When I was pregnant with both my boys I craved seafood like crazy. With my oldest I was dying for raw oysters, but because of the risk associated with eating raw seafood I had to avoid eating them raw. With my youngest I craved lobster. Eating seafood has never been a challenge for me. I could eat shrimp, tuna, lobster, clams, crab, and any other fish everyday for the rest of my life. However, I know that some people don’t eat that much fish or avoid it all together. Did you know that fish offers important nutrients and other things that are essential for healthy living such as Omega-3 DHA, Calcium, Vitamin-D, and Iron?
During pregnancy it is especially important to choose the right foods for you and your baby. Why is fish important for developing babies? According to the book, A Seafood Lover’s Guide “babies of moms who eat plenty of fish during pregnancy have improved brain development, vision, social skills, and language and communication skills. A 2007 study of more than 14,000 mother/child pairs showed that omega-3 DHA helps secure the connections between brain cells, and that pregnant women can increase their babies’ IQs by as many as six points by eating foods rich in omega-3 DHA like fish.ii It went on to say that limiting fish intake to less than 2 to 3 servings a week may be “detrimental” to a child’s brain development. A 2008 study of more than 25,000 mother/child pairs found that women with the highest fish intake during pregnancy had children who met milestones more quickly than women who limited or avoided fish. Babies of fish-eaters could roll from back to front, crawl, climb stairs, drink from a cup and put two words together sooner.”
While I was at BlogHer this year I learned a lot about seafood and the importance of having 2 to 3 servings a week at a luncheon with the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. In conjunction with NHMHBC we are proposing a challenge. We are going to offer one random reader a “Delve into 12” Seafood Gift Basket that includes:
- One copy of the Seafood Lover’s Guide to Eating During Pregnancy
- One copy of Nancy Piho’s book, “My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything!”
- A variety of delicious and nutritious fish and seafood samples:
- BumbleBee Solid White Albacore Tuna (can)
- BumbleBee Fancy White Crabmeat (can)
- BumbleBee Sardines (can)
- Chicken of the Sea Light Tuna (pouch)
- Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon (pouch)
- Starkist Chunk Light Tuna (pouch)
- Starkist Mango Chipotle Salmon (pouch)
- Recipe cards for fish and seafood meals
- A durable melamine mixing bowl to use while cooking
- One stainless steel fish turner
- Delicious fish seasong from Penzey’s Spices
- A lunch box container for on-the-go fish favorites
The only mandatory entry is for you to share your suggestion below on how you will incorporate 12 oz. of seafood into your weekly diet or share with us what your favorite type of seafood is….
Additional entries can be earned by (please leave separate comments):
2. Follow my blog or if you are already following – tell me who you are. (1 entry)
3. Blog about this and link back to me or email 5 friends about this giveaway copying me on the email. (10 entries)
4. Follow me on twitter @lisasamples and tweet this contest leaving me a link. (1 entry per tweet/2 tweets per day) Please leave time between tweets.
5. Subscribe to my email feed. (2 entries)
6. Connect via Facebook with my other blog Life with Lisa. (2 entries)
7. Favorite me on technorati, digg, or stumble leaving link. (1 entry per fav)
8. Vote for @lisasamples as a Top 50 Twitter Mom and get one entry per vote http://www.babble.com/mom/work-family/top-50-twitter-moms-nominate-favorites/index.aspx. (1 entry per)
9. Follow @SeafoodLovers on twitter and share with them your favorite seafood treat. (1 entry)
10. Share a recipe using your favorite seafood ingredient. (2 entries)
This giveaway will end October 10th at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org or through random selector installed on my site and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)firstname.lastname@example.org. US entries only. This listing is compliments of NHMHBC and I will receive the same basket as my winner, but my opinion is 100% mine and honest!