prenatal nutrition

Mini Meatloaf Muffins

Mini Meatloaf Muffins

Can you tell Edith helped name this one? Really she called them meat muffins, but I feeeeeeel like that didn’t have the best ring to it.

These mini meatloaf muffins are perfectly packable for workday lunches and reheat beautifully. Pair them with a fresh green salad or some roasted green beans and you’ll be a happy camper.

Butternut Squash & Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Butternut Squash & Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

sheet pan dinner fall food sausage butternut squash paleo primal egg-free
sheet pan dinner fall food sausage butternut squash paleo primal egg-free

Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Makes: 4 Servings

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Ingredients:
  • 4 Sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 medium gala apple
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outer skin from the butternut squash
  3. Cut the bulbous end off the squash and remove the guts and seeds.
  4. Remove core from apple.
  5. Chop onion, peeled squash and cored apple into 2" chunks and layer onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Sprinkle salt evenly over the top.
  7. Slice italian sausage links into 1" rounds, cut on the diagonal.
  8. Nestle cut sausages in with squash mixture
  9. Roast at 400F for 45-50 minutes, until squash is cooked through and sausage begins to brown.
  10. Finish with a few cracks of pepper and taste for salt.
  11. Serve on bed of greens or with a salad (gotta eat all the veg!).
sheet pan dinner fall food sausage butternut squash paleo primal egg-free
sheet pan dinner fall food sausage butternut squash paleo primal egg-free

Stuffed Dates (and why you should eat them during pregnancy!)

Stuffed Dates (and why you should eat them during pregnancy!)

Dates are a quick source of energy, from their high carbohydrate content and they also contain beneficial B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, and saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The presence of these vitamins, minerals and fatty acids help with prostaglandin production (an important kick starter for labor) and also influence the production and response to oxytocin receptors in the uterus. (2)

Nourishing Foods for Labor

Nourishing Foods for Labor

Birth is an extremely athletic event— labor can last from several hours to a few days (I’m hoping to be on the shorter end)— and like any marathon of an event, it requires some nourishment to avoid exhaustion. Luckily, in Portland, most hospitals and birthing centers are open to eating during labor. Though, the longer you can labor at home, the more freedom you’ll have over food and movement.

How to Optimize Sleep During Pregnancy

How to Optimize Sleep During Pregnancy

Pregnancy, especially the third trimester, comes with its own special challenges. There are increased hormone fluxuations as your body prepares for labor, baby is starting to infringe on the space your lungs and bladder used to occupy, and heartburn becomes a constant occurrence.


All this fun impacts sleep. Now it’s no secret that new parenthood is also a time of limited R&R, so I find it especially rude that it becomes harder to get a good night’s sleep towards the end of pregnancy.


While deep, perfect slumber may not be in the cards for a little while, there are some things we can do make most of that attempted shut-eye time.