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Healthy dishes designed for new moms

Cue the awww’s… and for good reason! Meet this precious little one and her  momma, Audrey Barron of Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe. Today on Indy Style, Audrey shows us a few recipes that are awesome for women who want to support a healthy reproductive system ~ pre or post baby.

Pumpkin Pesto Pasta with Summer Fruit

In the summertime it’s nice to have lighter dishes that can still fill us up.  This is the season for zucchini, peaches and herbs.

The fresh fruit and zucchini is helpful in not only providing nutrients and minerals important for mama and baby health, they provide hydration and fiber.  This is exactly what a mama needs to stay regular, which is very helpful after having a baby!

Pumpkin seeds are known for aiding both woman and men in nourishing their reproductive organs ~ helping with healthy fertility.  They are also a clean source of easily digestible protein.

A healthy baby starts even before the mama becomes pregnant.  The mother passes on her DNA to her baby and the healthier the mama (and the papa) are when conception happens, the better start the little one will have.  And it goes without saying, what a mother eats during pregnancy and while nursing also directly affects the baby.  And the healthier mama is eating, the more energy she will have to take care of not only the baby, but also herself, which is just as important.

I love this recipe because the pesto can be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days, and used as desired.  The noodles can also last 2-3 days once spiralized.  This recipe can be adjusted to add anything one desires, including marinated veggies, other fruits or additional protein of choice.

Cheers to your health!

Pumpkin Pesto Pasta with Summer FruitServes approximately 4 people


  • 2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups basil leaves (or any fresh herbs you have)
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups water (depending on how thick you want it to be)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic

Noodles & Such

  • 8 cups spiralized zucchini noodles
  • 2 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs
  1. To make your pesto, blend all ingredients until smooth in the blender
  2. To make your pasta, blend noodles and sauce together in large mixing bowl until noodles are coated.
  3. Add your peaches, strawberries and hemp seeds and gently mix in.
  4. Plate your pasta and sprinkle with your fresh herbs and serve with love.

Can’t Beet it – Summer Salad  

It’s summer right now in Indiana, which means it’s a great time for fresh veggies and fruits in season and local.  New mamas can really benefit from the boosted nutrient content of local veggies versus veggies that are coming from states or even countries away.  I highly recommend checking out your local farmers market and even trying your hand at growing your own herbs or veggies!

Beets are deeply nourishing for the blood, liver and kidneys ~ very important for pre and post pregnancy.  We’ve also added walnuts, hemp and sunflower seeds along with the tahini, which means this dish is packing a ton of protein and calcium.

The immense amount of lemon along with the strawberries and arugula mean an abundance of vitamin C to keep the immune system kickin in high gear ~ especially important for the Post Partum mamas.


Can’t Beet it – Summer Salad Serves approximately 4 people


  • 2 cups cubed and steamed beets
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 4 cups arugula
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds


  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juice (you can also add just a nob of fresh ginger)
  • 5 tablespoon wheat-free Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • ¼ cup raw tahini paste
  • ½ cup water
  1. To make dressing: Place all of your ingredients except the oil in your blender.  Begin blending at med-low speed.  While blending, drizzle olive oil in until completely blended and emulsified.
  2. To put your salad together, start with your arugula and then top with your beets, strawberries and the rest of your ingredients. Serve dressing on the side or drizzle over everything.

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Grandfather, Navy vet among 5 victims of Wisconsin shooting

(AP) – The five men who were killed by a co-worker at a Milwaukee brewery include an electrician, a Navy veteran, a father of two small children, a fisherman and a grandfather who is being remembered as someone who “always put his family’s needs before his own.”

Authorities said the five men were working at Molson Coors Brewing Co. on Wednesday when they were killed by a co-worker, who then turned his gun on himself. Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales identified the victims on Thursday as Jesus Valle Jr., 33, of Milwaukee; Gennady Levshetz, 61, of Mequon; Trevor Wetselaar, 33, of Milwaukee; Dana Walk, 57, of Delafield; and Dale Hudson, 60, of Waukesha.

The gunman, 51-year-old Anthony Ferrill, was also identified Thursday. He was an electrician at Molson Coors and his motive remains a mystery. Police say the case is still under investigation, and they have yet to release details about how the shooting unfolded.

Molson Coors chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said employees were grieving for the five who were lost.

“They were powerhouse operators, they were machinists and they were electricians,” he said. “But more important, they were husbands, they were fathers and they were friends. They were part of the fabric of our company and our community and we will miss them terribly.”

Some family members of victims reached by The Associated Press did not wish to comment for this story, but some details about their loved ones’ lives were starting to emerge in online death notices and social media pages.

Walk was an avid fisherman and Green Bay Packers fan who loved spending time with his family at a nearby lake, according to a death notice.

Walk is survived by his wife of 35 years, as well as a son and two daughters.

“He was always listening to his music while working on his hobbies, home projects and anything he could do to help others,” his death notice said. A funeral Mass will be held Friday in Pewaukee.

Hudson had been an electrician at Miller Coors since 2008, according to his LinkedIn page. Hudson’s page also said he attended MATC Milwaukee, WCTC Pewaukee and the University of Phoenix, but did not graduate. His Facebook profile said he is married, and lists that he attended Elkhorn Area High School. His Facebook page also lists several hunting photos.

A woman who answered a phone number for Hudson had no comment when reached by The Associated Press.

A LinkedIn in Wetselaar’s name says he has worked as an engine room operator with Miller Coors since June 2018, and before that he was a nuclear reactor operator with the U.S. Navy. It also says he was a submarine qualified leading petty officer of a reactor control division on board a U.S. Navy submarine.

A Wisconsin alumni magazine class update published in 2012 confirmed that Wetselaar graduated from the university in 2009 and was serving in the Navy.

Levshetz’s death notice said he was married and is survived by two children and two grandchildren. It said he would be remembered as a “kind, caring, and giving person who always put his family’s needs before his own.” His funeral was scheduled for March 1.

Levshetz’s neighbor, Martha Siegman, described him as quiet and peaceful, and someone who would use his snowblower to help out others and wave every time he left the driveway. Siegman said Levshetz was also particular about his yard and loved to run his lawnmower. She said she called him “Grandpa.”

A woman who answered the phone at a listing for Valle identified herself as his sister. She declined to give her name, but said he leaves behind a wife and two small children. She was crying and other people could be heard crying in the background. She declined to comment further.