Asparagus and Spinach Baked Chicken
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut a large slit into each chicken breast to make a pocket.
Fold two slices of cheese around a small amount of spinach and 4-5 spears of the asparagus.
Stuff the cheese, spinach, and asparagus inside the pocket of the chicken breast and repeat for the remaining breasts.
Secure the pocket of the chicken breast closed with a toothpick if needed.
Sprinkle each side of the chicken breast with poultry seasoning and black pepper.
In an ovenproof pan (like cast iron), heat the oil until hot and sear both sides of the chicken.
Then place the pan in the oven and back for about 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
While chicken is baking, combine all ingredients for the black-eyed peas in a small saucepan.
Heat black-eyed peas until warmed. Keep on low heat if needed until chicken is done.
Serve with cucumber water for a refreshing beverage by adding a couple of slices of fresh cucumber to ice water.
Female athletes who continue their athletic training throughout their pregnancy have a great opportunity to feel strong and fit. Getting the right nutrition and eating meals that support this is important to maintain the health of mom and baby. Pregnant athletes need extra protein to sustain athletic activities in tandem with growing a baby.
A diet rich in lean proteins such as chicken, beans, and pasture-raised dairy combine with fiber-rich vegetables for a winning combination throughout all three trimesters. Black-eyed peas are a legume that provides a bit of protein and much-needed fiber to help combat constipation that typically occurs with pregnancy. Fibrous vegetables like asparagus also support proper digestion which tends to slow down during pregnancy.
Another critical prenatal nutrient is folate, which is critical for proper cell growth, DNA repair, and establishing nerve pathways in developing babies. Folate is the naturally occurring form of folic acid and is present in a number of foods. Asparagus, spinach, and black-eyed peas are all an abundant source of folate. This meal combination is a powerhouse of pregnancy nutrition that’s sure to please your palate.
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