. In this day and age you might say, it’s a no brainer since you’ll get exactly the amount you need from your prenatal multi. Which is true and that’s fabulous! However, I won’t be true to myself if I don’t share with you a few nifty facts about folic acid and throw in a few recipes starring tasty edible version of it! 
 
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Leafy greens are rich in folic acid

My mother gave birth to both me and my sister without taking any vitamins before or during pregnancy back in Russia. Thankfully, we were born healthy. Women in most countries don’t have the luxury of taking prenatal vitamins. All they can rely on is food and God’s grace. Here, in North America, we are incredibly blessed to have access to as much supplementation such as folic acid as we need. With all the things that may go wrong during pregnancy, it is a huge relief to know that we can do something about preventing at least one of those things by simply taking a vitamin. 

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Recipe: Pineapple mango green smoothie

by Katya Baxter on August 8, 2014

This smoothie is chalk-full of good stuff including the coveted folic acid! You’ll be getting enough of it from the collards, spinach and avocado. Eat up and let that baby inside grow! And if you are not prego, you’ll do yourself a whole lot of good by keeping a solid store of folic acid to potentially fend of depression, osteoporosis, bad skin, sore mouth and heart disease. Whew! How much more awesome can it be?

 

Pineapple mango green smoothie
Serves 2
Tropical, yet green. A definite double whammy.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup packed fresh collard leaves
  2. 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
  3. 5 dates
  4. 1 tbsp flax seeds
  5. 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  6. 2 cups frozen or fresh pineapple
  7. 1/2 mango
  8. 1/2 avocado
  9. 1 orange
  10. 2 cups water
  11. ice to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender in the order listed. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until desired smooth texture.
Katya Baxter http://katyabaxter.com/
 

 

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Any mom (or just about) will tell you that the first trimester is the one when nausea hits you like a pile of bricks. Yes, you want to be excited about your baby bump news, but all you can think about is whether or not you’ll be able to make it to the closest ladies room on time! If you are the type of mom who is doing her best to stay away from medications during pregnancy, then there are things you can do to ease your morning sickness (and afternoon, and night!) nausea and not use any drugs! 

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 I remember the very first time I felt the sensation coming on.
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This smoothie is a natural morning sickness buster! It will give your queasy tummy everything it needs to make it through another rocky day: a light tartness from lemon, zesty kick from ginger, and plenty of Vitamin B. And if you are not prego, this is still a tasty, nutrient-packed treat that you can enjoy just because!
 

Pineapple ginger smoothie
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
  2. 1/2 avocado
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. 1/4 inch peeled ginger
  5. 1 ripe banana
  6. 1 tbsp flax seeds
  7. ice cubes to taste
  8. 2 cups filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a high powered blender with ice going in last. Blend on high until flax seeds are powdered. Pour yourself a nice glass and enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can gage the tartness and sweetness of your shake by reducing the amount of lemon juice and adding a natural sweetener like a couple of dates or a tablespoon of raw honey.
Katya Baxter http://katyabaxter.com/

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Who in the world am I?

by Katya Baxter on May 4, 2014

When you face a major change in life, you have to truly know who you are. Otherwise, your world will turn upside down. As did mine back in the early 90′s.

When I first arrived to the US from Russia as a teenager, I remember desperately wanting to blend in with my new school, new classmates, and an entirely new world. Instead, the best I could do was to stick out like a sore thumb.

I was a teenager back then, and just like in many teenagers, insecurities were coming out of my ears. In fact, I felt so overwhelmingly insecure that I remember my new life in the US turned from being an exciting new adventure into an anxiety driven nightmare. read more

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