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Cravings – Cooked, Baked, Shaken & Stirred

Before I even I knew I was pregnant I was suffering from nausea, it was the same with my first pregnancy but this time around it was much worse. It started at 8 weeks with all day sickness (not just in the morning!) and was even worse in the car of all place! Many times I had to pull over it was so bad. Usually peppermint tea would do the trick but nothing seemed work. One thing that did take the edge off was eating fruit which soon became my pregnancy craving – apples and oranges were my vice and still are!

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I do still get the odd craving for other foods but they only last no more than a week and then go away. Luckily I’ve totally gone off sweets and fast food, as they aggravate my nausea. I have to eat very small amounts little and often, every two hours to make sure I’m getting enough calories and nutrients in my body. I also take Pregnacare prenatal vitamins daily to make sure I’m getting all the vitamins and minerals to help baby grow.

I never used to eat carbs before I was pregnant because they always made me feel bloated, but now they are the main part of my daily diet. Anything from bagels, wholemeal brown bread and sourdough bread settles my tummy, especially with Marmite spread! I now buy the gluten free products (which can be a little dearer) as they contain less sugar and more fibre. They also tend not to make me feel so bloated. There’s something about being pregnancy that makes me only want to put pure goodness into my body to feed my baby. But if I fancy an ice cream or some Oreos I can have a small taste, even one bite and leave the rest. My willpower has never been so good!

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Here are a few of my favourite foods and recipes that have been my vice and saviour so far in satisfying my cravings and helping my nausea:

Afternoon Tea

Honey, Lemon & Ginger Tea

Boiling water
1/2 thumbnail of peeled and sliced ginger
1 tablespoon organic honey
2 slices of lemon cut into halves

Add all the ingredients into a tea cup and stir in the boiling water last. It tastes and smells amazing, and certainly curbed my nausea pangs.

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Mocktail O Clock

Elderflower and Mint Mojito

Elderflower cordial
4 springs of mint leaves
3 teaspoons of gomme syrup or soft brown sugar per 100ml
6 cubes of ice
Sparkling water or sugar free lemonade

Tear the mint leaves, add the gomme and as little or as much cordial as you wish, then gently muddle together. Add the ice and top with sparkling water or lemonade. Gently stir to taste. Add a sprig of mint to garnish.

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Savoury Sweet Tooth

Fruity scones

I like to add fruit in as many things as I can bake or cook, so making scones is great because you can customise them to give a sweet, tangy kick to a savoury treat, and they are filling too.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
6 tablespoons organic butter
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Combine flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder and baking soda and blend. Add the butter to the mixture and stir in the cranberries. Add the yogurt and the egg in a separate bowl then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients. Knead until it becomes crumbly and pat into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Transfer onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes. Lift onto a cooling tray and dust with icing sugar, ready to devour.

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Flash in the Pan

Crispy Chilli Beef Stir Fry

My homemade stir fry sauce:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 cloves of crushed garlic

Stir fry meat and veg:
350g Beef strips
100g mangetout
100g tenderstem broccoli
100g baby sweetcorn
100g beansprouts
1/2 chilli
1 stick lemongrass
3 cloves garlic
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon cornflour
3 tablespoons sesame oil

Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set to the side. Add the beef to a large bowl and dust with salt, pepper and cornflower and mix until all the beef is coated in the dry mixture. Fry the beef in sesame oil until brown. Finely chop the lemongrass and add the crushed garlic to the pan. Cut all the other vegetables into halves and add immediately after. Flash fry with the beef so they are still relatively al dente. Add the stir fry sauce and fry on a medium heat whilst mixing all the ingredients in the pan together. The sauce should slightly start to caramelise, once its starts to thicken, remove from the heat ready to serve. Finely chop the half the chilli and sprinkle on top of the dish as garnish.

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Next week I will be some adding some more recipes to keep our energy levels up in your third trimester.

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