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3 Recipes for Strong Bones
Try these 3 recipes from our Superfoods Recipes archive to help you get more calcium and magnesium into your diet to support stronger bones and good muscle health.
1. Banana Split Smoothie
Calcium and magnesium are both critical for maintaining strong bones as we age. And the ingredients in this recipe have magnesium and calcium in spades. The recipe also contains bananas, which can help the body better absorb calcium. Use soy milk over almond milk (soy milk has more calcium) to make this simple, tasty smoothie even better at protecting your bones.
Try the Banana Split Smoothie now.
2. Chia-Crusted Salmon
Super Chia Seeds
in this recipe are rich in calcium (which we already know is important for joint health), salmon is rich in vitamin D. Vitamin D makes your body much more efficient at absorbing calcium, and is very important for maintaining strong bones over time.
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3. Chocolate Date Balls
Several studies have found that the more magnesium people consume in their food, the denser their bones as they age. Dense bones are strong bones. There are a number of foods that are high in Magnesium, but our favourite is Cacao. Use our
, which is ultra-high in magnesium, to support bone and muscle health for years to come.
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Key Nutrients For Pregnancy
Good nutrition can help ensure your child's development and well-being well before your child is conceived, believe it or not. If you are trying for a baby or are already pregnant, there are a handful of key nutrients for pregnancy to support both your health and the health of your child.
Key Nutrients For Pregnancy
It is important to eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy, and the amount of food you need to eat will increase. Your baby will be the first one to tell you this - you can expect to have an increase appetite as the pregnancy. Gaining some 'baby weight' (that is, additional body weight,
the weight of the baby) is also normal. You can expect to gain between 11 to 18 kg of baby weight during pregnancy. If you feel like weight gain during your pregnancy has become extreme or is a problem, talk to your doctor... dieting during pregnancy can be harmful to both you and your baby, so a professional's advice is important. For an in-depth look at diet during pregnancy, visit the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel's
on the topic. Let's take a closer look at the key nutrients you should be aware of during pregnancy.
1. Folate / Folic Acid
Folate (also 'folic acid') is one of the B vitamins. It is important during pregnancy as it can help with neural development and protect your unborn child against neural tube defects. 400mcg. a day is the recommended amount.
Brocoli, asparagus, lentils, spinach and citrus fruits are all high in folate / folic acid.
Your iron requirements increase during pregnancy, because your baby is also drawing on your intake of food sources of iron. During pregnancy, your recommended daily intake of iron rises from 18mg a day pre-pregnancy to 27mg a day during pregnancy (source : NRV.gov.au). Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy and iron supplements may be necessary. However, consult a doctor before starting an iron supplement, as too much iron can be harmful to mum and bub. Note: the iron content of some foods is reduced by cooking. Steaming vegetables for the minimum amount of time possible helps it retain it's iron content.
Lean beef, chicken, eggs, berries and lentils are all good sources of dietary iron during pregnancy.
Iodine deficiency is increasing in Australia. In adults, iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid problems. In infants, the effects of iodine deficiency is much more severe, causing moderate to severe developmental problems in unborn children and infants.
Iodine can be found in 'iodised' table salts. Fish is a good food source of iodine, yet eating fish during pregnancy should be approached with caution.
Many fish types contain higher trace levels of heavy metals
like mercury than others. Mercury can be harmful to a baby. Furthermore, eating raw fish or semi-raw fish should be avoided during pregnancy.... cooked fish only. Increase consumption of dairy products, which are typically rich in iodine. Talk to your doctor about whether an iodine supplement is required.
4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The huge number of benefits from adequate omega-3 consumption are well documented. One type of omega-3 in particular called 'DHA' (docosahexaenoic acid) is important for mental development of unborn babies. Studies show that babies born of mothers who had high blood levels of DHA during birth had accelerated mental development compared to babies born from mothers with low DHA blood levels.
