We caught up with a few of  our “expecting” DEFINE instructors and asked them what they have been craving  during their pregnancy and what tips they were seeking for both mom and baby!

Lori pregnant

Lori Hudson (right): “In the 1st trimester I craved cheese, frozen yogurt and tortillas. The 2nd and 3rd trimester it has been more fruit (oranges, apples and grapes) dark chocolate and soy/almond milk.

Leslie Richardson Denby (Left): “Anything Sour! I’ve been making lots of smoothies at home because I’ve been craving sour and sweet berries. Since my iron runs low,  I add spinach or kale too. If I’m prepared with snacks throughout the day, I’m good. If not, I get headaches and feel dizzy.”

Whatever the craving, eating healthy makes you feel great and snacks seem to be an essential part of a healthy pregnancy, AND help satisfy those cravings in a healthy way. High Protein and omegas are wonderful if you’re pregnant “says DEFINE foods In-House Natural Chef, Erin O’Leary Stewart.  This is a perfect and hearty breakfast on-the-go or mid-afternoon snack. Scrumptious and high in protein and omega 3’s, these will fill you up without weighing you down.

Hemp Protein Powder: protein from the hemp seed contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It is the highest form of plant based protein and is easily digested and absorbed by the body. It’s an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc and a good source for potassium. They contain the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega 6 (a 3:1 ratio). They’re a great source of energy and may reduce inflammation in the body. It’s for a nutty flavor, making it great for baking or in smoothies and can even be substituted for flour in some recipes. Can we say superfood?

Chia seeds are nature’s complete superfood and are finally gaining popularity, making appearances on our everyday kitchen shelves. They have more omega 3 and dietary fiber than any other food from nature. Vegan and gluten free, chia seeds also have a high protein content and are a great source of antioxidants. Sprinkle them raw on your foods or mix them into your next juice for a boost.

Cherries: contain high amounts of antioxidants. They also have a significant level of melatonin, which slows down the aging process and help with insomnia or jet-lag. Cherries are known to ease joint pain, making them great for those suffering from arthritis.

Hazelnuts + Hazelnut Oil: hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. They are a great source of dietary fiber, folate and vitamin E and can boost the body with high energy levels. The oil is pressed from the nut and has a wonderfully nutty aroma. It makes for flavorful dressings and does wonders for the skin!

proteinhempHemp Protein Granola Bars

{Yields: 12}

2 Tbsp chia seeds

6 Tbsp water

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cups hazelnuts, chopped

1 cup dried cherries, chopped

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup hemp protein powder

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1/4 cup mini vegan chocolate chips

3 ripe bananas

1/4 cup hazelnut oil (or canola oil)

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and the water together. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In another large bowl (or using a blender), smash the bananas with a fork and stir in the oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add the chia gel and mix to combine. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Spread the mixture evenly into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spatula. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Let cool completely, store in an airtight container. You can keep in the refrigerator or freezer for longer shelf life.

Want to cook with or for someone special? CHECK out the next DEFINE foods workshop! 

Heartwarming Foods: A Cooking Class for Couples with Erin Stewart

Escape the chilly winter weather and join us for an intimate lunch in the DEFINE foods kitchen with Erin for foods that can both warm and heal your heart. Learn how to make a lovely meal including creamy beet soup, tea poached salmon and a chocolate dessert that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Nourishing foods for your heart with levels of flavor that will surprise you. Bring a friend, family member or significant other to share the experience–all kinds of couples are welcome!  *BYOB (red wine of course). *Dairy-Free. Can accommodate Gluten-Free.

Saturday, Feb. 16th at West University, 12pm.
Cost is $160 per couple. Auto-Renew Discount does not apply.
Click HERE to register