I can’t believe that summer is finally here! I love the summertime for many reasons. The delicious summer bounty of stone fruits are my absolute favorite, especially the cherries. I also think everyone can agree that sunny weather makes people feel happier in general. Plus there are tons of summer festivals and concerts to attend each year. I also can’t forget about the fact that our little one is due to be born this summer! We are officially in single digits in terms of how many weeks we have left and I’m just so excited. There are so many things to love during this time of year.
With all this nice summer weather we have been having in the bay area, I want to share a frosty treat with you today. I’ve noticed in this last trimester that I have been really loving cold things, probably because it’s warm outside, and have been obsessed with chocolate again. My cravings have not been really crazy or anything but I’ve noticed a correlation between pregnancy dietary needs at each stage and the types of foods I crave. In the last month of the first trimester, I couldn’t eat hardly any animal proteins or dark leafy greens. I’ve seen different theories on why this is, some saying that there is an evolutionary purpose for why women have aversions to these foods and that too much of them can potentially harm the baby at this very crucial time. Now that I am in the latter half of my pregnancy and baby is gaining fat and requiring lots of calcium, magnesium and iron, I find myself wanting things like beef liver, sprouted almond milk, big green salads and of course dark chocolate. I’ve boosted my iron by adding in a tablespoon of black strap molasses each day and using my cast iron skillet, plus consuming plenty of grass fed beef. I also take a calcium-magnesium supplement each night before bed to ensure I’m getting plenty of those nutrients. Being pregnant is very demanding on your body and the best thing you can do is to make sure you are eating lots of nutritious foods that are packed full of vitamins and minerals. No empty calories here!
For the times that I really want a cold and creamy treat after dinner or for a quick breakfast or mid day snack, I love making this chocolate banana smoothie. It’s full of protein, healthy fats for baby and decadent cacao, which has iron and magnesium 🙂 Plus, the only sugar is from banana and dates, which pack more nutrients into this delicious and quick dessert.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 medjool date
- 2 tbsp flax seeds, if desired
- 1/2c-3/4c homemade coconut milk or sprouted almond milk (add enough for desired thickness)
- 1 tbsp paleo nut butter (I like Nutzo brand)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp hydrolyzed collagen peptides
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add enough dairy-free milk until you reach the desired thickness. Serve and enjoy!
- I recommend adding a tablespoon of collagen peptides for extra quality protein (Great Lakes or Vital Proteins are great brands, but make sure you do not get the gelatin version that congeals when liquid is added!)