One of the best – and worst – things about pregnancy is all the random food cravings. During my first few months nausea really knocked it out of me and the only way to combat the problem was to give in to all my cravings, which included everything from cheese-stuffed pretzels to spicy Cheetos and chocolate ice cream. While I enjoyed this period of excess, I was somewhat relieved by month five when my normal, healthier, appetite returned. After all, while cravings are completely natural, you have to set reasonable limits because the more weight you gain in these nine months, the harder it will be to stabilise it later. Plus, there is some evidence to suggest that babies discover flavours in the womb, and if you don’t want a little one with a taste for fried buffalo wings in brown sauce, it’s wise to reign it in.
Now at month eight my hormones have kicked in again and are doing strange things to my taste buds, only this time (thank goodness!) I’m hankering after healthier alternatives. I’m not sure whether it’s a fear of derailing my nutrition in the eleventh hour or if my baby has developed a flavour for the nutritious, but either way this month has been all about fresh ingredients and nourishing nosh.
Luckily I have my Mum Cook Book by Beaba to hand, which contains recipes for women during pregnancy.
All the 25 recipes are designed for use with the Beaba Babycook Solo, a baby food maker that steams, cooks and blends, and everything is super wholesome and nutritious. My favourite dish of the moment is the cold cucumber and green apple soup, which is crisp, juicy and garden-fresh and because it’s served chilled, it’s perfect for the warm UAE climate.
Here’s how you make it…
Preparation time: 10 minutes
1 cup of cold drinking yoghurt
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp linseed oil
A few mint leaves
1. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and cut into chunks. Cut the Granny Smith apple in quarters. Remove the stalk and seeds.
2. Put the cucumber chunks, the apple quarters, lime juice and the drinking yoghurt in the Babycook bowl. Blend together until you obtain a smooth soup.
3. When serving, add the teaspoon of oil and decorate with chopped mint leaves and with thin strips of apple, if like me, you like crunchy texture.
One of the best things about this recipe is that cucumber is ease to digest, which is especially great at a time when your tummy may be playing tricks on you. Likewise, linseed oil is a healthy addition because it contains Omega 3.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
The recipes are designed for use with the Babycook Solo baby food maker, which steams, cooks and blends.