When I was a teenager, I would often put papaya mash on my face as a face mask. My folks would chide me and say “eat the papaya, it would do you more good.” I slowly developed a taste for the fruit and realised the true meaning of the saying, “You are what you eat.” When you are pregnant, it is sort of impossible to not give in to your temptations but beauty has to begin from inside. So here are my top three favourite foods that are nutritious, tasty and puts beauty back in pregnancy.
Fruity Crepes: As soon as my first trimester got over, I developed an incorrigible sweet tooth. I found myself finishing half buckets of ice-cream on cold winter nights in one sitting without a trace of guilt. Luckily, our friends invited us for dinner once and served these scrumptious crepes that transported me right to the streets of Paris. I’ve blindly followed this recipe and topped with delicious summer berries, oranges and a dollop of honey. Strawberries are low in calories, packed with Vitamins and has a plethora of antioxidants whilst blue berries are tiny heroes that gives you great skin and hair.
Tomato-basil soup: This is my all-time favourite comfort food. I think life becomes a tad better if you have a bowlful of this soup. What’s more? It is easy to make as well. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil, saute a medium sized roughly chopped onion and few garlic pods, pour one jar of tinned plum tomatoes with all the juice. Season it with salt, pepper and a bit of cayenne pepper (if you like it hot) and cook it for about 6-7 minutes. Cool it for a bit a blend it to a consistency you desire. I like a bit chunky look because it feels more earthy. Again heat it and pour about a mil of water. Let it boil and check for seasoning. Finally, add some fresh or dried basil. Have with a side salad and warm Italian bread. Tomatoes are packed with anti-oxidants that gives your skin a warm glow, it can also stall the process of ageing , is great for your vision and keeps cholesterol in check. So, yum and powerful.
Home-made (almost) Chicken Burger: A succulent chicken burger is my favourite treat but going out to eat one would often mean eating other naughty and unwanted things (like fries) so home-made Chicken burgers are my way out. Strictly speaking, this is more about assembling the right things rather than making the Chicken patty from scratch. I have used Birds Eye Garlic and Chicken patty here. Chicken breasts are packed with proteins so needed when your energy levels suddenly go down and you have to battle weakness out of the blue. Simply grill burger buns in an oven, cook the patty as per instructions and make an earthy, home made burger with fresh tomatoes, onions (if you want), ice berg lettuce and a dollop of fiery Nandos sauce. You could add mayonnaise and cheese if you wish but I hate both. Have it with a crisp summer salad for a power-packed dinner. Delicious!!
Thank you for reading. Hope you like this “different” maternity and beauty post. Have a great weekend and do give me your likes and comments 🙂