Cheeses to Avoid During Pregnancy

MAIN-pregnant-cheeseI got a call last week from my sister-in-law, who happens to be almost 5 months pregnant, asking what type of cheeses are not allowed during pregnancy.

I thought it would be interesting to share this with you!

Cheese products that can lead to food-borne illness are not allowed during pregnancy. The list includes:

–              All unpasteurized dairy products (“raw” milk and cheeses)

–              Soft cheeses such as brie, Camembert, feta and blue cheese

They can only be consumed if they are clearly “labeled” as being pasteurized or made with pasteurized milk.

You can check the article shared on May Clinic and on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for more foods that are not allowed during pregnancy.

The picture used in this blog, is taken from >> Eating cheese ‘could turn expectant mothers into CRIMINALS’

Question: Why is Apple Cider Vinegar so popular when it comes to health and beauty?


Hi Strawberry Blu, could you please write an article or post something on Apple Cider Vinegar? Why is it so popular as opposed to other vinegars when it comes to health and beauty?

I’ve checked a couple of references and here’s a small recap:

More research is needed to support the benefits and treatment uses of apple vinegar. Thus, we can’t provide any recommended dose usage or specific use recommendations regarding health or beauty.

Apple cider vinegar, a fermented product that is rich in vitamins and minerals that have lots of health and beauty benefits. Here’s the list of some of the medical uses of apple vinegar. Yet, here also we repeat that to date more research is needed for sufficient data.

  • Lower blood glucose.
  • Lower blood cholesterol.
  • Is heart healthy and lowers blood pressure.
  • Weight Loss by affecting appetite and the feeling of fullness.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Skin health (due to it’s acidic factor).

No harm in incorporating it in your salad dressing or in your cooking. Yet, always revert back to your doctor before taking any supplementation.

*If you have any supported data regarding the topic do share it with us.

Further References:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar Supplementation

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Mango & Apple Salad with a Drizzle of Iced Tea

I was asked yesterday about what can be done with Mango fruit other than just eating it fresh, in tarts or in some special desserts; something healthy, delicious  but can be instantly prepared.

So I went to the grocery shop and bought a couple of semi-ripened Mango fruits. I’ve sat all day looking at them, maybe something comes up. I opened the fridge to find Diet Peach Iced Tea, Green Apples and an opened bag of Kellogg’s Mini Bites.

So here it goes, the famous mango fruits with a combination of green apples.

Cut both into medium to small cubes, no need for perfect cut cubes. I used 1 mango and 1 green apple. Add to them 1 can of peach iced tea and stir.

It’s kind of a mingle between the sourness of the apple, the semi-sweetness of the mango and the refreshing aroma of the peach flavor.

Add the mix in a serving cup and drizzle some of the iced tea that’s left at the bottom of the mixing dish. Decorate your salad with the Kellog’s mini-bites, I used what’s available – chocolate flavor. To get the perfect taste, sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top.

1 mango + 1 green apple + 1 can of iced tea + 1 bag of mini bites = 2 serving cups.

Give it a try, it’s sooooo goood!!

Salmon Mood!

Salmon is a highly nutritious oily fish; rich in proteins, omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats), and vitamin D. Despite it is rich in the good fats; it’s also a source of cholesterol.

Salmon is consumed raw (in sushi and sashimi) and is used as a basic ingredient in several tasteful dishes, sandwiches, salads, omelets, mousses, quiches and pasta dishes.

Alert: For all pregnant women, it’s very important to know that despite fish is highly nutritious; it might contain some unhealthy toxic substances, mainly mercury. Mercury, coming from sea water contamination, can accumulate and sit within the fish meat, specifically that large in size fish; thus if eaten can pass through the placenta to the infant causing a disruption in the nervous and brain development. For more info regarding the topic check out one of our previous posts: Can I Eat Fish when I am Pregnant?

Have a look at this delicious Tagilatelle Creamy Salmon Dish. I’ve tasted it at “La Estancia”, an Argentinian steakhouse in Beirut, despite it is famously known for its freshly prepared Argentinian meats, this tasteful salmon is not to be missed.

Some Salmon Recipe Ideas:
Ginger-Scallion Crusted Salmon
Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

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