For many women, their sweet tooth goes into overdrive the minute they see that plus sign on the test stick. But, too much sugar can lead to unnecessary weight gain and leave little room for nutritious foods.
Instead, try this recipe for chocolate-avocado pudding. It promises to satisfy your sugar cravings without the negative effects. Plus, it’s chock full of yumminess and goodness — like healthy fats and fiber — that your baby will thank you for later on.
Healthy fats, like unsaturated fats, are used to fuel a baby’s growth and development. They are especially important for the development of the brain and nervous system.
Healthy fats can be found in olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados and salmon. While fat is necessary in any healthy diet, it’s important to limit fat intake to 30 percent or less of your daily calorie intake.
In addition, fiber is a nutrient that can help ease the constipation commonly associated with pregnancy. Whole grains (whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereals and brown rice), and fruits, vegetables and legumes (beans, split peas and lentils) are good sources of fiber.
What you’ll need:
- 6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the water, in a blender and mix until smooth. Then, add the water to the blender until the consistency of the pudding is to your liking. Chill before serving.