Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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Seven Mocktails for Mama

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Are you planning a party menu? If you’re Whole30-ing, pregnant, or breastfeeding, you’re most likely not planning to partake in adult beverages. But, we think you still deserve to kick back and put your feet up while sipping a refreshing, healthy drink. We’ve got you covered in this post with our round up of seven mocktails for mama. Cheers!

Coconut Mojito Mocktail

from Laura of @cookathomemom on Instagram
(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:
½ cup coconut milk
1 small lime
1 can La Croix Lime
15-20 mint leaves
¼ cup flakey sea salt (optional, for salt rims)

Instructions:
TO salt rim the glasses (optional): Cut the lime in half and run one piece along the edge of each glass. Pour sea salt in a shallow dish and dip each glass in.

DIVIDE the mint leaves among 2 tall glasses. Juice the lime and pour half into each glass. Muddle the mint leaves into the lime juice, then pour ¼ cup of coconut milk into each glass.

ADD ice to the glasses, then top off with lime LaCroix until full (be careful as you pour… bubbles!). Garnish with extra lime slices and mint.

Beauty Lemonade

mocktails for mama

from Food Matters
(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:
8 oz fresh strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups coconut water
1 cup kombucha (choose your favorite flavor!)

Instructions:
BLEND all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses. Enjoy!

White Sangria Mocktail

mocktails for mama

from La Croix
(makes about 4 servings)

Ingredients:
4 cans of lemon LaCroix sparkling water (add to taste)
6 oranges (sliced) or substitute 2 cups of orange juice
2 lemons (sliced)
2 limes (sliced)

Instructions:
POUR LaCroix in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the LaCroix.

 TOSS in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible).
CHILL overnight. If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled LaCroix and serve over ice.

 

Watermelon Lime Slushy

mocktails for mama

from @smithfamilykitchen on Instagram
(serves 1-2)

Ingredients:
1 cup diced watermelon (remove seeds)
Juice from 1 lime
Lime sparkling water
Salt (optional, for salted rim)

Instructions:
RIM glass with salt, if desired.

BLEND watermelon and lime juice. Pour into glass, filling about halfway, and then add sparkling water to fill. Enjoy!

Other options we love:

The Dark and Not-so-Stormy from Mother.ly

Bonus for pregnant mamas: limes are loaded with vitamin C, molasses is chock full of iron, calcium, and potassium, and ginger is a tummy soother for any nausea that ails you.

Detoxifying Water from Whole Sisters

Check out these potential health benefits just from sipping on this one! Cucumbers and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties, mint is known to ease nausea, and lemons are a refreshing addition that can also support digestion.

More Mocktails from the Whole30 blog

This post from Whole30 has SIX mocktail recipes, but don’t miss the Lemon Lime Zinger, which uses citrus and ginger to create a refreshing (and potentially nausea relieving) drink.


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Our goal at Whole30 HMHB is to give you the information you need about pregnancy nutrition and health without the judgment or fear-mongering that is so commonly directed at expecting mothers. For more information on our program, find us at mamas.whole30.com and on Instagram @Whole30HMHB. We are offering an exclusive discount to Today’s Mama’s readers. Enter code HMHBLOVESTM to take $40 off a lifetime membership to our program.

 

 

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 The information included in our Dear Steph series is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation, or if you have any questions regarding your healthcare plan. Have a question for Steph? Send her an email.

 

Dear Stephanie, Is it safe for me to do a Whole30 during my pregnancy? I’m nervous that my baby might not get all of the nutrients he/she needs, I’m not sure how to combat morning sickness without crackers and ginger ale. There’s no way I’m going to be able to not snack! Help! – Pregnant Women on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the entire Internet

 

Dear Pregnant Women,

You are not alone in wondering if a Whole30 is safe to do while pregnant. We (Whole30 co-creator Melissa Hartwig and myself) get these questions every day. In fact, this is the primary reason we created the Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program.

Your #PregnantWhole30 concerns are common, and they also show me how serious you are about your health and the health of your baby. As a registered dietitian, I’m happy to say that a Whole30 is perfectly safe for most pregnant women. And as a mom, I can lend you my support and encouragement because I did a Whole30 during my pregnancy. During pregnancy, it’s possible to complete a Whole30 exactly as outlined in The Whole30 program guidelines.  However, I have a few additional recommendations to make those 30 days as smooth and stress-free as possible:

  1. Listen to your body
  2. Make sure you are eating enough
  3. Enjoy smaller meals and snacks, if desired
  4. Consider your protein and carb intake

We hear the following concerns over and over again:

 

Concern #1 I’m afraid I’ll LOSE too much weight if I do a Whole30.

 

When you embark on a Whole30, you remove foods (grains, legumes, and dairy) that make up a large percentage of your total calorie intake. This is especially true if you’re coming to the program from a standard American diet. Not only are you potentially eliminating significant sources of calories, but you are replacing those foods with foods that promote satiety (non-starchy vegetables, healthy fat, and protein). During pregnancy, your body needs an additional 300-500 calories to promote the health, growth and development of you and your baby. Do you see how this scenario can set us up for potential weight loss or under-consumption of calories?

Pregnancy isn’t truly a time to eat for two, but your body does require additional calories. You want to make sure these additions come from nutrient-dense sources. Ideally, your meals and snacks should contain plenty of healthy fat (such as avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, and coconut products), protein, vegetables (starchy and non-starchy) and fruit. If you’re coming to the Whole30 from a low-fat or calorie controlled diet, you may have to make a conscious effort to include enough healthy fat with each meal. If you’re exercising during your pregnancy, be sure to purposefully include enough starchy vegetables (like potatoes and winter squash) and fruit to support your activity level.

