Life can be so unpredictable, can’t it? Back in January, when I decided to move forward with rebranding my website to focus on dessert and other sweet recipes, I never anticipated that I would be getting pregnant a month later.
Now, pregnancy in and of itself is not bad but the chronic morning sickness I had well into 14 weeks of pregnancy was not something I was prepared for. Food had no appeal and many smells (including my family’s breath) sent me sprinting to the nearest bathroom. It was rough. My husband shifted his work to be home. He faithfully cooked and put the kids to bed countless nights as a single parent. My kids were confused. They wondered why mom had a loss of energy and was always sitting or laying down. And I struggled. I struggled mentality just as much as physically.
My house was a disaster, my business was shelved and my spirits were down. I constantly felt the burden I was placing on my family. No matter how much I willed myself to feel well or to tolerate food, I had no control over my body. My hormones were dictating what foods sounded good and which foods would actually stay down.
The benefit of the many weeks spent in bed was that I had time to reflect without distractions. I had to come back to the truth that my value and identity was still the same. I was still a mom and wife. And even though I have always been the one to run the house, nurse my sick family back to health and juggle creating amazing food creations, there I was in bed. Day after day and week after week. The great news was that my family still loved me. I could do so little for them during those 14 weeks but they still adored me as their mom and wife.
In the midst of feeling tired, fatigued and nauseous I was also forced to slow down and capture the sweetest tidbits of life. For example, anytime my two year old son heard me throw up, he would come out of no where. There he was by my side and rubbing my back just like he had seen his daddy do. Mind you, my son is someone who I usually have to remind to be gentle because he isn’t aware of his own strength or personal space; so feeling that little hand on my back will be forever sealed in my mind.
And my four year old daughter will still ask me if the baby likes whatever I just ate. Her concern even now is so endearing.
I’m happy to report that for the most part I feel great. Every once in awhile, I eat something and think, “oh boy” that was a mistake but those times are few and far between. I also have banned salsa, onions and garlic from our house until after the baby comes so that definitely helps lower risk. LOL!
However, not banned from our house is healthy easy food that is simple to make and taste delicious. This dairy-free mango smoothie was supposed to be a popsicle recipe but my family insisted on drinking it right away. Ha, the thought of freezing it wasn’t even an option.
I love mango and it doesn’t hurt that the color is vibrant and the taste is sweet and refreshing. Now, that I’m pregnant, I also add in extra healthy fat whenever possible. Flax meal is a great source of fatty omega-3s and fiber it holds. I also used flax milk but this smoothie is just as good with almond milk too.
Fresh or frozen mango will both work. Frozen mango is more convenient and faster. However, if you use fresh mango than definitely check out this video on how to properly cut a mango.