It’s no secret that most expectant mothers experience cravings throughout their pregnancy. Why not beat these urges and satisfy your hunger with one of these tasty and popular new food trends that are currently sweeping across the globe?
Craving Something Sweet and Crunchy? Try Sweet Potato Toast!
You have probably already heard about sweet potato fries, but what about swapping out your sliced bread with sweet potato slices to make toast? Kelsey, the healthy food guru from “The Little Bits Of,” blog is credited with developing this tasty, filling and nutritious new treat.
Just peel and slice your sweet potatoes into long sheets, about ¼” inch thick, and pop them into your toaster. When they’re done, top them with your favorite healthy spreads. While Kelsey prefers to use tuna salad, avocados or almond butter, you are really limited only by your imagination.
If you’re not allergic to nuts, peanut butter or hazelnut spread would be good choices. Add some extra goodness to your toast by topping it with fresh or dried fruits such as banana slices, raisins or diced apples.
Prefer Sweet and Chewy? Check Out Homemade Strawberry Bites!
If you enjoy strawberry flavored candy, such as licorice, why not skip the added refined sugar and other additives with this all natural version! Just rinse and cap fresh strawberries and place them in your dehydrator to dry.
You can also line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and bake them in an oven on low heat until they are crisp. This will take about 2 to 3 hours in an oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once they are cool, pop them in your mouth for a naturally sweet, chewy morsel of goodness! If you have any leftover, they will keep for several days in an airtight container.
This same technique also works for other fruits. Just swap out your strawberries with some bananas, peaches, apples, pears or pineapples that have been cut into ¼’ slices. You can even sprinkle your fruit slices with some ground cinnamon before you bake them for some extra zip!
Need Something Salty, without all the Sodium and Fat of Traditional Potato Chips? Make Some Seasoned Veggie Chips!
Just thinly slice your favorite vegetables. Sweet potatoes work well in this recipe, as do carrots, fresh whole green beans, squash and beets. Toss the vegetable slices with a tablespoon of olive oil, and then sprinkle with your favorite dried herbs. Good choices if you are craving something salty include garlic powder, rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano.
Spread your chips out into a single layer on a cookie sheet and then bake until crispy and crunchy. This should take around 20 minutes in an oven set to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the chips are done, you can wait for them to cool, or enjoy them while they are still warm. Pair them with a healthy dip, such as your own homemade hummus, for added flavor!
If you’ve tried one of these recipes, why not share your experience, as well as any tips or suggestions, with other readers in the comments section below?