Pregnancy brings many cravings with it. So much so, that pregnant women completely ignore the fact that they are, at times, overeating. Yes, you are eating for two, but eating too many unhealthy snacks can make it harder for you to lose the baby weight later. It’s also important for you to stay as healthy as you can during this special time, and your food is an important part of that.
Try to make easy recipes at home if you can rather than eating out all the time. This will not only make sure that you remain healthy, but it will also be beneficial to the health of your growing baby.
Here are a few recipes that can help you curb your pregnancy cravings this summer:
1. Light Macaroons
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line it with a parchment paper or baking sheet. In a blender, add almonds, lemon zest, sugar (according to your taste preference), vanilla essence and salt. Blend until it becomes a fine paste and then pulse in the egg white. Scoop small cookie sized portions of this dough on a tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let it cool and then add a layer of jam of any flavor of your choice between two cookies, your macarons are ready. This recipe takes about 20-30 minutes.
2. Blueberry Ice-cream
Who does not love good ice-cream? All the better if the ice-cream is homemade, fresh and healthy. For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients - 1 cup plain yoghurt, 1 and a half cup of fresh cream, ½ cup of frozen blueberries, 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons blueberry preserves, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of salt for taste. Puree all the ingredients and then churn them in an ice-cream maker. You can store this in an airtight container in the freezer for about 1 week. This recipe takes about 45 minutes.
3. Spinach Salad
This may sound boring but don’t worry, it will leave your tastebuds satisfied. In a small bowl, add sliced onion or shallot and add a small amount of red wine vinegar from top. Let this stand for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, warm a deep skillet over high heat and add olive oil. Add kale and a pinch of salt; keep tossing till the kale leaves wilt and brown on spots. Transfer this to a serving bowl and let it cool. Drain the onions/shallots and scatter them over these kale leaves. Top this with olives and orange rounds, add black pepper for flavor. This salad take about 20 minutes to prepare.
There’s many more snacks out there that you can try out. Make sure that you eat things that are good for you and occasionally give in to cravings and indulge!