Belly Bumps - Crackers for your cravings
Our ‘crackers for your cravings’ have been designed by our very own naturopath and nutritionist, Jo. All ingredients were specifically chosen with pregnant mums and their little ones in mind.
Whether or not you are nauseous or have cravings, we hope that our crackers will help to not only nourish you and your growing baby but give you the answer to that ever burning question “WHAT CAN I EAT!?”
In a very nourishing, nutrient dense and gluten free base we have included a high grade, tasteless, quality activated charcoal which has been used for years to help relieve many of the unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy. We also use Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakestm which is one of the best salts going around. It ticks the boxes not only nutritionally but also taste bud wise. What pregnant mum doesn’t love a salty cracker?
Eat our crackers first thing on their own as you roll out of bed, top them with a simple spread, some protein and salad for lunch or dip in to your soup for dinner. You will love these extremely satisfying crackers.
Whilst pregnant we know what you put in your body is so important which means you won’t see any additives, preservatives, colours or artificial nasties. Only real stuff. Whole foods. Our vegan crackers are diary, egg, gluten and sugar free.
*Produced on equipment that makes products containing gluten, dairy and nuts.
WHO ARE OUR BELLY BUMP CRACKERS FOR?
We understand that most pregnant mums find it difficult to find something that satisfies them. We want to make life easier for you and help you on your way to feeling great during your pregnancy. Even if you are not pregnant and are now a happy mum with a bub in your arms or you are simply looking for a healthy cracker that can aid detoxification and gut health then this cracker is for you.
HOW MANY SHOULD YOU EAT?
Eat our crackers first thing on their own as you roll out of bed, top them with a simple spread, some protein and salad for lunch or dip in to your soup for dinner. You will love these extremely satisfying crackers. We recommend you eat 2 per day to help keep you and your belly satisfied.
Pregnant or not, your digestive system will also love you nibbling away at these crackers.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
A gluten, dairy, egg and sugar free nourishing snack!
We have nailed this cracker and ticked the boxes of dairy, wheat, gluten, and sugar free including fructose!. We are pretty excited. What more could you ask for in a satisfying snack? It is also completely vegan friendly as we do not use eggs either. Our Belly Bump Crackers do not contain nuts making them an ideal for those with nut allergies.
Enhanced energy due to the abundance of very important B group vitamins, magnesium and iron found in sunflower seeds, buckwheat flour and brown rice flour.
Improved appetite control and a reduction in sugar cravings due to the sunflower seeds and buckwheat flour as they are both rich sources of protein and good fats in the sunflower seeds. Protein and fat are so important for appetite control and will assist in keeping you fuller for longer. Just think…weight loss and weight maintenance may be much easier!
Many mums tell us that eating crackers and quality snacks regularly can assist in reducing their morning sickness. So with this cracker we hope that some of your unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy and morning sickness such as bloating, gas pains, nausea and vomiting may be lessened somewhat.
Better bowel habits… you will soon get very use to talking about poo - no princesses here! Our crackers are full of ingredients beneficial for bowel health – activated charcoal plus the fibre and good fats from the seeds will all help promote good poo that is easy to move!
Sunflower seed meal
Sunflower seed meal is a perfect base for our crackers. Thanks to decent levels of good quality fats and protein it acts as a very satisfying seed; helping to fill you up. Having significant levels of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium, they also have the ability to enhance your health.
Buckwheat is not related to wheat at all. It is actually a gluten free seed and is one of the best sources of high quality, easily digestible proteins. We love buckwheat because it is rich in the bioflavonoid, rutin, a very important nutrient for pregnant mum’s indeed as it assists in strengthening connecting tissue. Think prevention of vaginal tears, varicose veins, stretch marks and assisting with wound healing (cesarean section) …the list could go on! In addition to this, buckwheat can help to draw excess fluid from your body (fluid retention). We all know that puffy feeling in those last few months and post baby delivery don’t we? Having a low glycemic index and making up a fairly high proportion of our biscuits it will help to make you feel more satisfied and give you longer lasting energy. Thank you buckwheat. Shall we hand you over a Belly Bump cracker now?
