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Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month

I was always told to eat healthy while I was pregnant, thats a given though-Right? I also was told to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season to save money. The problem was, I never knew what’s “in season”. All I knew was that we did apple picking in the fall; and picked a pumpkin right before Halloween.

I started to do some research to figure out when to buy fruits and vegetables to save money. I thought this would be great to share with you.

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Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month: 

January:

  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabagas
  • Fruits: Grapefruit, Lemons, Oranges, Tangerines, Tangelos, Papayas

February: 

  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabagas
  • Fruits: Grapefruit, Lemons, Oranges, Papayas

March:

  • Vegetables: Artichokes, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Turnips
  • Fruits: Pineapple, Mangos

April: 

  • Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spring Peas, Zucchini
  • Fruits: Pineapple, Mangos

May: 

  • Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Lettuce, Okra, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spring peas, Swiss chard, Zucchini, Broccoli
  • Fruits: Apricots, Cherries, Mangoes, Strawberries, Pineapples

June:

  • Vegetables: Corn, Lettuce, Swiss chard, Zucchini, 
  • Fruits: Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Kiwi, Mangoes, Peaches, Strawberries, Watermelon

July: 

  • Vegetables: Corn, Cucumbers, Green beans, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Peppers, Summer squash, Swiss chard, Zucchini, Tomatoes
  • Fruits: Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Kiwi, Mangoes, Peaches, Strawberries, Watermelon, Plums, Raspberries, Blackberries

August: 

  • Vegetables: Acorn squash, Butternut squash, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Green beans, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Peppers, Summer squash, Swiss chard, Tomatoes, Zucchini
  • Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Mangoes, Peaches, Plum, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

September:

  • Vegetables: Acorn squash, Beets, Butternut squash, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Figs, Green beans, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Peppers, Persimmons, Pumpkins, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, Tomatoes
  • Fruits: Apples, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Mangoes, Pomegranates,

October: 

  • Vegetables: Acorn squash, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Butternut squash, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Persimmons,  Pumpkins, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, Turnips, Winter squash
  • Fruits: Apples, Cranberries, Grapes, Pomegranates

November: 

  • Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Leeks, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Persimmons, Pumpkins, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Turnips, Winter squash
  • Fruits: Cranberries, Oranges, Pears, Pomegranates, Tangerines

December:

  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Rutabagas, Sweet potatoes, Tangelos, Turnips
  • Fruits: Grapefruit, Oranges, Papayas, Pears, Pomegranates, Tangerines

YEAR AROUND: 

  • Vegetables: Celery and Potatoes
  • Fruits: Coconut and Banana

 

 

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Breastmilk vs. Formula

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What’s in breast milk?

From colostrum that coats and seals your newborn’s stomach lining, to mature milk that helps your baby grow strong, each drop of your breast milk contains thousands of beneficial components, including:

  • antibodies to protect against illnesses
  • hormones that promote bonding and regulate appetite
  • stem cells that may support organ development and repair
  • white blood cells that fight infection
  • beneficial bacteria that protect your baby’s digestive system
  • prebiotics called oligosaccharides that support a healthy gut
  • long-chain fatty acids to help develop your baby’s brain, nervous system and eyes
  • enzymes to support his digestive and immune systems
  • nucleotides and hormones that help develop healthy sleep-wake patterns

One of the benefits of breast milk over formula is that it’s a living fluid. It adapts to your baby’s changing circumstances. So if your baby becomes ill, your body makes extra white blood cells and antibodies that travel into your milk and help fight infection.

What’s in formula milk?

Ingredients vary by brand and country, but typical baby formula milk is made of processed skimmed cow’s milk with added emulsifiers and stabilisers to help the oils and water mix when you make up the feed. It may also contain:

  • lactose (a natural sugar found in milk) and/or other sugars such as corn syrup, fructose or maltodextrin
  • plant-based oils, such as palm, rapeseed, coconut, sunflower and soybean oil
  • fatty acids, usually derived from fish oil
  • vitamins and minerals from plant and animal sources
  • a couple of enzymes and amino acids
  • probiotics (in some formulas)

Lactation Cookies

Lactation cookies boost nutrients and milk supply. Lactation cookies may be the best kept secret amongst breastfeeding mothers. The ingredients in these yummy cookies work in a number of different ways to help moms boost and maintain their milk supply.

There are many recepies out there but here is a quick one:

Ingredients

  • 3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed to a liquid state
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 4 tablespoons reduced bitterness Brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 7 ounces (about 1 ½ cups) chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.
  2. In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and peanut butter. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, flax seed, Brewer’s yeast, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips/chunks. The dough will be a bit looser than a standard cookie dough. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 tablespoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (the cookies won’t spread so they can be placed pretty close together). I like to use a cookie scoop so that my cookies are the same size.
  4. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes, until the oats are toasty. Check them about three quarters of the way through baking time to make sure the bottoms don’t burn.

ENJOY!

 

RECIPE SOURCE: LICKMYSPOON.COM.

Facts Favoring Formula Feeding

If there were no advantages to bottle feeding, no one wig was able to breastfeed would ever turn to formula. Here are benefits of formula feeding:

Longer Satisfaction for baby. Infant formula is made with cow’s milk that’s been altered to resemble breast milk. It is more difficult to digest than breastmilk, and the large rubbery curds it forms stays in the baby’s stomach longer, giving satisfaction that can last several hours, extending the period between the feedings. Because breastmilk is easily digested, many newborn nursing babies feed so often that sometimes it seems like they are permanently on mothers breasts.

Easy monitoring intake. You know exactly how much a bottle-fed baby is taking. Breasts there is no way of knowing how much your child is taking in.  A nursing mother may worry that her newborn isn’t getting enough to eat (though that’s rarely the case). The bottle-feeding mother has no such problem-she can just look at the bottle and know exactly how much her baby has had.

