Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Articles for Expecting Mothers

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Nutrition is a topic you could keep learning new things about for the rest of your life. There are so many tips and tricks to eating a healthy diet and making sure your body has all the nutrients it needs. Lucky for you, Fill Your Plate has tons of articles on nutrition for every person and every age! Today we’re focusing on nutrition for expecting mothers; we include all the best nutrition tips, from preconception to post-partum!


Nutrition for Expecting Mothers:


Nutrition Series: Preconception

The Importance of Vitamins in the Early Stages of Life

Pre and Post Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy and Nutrition

Best Foods for Expecting Mothers

History of Folate and It’s Importance During Pregnancy

Nutrition Series: Pregnancy

Obesity and Pregnancy

Expecting? Take Your Folic Acid Supplement

Postpartum Nutrition


Looking for nutrition tips for kids, teens, or adults? Find more nutrition articles on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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Eat Black Eyed Peas For Gut Health

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Black eyed peas, although they are not as widely used as it’s pinto and black bean counterparts, have many health benefits, including improving your gut health! Read more about the health benefits of black eyed peas from this article by Well + Good:


“Whether or not you believe eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck, they are an undeniably underrated bean. Kidney, black, red, and pinto beans all tend to get their fair share of love. But black-eyed peas—which despite their name, are actually beans—are cooked with some bacon on January 1 and then often forgotten about the rest of the year.

What makes black-eyed peas so special? First, their taste, which is a combination of nutty and savory earthiness; it’s not like any other bean. Then there’s its rich nutrient density. “Black-eyed peas are nutritionally dense, with fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, copper, thiamine, and iron,” says registered dietitian Melissa Rifkin, RD. “In fact, one cup delivers 20 percent of the daily value of magnesium, calcium, and iron.” She adds that that same one-cup serving has five grams of protein, which is 11 percent recommended daily value for women. “This is one heck of a food!” she says.

Like other beans, black-eyed peas are also good for your gut. A one-cup serving has a whopping 16 grams of fiber, which is more than half of the recommended 25 grams the average person should aim for each day. And all that fiber serves both as food for your gut bacteria as well as material to keep things moving smoothly throughout your digestive tract.

Okay, sold that this food shouldn’t just be relegated to New Year’s Day? Here are 10 black-eyed peas recipes to make on January 1 and beyond.”


See the full article here to view recipe for black eyed peas.


Arizona has two farmers who grow black eyed peas that you can buy locally! They are

Desert Roots Farm and Dunn Grains. Click on their links for more information.


Remember to check out Fill Your Plate for more delicious recipes!


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Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Articles On Housekeeping

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Our homes are the places we live, eat, sleep, and spend time with our families in; now, because of the pandemic, these places also are our work-from-home offices, classrooms, and gyms. It’s more than just a house; it’s a home! Here are some great Fill Your Plate articles (as well as some from The Home Edit) to help you keep your home in tip-top shape. Browse the articles below with topics from housekeeping and organization to food safety and DIY projects.



Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning; how to reuse scraps for homemade cleaning supplies

5 Tips for Cleaning out your Refrigerator

Top Seven Chores to Teach Your Kids


Food Safety:

Composting: In Your Home

How to Avoid Food Poisoning at Home

At Home Water Conservation


DIY Projects:

10 DIY Projects to Turn Your House Into a Home: Farmhouse-Style

A Summer/Quarantine Activity: Planting A Vegetable Garden with Kids

Green Crafting: Arizona Cotton Wreaths are Green By Design



How to Keep Your Cool in the Back to School Madness

[THE] Fridge Organization Tips For a Healthy Reset

[THE] Freezer Organization Tips

[THE] Pantry Staple That Simplifies My Routine

[THE] Weekly Mini-Projects: Home Office

THE Tips For Keeping Your Laundry Space Organized & Safe for Kids

[THE] Door Storage to Simplify Your Cleaning Routine

5 Items to Purge in [THE] New Year

How To Simplify Your Kid’s School Projects

THE Tips: Snack Organization

THE Tips: Outdoor Toy Storage

How To Create a Labeling System

How To Simplify Your Spring Cleaning

5 Kid-Friendly Systems For Organizing Toys


5 Ways to Utilize [THE] Clear Rolling Cart in Your Home

[THE] Tips For Storing Holiday Decor

[THE] Tips For Organizing Jewelry

[THE] Tips For Organizing Beauty Products


Find more tips on Fill Your Plate’s blog here!

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Meal Prep Made Easy

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



If you struggle to find time or motivation to make meals, meal prep is a great way to make sure you and your family get the nutrition you need without the daily cooking.

You can do meal prep once a week, but I think it’s fresher and provides more variety if you do meal prep twice a week. Pick two days of the week that are a few days apart and that work for you to cook up a few meals. I would do Sunday and Thursday since that works for my schedule, but it is up to you.

Next, order some bento boxes on Amazon, like these ones. These are great because they have the perfect amount of room for one meal. It holds just enough food to fill you up and helps you avoid overeating. And they stack and store so easily in your fridge.

Now decide what recipes you want to make. It could be anything, but I like to choose easy recipes because cooking seems like a chore to me! Here are some of my favorite easy recipes:



Cook up these meals or any recipes of your choice, let them cool a little bit, then put them in the bento boxes and store in the fridge for easy access to meals all week long. Remember you can find even more easy and delicious recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

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Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



I don’t know about you, but I love Chipotle! All their produce and meats are farm fresh, which makes it even better. Their recipes are super simple and can definitely be made at home if you need some inspiration for a new dinner recipe! My favorite is their burrito bowl. It is a nice lower-calorie option because it doesn’t include a tortilla. See below for my recipe for homemade burrito bowls.


Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls

By Sarah Hunt




brown or white rice, cooked

fresh, not canned, cooked pinto beans (see this recipe for making beans in the instant pot)

shredded lettuce




avocado or homemade guacamole

sour cream

shredded white cheese of your choice

grilled chicken

sweet corn on the cob




  1. In the morning, put chicken breasts in marinade and leave in your fridge. Put the beans in the instant pot about an hour before dinner. 30 minutes before dinner time, grill the chicken. 10 minutes before dinner time, start cooking the rice.
  2. While that’s cooking, dice the lettuce, tomato, onion, and cilantro. Mix the last 3 ingredients together and salt to taste to make pico de gallo. Cut the corn off the cob (you can boil on the cob beforehand if desired).
  3. Make the homemade guacamole using your favorite recipe or just slice up an avocado.
  4. Put out the sour cream and white shredded cheese next to the other vegetable toppings.
  5. Assemble your bowl in this order: put the rice on first, then the beans, meat, lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado/guacamole, corn, sour cream, and cheese.
  6. Enjoy!


Find more delicious recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

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