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Apricot Ginger Spread

Happy Tuesday! Happy February!

Two more months til Spring! Can. Not. Wait.

Today I am off to get my Prenatal Glucose Tolerance Test. I anticipate it being disgusting, given the fact that I have not had soda in a gazillion years. This stuff I have to drink  is supposed to be like 20x sweeter than soda. Bleh. I am super nervous about this test. I don’t know why. When I discussed it with my doctor, and asked him the risk factors, etc, I voiced how devastated I would be if my results came out positive. The fact that I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and have gained weight at a really good pace should be enough (in my mind) so if it were positive, I would feel like I was “unhealthy”. He actually said it has NOTHING to do with any of that. he actually seemed quite annoyed (in a way I get annoyed at my clients when they come up with ridiculous theories). Yes, obese women have a higher risk, but they may often times find out that they are type II and remain diabetic after their pregnancy. With gestational diabetes, my doctor said you just have to “blame the placenta.”

It is all about the hormones. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother’s body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin. When I think of insulin resistance, I think about people who do not exercise, or have eaten poorly, are overweight (type II diabetics). But it’s a whole other story with gestational diabetes. I still have some anxiety about this happening to me. I can see myself  feeling like I did something wrong, even though I know it’s not the case. I will be happy once the results come back. Wish me luck!

Here’s my latest creation based on craving and sampling everything in Whole Foods lately, haha. This is a GREAT addition to your Super Bowl Party Menu:

Creamy Apricot Ginger Spread

ingredients:

1 container Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup plus 2 TBS Organic Apricot Preserves

2 cubes Crystallized Ginger

directions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor, or in your Vitamix (variable I level 5) and blend to combine.

garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon

Store in the fridge.

You can use this to spread on your favorite toast, dip some fruit in it, or my favorite Stacey’s Cinnamon Pita Chips.

This was a funny recipe for me to create, because I am not much of a “dip” person (aside from hummus). Especially “fruity” dips. But I love apricots.  So, I thought this would be delish! And it kinda was 🙂

I rarely buy these. Because I can not control myself with them half the time, lol. Other times they go stale before I eat them. I never buy any chips actually. If I do, it’s Staceys or Trader Joe’s Pita Chips. I also buy Newmans Whole Wheat Organic mini pretzels for Michael. Other than that, we don’t really do chips or processed snacks in this house. Michael complains sometimes…but it forces him to eat celery sticks and fruit when he’s “snacky”. So that’s a good thing in my book!

What kinds of snack foods (aside from fruit and veggies) do you eat?

I am bad at buying or thinking up “snack food.” It’s usually hummus and veggies or the pita chips. Fruit and veggies. Yogurt and Ezekial 4:9 Cereal or berries to name a few.

This is why I am at the super market almost daily. Our snacks are usually things that go bad quick. I would love to hear all of  your healthy snack food ideas!

Have a great day!

xxoo

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50 Comments

  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    oh gosh, when it comes to test results, the waiting is always the worst part. i feel for you dear, i’m sure it’ll all turn out fine. 🙂

    as for snacks….yeah i’m the wrong person to ask. i don’t really snack but carrots with salsa and/or hummus is always a winning combination.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:16 am
  • Reply susan

    Good luck with the glucose tolerance test today, it will go great. I’m sure you’ll have nothing to worry about and if something does come up, it will be okay too. My friend who is in super shape and eats well got gestational diabetes and was fine afterwards. Best of luck with it.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:15 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks. Yes, I always thought it was more overweight/ unhealthy women that got it. But nope. I knew a girl as thin as a minute that got it, and I started getting freaked out!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    Hate waiting for test results…or when they say “we’ll call you if somethings wrong, but if everythings good you wont hear from us” -whhhat? NO I want to know either way!
    I’m a big snacker-you name it, chips n salsa, hummus and veggies, etc.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I love Hummus and veggies, Fruit of course. Also nut mixes.. though it is hard to stop. I don’t eat chips much either, but Chips and salsa are yummy.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Charlie

    Yum! That spread looks so delicious!!
    Your cravings give me more yummy recipes :). lol

    February 1, 2011 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Good luck at the test! I love snacking on nuts and granola bars. Yum! Have a great day too!

