I’ll never forget the first month of being pregnant. For me, it was VERY obvious that something was afoot in my body. Suddenly, I was smelling things that at one time made my stomach roar with hunger, but now I wanted to throw up at the first whiff. Some of my favorite foods became my biggest nausea triggers. Just the thought of them would make me turn green. Tragically, one of these foods was an all time favorite of mine: avocados. Before getting pregnant, I would eat an entire avocado every day. They are a super food, in that they offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer (click here to read more about the benefits of avocados).
You can imagine my relief when I started craving them again after giving birth to my son. Eating avocado was crucial for my health and energy level, especialy with all of the late-night breastfeeding marathons. I was in desperate need of replenishment. My husband ( a master chef diguised as a helicopter pilot) started making me a delicious avocado and grapefruit salad. I want to share the recipe with you because it’s easy to make and so delicious.
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
1 Large Avocado sliced into small cubes
1 grapefruit peeled and sliced into small pieces. Hold on to the peel – you will use it
Half a package of tofu, sliced into small cubes (I recommend the Nasoya extra firm)
3 Cups organic mixed greens, preferably something with baby kale (get your vitamin K, which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)
2 Tablespoons of organic coconut oil ( I recommend the Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil – you will use this for all sorts of things, including diaper rash prevention and treatment).
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt (If you want your salad to be extra delicious, try this The Spice Lab’s – ( Food Grade ) Himalayan Crystal Salt. It is SO delicious! You’ll want to put it on everything. It’s also great for medicinal purposes so once again, 2 birds with one stone).
1/4 cup of cilantro
Putting the Salad Together
Step 1: Put two tablespoons of organic coconut oil into a fry pan. Put the temperature to medium.
Step 2: Cut your organic tofu into small cubes. Put into fry pan and stir.
I fry my tofu in coconut oil and salt, pretty simple. But if you want to take this salad up a notch, fry it in some stone ground mustard, or a spicey chili sauce or even a little honey and cinnamon.
Step 3: Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the tofu. Stir until golden brown. Remove from heat.
Step 4: Fill salad bowel with your mixed greens.
Step 5: Add 1/4 cup of cilantro to your greens and stir.
Step 6: Slice one avocado into small cubes. Add to your greens.
Step 7: Peel your grapefruit and cut into small pieces. Add to your greens. Take the grapefruit peels and squeeze/twist over your greens. Even if you only get a couple of drops it will taste so much better!
Step 8: Add 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil to your salad.
Step 9: Stir and serve!
This recipe will make 4 servings.
If you’re a new mom looking for more quick, easy and nutrient rich recipes, check out these great food blogs written by moms.
Vitamin Sunshine – This blog is written by my good friend, Michelle. Michelle is a teacher living in Malaysia. She is also mom to a beautiful little boy named Xander. Michelle has always had a knack of putting together meals that are not only full of nutrients, but delicious and beautiful to look at. If you’re on a gluten or dairy-free diet, this blog is for you!
One Hungry Mama – I just discovered this blog and boy am I hooked! The author, Stacie, writes about how new moms and dads can whip up a delicious meal while shopping on a budget, buy all-natural ingredients that cater to different ages and tastes without making separate meals. Sounds like a dream come true, right?!