Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Morning Sickness Relief & Recipe

I'm entering my third trimester!

Goodness gracious this pregnancy is flying by. I guess with trying to keep up with two kids and our homestead chores there hasn't been much time to think about this anything else.

So before this bundle makes his or her appearance and my focus turns to all things baby, I want to share a simple recipe with you. This recipe is what got me through my first trimester.

There were about 6-8 weeks where I really struggled with morning sickness. I found that the only thing that helped was to get protein into my system first thing in the morning. The only problem is I do not like to eat when I first wake up. I especially don't like to eat eggs, meat, etc... If I eat anything at all first thing it is usually something bready or sweet. (Yes, I realize that is not ideal.) I normally start my day with a cup of tea or coffee and then eat oatmeal or oat pancakes once the kiddos are up. I save eggs or meat for later in the day when I am hopefully not feeling as sick. We all know that getting enough protein is important during pregnancy but that can be difficult when you are feeling queasy.

Luckily I found the perfect solution with my second pregnancy.

Protein spiked hot chocolate. 

It's kinda like a cup of coffee, it tastes amazing, and with the addition of an egg, is filled with healthy protein. It may sound weird to add an egg to your hot chocolate but trust me.... it works. On the days I started out with a cup of this hot chocolate I felt so much better. I could eat pretty normally (still including lots of protein) the rest of the day and didn't feel sick to my stomach. On the days I missed I felt like I was trying to play catch-up and was queasy all day.

Let's take a look at the ingredients.
  • Egg yolks contain the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. They also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. Egg whites contain about 6 grams of protein.
  • Whole milk contains about 8 grams of protein and is a great source of calcium.
  • Coconut oil has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals. It is a wonderful source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) and contains lauric acid that converts into a substance called monolaurin. Monolaurin has been shown to be helpful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.
  • Gelatin is healing to the gut, improves the elasticity of skin (hello, stretching belly!), and may help those with arthritis and joint pain. 
  • Cocoa is delicious, has a little bit of caffeine to help kick-start your morning, and is shown in some studies to help boost your mood. 
This recipe does need a bit more babysitting than my nutrient dense hot chocolate recipe but it still whips up in under ten minutes.

Printable Recipe Here --- Click print page at bottom of page.

Extra Protein Hot Chocolate

This recipe will make a rich hot chocolate that isn't too sweet. I hope you enjoy!

  • 8-12 fl oz of milk depending on the size of your mug (I prefer whole raw milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • one egg*  (Preferably from pasture raised hens)
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin from grass-fed cows
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil
  • a couple drops of vanilla extract

1.Combine all ingredients into a small to medium sized pot.
2. Let sit for a minute to allow the gelatin to bloom.
3. Turn on heat to medium and stir with a whisk constantly. Stirring is especially important to prevent the egg from scrambling.
4. Heat to approximately 140 degrees and hold for a few minutes to pasteurize the egg.
5. When the milk is steaming, pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any cooked bits of egg, and serve in your favorite mug. ENJOY!

*Consuming raw or under-cooked eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.

Printable Recipe Here --- Click print page at bottom of page.

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1 comment:

  1. Love that you have the extra protein! thanks for sharing!
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