    February 1, 2011 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Angie

    I am sure everythin is going to be just fine Laury! But just to be sure I just said a little extra prayer for you and the baby right now! Hope you two stay warm in this blizzard! Also I absolutely love those stacy’s chips! How many calories per serving is vegan creamcheese? is there a lot of fat?

    February 1, 2011 at 10:06 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Angie.

      Hmm…according to the ingredients I used if I had to guess-timate there’s about 60 calories in a TBS. I am the opposite of a fat-phobe (no reason to fear it), but there’s like 2.5 grams of fat per TBS as well 🙂
      I break the cream cheese down in the vitamix, so I am not sure if that makes it even less calories per serving (since it becomes a lot thinner). But according to the cream cheese and the apricot spread added together, that is what I got.

      Not too bad at all for a treat!!!

      February 1, 2011 at 10:13 am
      • Reply laury

        actually…could be a lot less because of how much of the apricots I used!!! I am not a math wiz 🙁

        Just eat it 🙂

        February 1, 2011 at 10:27 am
        • Reply Angie

          WIll do ! 🙂 thanks for your info! After this storm blows over I will be heading to buy some vegan cream cheese 🙂

          February 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    good luck with your test! i would loathe drinking sugar water too bleck! my fave snacks are raw almonds, larabars, raw carrots with mustart, pickles or pumpkin with a drizzle of molasses and some oats tossed in for texture

    February 1, 2011 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Courtney F

    The glucose juice is SUPER sweet! It made me jittery. I was nervous too! I think it is natural though to be nervous! Good luck!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:38 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Goodluck today Laury! I’m sure all will be well!

    Snacks? I am definitely a snacky person: carrots/PB or hummus, whole wheat crackers (sometimes if I buy them) + almonds, dried fruit, pretzels (IF I forget a snack at work and need the use the vending machine bc I feel faint haha), fruit…the basics.

    I keep kettle chips in the house for brandon. He eats them about 2 times a week in his lunch or on the weekend. It’s a compromise but it’s something he won’t budge on…even though he will pick fruit over chips now! I’m okay with it…

    February 1, 2011 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Kat

    Both my mom and sister had gestational diabetes, so I am predicting I will as well. They also got high bloog pressure from babies, so taking care of myself before AND during pregnancy is really important to me! Good luck!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:52 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! Yea, my blood pressure has been like 106/75 so that has been great. I am hoping the diabetes is that good too! The gestational diabetes has nothing to do with how well you take care of yourself, according to my doctor. It’s a whole other ballgame. Something out of your control, which makes this control freak very uneasy!

      February 1, 2011 at 10:57 am
  • Reply BIOCHEMISTA

    I’m sure you will be just fine. But I understand your nervousness, you have caring for TWO lives right now 🙂 Just means you’re going to be a great mama 😉

    February 1, 2011 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Waiting is the worst! Especially for test results. Hope all comes back with great results.

    Favorite snacks are raw almonds, apple slices with a little PB.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:03 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Sarah! I wish your studio was near Philly! It looks awesome!!!! Would love to take classes there post- baby!

      February 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    Good luck with your test! I am sure it will be fine.
    I had some stacy’s pita chips yesterday myself!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I totally get your concern-but I bet everything will come back perfect! 🙂 My fingers are crossed for you!

    For some very odd reason, I like the orange sugar drink! haha I don’t think I’d like it very much now though. 😉

    February 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Good luck on your test! I had to have a fructose malabsorption test done which involved me drinking a beverage that contained 50g of fructose and tasted like concentrated Kool-aid (yuck!). No matter what the results are do not think that all this effort you put into staying healthy as possible is all in vain! It will only help your body bounce back so much faster after the pregnancy. Trust your body, it knows what it’s doing! I can’t just snack on hummus (to me, hummus is a food group), so it is usually apart of my meals. I snack on rice cakes with nut butter, protein shakes, a handful of granola or very dark chocolate.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ healthy diaries

    I just discovered your blog and I like it a lot! I look forward to following you on twitter :o)

    February 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Welcome. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      February 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Unfortunately, everything that is in control seems out of control sometimes in health. I’m sure everything will be fine!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    That looks so good! I LOVE Stacys Pita chips! I also have a very very hard time controlling myself with them. haha I usually eat hummus and veggies, fruit and raw nuts, apple with natural PB for snack foods. I am pretty boring. 🙂 Ok, I have to try this!!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am boring too, LOL.

