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Cravings Health

7 Surprisingly Dangerous Foods For Pregnant Women And Babies

Sushi and alcohol may be the obvious culprits, but you’d be shocked to learn there’s a much broader list of foods and drink to avoid when you’re expecting or feeding a baby. Keep those cravings in check with this guide.

1. Caesar Salad

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This classic dish contains one potentially harmful ingredient in its dressing: raw egg. Consumption of undercooked yolk may result in that familiar bacterial strain known as Salmonella.  Often associated with raw chicken, avoiding infection means cooking eggs above 160-degrees. Too bad cooked dressing isn’t trending.

2. Parsley

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A seemingly harmless herb, this infamous garnish is not recommended. Ingesting an abundance may encourage uterine contractions. In layman’s terms, it’ll lend itself to an early delivery. While consuming an excess of anything is never recommended, it’s easier to avoid this green altogether than wonder how much is in that batch of pesto.

3. Deli Meat

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Cold cuts, bologna, and we might as well throw charcuterie in the mix– sandwiching these slices can be a cause for concern. It’s not so much the mom-to-be as much as it endangers the unborn child. The chances of acquiring Listeria are generally low, but expectant mothers are more at risk and may pass it along to baby. Complications may occur, leaving the child with complications. Or worse, resulting in death.

4. Water

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Odorless, colorless, and without taste; babes in arms should not be drinking tap water. Newborns aren’t known for their immune systems, and receiving infections from drinking water would likely spread throughout their bodies and affect multiple areas of their already fragile body. In addition, for every time they pee, they’re losing sodium. Sodium loss causes seizures and brain swelling. Seriously.

5. Cinnamon

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We know, we know. That fun stick in our spiced cider can’t possibly be bad for you. For all the benefits it seemingly promotes (fights off colds, acts as a bug repellent, cures athletes foot, etc.), excessive use results in premature labor.

6. Juice

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Specifically, unpasteurized juices are not baby’s preferred beverage. You won’t always know if what’s being offered has gone through the process, so just avoid the option altogether. Need a good reason? Diarrhea. Yeah, we knew that would shut you up.

7. Eggs Benedict

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Before you diss poached eggs over ham and English muffins, remember what this brunch staple is dressed in. Hollandaise is the enemy, so get irked because of that. That’s just bananas, if you ask us. See Caesar salad if you’re seeking more justification.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Sam’s Club Recalls 90,000 Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits Due to Listeria Concerns

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First salmonella infected almond butter, now listeria ridden caesar salad, is nothing safe?

APPA Fine Foods, makers of Sam’s Club Daily Chef Chicken Caesar Salads, has recalled nearly 92,000 pounds of the salad kits due to a potential listeria contamination. The salad kits were sold in 11 ounce packages and were sold nationwide.

To add insult to injury, it’s not even the greens that are to blame for the outbreak, only the chicken is the carrier of the nasty bacteria. You win this round vegetarians.

The good news is that there have been no reports so far of anyone suffering from listeria symptoms but if you purchased a kit from your local Sam’s Club lately, be sure to check the label:

Affected kits were marked with the codes 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 and with use-by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The also include the establishment number “P-21030″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist

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Recipes

How to Make Caesar Salad Truffles with Crouton Dust

Last week I took some “secret-ingredient” blondies to work and set my coworkers to the task of finding out what it was. Turns out, it was Manwich, but before they figured that out, they gave me a lot of really good ideas on what I could have used instead, one of them being salad dressing. I wanted to find a way to incorporate croutons (possibly the best part of a salad) into whatever recipe I decided upon and immediately thought of my go-to truffles.

Hello sweet and savory!


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Caesar Salad Truffles

(makes about 16 truffles)

Ingredients

  • 3.5 ounces Caesar Salad Croutons
  • 2T creamy Caesar dressing
  • 3T butter
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate

Directions

  1. Pulse croutons in food processor until fine crumbs.
  2. In medium bowl, melt together chocolate and butter in microwave.
  3. Stir dressing and then 3/4 cup crouton crumbs into melted chocolate.
  4. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes and then scoop into 2 teaspoon-sized balls, and roll in remaining pulverized croutons.
  5. Return to fridge for another 20 minutes and serve (If you like your truffles softer, forego the second chilling time).
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News

McDonald's Fries Healthier Than Caesar Salad?

If you find yourself under pressure to make a healthy choice at the drive-thru window, would you order McDonald’s Premium Caesar Salad or a large fries? If you’re watching your sodium intake, salty fries would be the better choice by far. (Thx HealthyLiving)