{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and “Pump Up Your Milk” Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am so excited to bring you a review (and delicious recipe!) of a new book written by one of my blogging friends, Dr. Sonali Ruder.  (This is by far one of the best perks of blogging!)  Dr. Sonali Ruder is the creator of The Foodie Physician, a wonderful blog with delicious recipes and nutrition information, go check it out!  Not only is she a Physician, but she also attended culinary school where she learned how to create recipes that are both nutritious and delicious!  Not to mention, she’s a mom so all the information provided in her book is very relatable!

{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ‘Natural Pregnancy Cookbook’ to review.  However, 100% of the opinions are my own.

Dr. Sonali Ruder recently wrote the Natural Pregnancy Cookbook, an excellent guide for women who plan on becoming pregnant or are currently pregnant.  In this book she provides over 125 nutritious recipes along with reliable nutrition recommendations.  What I liked most about this book is that every woman can benefit from the information provided, regardless where they are in their pregnancy or their nutrition knowledge.  The book is broken down into organized sections including pregnancy nutrition, meal planning, common problems associated with pregnancy, food safety, tips for eating well while pregnant and healthy cooking, followed by all the mouth-watering recipes!  Also, each recipe includes nutrition facts on the ingredients used.

Nutrition during pregnancy (and in the months prior to pregnancy) is extremely important as it sets the course for the health of your growing baby.  Nutrition advice is often confusing and overwhelming, especially during pregnancy.  The easy to follow guidelines outlined in Dr. Ruder’s book will ensure moms get the very best nutrition for the growth and development of her baby, without all the added stress!

This book was highly informative and easy-to-read.  It will be a book I will refer to often and recommend to all soon-to-be-moms! {review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

There were so many recipes in this cookbook that I wanted to make, it was hard to decide on one!  Since I am in a bit of a nursing crisis, these “Pump Up Your Milk” Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins screamed my name!  Plus, I’m a complete sucker for anything that combines pumpkin and chocolate!  These muffins contain Brewer’s Yeast, which may help boost a mom’s milk supply.  In addition to Brewer’s Yeast, they contain so many superfoods including chia seeds, walnuts, coconut oil, flaxseed meal and of course, pumpkin!  I provided substitutions for a vegan version.

{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 18 muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 2 eggs or substitute with flax "eggs"
  • ½ cup honey or substitute with maple syrup
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ cup (melted) coconut oil or grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips + extra to top muffins (or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the wet ingredients (eggs through vanilla).
  3. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through brewer's yeast).
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
  5. Line muffin tins with paper. Fill each to the top with batter and top each with a chocolate chip (optional).
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes for regular muffins, 22 minutes for mini muffins, and 55 minutes for a loaf.
  7. They are ready when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cool for a few minutes in the pan on a rack. Then, remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Fat: 12.1 Carbohydrates: 19 Sodium: 231 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 4.6

{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

The recipe gives you the option of using chocolate chips or dried fruit.  I used a combination of both!  These were a huge hit in my family and I will definitely be making them again!  They would make a great gift for a new mom!

{review} Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and "Pump Up Your Milk" Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

blackberry peach cobbler smoothie and ready-to-blend smoothie packs

Blackberry Peach Cobbler Smoothie, a peachy way to start the day!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler Smoothie ~vegan, gluten free~ Plus, meal prep smoothie packs for busy mornings!

These smoothie packs fit right along with my “life with a newborn” meal prep!  On busy mornings getting all the goods out to make a nutritious smoothie can take some time!  Instead, take a few minutes once a week to divide all the ingredients into individual portions and freeze for ready-to-blend smoothie packs!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler Smoothie ~vegan, gluten free~ Plus, meal prep smoothie packs for busy mornings!

Per smoothie pack I like to add:

1/2 banana

handful baby spinach

2/3 cup frozen fruit

1 tablespoon flax or hemp seeds

1-2 dates

Add to the blender with 1-1.5 cups of liquid (coconut water or milk of your choice) and blend away!

You can also add oats, nuts, avocado, cacao powder or cinnamon!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler Smoothie ~vegan, gluten free~ Plus, meal prep smoothie packs for busy mornings!

Having these smoothie packs ready to go for the morning isn’t only great for new moms, but for the whole family!  Scrambling to get everyone ready and fed in the mornings can be made a lot simpler when little ones can pick their own smoothie to make before school!

blackberry peach cobbler smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1
  • 1-1.5 cups milk of your choice (soy, rice, hemp, almond)
  • ⅓ cup frozen blackberries
  • ⅓ cup frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • handful baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 2 dates, pitted
  1. Blend and enjoy!

chocolate chia overnight oats

 Here is a breakfast for the chocolate lovers out there…Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats!

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats ~vegan, gluten free~

I’m trying to prepare myself for what life is going to be like with a newborn again.  Even though I know it’s impossible to prepare for the endless loop of sleepless nights that roll into the day, I’m going to give it my best shot!    What I do remember from the first time around is being constantly hungry and not having the hands to make myself food!  That’s where overnight oats comes to the rescue…breakfast ready to eat when you wake up!

I figure if there is one thing I can prepare for, it’s stocking the kitchen with good food!  I will be sharing some of my favorite “life with a newborn” one-handed meal ideas and pantry items soon!

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats ~vegan, gluten free~

Simply whisk all the ingredients together, divide into smaller containers, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight!  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  This recipe makes 4 servings, so you will have breakfast ready for a few days!  I like to add a little more milk to the oats in the morning for a creamier texture.

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats ~vegan, gluten free~

This recipe (when made with soy milk) contains 10 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein, which should hold me over all morning long!  This recipe can be made a number of ways and with multiple toppings such as berries, almond butter, toasted coconut or with bananas as shown here!

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats ~vegan, gluten free~

chocolate chia overnight oats
Makes 4 servings
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (I used soy milk)
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons chia seds
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Divide into smaller containers such as mason jars, cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
  3. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 317 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 53 Sugar: 15 Fiber: 10 Protein: 12

 Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats ~vegan, gluten free~

The superfoods that come into play in this recipe are oats, chia seeds, raw cacao and fruit…providing you with phytochemicals, minerals, macro-nutrients, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants for a supercharged day :)