The simple things in life are often the best. This desert requires almost no effort, is high on taste and has great health benefits for you and your baby.
Step 1. Put a collection of berries in a bowl
Besides being a delicous sweet hit without the refined sugar, berries are especially good for you and your baby. Fresh berries can be expensive and hard to find out of season, so buy more economical frozen mixed packets from your supermarket.
Look especially for strawberries which are a natural source of folate. This B group vitamin is vitally important in preconception and the first trimester to help prevent neural tube defects, including spina bifida.
Also, make sure you include blueberries. They are known as a super food due to their extremely high nutritional value and long list of healthy vitamins and minerals.
By eating fresh or frozen berries you’ll be eating a food in its whole, natural state. When these foods are well chewed digestive enzymes are released and the body can extract the maximum health benefits from them.
Step 2. Mix in some high quality natural yoghurt
You’ll already know that you need to increase your calcium intake during pregnancy. Yogurt made from pasteurised milk is safe to eat during pregnancy. It is not like soft cheeses which you also know to avoid, the bacteria in yoghurt is similar to that which is normally present in your digestive system. Yoghurt is also a good source of B vitamins, protein, and potassium.
Step 3. Finely chop up about 40g of some rich, dark chocolate and sprinkle on top
Check out our post on why dark chocolate is good for you and your pregnancy. It’s true! The darker the chocolate the better – buy high quality chocolate made up of at least 70% cocoa.
Step 4. Sit down, relax and enjoy your desert!