Magical Spread

I’ve got a pretty incredible spread to share with you. It’s as tasty as it is nutritious, a combination I strive for with every meal. It takes about 2 seconds to make and only involves 2 ingredients. In fact, I could barely call this recipe, but wanted to share it nonetheless.

tahini molasses spread

As a pregnant lady, I’m especially interested in finding healthful recipes that will also give me some much needed nutrient boosters. Two nutrients in particular that expectant moms need are iron and calcium. “So pop a couple of vitamins and drink some milk!” I hear the average doctor recommend. Well… not so fast.

Iron

Iron is an essential mineral, carrying oxygen in the blood, which is especially important for women. Many women are iron-deficient, resulting in anemia, a condition that leaves you feeling tired, weak, irritable, nauseous, and constipated. Iron supplements are usually prescribed to correct this imbalance. However, they are hard for the body to assimilate and shouldn’t take the place of consuming plenty of food-based iron sources. Vitamin C can also help your body to absorb iron, so taking about 500mg of C along with your daily dose of iron (whether in supplement or food form) can make a world of difference. Dairy and caffeine tend to inhibit iron absorption as well, so if you are anemic be aware of your dairy and caffeine consumption, taking them at separate times of day or decreasing them altogether. If you do decide to take an iron supplement, ensure that it is a chelated form, and pay attention to its effects on your body – if you experience nausea or constipation, stop taking them and stick to food and herb sources of iron, as below.

Iron-rich foods:

  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, figs, prunes, currants, cherries)
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Sea vegetables
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs
  • Red meat
  • Liver
  • Herbs (nettle, dandelion, yellow dock, alfalfa, fennel)

 

Calcium

Forget everything you think you know about calcium. Drinking milk all day long will not make you the calcium queen. Milk is difficult to digest for the majority of the world, so the calcium absorption the body receives is minimal. However, this mineral is crucial to good health, not just in pregnancy. Not only is it essential for the health of your bones, it can also help to reduce incidences of anxiety and insomnia. As with iron, caffeine inhibits calcium absorption, so if you know you are deficient, try reducing your caffeine intake.

Calcium-rich foods:

  • Hard cheeses
  • Unhulled sesame seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Almonds
  • Sea vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Herbs (alfalfa, red raspberry leaf, nettle, chamomile, dandelion)

 

My great friend Gabriela told me about this concoction when I first told her about my pregnancy. She is so passionate about health and motherhood, I just knew she’d have some wonderful advice to share. This spread is quick and easy, satisfying some much needed sweetness and creaminess cravings on toast, banana bread, cornbread… whatever your heart desires!

Tahini Molasses Spread

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses

Stir up the tahini well before mixing with the molasses in a small dish. Stir it up good! Then spread it wherever you’d normally have nut butter or jam… I’m partial to gluten-free toast these days.

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