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Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

Monday, January 16, 2017

Raw vegan donut holes are a three-ingredient snack that can be enjoyed plain or with the added sweetness of a vegan coconut glaze or a dusting of powdered sugar. As a bonus if you are pregnant, eating these can help aid in a more favorable delivery with a reduced need for induction or augmentation.

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Since entering my 34th week of pregnancy, I started eating dates like they were going out of style. To date (pun intended), I've listened to numerous birth stories on podcasts, watch dozens of birth vlogs on YouTube, and watched many episodes of The Midwives on BBC. I've learned that labor is intense and completely different for everyone. However, there was one thing that stood out to me while listening to the several podcasts - eating dates resulted in an 'easier' delivery.

Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

Yeah, an easier delivery is definitely something I am interested in! I mean, wouldn't you?! That's when I started researching the benefits of eating dates during pregnancy. Here is what I found, but I definitely recommend you doing your own research and discussing with your medical provider - this is especially important if you have gestational diabetes.

Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

Eating six dates per day four weeks leading up to the expected due date has resulted in more cervical dilation upon admission to the hospital. It also has resulted in allowing the individual to go into spontaneous labor rather than having to be induced and a reduced need for augmentation (oxytocin/pitocin). And eating dates have also been known to shorten the first stage of labor. This means, eating six dates per day four weeks leading up to the expected due date can create a more favorable delivery with less interventions.

Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

Now I know every pregnancy is different and every labor is different, but if I only need to eat six dates per day I am willing to give it a try.
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I slowly introduced dates by eating four per day starting at 34 weeks. I ate them plain and I dipped them in peanut butter. Then at 35 weeks, I upped my intake to five dates per day. It was getting harder and harder for me to stomach dates alone or dipped in peanut butter. That's when I made these raw vegan donut holes that I could pop in my mouth throughout the day. At 36 weeks pregnant, I started eating six dates per day - a few dates were consumed plain, a few through the raw vegan donut holes, and a few blended into smoothies.

Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

I'm excited to see the outcome of eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy and I will keep you all updated with the results!
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If you are not pregnant and totally did not follow along, it's okay. These raw vegan donut holes are delicious and can DEFINITELY be eaten while not pregnant. In fact, I urge you to make these as a quick afternoon pick-me-up or as a simply fast breakfast. You won't regret it!

Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]


Raw Vegan Donut Holes

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Yield: 12 donut holes
Serving Size: 2 donut holes
Nutrition per serving: 148 Calories | 16 g Carbs | 7 g Fat | 5 g Protein | 5 g Sugar

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup Cashews, soaked in water for at least 60 minutes
  • 6 Pitted Dates, soaked in 1/4 cup hot water for at least 60 minutes
  • 2/3 cup Rolled Oats
  • Pinch Salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Soak cashews in water for at least 60 minutes and soak pitted dates in 1/4 cup hot water for at least 60 minutes.
  2. Drain cashews.
  3. In a food processor, blend cashews, dates with water, rolled oats, and salt until a thick dough ball has formed.
  4. Hand roll out 12 balls, each the size of a tablespoon.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. *Optional: dust with powdered sugar or make a vegan coconut milk glaze.
Raw Vegan Donut Holes [Eat These During Pregnancy To Have A More Favorable Delivery]

What's your favorite type of raw ball?
Are you currently pregnant? Will you be eating dates near the end of your pregnancy?

Three Steps Towards A Toxin-Free Home

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's a new year with new beginnings. Start your year off right by converting your home to a toxin-free home. This isn't something that needs to be done overnight, but you can follow these three steps to get you started with a toxin-free home. 

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At the start of every new year, it's a chance for a new beginning. Whether you are starting a new fitness journey, personal growth journey, or health journey (I talked loads about resolutions when I shared my candied almonds recipe), the beginning of a year is a fresh start.

Since A and I are expecting Baby Girl very, very soon, I've had a chance to reflect upon all of the toxins that can be found in our home. There are so many products that I use everyday that are filled with pure chemicals. They can't be good for our health and definitely won't be good for our newborn.

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Ever since becoming a subscriber with Grove Collaborative, I have been able to experiment with a ton of new products - some of my favorites being the natural cleaning products from brands like Mrs. Meyers and Method. Plus the convenience of Grove Collaborative is that they remember my favorite products so I don't fear running out of them. Each shipment is totally customizable and I only get what I want - I wish everything in life was that easy!

Join me in starting the new year out right by creating a toxin-free home. With just these three simple steps you are well on your way for creating a healthier environment for you and your family, which will likely lead to more happiness.
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Cleaning Products

Have you ever read the label on your favorite cleaning products. The smell alone is usually enough to tell you that these products can't be any good for us. There is an easy solution to using toxin-free cleaning products. Seventh Generation has many natural cleaning products or you can even make your own using vinegar or essential oils. When making your own cleaning products, I'd highly recommend using a glass spray bottle over a plastic one.

Shower Liners

If the budget doesn't allow for an entire bathroom remodel to install fancy glass doors for your shower or tub, swap out those vinyl shower curtains for fabric. The smell of a new vinyl shower curtain tends to stick around for several weeks thanks to VOCs. Plus the nice thing about a fabric shower liner is that they can easily be washed multiple times.

Candles

I have always been a fan of candles and I love having my house smell lovely. Candles bring a sense of warmth to a home and every time we have moved in the past, they help make me feel a home quicker. However, traditional candles are filled with dangerous benzene chemicals. You can easily swap out those chemical-filled candles for soy-based candles or diffuse some essential oils.

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Grove Collaborative wants to help you start your year toxin-free by offering new customers 
  • Free Grove Collaborative Cleaning Caddy
  • Free Grove Glass Spray Bottle
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Now Essential Oil (orange)
  • Value of over $40!
And if you are an existing customer, you can receive free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges. 

To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20 - sign up here. This offer ends Tuesday, January 17th and supplies are limited. 

How do you make your home toxin-free?
Do you make any homemade cleaning products?
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