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Chelsea at Crunch Gym

Forty Weeks of Fitness!

Chelsea, our pregnancy fitness expert, is a certified personal trainer at Crunch gym in San Francisco, California. She gave birth to her daughter, Madeira Re, in July 2006. Read more

Recipes and Nutrition

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Fruit Water

For a refreshing alternative to plain water and a better alternative than colas or teas loaded with sugar and caffeine, try this one. Keep a good selection of fresh lemons, limes, oranges, or any other citrus fruit you like on hand. When kept in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator they will last for quite some time. Fill a large (16oz. or larger) glass with crushed ice. Squeeze at least one half or a whole lemon, lime, orange or combination over the ice. Fill with cold water and enjoy. If you want this to be a little sweeter add a little sweetener to the ice before adding the water. You may have to play with the amounts of water, juice and sweetener to get this one just right for you but the reward is worth the effort! Wet, cold and refreshing...ahh!

Stir-Fry Your Way

Stir-frying is a relatively healthy and easy way to cook during pregnancy. It's good for both you and the baby, with easy preparation and clean up. Once again, keep your favorite vegetables on hand and ready to go in the refrigerator. Most produce departments these days stock a good variety of vegetables already cleaned and precut right on the shelf. The most economical and easiest way too keep vegetables on hand for stir-frying is to shop once a week for your vegetables. Bring them home and immediately clean and cut up the vegetables according to your preference. If stored in vegetable bags (gallon-sized Ziploc bags with tiny holes designed to let excess ,oisture out) in the vegetable crisper, these vegetables will keep for quite some time and be ready to go when you're ready to cook!

Pour about a tablespoon of olive, canola, peanut or your favorite oil into a heated stir-fry skillet (a must) and you're on your way to a quick, easy and nutritious meal. You can do a variety of vegetables and can get in a serving of protein by adding cut up beef or chicken. If you're including meat in the stir-fry, always add this to the oil first to ensure it's fully cooked once the vegetables have been added and cooked. Give into your craving when seasoning your stir-fry. Craving something sweet . . . add some sweet and sour sauce just before finishing. Lite soy and teriyaki sauce are great to satisfy a craving for something savory. Dry seasoning such as Knorr's All Purpose Seasoning, Johnny's Salt, or Callandra Greek Seasoning are wonderful and really bring out the flavor of the vegetables.

Finally, you can have an occasional treat. You don't have to give up all your favorite goodies just because you're pregnant. Processed foods, packaged snacks and sugar loaded desserts shouldn't be the mainstay of your diet. One great trick is to buy your favorite candy bar in the bite-size snack pieces. That way when a craving hits, you can have just a bite without having to open a whole candy bar. Love ice cream? Try nonfat frozen yogurt, sorbet or sherbet. Another good alternative for something sweet is an all-fruit popsicle. Craving potato chips, go for the low-fat version chips, microwave popcorn or pretzels.

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