As a pregnant mum (or anyone in general!) there is no doubt that when your digestive system is functioning well and in a healthy state you feel much more energized and happy. This natural ingredient has been used for ages to help with the discomfort of morning sickness and other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, wind, indigestion & heartburn, nausea and vomiting.
Activated charcoal works by clearing the digestive tract and binding to unwanted by-products and reduces digestive issues as a result. Activated charcoal makes our crackers a truly functional food.
Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes
It was an easy decision choosing this magical salt for our crackers. Mums to be need extra minerals and nourishment but they also need to be satisfied. From personal experience and in speaking with many mums, when you weren’t craving something sweet you wanted something salty! Murray River Gourmet Salt ticked so many boxes.
Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes are produced using the pristine mineralized brines from ancient saline acquifers of the Murray Darling basin. The stunning pale pink hue of the salt flakes is a result of the mineralized brines which are particularly high in magnesium, calcium, and to a lesser degree, potassium and iodine.
Chia Seeds & Flaxseeds
BOTH flaxseeds and chia seeds are a wonderful source of omega 3 fats, fibre and calcium as well as phosphorus. So the fact that our crackers have both means you are getting one heck of a good dose of these beneficial nutrients.
Extra virgin olive oil
We all know there are countless ways extra virgin olive oil can improve our health so it was a no brainer to add it to our pregnancy cracker. Not only will your body benefit from it’s high antioxidant and phytonutrient levels but your baby will also. During gestation there is an incredible need by the fetus' brain for quality fatty acids. Extra virgin olive oil has been found to prevent oxidative damage during the perinatal period.
Simply enjoy our crackers on their own, use as a dipper in your soup or load them up with delicious toppings such as
- avocado and tomato
- your favourite cheese
- coconut oil and vegemite
- rocket, goats cheese and tomato
- tomato, bocconcini and basil
- your favourite dip
- fresh ham or turkey and salad
- tell us your favourite topping!
What is the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill, what is left over from your camp fire or the charcoal on your burn toast! Barbecue charcoal and burnt food charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.
Common charcoal is made using organic substances such as wood, coal, peat or petroleum products. Activated charcoal contains perforated pores and is specifically used to manufacture medicines and cosmetics as well. Manufacturers heat the common charcoal in the presence of oxygen to develop pores in the charcoal, which forms the activated charcoal. These pores help trap harmful chemicals when you ingest it.
Is activated charcoal safe?
Activated charcoal has been studied for toxicity due to ingestion, skin contact and inhalation and all studies have shown it to be harmless. The most likely side-effect with internal use, if a person is going to have any, is slight constipation at higher doses but this is easily counteracted. We however tend to find that most people have an improved transit time and better bowel habits. i.e. helps with constipation.
Will activated charcoal harm my baby?
There is no researched literature that has found that activated charcoal will in anyway compromise an unborn child. It is deemed safe and can be taken during pregnancy and lactation.
So, as far as the actual scientific literature shows, there is no compromise to infant health or pregnant/nursing mothers when given Activated Charcoal powder daily. "It is also useful in acidity of the stomach, flatulency [gas], and in the nausea and constipation attending pregnancy."
Are there any precautions I should take with ingesting activated charcoal?
It is best to take your activated charcoal away from prescribed medications (90 minutes).
Is activated charcoal good for detoxification?
Activated charcoal helps to detoxify your body and get rid from the unwanted toxins. It is essential to eliminate the harmful toxins from the body to promote a healthy digestive system. Higher exposure to toxins initiates cellular damage, allergic reactions and reduced immunity. Activated charcoal consumption during pregnancy can therefore help to keep the body in tip top condition.
What else is activated charcoal good for?
- Aiding in reducing bloating, flatulence, indigestion and heartburn
- Helping to treat reduce bile flow (cholestasis)
- Improved dental health and teeth whitening
- Detox and heavy metal removal
- Antidote for drugs, chemicals and poisons
- To remove odours
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Treating hangovers
- To help with colic
Shouldn’t I be keeping away from salt?
Salt often gets a bad wrap. Salt that is filled with anticaking agents and comes from a poor quality source is not health advantageous, unlike salt such as Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes. Do remember though, salt is primarily a source of sodium. Excess sodium can lead to health issues including high blood pressure and edema. One should not be consuming excessive amounts of salt (i.e. over 2300mg per day), even the good stuff!