It’s miraculous to nurture a baby inside your womb. Every woman eventually wants to embrace motherhood. But it’s a huge responsibility wherein, not just the mother, but the baby also has to be healthy. And the baby’s overall development depends on nutrition and so the mother must adhere to a wholesome diet plan. Nutrients like calcium, proteins, vitamins, minerals, iron, and fibre are a requisite during pregnancy and interestingly, dry fruits and nuts meet these requirements.
Fibre acts like a shield to keep away constipation, hemorrhoids and protein help in weight gain and the overall development of the baby. Iron plays an integral part in the diet of a pregnant woman as it boosts hemoglobin which eventually provides oxygen to the baby. Without calcium and magnesium, the development of muscles, ligaments, skeleton, nerves cannot be complete. And lastly, baby’s vision, lung, and cell development are taken care of by vitamin A and E. Moreover, all these prerequisites can be found in almonds, walnuts, dried dates, apricots, pistachios, dried apricots, cashew, and raisins. However, quantity is very important and not all dry fruits and nuts are healthy during pregnancy.
Now that you know the dry fruits that are beneficial during pregnancy, let’s explore some of the dry-fruit-and-nut based recipes for pregnant women.
1. Walnut Sheera
Want to avoid sheera made with semolina or other flours? Then relish walnut sheera, which is tasty as well as healthy. It contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids that help in the baby’s overall development. Despite being healthy, you have to consume just 1-2 tbsp a day! So, let’s check the recipe.
- 1 cup coarsely crushed walnuts (akhrot)
- 2 tbsp melted ghee
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
Start by heating the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai. Then, add crushed walnuts, mix them well with ghee and cook on a slow flame for about 5 minutes. Remember to stir it occasionally and then add milk and sugar. After mixing all the ingredients well, cook on a slow flame for 5 minutes, while stirring continuously. After 5 minutes, switch off the flame and add cardamom powder and give it one last stir and serve warm.
For a detailed recipe: Walnut Sheera
2. Almond Butter
Along with calcium, almonds are a rich source of folic acid that helps in the neurological development of the baby. Moreover, if you don’t like raw almonds then you can savor homemade almond butter. But before you club it with your whole-wheat toast, let’s explore the recipe.
- 3 cups raw almonds
If you want to speed up the process, then toast the almonds in an oven for 10-15 mins. When the almonds are warm enough, transfer them in a blender or a food processor. The almonds might turn into a ball-like shape and stick to the sides. Along the way, keep scraping those sides and eventually, almond will start turning creamy. Once the butter is creamy, then allow it to attain room temperature and transfer it to a jar of your choice. You can store the butter in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
3. Cashew Yogurt
Equipped with carbohydrates and fibre, cashews help in lowering bad cholesterol. Above all, organic cashews are nutritious because they grow without any pesticides. But watch out for quantity and allergies to avoid any further complications. Once sorted, then you must surely try out this following recipe.
- ½ cup cashews
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Soak the nuts in water for 4 hours. After draining the water, transfer them into a blender and blend them for 10-15 mins. While the blending continues, keep adding water to the mixture. Once done, pour the mixture into a glass or a bowl and top it with berries and maple syrup.
For detailed recipe: Cashew Yogurt
4. Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Balls
Pistachios or pistas as we fondly call them, are a rich source of vitamin A and E which boast of anti-oxidant properties. This particularly helps in averting infection during pregnancy. Also, pista contains copper that helps in blending of red blood cells. So, without wasting any moment, let’s skip to the recipe with pistachio as a hero!
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 5 medjool dates with seeds removed
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup natural pistachios
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
Start placing your ingredients into your food processor and blend them at high speed. Once the mixture looks like a sticky crumb then start rolling the mixture into balls. After rolling, place them in the fridge to set.
For a detailed recipe: Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Balls
Apart from these, you can also relish on date and banana shake, dry fruit snack ball and banana almond muffins. And to try these recipes, it’s imperative to use natural and supreme quality dry fruits and nuts. For that, you just need to explore Ambrosia’s range of Dry Fruits and Nuts for a healthy choice!