Oh no! Not another bowl of tasty (under-salted) nutritious Kale chips. Packed with vitamin C and K.
Yay to higher fiber and stronger immunity during pregnancy, right?
Maybe not today.
Maybe today your pregnancy cravings demand something a little sweeter. Something with a little (or A LOT of) peanut butter.
Or live a little dangerously and even dip your pickles in ice cream. Yes, we said it!
Truth is pregnant women like yourself are a target for (unsolicited) medical advice. And comments on food cravings and appearance from other women are rarely welcome.
We’re sure you’ve been asked, “Are you supposed to eat that?”
Or told, “Have some more food, come on, you’re eating for two!” This has your well-meaning aunties written all over it.
But the most gutting pregnancy comment might be, “You’re pregnant? I thought you’d just gained weight; I didn’t want to say anything.”
Well okay then, we wished you didn’t. (Reaches out for another scoop of ice cream and pickles).
Thing is we care about your needs, your food cravings. Especially your cravings in pregnancy.
So maybe what you (and your baby) need today is a tasty treat and some sunshine. Throw in a Beautiful Maternity Bra for good measure. Add a mini photoshoot and you have a whole party!
We’ve curated the perfect list of dessert ideas to regularly put your sugary craving to rest.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
Ice cream is the tried and tested satisfier of all types of cravings, pregnancy included.
Much like New Bloom’s Everyday Maternity Bra, an excellent source of comfort during pregnancy.
Just because you’re expecting a baby, doesn’t mean your craving for this timeless dessert fades away.
If anything, your craving for sugar may be heightened. Especially in the second trimester for most pregnant women.
It’s your body’s attempt at maintaining a steady sugar level during pregnancy. Or the extra work your body may take on to produce blood at a faster rate.
But guess what? Anyone with food aversions like lactose intolerance can go for a non-dairy option.
Yes, your craving matters.
Lactose is generally pretty hard on the body, so you’ll want to limit your intake during pregnancy.
But don’t sweat it! There’s more than one way to make delicious dairy-free ice cream from the comfort of your kitchen. Here’s a basic formula:
- 3 cups dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, cashew, sesame, etc.)
- 1/3-1/2 cup natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.)
- Flavoring to taste (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, maca, mint extract, etc.)
- Add-ins of choice (fruit, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds, chocolate chunks, etc.)
Here’s a 5-Ingredient Coconut Milk Recipe for starters.
We know what you’re thinking, not more expensive kitchenware. You’ve already got your hands full buying all the baby stuff that comes with pregnancy.
Well, the good news is you don’t need an ice cream maker for this homemade dairy-free option. Simply place your mixture directly into the freezer and wait it out.
Did Someone Send for an Angel?
Well, we can’t get you an angel but we can offer you something sweeter for your craving, Angel Food Cake.
This is one of those light, zero fat desserts that’s an absolute winner with the foodies.
It also has low sugar levels. Making it an easy go-to dessert for pregnant women with regular cake cravings.
So eat to your heart’s content (kind of).
We know there are loads of ready-to-go cake mixes out there. But have you considered making yours from scratch?
So how about taking up a fun engaging hobby that satisfies your food cravings in the process?
Sold? Great! Here are a few simple tips by Chrissie, a full-time mom and food blogger:
- Avoid greasing your pan! Go for an Angel 10-inch fluted aluminum tube pan and pour that batter right in! Greasing keeps the cake from rising in the oven. And don’t you worry, a thin knife or offset spatula should easily remove the cake.
- Whip those egg whites real good! This recipe requires 12 egg whites! So whip them up to the stiffest peaks possible. And don’t forget the cream of tartar which makes the egg whites more stable.
- Sift! You can never sift your ingredients too much. Two or three times, at least. Ensure anything added to the whipped egg whites is super light to maintain the volume of the batter.
- Fold! Use a whisk to fold the dry ingredients into your whipped egg whites to maintain the volume. Being gentle is the key. Add the dry ingredients in 3-5 additions for optimum volume.
- Upside-down is the way to go. This allows for airflow and keeps the cake’s height as it cools. You don’t want your cake falling over, do you? After all that hard work, we think not.
- Slice using a serrated knife! Again, we’re going for height so a serrated knife or your favorite bread knife cuts through the cake like butter.
Most Angel Food Cake recipes have ice cream and strawberries as toppings:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, minus 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 12 egg whites, at room temperature
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- berries or your favorite fruit sauce, for serving
Well, strawberries are nice.
But this is more of a plain (safe) type of dessert. So go crazy with some peanut butter and even sprinkle some pistachios.
They’re called pregnancy cravings for a reason, right?
Banana on a Stick
Finally! Some chocolate.
Make that, chocolate-covered frozen bananas.
A survey by Pregnacare reveals the top cravings experienced by pregnant women are:
- Ice lollies
- Fizzy drinks
- Ice cream
- Spicy food
And all the women in the pregnancy chocolate choir say “I”.
Now here’s one recipe that combines both chocolate and fruit. Giving you a tasteful balance between nutritious and sweet.
We see all you health-conscious mamas out there with pregnancy cravings, we’ve also got you covered.
This recipe requires minimal effort. Because your freezer does most of the heavy lifting.
The trick is to freeze the bananas before and after dousing them in your preferred type of chocolate. (We’re thinking dark chocolate for all you health nuts out there)
This little hack makes the bananas super frozen. And creates a solid surface for the chocolate to grab onto.
It also firms up the chocolate much faster, so be sure to have your toppings on stand-by.
Did someone say toppings? Our favorites have to be:
- crushed candy
- chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans)
- shredded coconut
- seeds (hemp seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds)
- cacao nibs
But don’t let us stop you! A drizzle of melted peanut butter or even chopped bacon may just be the added touch you need.
Great! You’ve locked down the basic preparation styles. Now, here are some other variations you can play around with:
- Simply warm your chocolate into a sauce and eat it alongside your frozen bananas. It has its own mouth-watering effect. This may be the fastest option for women in a hurry to satisfy their cravings.
- For the next one ditch the sticks altogether. Pour the chocolate sauce (as much as you want) over the bananas. And then freeze them again to make the chocolate a crunchy delight.
Pregnant or not, everyone should try this out. Even your baby (maybe when they’re a little older).
What Are the Most Common Pregnancy Cravings?
Your newfound craving for ice cubes and pickles is normal. And your enduring craving for chocolate isn’t uncommon.
In fact, this study cites some of the stranger food cravings (cue the “Stranger Things” theme song),
“Some of the weirdest cravings in pregnancy reported in the survey included:
- grated carrot mixed with ketchup
- cold toast with marmite
- cold rice pudding, and a banana
- ready salted crisp toastie.
- potato salad and spaghetti hoops...together”
Yes, you read that right, grated carrot mixed with ketchup!
Truth is your craving may be here for a while. And this tasty guide including some of the easiest recipes is your go-to during this special time.
Take your comfort food a notch higher. Ride out your pregnancy cravings in our Everyday Maternity Bra.
Treat your body and your cravings to the deluxe experience they deserve.
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