Tips and Recipes for Pregnant Foodies

How does a chef change up his or her eating and drinking habits at the blink of an eye? I will tell you right now, it isn't easy! But coming from me, someone whose world revolves around food and beverage, I have survived and so can you! I am due in 5 weeks (eek!) and certainly feeling some of those pesky third trimester symptoms so I wanted to share with you 3 of my food and beverage tips (plus 6 recipes) to combat the drowsiness, crowded belly feeling, and in-need-of-a-cocktail mood!

1. Tiny Meal-Snacks

So many woes, particularly during the third trimester, have to do with heartburn, indigestion and the fact that there’s increasingly little room for two people in your one body (makes sense)! My eyes and appetite tend to be much bigger than my stomach. I still gravitate towards a big sandwich but then soon after devouring the fluffy white bread filled with mayo and veggies I often regret it! I am overcome with a full feeling that makes me want to sit back and relax but let's face it, the day doesn't end at noon! I can't count how many times I have had to lay down in the evening after feeling like my belly was jam packed and hard to hold up. So, my first tip for you, which is easier said than done, is to eat small little, what I call, meal-snacks! Sort of a meal, sort of a snack. Something that will satisfy but not fill you to the brim. Here are two of my favorites!

Honey Crumpet with Blueberries

One of my biggest cravings, from day one, has been fruit! All kinds of fruit! It must be the sugar, and I am pleased that it is a healthy sugar. Don't get me wrong, I eat plenty of ice cream, but when I choose honey and fruit over cupcakes and candy I feel better about it. Here is a super easy way to eat something filling and sweet, yet not too sugary.

Crumpet with Honey and Blueberries

Yield:

1 Serving

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 crumpets

1 tablespoon butter

1 - 2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup blueberries

Directions:

On a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter. When melted, add the crumpets. Cook for three minutes, flip and cook the other side for an additional three minutes. If you want to skip the saute pan, just pop these in the toaster! Serve with honey and blueberries.

Avocado Cream Cheese Bagel

Some pregnant women get a little grossed out by eggs during their pregnancy. It is a texture thing I hear. I luckily have not had that issue but I do miss the runny egg yolk that I used to add to everything (pizza, sweet potatoes, you name it) and am not used to eating hard boiled or scrambled eggs. Other proteins, like chicken and fish kinda weird me out these days and so in order to get my protein I have relied on milk, yogurt, and cheese! Even cream cheese, because hey - it has protein! This sounds like an odd combo, but one of my go-to breakfasts is this indulgent, yet healthy, bagel! Packed with protein and healthy fats, this is a hearty meal-snack that is perfectly satisfying for breakfast or lunch. 

Toasted Multi-Grain Bagel with Cream Cheese and Avocado

Yield:

1 Serving

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 multi-grain bagel

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/2 avocado, sliced

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Slice and toast bagel. Spread with cream cheese and top with avocado slices. Add salt and pepper for a little seasoning.

2. Water Intake

In first pregnancies the baby will drop several weeks before labor starts. This will give you more room to breathe (literally) and eat. But you’ll have to pee constantly. Staying hydrated is very important so I try and drink lots of water early in the day when getting up every 20 minutes to pee is a hassle, but not a sleep-disruptor.

Citrus Mint Water

I used to drink flavored waters. It was my way of making sure I drank enough during the day. In an effort to remove some of these chemicals from my body I have switched to a more natural way of flavoring. Here is my favorite citrus mint water thus far.

Citrus Mint Water

Yield:

2 Servings

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lime, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1/2 cup blueberries

1 container of mint, leaves removed from stems

Directions:

Combine fruit and mint in a pitcher. Add water and ice. Let sit and seep.

3. Don't Give up the Cocktail Experience

Who said you can't indulge, as long as it's alcohol-removed? What I miss most about having a cold glass of wine or fruity fun cocktail is the experience. Sitting down on the porch empty handed just doesn't feel the same. So I am determined to enjoy this same activity but without the alcohol. Don't give up your foodie ways, here are three of my favorite cocktails, turned into mocktials!

The Paloma with Fre's Alcohol-Removed Moscato

I loooooove grapefruit juice! Now, they tell you to purchase pasteurized things when pregnant so you can either squeeze your own grapefruit or make sure when you are at the store you look for that pasteurized call-out. Anyway! I love grapefruit juice. Mixed with a sparkling brut for a bellini or vodka for a greyhound. But last weekend I made a non-alcoholic grapefruit drink and it was fabulous.

Fre Alcohol-Removed Paloma

Yield:

2 Servings

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (6.5-ounce) cup of red grapefruit slices with juices (I used Del Monte's fruit naturals)

2 ounces lime juice

1 cup Fre's alcohol-removed Moscato

1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

Pour half of the grapefruit cup into one glass in the remaining juice and slices into your second glass. Add 1 ounce of lime to each and top with 1/2 cup of Fre's alcohol-removed Moscato and 1/4 cup club soda. Fill with ice.

To make the salty lime rim combine 1/4 cup kosher salt with the zest of 1 lime. 

Mojito with Fre's Alcohol-Removed Moscato

Forget the babymoon, all you need is a non-alcoholic mojito and somewhere to sit outside and you will feel like you are lounging at a tropical bar or beach! Packed with mint and sweet blackberries, this is the most refreshing beverage you will have all summer long!

Fre Alcohol-Removed Blackberry Mojito

Yield:

1 Serving

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ounce lime juice

2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar

1 cup crushed ice

12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish.

5-10 blackberries

1/2 cup Fre's alcohol-removed Moscato

1 ounce club soda

Directions:

In 10-ounce glass stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Add 5 blackberries. Add Fre's alcohol-removed Moscato, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Stir and add mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.

Cherry French 75 with Fre's Sparkling Brut

You can't go wrong with a flute. Particulalry when pretending to drink and doing your best to create that feeling and vibe. A couple years ago I went to Paris with my best friend. It is safe to say we had a French 75 daily and I love the simplicity and delicacy of the drink. Here is my non-alcoholic version!

Fre Alcohol-Removed French 75

Yield:

1 Serving

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lemon

1 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce 

1 cup ice cubes

1/4 cup Fre's alcohol-removed Brut

Directions:

Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside. In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with Fre's alcohol-removed Sparkling Brut. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

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I am having so much fun creating mocktails with Fre wines. Stay tuned for more recipes this fall, including my back-to-school weeknight dinner pairings. To learn more Fre wines and their process, please click here! 

This post is sponsored by Fre Wines. The content and opinions expressed here are my own.