My Mom used to tell me about how she craved jello when she was pregnant with my sister and I (twins). In fact, she craved it so much that she would wait until my Dad went to work, then make a package the "quick-set" way, and then eat the whole thing herself. I could tell that this seemed really strange to her...almost like she was guilty about it! But the more I started learning about the nutritional needs of pregnant women, the more I understood how WISE her body was!
Building babies takes a LOT of nutrients, including proteins and fats (she was building two!) Personally, I craved eggs during my first pregnancy, which isn't surprising now considering that I ate a mostly vegetarian diet. My body knew that I needed more protein than I was getting, and it told me so. Now that I know more about how helpful probiotics are for a healthy immune system and pregnancy, I'm sharing a recipe that has quality protein and probiotics in a tasty package.
Water Kefir Jello
I've made this one with apple cinnamon flavored water kefir, but you can use any flavor. Water kefir is a mild, broad-spectrum probiotic beverage that can be flavored in myriads of ways. Probiotics help to populate and balance the microbiome, which strengthens the immune system of mother and baby. For directions on how to make water kefir, see here.
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That's All! Simple and protein-packed. My kids love this also. Some individuals don't like the taste of the gelatin, so you might substitute some of the water kefir for a stronger organic juice. Just play around with it, and enjoy!
Savannah L Willmore
5/15/2017 01:54:25 pm
Is it okay to drink water kefir in pregnancy even though it has alcohol in it? I know it's only about 1%, but we lost our last baby so I'm very worried about losing another going forward. I do want the probiotic effects from water kefir though if it's safe.
Beyond Birth Support
5/15/2017 02:14:22 pm
Hi :) the amount of alcohol in water kefir is about the same as fruit juice, so there is really no risk to your baby from the alcohol content. If it makes you uncomfortable, though, you could wait until after 10 weeks when risk of miscarriage is lower. Go with your intuition.
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I look at birth from the perspective that our bodies are wonderfully made, and if we really believe that and work with the birth process and nourish our bodies properly, they will function optimally, most of the time!