Healthy Meal Plans On a Food Stamp Budget? 3 Whole Foods New Moms Should Eat
Is healthy eating synonymous with a high income? Is it possible to practice "clean eating" and only consume whole foods on a low income even one dependent on food stamps?
Optimal health is something many of us crave. We want strong bones, healthy skin and a strong physique. And this is especially true for pregnant and nursing moms who feel the pressure to house a temple of health for their little one to flourish in. But the question has been raised: is healthy eating synonymous with a high-income budget? Is it possible to practice “clean eating” and only consume whole foods on a low income budget, even if one is dependent on food stamps? Is it possible to be poor in money and rich in health?
Denise Sawyer, the woman behind the Wholesome Mommy: Real family. Real food. Real Simple blog, is determined to find out. As an advocate for wholesome and clean eating, Denise is often confronted by readers with very serious challenges—mainly their food budget, but also a lack of cooking skills and the time needed to prepare nutritionally dense, fresh foods.
Denise decided to tackle her readers’ challenges head-on by beginning Oh Snap! Real food on a Food Stamp Budget—a 6-month project aimed at proving that eating a clean and wholesome diet can be done on a low income budget. Check out Denise’s site for parameters, weekly check-ins and, of course, meal plans!
In addition, especially for BabyZone readers, Denise gives us three wholesome foods pregnant and nursing moms should consider eating… regardless of income or economic status.
Three Whole Foods Every Pregnant or Nursing Mom Should be Eating
If you’re expecting or nursing, it is imperative that you get the proper nutrition, not only for you, but for your growing baby. Being pregnant or nursing means you need more of the same good stuff all of our bodies need. So, all of these tips are for anyone, but have specific reasons for being good for those who are expecting.
1. Number one on my list is both a powerhouse of nutrition and extremely frugal: Bone Broth. “Bone Broth” is the fancy, foodie term for stock. Chicken stock is very easy to make and is actually a great way to use up the rest of what you would normally throw out. After roasting a chicken dinner for your family you can utilize your trusty crockpot to make nutritious chicken stock from the leftover bones and skin, while you sleep! Here is my recipe for Homemade Chicken Stock.
Bone broth is full of vitamins and minerals, can boost your immunity and aid in digestion (which most all mamas can use help with when things start to slow down due to pregnancy). Because bone broth also has a high gelatin content, it is also great for your hair, skin, and nails. Be aware that when it comes to homemade bone broth from antibiotic-free, humanely raised birds versus store bought stock, there is no comparison. Many commercial varieties contain additives like MSG or preservatives that your body doesn’t need.
2. Fats are vital for growing fetuses. In fact, good fats aid in brain development. So, make sure you are eating lots of good for you fats, like real butter (preferably from pasture-fed cows), egg yolks, avocados, coconut oil, wild Alaskan salmon, and whole milk and cream (preferably from pasture-fed cows). Here’s one of my favorite on the go breakfast (or lunch!) ideas that incorporates two of these good for you fats.
3. Good bacteria is important to overall health. Eating fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim chi, or sourdough breads is a great way to restore and maintain proper balance of good bacteria in your gut and improve your digestion. Not having proper balance of good bacteria can lead to acid reflux and/or constipation. Both of these ailments are common complaints in pregnant women as the bodies systems begin to slow down. Eating fermented foods is one way to help keep everything moving properly.
All of these foods are very affordable (think eggs, yogurt, and bone broth) and are a great first step towards feeling great and being healthy while you’re growing another little human.
To learn more, check out Wholesome Mommy’s wonderful site full of tips, recipes and wholesome living.
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