Lemon and Salt Craving

lemon

The vendor down the street must think I opened a lemonade business or I’m doing some crazy daily lemonade detox! I usually love sour food such as citrus fruits, pickles, sour vinegars and molasses and sour candies, but I never thought I could peel and eat 2 to 3 fresh whole lemons all at once without a single grimace (I’m sure you’re frowning just at reading this) daily! A week ago, I started this lemon snack crave. So randomly throughout the day I bite and munch into pieces of lemon generously sprinkled with salt and I strangely enjoy the experience! It’s an elixir to my “morning” sickness that strangely never occurs in the morning by the way! Instead, it only kicks off towards the end of the day.

If you’re pregnant and you’re having a lemon & salt craving, here are some facts.

Pros:

  • Lemon smell helps ease pregnancy nausea.
  • The juice of a lemon alleviates dry mouth and helps prevent dehydration when water is harder to gulp.
  • This snack is zero in fat and very low glycemic while providing many important nutrients. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, is rich in fiber and a good source of other vitamins and minerals like B-complex vitamins and Calcium.
  • I’m usually an anti-salt foodie and campaigner because sodium can rise blood pressure and lead to serious heart diseases. However,  in general during the early months of pregnancy, the circulatory system expands rapidly so blood pressure is likely to drop. So adding a little salt from time to time might not be too bad.

Cons:

  • During pregnancy, many women suffer from heartburn and digestive problems. The excessive acidity in lemons may trigger or exacerbate these symptoms.
  • Help!! Teeth sensitivity!! Also citric acid may damage the enamel of your teeth.

Bottom line, you should always listen to your body and follow its signals. Cravings are sometimes signals of your body’s needs!

Burst of Antioxidants

pomegranate

As I shopped this morning through the produce section of my neighborhood’s market I saw these fresh bursting red pomegranates and my taste buds started a dance! I can’t wait to introduce my little girl to this juicy mosaic so we can become pom-buddies! Pomegranates rush you burst-by-burst into a heavenly state of mind. In fact, the pomegranate is an ancient fruit mentioned in almost every religion symbolizing various positive concepts and has also historically appeared in art and medicine for centuries. Today there’s a renewed focus on researching and studying the health benefits of this fruit and the juice made from its seeds and white membrane (an even higher source of antioxidants), especially in the western world where it’s still an exotic and relatively unknown fruit in opposition to the Middle East and some Mediterranean regions where it’s taken for granted for cultivation reasons. By virtue of its antioxidant richness, the pomegranate is considered very healthy for the heart and an anticancer food. It’s also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. In season starting September to February, you can indulge in these sweet and tart little red gems full of juice, nutrients and energy!