      February 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    Good luck on your test!!!

    Some of my favorite snack foods (other than fruits and vegetables) include almonds, dry roasted edamame, and my Almond Raisin Chocolate Chip COOKIES!!! SO HEALTHY and SO DELICIOUS!!! 🙂

    February 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Good luck on your test Laury! I’m sure it will be fine. That dip sounds delicious. My latest and greatest snack is edamame… nothing on it, just plain, but it’s wonderful!

    February 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I always was super nervous about any tests during my pregnancies including the glucose test…but it definitely wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! Good luck, I hope everything turns out okay for you!!

    We don’t usually buy chips either. Sometimes the hubby will buy tortilla chips because he loves to eat them with salsa and of course if he is eating them I will have a couple bites too. My weakness is some sort of ice cream. Usually its the lower fat version that we eat!

    February 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      i agree..not as bad as I thought. Now time to wait for results, eek!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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  • Reply Shayla

    Good luck with your test – I’m sure everything will be fine 🙂

    I’m just like you in that my snacks are just hummus with TJ’s pita chips and veggies….the husband too sometimes gets annoyed that all we have are healthy snacks but it’s good for him! Once in awhile I’ll buy processed snacks to satisfy his tummy but it’s only on occasion! Other snacks we like are salsa with veggies and some tortilla chips and I make a sweet dip with greek yogurt and jello powder pudding mix – dipped with strawberries and apples – it’s delicious! 🙂

    February 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! Yeah, i love TJ’s hummus and pita too…so good!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    Do not stress out girlie, you will be fine! You are the healthiest person I know! Text me if you need anything!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Cynthia

    Good luck with your glucose test. I have heard that those drinks they give you beforehand are awful. I haven’t drank any sodas or anything like that in years. A couple of weeks ago, I took a small sip of my husband’s soda and I couldn’t stand it. It was awful! Tasted sickeningly sweet now.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply La.

    Ha, I wish I had your number so I could text you while you sit and wait. You drink it and then siiiiiiiiiiiiiit. And you can’t drink. That is the bad part. I mean, I could get it down but I wanted something to get rid of that nasty aftertaste! No mint???? WHAT? You go to the store EVERY DAY???? Crazy. We go once a week Just store carrots and celery in water to keep them crisp and lalala. Now way, we would definitely go over our budget if I went daily. I might have to try making that dip for a party we are going to!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply laury

      Luckily I got to do my doc appointment between the nasty drink, so it wasn’t as bad with the waiting. Yea, that taste was gross…no mints!

      February 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Good luck with everything at the doctor’s today. I’m sure you will do great!

    That apricot spread sounds amazing!!! This makes me think of spring..the beautiful color!! I cannot wait for spring either..I feel it is on it’s way at least in my neck of the woods.

    Awe Munchkin:)

    PS thank you so much for the AMAZING comment concerning my grandma. I remember what you and your family went though and so I really appreciate your support.:)

    February 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply laury

      You are so welcome. Lots of love to you xo

      February 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life

    Good luck with you test! I’m not good at snack either. We love nuts, celery and hummus, pitas and hummus, salsa and chips or pita chips.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply ashley@QuasiChick

    This looks yum-o and good luck with your test 🙂

    February 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Awww, I hope everything went well for you today! I would be annoyed as well to tell you the truth…I have not had soda in 10 years!

    You always have me inspired!! This dip looks amazing!

    xxoo

    February 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Pur2raw twins

    Hope the doctor appt went well!!!

    And I cannot wait for spring!!

    February 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    Yum!! Can’t wiat to try it:)

    February 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I love Stacy’s Pita Chips! My favorite snack is a green apple with Greek yogurt and peanut butter dip. I also love Kashi TLC bars, and homemade granola bars.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

    I hope your glucose test was in your favor today! My co-worker delivered her baby 2 months ago and had gestational diabetes. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world and she has no issues now 🙂

    February 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    So glad to hear you were just being ridiculous 🙂

    I hope the test goes well regardless Laury! No need to be blaming the placenta for anything we hope!

    February 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply (what runs) Lori

    That spread sounds incredible. And with the pita chips- PERFECT combo! Yum. I love all things ginger and apricot.

    February 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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