SAVORY&SWEET: HEALTHY FOOD CRAVINGS

Hello, my dear reader! All january I was struggling to eat healthy, to be honest I just gave up to food cravings and just ate whatever I wanted, it resulted in a little weight gain, what I could not blame on my baby bump. After hearing this from my midwife I instantly gained motivation to start to be myself again. To eat how I always had, before all the pregnancy nausea totally loosened my strings and I gave up to all the temptations of pastries and fatty foods. Today, I want to share with you two healthy snack recipes and also some other ideas of healthy options to eat when you crave either sweet or savory.

SAVORY: 

THE SANDWICH:

For this recipe you will need: A wholegrain bun, 1/2 avocado, cucumber, baby spinach, pasteurized feta cheese, lemon pepper

1.Mash avocado in a bowl, cut the wholegrain bun on half and spread the avocado paste on both sides

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2. On one side of the bun put baby spinach leaves (just a handful) and on the other side put some cucumber pieces

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3. On top of the spinach put feta cheese slices and sprinkle cucumbers with lemon pepper

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4. Put both sides together and you are done!

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It is not only healthy, but also nourishing, I ate this for lunch one day. It keeps you full for a long time and gives the satisfaction to your savory taste buds.

Other idea, if you crave savory snack:

Enriched salads are another great option. For my salad base I use legumes like chickpeas, lentils, red beans. Then I add the vegetables I like and olive oil, for the saltiness I like to add some feta cheese. In the photo below: lentil salads and fruit tea. These kind of salads make me full and that is important, especially in pregnancy, when your appetite is huge.

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SWEET:

HEALTHY COOKIES

I found the recipe inspiration on Pinterest, you will need: 2 bananas, 1 cup oats, 1 table spoon flax seeds and honey*.

*optional

1.Add bananas and all the dry ingredients into the bowl

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2.Mash them all together with a fork until all the ingredients are completely mixed together.

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3. Add 1 table spoon of honey, for a sweetness. I also recommend to use ecological honey as I did. Mix well together.

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4.Heat oven to 180 C or 350 F. Place small scoops on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. And cook for 15 minutes.

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5. Let them cool for awhile and then enjoy!

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What I really loved about these cookies is how soft and moist they are thanks to the bananas!

Other sweet ideas:

My mum and dad, who are currently on a Stockholm diet, introduced me to this dessert, which is also amazing option for when you crave sweets.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of yogurt ( better choose yogurt with lower sugar than fat, because many times the low fat ones are packed with too much sugar), add some frozen berries, in this case – frozen raspberries and blueberries, and some roasted sunflower seeds. The dessert is so yummy and the frozen berries gives the impression of eating ice cream!

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Here is a bonus idea, this one is not home made by me, but by the company called SĒKLU MUSS. My husband gifted me these raw truffles of seeds and dried fruit on a Valentines day. Great option for a sweet treat!

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Hope some of my ideas where useful to you! It is hard to fight against food cravings, especially when you are pregnant, but it is worth it, for healthier you and your baby. I started writing food diary from february, it also helps with controlling my cravings and what I eat. I believe that replacing any craving either sweet or savory with a healthier option will benefit you all in a long run. I also understood that a lot of pregnant women use certain food cravings as an excuse to not eat healthy and later they are depressed about their weight gain. I encourage every mom to be to stop lying to yourself, we all know that you don’t need to eat for two after all, all you need is just a 300 calories more a day, which could be any of these healthy snacks I mentioned above. I know it is a harsh truth, but it is needed! Take care of yourself!

Love, Elina

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