As you may know, we struggled for many years to conceive. It was one of the hardest times of our lives. After trying for so long we were finally pregnant, only to suffer a devastating miscarriage. Filled with sadness, I turned to my doctor for guidance and help. With the encouragement from our doctor, we received fertility help and were blessed with a twin pregnancy shortly after the miscarriage.
Although I knew that a miscarriage is beyond anyone’s control, I still wanted to do everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy. I made sure to walk everyday and nourished my body with the right foods. Every morning, I made a smoothie that contains folic acid and calcium, which my doctor told me I needed a lot of for developing babies. Avocados were always on hand for my smoothies because not only did they provide a creamy texture, but also because they are high in folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body generate healthy new cells and prevents birth defects of a baby’s brain or spine. For calcium, I also added 1o0% grass fed milk or yogurt. Why did I go the extra measure to make sure my dairy came from grass fed cows? Simply because it’s just better for you, and I needed the best for my babies.
Choosing milk and dairy from 100% grass fed cows is beneficial in so many ways, and not just for pregnancies. Aside from grass fed milk being rich in essential Vitamins A, E, and Beta Carotene, it has a more balanced ratio of Essential Fatty Acids and contains 5 times more Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, than milk that comes from grain fed cows. CLA is a healthy, beneficial fatty acid that is naturally found in beef and dairy, and ironically, it’s commonly known for burning fat- which was not a concern during my pregnancy. But what it did do for my pregnancy was provide growth and developmental support, as well as help to build bones and muscles- just what I needed for my growing babies. The twins Shayna and Kiera were born on January 30th, 2009, and I think it’s the little things that I did during my pregnancy that helped me to have a healthy family today.
Fast forward to 8 years later and I continue to feed my girls, and my entire family, a healthy, balanced diet. If you have your own growing family, make sure to be on the lookout for 100% grass fed foods – even for your newborn. Munchkin, a trusted brand for babies, is adding a new formula to their line of products, and it’s the only formula made from 100% grass fed milk. We all know that breast milk is best, but this is the next best thing.
As much as I would like to freeze time, my babies are no longer babies anymore. They have moved away from formula years ago, but I still continue to make smoothies for us daily. Here is my Berry Smoothie.
Berry Smoothie Recipe
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 cups 100% grass fed milk
As you can see the girls enjoy their smoothies too. I also sneaked in a little flaxseed in theirs.
When you choose 100% grass fed milk, you are also helping the environment. We go through great lengths in this family to reduce waste and purchase environmentally friendly products. Grass fed farms produce less greenhouse emissions and use less fuel than confined farms. On top of that, the quality of life for grass fed cows in their natural landscape, roaming the fields and eating non-GMO plants, is so much is better than overcrowded, confined pens and feedlots. I believe that when the animals that provide our food live a higher quality of life, then that trickles down into our lives. When I choose 100% grass fed milk, it makes me feel better to know that I’m not only making healthy choices for my family, but healthy choices for our planet.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Munchkin. The opinions and text are all mine.