Best food sources of DHA include seafood and marine algae. Vegetable sources of omega-3 such as chia seeds and flaxseeds are often recommended to increase omega-3 intake for pregnant women, but these contain a different type of omega-3 (ALA) that does not appear to have the same link to brain development. An omega-3 DHA supplement may also be a good idea.
Your doctor should become like your best friend during pregnancy. Whilst you will receive advice from nearly everyone you know, the best person to turn to for advise on nutrition and/or supplements during pregnancy is your doctor. ----- This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on
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The SuperFoods Way with Mumafit
Share your blogging journey with us. When did it begin and why did you decide to start?
I started my Mumafit blog about 2 years ago. I was pregnant with my third baby and my husband and I had decided to develop a pre and post natal fitness app (
The Mumafit App
). We both had degrees in fitness and had lots of experience either training pregnant women, or for me, having mastered the art of pre and post natal exercise through personal experience. I decided to blog to create greater exposure for the app initially, but then I realised how thirsty women were for quality information on wellbeing during and post pregnancy, and this spurred me on and eventually lead to my niche life and wellness coaching.
Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?
I am truly driven to live a life that is rich in experience, explores the depths of our souls, our connections with others and allows us each to live with our own style of emotional and physical freedom. As my children grow, my focus remains firmly on raising them in this manner. We love to get away as often as we can in our full size old bus converted into a motorhome so that we can leave the city behind us, connect with the ocean and spend more quality time as a family. What is your daily health, wellness and/or fitness routine Since having 3 children in 4 years, time is hard to find, so I only exercise formally 2 or 3 times a week with yoga and strength training. My life is full of incidental activity though as we love to get outside and walk the beach or the streets with the kids. I try hard to remember to hydrate properly every day and eat as healthily as we can. Food has become such an integral part of our wellbeing, keeping us from falling ill and providing us the energy to live a vital life with our kids. We are not saints though and enjoy indulging ourselves every now and then. When it comes to food and exercise, I don’t believe in extremes or allowing an obsession with wellbeing become just another stress in your life – so keeping things moderate and simple is key.
What’s your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day?
Mmm tough question as I’ve learnt to sneak them in at any opportunity. My breakfast is always loaded with superfoods, so that if the day gets away from me, I’ve already had a good start. Then it’s a toss up between smoothies and bliss balls. I’ll take either! For more info or to follow Muma Fit -
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3 Tasty Superfood Recipes for Stress Support
A critical element of dealing with stress is living a healthy, active lifestyle. Putting the wrong foods in your body, or using cigarettes, alcohol or drugs to help you deal with stress only makes the problem worse. Regular exercise, abstaining from ingesting toxins and eating a range of healthy foods provides a solid platform for surviving stressful times. Try the below 3 stress-busting recipes from our
Nature's Way SuperFoods Recipe hub
1. Maca Guaca
provides a range of benefits, not the least of which is nutritional support during times of stress. Maca is a class of nutrient called an 'adaptogen'. Adaptogens are natural products that are considered to support the body during times of high stress and exertion. Maca provides key nutrients to help with mood, stress and relaxation. Furthermore, the avocado in this superfood guacamole recipe is rich in B Vitamins. Your body has an increased demand for B vitamins during times of prolonged stress.
Try the Maca Guaca recipe now.
2. Chia Cacao Coconut Clusters
Scott Gooding and Luke Hines
, you won't believe the Chia Cacao Coconut Clusters recipe is healthy! The recipe uses
, which are rich in B Vitamins (which we have already covered as being critical during times of stress). It also contains
, which is high in magnesium. Magnesium is critical for relaxation and muscle function... lack of magnesium can leave you restless, anxious and agitated. Finally, the recipe also contains almonds. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which fights the free radicals associated with stress.
Try our Chia Cacao Coconut Clusters Recipe now.
3. Brain Booster Smoothie
This smoothie contains
, which is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C can help reduce the physical and psychological effects of stress. Further, the recipe contains coconut water. Preliminary research suggests coconut may be beneficial for brain health and mental function.
Try the Brain Booster Smoothie now.
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