More freedom. With bottle feeding, the mother is not tied to the baby day and night. If you want to go out and enjoy a night with the spouse, you can without worrying about feeding your child. A babysitter or grandparents can watch your newborn and feed the baby. No weaning or expressing milk will be necessary when you have to go back to work at 3 months.

Fewer demands. Mother exhausted from difficult labor could sleep in at night. Dad, grandmother, doula, a baby nurse, or anyone else can take over and feed the baby. There is also less physical drain f the newly delivered mother.

More participation for father or older siblings. Dads or an older sibling can share in the pleasure of feeding their baby.

Less restriction on birth control. A breastfeeding mother has to limit her choice to those that are safe to lactation. The formula-feeding mom has no restrictions.

Fewer dietary demands and restrictions. A formula-feeding mother can stop eating for two. Unlike the nursing mom, a formula feeding mother can give up on extra protein and calcium, and she can forget about the prenatal vitamins. She can have a few drinks at a party, take any medications, and eat all kinds of food she desires.

Less embarrassment for the modest. While the nursing mother may receive curious glances when she chooses to breastfeed in public, no one will look twice at a mother bottle feeding her baby. The mother won’t have to worry about the awkward procedure of redressing after the feeding is done as well.

Potentially more lovemaking. After months of making love, many couples look forward to picking up where they left off. For a nursing mother, a vagina left dry by hormonal changes and lactation, and sore nipples and leaky breasts, sometimes makes a women uncomfortable and can make lovemaking challenging. For the bottle-feeding mother, once she is recovered from delivery, nothing stands between her and her mate (besides a crying baby once in awhile).

 

Reference: 

Murkoff, Heidi., (2010) “What To Expect The First Year” 2nd Edition

 

Facts Favoring Breastfeeding

No matter how far technology advances, there always will be some things that nature does better.

Today, pediatricians, obstetricians, nurse-midwives, even manufactures of infant formula concur under most circumstances that breastfed is by far the best. Here is why:

It’s custom-made. Breastmilk is tailored to what your baby needs. It contains at least 100 natural ingredients that are not found in cows milk and that can’t be synthesized in the laboratory. Breastmilk also constantly changes over time to meet the needs of your baby, unlike formula. It is different in the morning than it is in the late afternoon; different at the beginning of a feeding than at the end; different the first month than the seventh; different for a premature baby than for a term baby. The nutritions are matched to the infants needs.

It goes down easily. Breastmilk is designed for human baby’s sensitive and still developing digestive system. They are also less likely to suffer from gas and excessive spitting up.

It’s safe. You could be 100% sure that the milk given from your breasts isn’t improperly prepared, spoiled, or contaminated (assuming that you don’t have any illness that would make breastfeeding unsafe for the baby).

It keeps allergies on hold. Babies are almost never allergic to breastmilk. Though the infant could be sensitive to something the mother has eaten that has passed into her milk, breastmilk itself is always tolerated well.

It’s a tummy soother. Breastmilk contains natural laxative effect and because of that, infants who nurse are almost never constipated. Also, even though their movements are normally very loose, breastfed babies rarely have problem with diarrhea.

It keeps diaper rash away. 

It’s an infection preventer. When your infant suckles at your breasts from the very beginning to their last time, they get a healthy dose of antibodies which helps boost their immunity and help prevent diseases. In general, they will come down with less colds, ear infections, lower respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infection and other illnesses than bottle-fed infants; and when they do get sick, they will recover more quickly. It also may protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

It’s a fat fattener. Breastfed infants are often less chubby than their bottle-fed peers. That is because breastfeeding puts baby’s appetite in charge of consumption. A breastfed baby is more likely to stop when satisfied, while a bottle fed infant may be urged to continue sucking until the bottle is empty. In addition, breast milk is actually calorie controlled. The hindmilk (the milk the baby gets end of nursing) is higher in calories than the foremilk which they get in the beginning of the feeding. The hind milk makes the baby feel full which signals them to stop sucking.

It’s a brain booster. The ingredients in breast milk support healthy brain development. Scientists have a variety of theories: for one, brains are made up of fats, and breast milk contains lots of DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

More sucking satisfaction. A baby can continue sucking at nearly empty breast once a feeding is over. This sucking comes in handy when they baby may be distressed and needs to be calmed down. An empty bottle does not allow for continued sucking and comfort.

It builds stronger mouth. 

Convenience. Breastmilk is always convenient, always in stock, ready to use, clean, and consistently at the perfect temperature!

Lower cost. Breastmilk is FREE! No bottles or formula need to be bought.

Quicker postpartum recovery. Breastfeeding is a natural cycle of pregnancy-childbirth-mothering, and it is designed to be better not just for your baby but you as well. It will help your uterus shrink back to prepregnancy size more quickly. It also helps shed leftover pregnancy pounds by burning upward of 500 extra calories a day.

Health Benefits. Women who breastfeed have a slightly lower risk developing uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and premenopausal breast cancer and many other lower risks.

Enforced rest periods. 

Less complicated nighttime feedings. Baby’s night-time waking can be a lot easier to take when comfort is as close as your breasts, instead of far off in the refrigerator, needing to be poured into the bottle and warmed up.

Strong mother-baby bond. Any mother who’s ever breastfed will tell you, the breastfeeding benefit you’re likely to treasure most is the bond in nurtures between mother and child. There’s skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye contact, and the opportunity to cuddle, baby-babble, and coo built right into the breastfeeding experience.

 

 

 

Reference: 

Murkoff, Heidi., (2010) “What To Expect The First Year” 2nd Edition