The Fourth Trimester

During my  pregnancy there was an abundance of information out there telling me what I should eat, drink and how I should take care of myself. I also had all the time in the world to eagerly search anything that came to mind about my pregnancy.  Then I gave birth. There was no longer time, or information out there telling me how I should look after myself.

The first couple of weeks were a haze, friends came and went, some kindly brought meals, and all adoring eyes were on my beautiful little boy. The first three months after giving birth are commonly referred to as the fourth trimester. It is a time when we are adjusting mentally and physically. Nutrition during this time is key.  I noticed the lack of information out there on the fourth trimester. So, I recently wrote an article for , a great resource for parents and parents-to-be in the Bay Area.  You can read the full article .

I list a number of foods that are important to eat during this recovery time, one of them is seaweed.  I want to share with you one of my favorite snacks made with seaweed. It is so versatile, and good not only for women in their  fourth trimester, but for everyone! Nori is high in protein and a rich source of minerals, especially iron, as well as vitamins A and C.

             Nori Wraps

  • Nori Sheets
  • Scallions
  • Avocado
  • Red pepper
  • Carrot
  • Sesame Oil
  • Tamari Sauce
  • Maple Syrup (optional)

Simply slice the vegetables and place at one end of the nori sheet, then roll them up. Mix together a splash of sesame oil, tamari sauce and maple syrup and use to dip. You can really have fun with this snack. Try spreading tahini on the nori sheet, play around with the vegetables you want to use, or add a little chicken if you have it. You can even add cooked rice or quinoa if you want. It took me less than  five minutes to prepare my lunch, how’s that for healthy fast food!

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