My favorite things

My favorite things

Since I started seeing clients, I am finding that I am recommending the same items over and over again.  Like most dietitians, I have some go-to products that I figure I should share with everybody!  Take a look!  (please note, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.  I would never recommend an item I do not wholeheartedly believe has a benefit to my clients regardless of affiliation).



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Gerber Soothe Baby Probiotic drops w/ Vitamin D

These are my go-to drops for new mamas that need to supplement their babies w Vitamin D.  They have the added benefit of containing the live probiotic lactobacillus Reuteri which has been shown to reduce crying time in colicky babies in many well-designed clinical trials.  There are other benefits to taking this probiotic for baby too-but trying to minimize colicky symptoms before they start won’t hurt anybody!  You can put the drops right on your nipple before your baby latches, add it to a bottle, or put the drops on your clean finger and then let your baby suck it off.  Buy them here!  (AF link):


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Glasslock 18 piece assorted oven safe container set


I am big on my clients not using plastic food storage containers-especially for storing hot food or cooking.  These are BPA free and made from recyclable glass.  Using these reduces the risk of any hormone-disrupters from getting into your food. Buy it here! (AF):

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Organic Seaweed Snacks

Most of my clients are surprised to learn that iodine needs are increased during pregnancy and lactation. Eating these snacks are a super easy way to get an iodine boost into your diet. Buy it here!  (AF):


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Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal Protein Powder

In a perfect world, my clients would be able to swallow and tolerate all supplements.  Sometimes an alternative to traditional pills is needed.  Seeking Health Prenatal Protein Powder is the next best thing.  Although it is missing key nutrients needed during pregnancy (like iron), it is a good way to make sure enough folate (not folic acid) and other nutrients are being consumed.  If clients are suffering from nausea, this is usually well-tolerated in smoothies. It comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors.  I also love this for lactating moms instead of a traditional prenatal because it is iron-free (additional iron isn't needed when mom isn't getting her period while lactating).  Buy it here! (AF):


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Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze Snacks

Chia seeds are powerhouse of nutrition. They contain omega 3s, fiber, and calcium (among plenty of other nutrients).  These Chia Squeeze snacks are a good thing to have on-hand if hunger strikes to get in some fruit, veggies, and a nice dose of chia seeds to help you feel full.  Buy the pouches here! (AF):


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Urban Moonshine Calm Tummy Bitters

Urban Moonshine Calm Tummy Bitters is my go-to solution for morning sickness and heartburn for my pregnant clients.  I like that it is free of essential oils, and provides just enough ginger and chamomile to make a difference.  Order it here (AF):

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Nut Cravings Walnuts

Although I am. not a fan of calling one particular food a "fertility food", eating 1/4 cup of walnuts/day has been shown to boost fertility in men. It can't hurt, right?!?!?  Buy them here (AF):

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Vita Coco Coconut Water

For women undergoing IVF, I recommend having some boxes of this on-hand after the egg retrieval to reduce the risk of symptoms associated with OHSS.  I also recommend throwing a box or two in your overnight hospital bag, and as a treat for lactating mamas to make sure she is staying adequately hydrated.  Order it here (AF):


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Kodiak Cakes Oatmeal Unleashed

Oatmeal and breastfeeding go together like peas and carrots (or peanut butter and jelly).  During the postnatal period, mom needs quick and healthful food choices on-hand.  This oatmeal is microwavable and is ready in one minute.  It has zero trans-fat, 5 gm fiber, and 10 gm protein!  It also contains calcium and iron.  A package of this oatmeal is great to have on-hand when hunger strikes and you only have one hand to prepare food!  Buy it here (AF):

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This is a fabulous book for every new mom.  I will admit that I am partial to this book because I was asked to be an expert reviewer before it was published.  The author is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist from Texas Children's, and he personally gave me help and reassurance when my daughter was suffering from silent reflux when she was an infant.  He has had years of experience and writes in a way that won't put you to sleep.  You can buy it here (AF):

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When I was going through my infertility journey, and then pregnant, I had a lot of time with my feet in the stirrups.  One day, my reproductive endocrinologist commented on my toe nail polish, and then proceeded to explain how women are so concerned about their "grooming of their private area" (as he put it), but what he notices more than anything is patient's nasty feet.  He said he sees patient's feet for a much longer time then the "other" area.  I ran this by my OB-GYN who 100% agreed.  Apparently, these docs really pay attention to feet!  Since I was on this journey for a long time, I had an opportunity to try almost every foot peel on the market and this one is the winner in my book.  It is the coolest----soak your feet for an hour in the saturated socks that come in the package, and in about 5 days your skin starts shedding.  I am totally obsessed.  After you molt, your feet look smooth and un-cracked for about 6 months.  Trust me...your docs will thank you :). Just don't do it before an event where you are planning on wearing scrappy sandals.  Buy it here (AF):

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I like Pur Gum for two reasons.  First off, I like that it is sweetened with xylitol so mama doesn't have to give up gum if trying to avoid aspartame and cut down on sugar (especially if she has a diagnosis of gestational diabetes). I also like that the company chose to use spearmint, which is safe to consume during pregnancy.  I have found that if my clients chew a piece of this gum immediately after she takes her vitamins, she appears to not get that "ick" feeling people may feel after taking supplements.  They are also vegan and gluten free.  I recommend making this part of the routine---eat food, take supplements, chew a piece of Pur!  Buy it here (AF) :

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Everyone needs their chocolate fix.  These Biena snacks are the best of both worlds. They taste like a thin mint cookie, but you get 4 gm of plant-based protein and fiber in every serving from the chick pea!  They are vegan, gluten free, kosher, and non GMO.  AND most importantly, they are amazingly tasty.  Buy them here (AF):


Another oatmeal, I know...  I like the idea of overnight oats for the clients who are not great breakfast eaters, and new moms who have older kids at home (and take care of everyone else except themselves).  These were created by my friend and colleague-registered dietitian Wendie Schneider) and are a great quality product. All you do is add your milk or milk alternative to the oats and let it soak overnight in the fridge.  In the morning, you have zero excuses to not eat a heathy food for breakfast-just add some toppings and you are good to go!  For my clients, I recommend the Beautee and Brainee formulations, and recommend avoiding the others due to certain ingredients that are added that may not be the best for pregnancy or lactation.  Buy them here (AF):

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Did your doctor or dietitian tell you that you need Vitamin D supplementation, but you are SO SICK of swallowing pills?  These babies are chocolate snacks with an added boost of Vitamin D3.  One piece provides 1,000 IU.  Make sure to hide them from your kiddos and stick with the dose that was recommended to you, but I think these candies are amazing.  Buy them here (AF):

Lauren Manaker