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Help make this Holiday season a little brighter for those in our community affected by domestic violence. Donate to our Friendship Home Giving Tree! We are accepting gifts through December 10th.

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If you are a student, you are well aware FINALS WEEK is fast approaching. To make it easier for you, we're offering a special deal for all students with a valid student ID. From now until December 13th, save 10% OFF all your purchases!🍎🏃‍♂️📓

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Today is #GivingTuesday, and this Holiday season there are many ways to give back when you shop at our co-op!

1) Lincoln Food Bank Food Drive + Checkout Hunger
When you shop at the co-op, you'll have a chance to contribute $5 or $10 to the Lincoln Food Bank, or you can purchase a pre-filled bag of non-perishable goodies to that we'll drop-off for you!

2) The Friendship Home Giving Tree
From now through December 10th, we are accepting gift donations to help spread holiday cheer with victims of domestic abuse and their families in our community. Please ask us how you can contribute!

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Check out these new Co+op Deals, good now through December 17:

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If you know local food, you know Megan McGuffey. Congratulations to Community Crops on an excellent hire!

Community Crops is excited to announce that Megan McGuffey has been hired as our new Executive Director. Megan has been involved with Community Crops for a number of years starting out as a gardener, serving on the Board of Directors for six years, and she is actively engaged in various food policy networks across the State. She holds a Master of Public Administration and is a doctoral candidate in the UNO School of Public Administration. Welcome Megan!

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Eating for Two: The Pregnancy Diet

If you’re pregnant (congrats!), you’ve never had a better reason to eat healthy. The food you eat now provides the foundation for your baby’s growth and development. While experts used to think that any nutritional deficiencies would be made up for by mom’s body (if short on calcium, baby would take it from mom’s bones, for example), current thinking is that a baby suffers or thrives based on what mom provides via her diet.

Eating for two doesn’t mean eating twice as much, though. Most women need only about 300-450 extra calories each day in the second and third trimesters—and no extra calories in the first. If you’re very under- or overweight, you may need more or less; your doctor will be able to advise you.

If you’re the type who likes to keep close track of your diet, you might find the USDA’s Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women or Harvard University’s Healthy Eating Pyramid helpful (even though it’s not pregnancy specific).

Otherwise, simply aim to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of foods:

  • various whole grains, which will provide carbohydrates for energy, fiber, iron, B vitamins, minerals, and protein
  • plenty of fruits and veggies of different types/colors to provide an array of vitamins and minerals and help with digestion
  • good protein sources–essential for growth–such as eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts
  • low-fat dairy products, which also provide calcium and vitamins
  • healthy fats, which are crucial for your baby’s brain and eye development as well as growth of the placenta and other tissues. Read more about which fats are healthy.

One of the best ways to ensure that you eat well during pregnancy is to stock up on snack foods that pack plenty of nutrition. Then, when a craving strikes, you’re able to respond with healthful foods rather than the sometimes overly-tempting empty calorie snacks. Got a hankering for ice cream? Low-fat ice creams or frozen yogurts topped with fresh strawberries can fill the bill. Chips calling out to you? A handful of walnuts or whole grains crackers with a slice of cheese instead can satisfy with crunch, healthier fats, and protein.

To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need in adequate amounts, you’ll also want to take a prenatal multivitamin. This is not a substitute for eating well, but helps make up for any vitamin or mineral shortfalls you may have.

There are some specific foods to avoid while you’re pregnant as they can pose possible risks to your baby. These include: raw or undercooked fish/shellfish and meat; undercooked eggs; unpasteurized juices and milk; cheeses made with unpasteurized milk (such as brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela); raw sprouts; fish that are high in mercury* (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish); hot dogs; and refrigerated pates, meat spreads, or smoked seafood. You’ll also want to avoid foods that contain pesticides, as these cross the placenta. Learn more about pesticides in foods.

You may want to check out the healthful recipes—including many for tasty snacks and quick meals—on this site.

What’s your favorite go-to pregnancy food?

*Note: find more information on mercury in fish, including tuna recommendations, on the FDA’s website.