At any point during your pregnancy, if you’re losing too much weight, or are feeling under-fed and exhausted, it may be time to take a break from your Whole30. Now isn’t the time to “push through it” or “Whole30 harder.” Listen to your body, take a break, and do whatever you need to do to get through the rough time. This may include eating a gluten-free bagel or some full-fat, grass-fed yogurt. As your energy levels increase and you feel better, check in with your healthcare provider, and consider restarting your Whole30 at a later date.

Our Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program addresses this in depth, and we include sample meal plans to give you plenty of ideas on how to eat well during pregnancy.

 

Concern #2: There’s no way I can eat that much protein, fat, and non-starchy vegetables at each meal!

 

While the recommendations of the traditional Whole30 program say to avoid/minimize snacking, you may need to ditch this recommendation during your pregnancy. This is especially true if you are dealing with morning sickness or are in your 3rd trimester. Having smaller meals every three hours may help alleviate some of the nausea you experience, which can be triggered by an empty stomach or low blood sugar. As your baby grows, you may not have the physical space in your stomach to eat larger meals. Do the best you can with the issues that pop up. Remember that everything you’re eating is nutrient-dense and healthy for your baby, which is the most important thing.

In our Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program, we give you meal plans, tips, and tricks designed to help you modify the Whole30 for pregnancy.

 

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Concern #3: Should I modify the recommended portion sizes in the Whole30 Meal Planning Template?

 

Pregnancy is not the time to follow a very low-carbohydrate diet or go heavy on protein. You’ll want to add some form of starchy vegetables and/or fruit to most of your meals. This will ensure you and your baby receive a wide-variety of nutrients while reducing any additional stress on your body as a result of going too low-carb.  Consider sticking to the lower-end of the recommendations for protein as your body’s ability to safely convert protein by-products is less efficient during pregnancy.

Many women experience protein aversions during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. You may naturally find yourself consuming less throughout the day. A palm-sized amount of protein at each meal might seem impossible! You can try having smaller meals, use collagen peptides in smoothies or a cup of bone broth or whatever you need to do to make it work. Don’t stress about it too much. You’ll likely feel much better once the second trimester hits and can resume eating your normal protein staples.

In addition to tossing out the “no snacking” recommendation, you may also choose to ditch the Whole30 recommendation to limit fruit to two servings a day, eaten with your meals. I found myself craving fruit during my pregnancy and enjoyed it a few times a day. Pair fruit and starchy vegetables with protein or fat to reduce the impact on your blood sugar levels. Preventing blood sugar spikes and crashes means you’ll feel better and hopefully avoid developing pregnancy-related complications!

 

A Final Note

 

Know that Melissa and I would never advocate for doing a Whole30 for your entire pregnancy. You can still focus on the main principles outlined by the program and have a fantastic pregnancy without doing a #PregnantWhole30. Lastly, know that there is no such thing as a perfect Whole30 while pregnant. Your version of a a Whole30 may be very different from another pregnant mama’s, and that’s totally fine! The key is finding a balance of nutrient-dense, whole foods that works for your unique needs.

Pregnancy is a time to listen to your body, do your best with the curve-balls thrown your way, and enjoy the journey. I know you probably still have a million questions and that’s why I’m here! We provide tons of information, tools, and tricks in the Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program. I’m happy to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have. Follow us on Instagram @Whole30HMHB, or find my personal account @rockyourhormones.


Our goal at Whole30 HMHB is to give you the information you need about pregnancy nutrition and health without the judgment or fear-mongering that is so commonly directed at expecting mothers. For more information on our program, find us at mamas.whole30.com and on Instagram @Whole30HMHB. We are offering an exclusive discount to Today’s Mama’s readers. Enter code HMHBLOVESTM to take $40 a lifetime membership to our program.

 

Steph Whole30 HMHBStephanie Greunke is the co-creator of Whole30 Healthy Mama, Happy Baby. She is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in women’s health. She is a certified personal trainer and prenatal and postnatal corrective exercise specialist. Stephanie guides and supports women locally and globally through her web-based private practice, RockYourHormones.com.

 

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

I LOVE a good pot roast on Sundays, especially when the weather calls for comfort food.  I found this recipe from The Pioneer Woman and I considered the gold standard for pot roast recipes.  It is the best BUT it requires leaving on your oven for a few hours, something I don’t love doing while we’re at church.  This recipe is an adaptation to work in your crock pot!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Ingredients:

  • 1 Roast
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, cut into fourths
  • 3-6 Carrots, cut into 2-4″ peices
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
  • 2-3 cups Stock (I used chicken, but you can really use any)
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary

Method:

  1. Warm up a skillet on high and add some olive oil, waiting until its warm but not smoking.  Add the vegetables, allowing them to brown but not cook through.  Remove the veggies to your crock pot.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of the toast.  Sear all sides of the roast on the hot skillet and place in your crock pot, arranging it all to fit.
  3. Deglaze your skillet using the red wine, scraping off the bottom and then pour into your crock pot over the roast and veggies.
  4. Top off with enough stock to cover the roast and veggies.
  5. Add a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
  6. Cook for 3-4 hours on high, 6-8 hours on low.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes-the drippings from this recipe make the most incredible gravy!

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