Cravings Made Healthy: Sweet Potato Falafel

September 1, 2014

sweet potato falafel

Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

Vegan chef Jenné Clairborne shares a simple recipe perfect for lunch or dinner.

We should always be nourishing our bodies with nutritious food, good sleep, exercise, and love, but it’s even more important during pregnancy. Fitting it all in can seem daunting, especially for the modern pregnant New Yorker. Sometimes what you need is a shortcut to nourishment––I must admit, I’m not aware of any shortcuts for sleep, exercise, or love. However, limiting your time in the kitchen, and sitting down to a fantastic meal is totally doable––as you’ll see with my yummy sweet potato falafel recipe!

This sweet potato falafel is perfect for lunch or dinner. For maximum pregnancy appeal, serve the falafel in a romaine or lacinato kale leaf, or over chopped greens, with tahini sauce, and your favorite falafel fixin’s. Sweet potato falafel are one of my favorite recipes. You’ll want to make these over and over again!

Sweet Potato Falafel
Optional expansions: add 1 tsp of smoked paprika, 1 tsp lemon zest, topping the falafel with sesame seeds before baking.
serves 2-4
1 medium sweet potato, baked or steamed in the skin
14 oz can chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor, and pulse until the ingredients are combined. Be careful not to over blend or puree. The ingredients should hold together, but maintain their texture. Use a cookie scoop (about 2 tbsp) to scoop falafel balls and place directly onto the baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Also, check out my new digital book 5 Ingredient Vegan which was written with women like myself in mind. We want to eat healthy, but aren’t willing to sacrifice on flavor, and spending hours in the kitchen is just not going to happen. The book is also for the woman who wants to cook amazing plant-based dishes, but would rather not start by making complicated 20 ingredient recipes.

This article is by Jenné Clairborne courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city. 

Things We’ve Read – Week of August 25th

August 31, 2014
Pregnancy News Nine Naturals Things We've Read

10 Things To Never Say To A New Mom (Refinery29): The 10 things a new mom never wants to hear.

Pregnancy Time-Lapse Video Shows Parents’ Strength Even When Life Throws a Curveball (HuffPost): Heartwarming story of hope and strength.

Quick and Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Pregnancy (Fit Pregnancy): Consider these fantastic smoothie recipes into your pregnancy diet!

How to Love Your Postpartum Body As It Is (Fit Pregnancy): Here is how to deal with (and even embrace) the lingering changes.

17 Weird Things That Can Mess With Your Fertility (Yahoo Health): Lifestyle factors that can affect your ability to conceive.

Link between use of anti-depressants during pregnancy and ADHD in kids (ABC Online): Researchers have found a link between women who use antidepressants during pregnancy and the development of ADHD in kids; however, more research is needed on the subject of brain development in fetuses.

Baby’s Argument With Dog Is Literally Too Precious For Words (HuffPost): Family dog chastises baby.

Baby on Board! (Daily Mail): A Delta Airlines transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta made an emergency stop in Ireland after pregnant passenger goes into labor.

Mommy Brain: Yes, It’s a Thing (Fit Pregnancy): The science behind pregnancy brain or “momnesia.”

Labor Day Mocktails

August 29, 2014

Labor Day Mocktails

Labor Day is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy the last days of summer. Just because you are pregnant and aren’t drinking alcohol, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. We’ve rounded up 3 refreshing drinks inspired by the natural fragrances from Nine Naturals products.

Whether you’re hosting, partaking or both, here are a few alcoholic and non-alcoholic emultions– to help you create your own oasis amid the high temperatures this Labor Day!

(Each of these delicious drinks serve one person.)

Citrus + Mint Twist

- 4 Slices of Lemon
- 2 Slices of Orange
- A Handful of Mint Leaves
- 0.5 oz Brown Sugar Syrup (to make the syrup mix 17oz of water and 25oz of light brown sugar)
- 1.75oz Apple Juice

Mix all ingredients in a mason jar with some crushed ice. Seal the jam jar and shake thoroughly. Top with more crushed ice. To make this drink alcoholic, simply add 1.75oz of White Rum.

Mandarin + Ginger Spritzer

- 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- Fresh Squeeze Mandarin Juice
- 1oz White Sugar Syrup (see above recipe for instructions – but use white sugar)
- Ginger Ale (to taste)

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice in a wine glass. To make this alcoholic, add 1oz of Gin or 1oz of Aperol.

Vanilla + Geranium Shake

- 1oz Geranium Tea Syrup (infuse 100g dried geranium tea in 10oz water for 12 minutes, blend with 15oz white sugar)
- 3oz Vanilla Milk

Shake hard and pour into glass. To make this alcoholic, add 1.5oz  of Vodka or 1.5oz  of Hendricks Gin. 

Shedding Light on Postnatal Hair Loss

August 27, 2014

 Post Natal Hair Loss

During pregnancy you may notice that your hair has become thicker and more lustrous than ever before. But fast forward to 3 months after the baby’s arrival and you notice the opposite – hair starting to fall out faster than ever before, sometimes even in clumps!

No, you’re not going bald.

Postnatal hair loss, or postpartum alopecia, is actually very common and can affect up to 50% of all new mothers. It involves a general thinning of the hair as well as a more dramatic thinning at the hairline. It is a temporary phase that begins two to five months after birth and can persist for up to a year in many cases.

Postnatal hair loss is caused by the normalization of your hormone cycles after pregnancy. During pregnancy there is a sustained high level of estrogen that prevents normal hair shedding. This is what leads to the apparent thickening of your hair. When your estrogen levels drop off after giving birth, all the hair follicles that had put shedding on pause during pregnancy start up again at the same time. This synchronization is why many women report clumps of hair coming out. While this can certainly be startling it’s not cause for concern. It’s just your body getting back on track.

The good news is that postnatal hair loss isn’t dangerous or permanent. Unfortunately it can take a while for your body to get back to a normal growth cycle and there isn’t anything you can do to prevent the initial disruption. A recent study found that there really aren’t any medical ways to prevent postnatal hair loss, but there are some ways to manage it. Here are our favorite tips to manage postnatal hair loss:

  1. Get A Good Trim: Keeping you hair healthy can minimize the loss. Plus you’ll find some hairstyles, such as volume boosting layers, work better than others when your hair is thinner.
  2. Use A Gentle Shampoo: As a rule of thumb, shampoo your hair using products with natural, plant-based surfactants, which are much less harsh than sulfate-laden shampoos. Nine Naturals Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo will help keep your hair healthy and boost the appearance of thinner hair.
  3. Stick To Low Stress Hair Styles: Tight hairdos can pull on your hair and exacerbate shedding so it’s better to stick to loose hairstyles.
  4. Avoid Deep Conditioning Shampoos:  These products will weigh down your hair making it look even thinner. Instead choose a light conditioner that will work on fine hair. Try Nine Naturals Citrus + Mint Nourishing Conditioner, which uses moisturizing plant-based emollients like broccoli seed oil and shea butter and natural hair strengthening ingredients like vitamin B5 and flax seed oil.
  5. Stay Away From High Stress Styling Tools: When you can, avoid using blow dryers, irons and straighteners– they will dry out and damage your hair.

Remember, postnatal hair loss happens to lots of women. Your hair cycle will get back on track eventually and in the mean time Nine Naturals is here to help!

Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 Featured On Inside South Florida!

August 26, 2014

Nine Naturals is so excited to have our Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 featured on Inside South Florida’s segment on beach beauty.

Check it out below: