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Almond flour, blueberry & banana pancakes

almond flour banana blueberry pancakes

Almond flour is a great substitute for wheat flour in pancakes because it has more nutritional value without the ‘empty calories’ that you’ll find in white-flour pancakes.

Almonds are a pregnancy superfood because they're high in fiber, calcium and Vitamin E. They're also a rich source of plant-based protein. Protein can't be converted and stored as fat in the same way that excess carbohydrates can, so almond flour is a great alternative if you want to prevent accelerated weight gain.

So, if you're feeling like a sweeter option for breakfast or brunch, why not try these almond flour pancakes? We normally like to have a break from the savory breakfasts we have during the week and make these on a lazy Saturday morning 😉

What you need 

1 1/2 cups almond flour

3 eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

coconut oil or butter* for frying

toppings: 2 bananas (sliced), 1 cup of blueberries, Grade A maple syrup 

What to do

1.  Whisk the milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla essence together in a large mixing bowl. 

2.  Gradually mix in the almond flour, baking soda and sea salt. Keep mixing until the mixture is smooth.

3.  In a small fry pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil or butter over medium-high heat.

4.  Pour 1 scoop of the mixture into the frypan and let it fry for 2-3 minutes. Flip pancake and fry the other side for 2-3 minutes. 

5.  Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture. You should get about 8 pancakes, depending on how big you want them.

6.  Serve your pancakes topped with sliced bananas, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy! 

 

Pregnancy superfood trail mix

healthysuperfoodtrailmix

Each ingredient in this trail mix is a pregnancy superfood because they're packed with vitamins and minerals beneficial for both you and your baby.

And you get to avoid the added sugars in the store-bought mixes with chocolate chips or yoghurt-covered raisins in them. The added sugars in the chocolate and yoghurt don't make those trail mixes a healthier option at all.

If you want to make this mix sweeter, add more dried fruit. You can add bits of chopped up dates, apples, figs or mangoes (just make sure they're unsweetened). If you want to make this mix saltier, add some roasted almonds or walnuts instead.

Make this mix with more of what you like and keep out the unnecessary sugars by avoiding chocolate and candy pieces. And, when you buy these ingredients in bulk off Amazon or at Whole Foods, it works out to be a lot cheaper too.

Pregnancy superfoods

Almonds

Almonds are higher in fiber, calcium, vitamin E, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6, than any other nut. That's great news for pregnant mamas because fiber helps keep you regular. Hormones during pregnancy slow down your digestion so a lot of pregnant women battle with constipation. If you're one of those mamas, look for ways to up your fiber intake by eating more fruit, veggies, beans, nuts and seeds. 

Walnuts

Walnuts are a rich source of DHA Omega 3 fatty acids so they help improve your baby’s brain development and your cognitive function too. Plus, they’re rich in calcium, fiber, potassium and magnesium – the last two minerals being especially helpful during pregnancy to help reduce muscle cramps.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, a mineral needed for immune function – for both you and your baby. They’re also rich in protein, magnesium and potassium – another win for pregnant mamas battling muscle cramps in the second and third trimester.

Coconut flakes

Coconut flakes are a great source of protein, fiber and iron – three things all pregnant need more of. Iron is necessary to prevent anemia during pregnancy while protein will keep you full for longer, which makes this a great addition to a snack that will tie you over to your next meal. 

Raisins

Raisins, like other dried fruit, are a healthier, whole food alternative when you feel like something sweet. However, like most dried fruit, I wouldn’t go crazy and eat multiple servings in one sitting because of its high-sugar content. However, paired with the protein found in the nuts and seeds, they’re great for a bit of a sweet kick.

What you need

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup raw walnut pieces

1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup golden raisins

What to do

1. In a mixing bowl, add the almonds, walnuts, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and raisins together.

2. Mix ingredients around with your hands.

3. Put the mix in a glass jar or small zip lock bags for you to snack on during the week. Enjoy!