Although the heat can be a little challenging, summer is a wonderful time to be pregnant, especially for a gardener! Growing a baby is much like growing a plant. Gardeners and soon-to-be mothers alike have the same goal: to nurture the seed as soon as it is planted so it has the best chance growing into a strong and healthy plant or child.
I am a strong believer and live by the basic saying of “you are what you eat.” My parents would repeat it over and over at the dinner table. At that time, I really didn’t want to become a beet or a Brussels sprout… but as I grew older, I started to notice how my diet affected how I felt. To this day, I carefully listen to my body and make sure that I pay attention to my nutritional intake. Now, as an expectant mother, I take extra care in understanding what I need to eat to support my health and my baby’s proper growth and development. Luckily for me, many of my nutritional needs come straight from my garden or my neighbor’s garden!
Here are some of my favorite healthy homemade garden snacks:
- Blueberry/Strawberry Popsicles: Combine berries, fresh lime/lemon juice, and a splash of coconut water into blender, blend and adjust to your preference. Freeze for some popsicle fun!
- Cucumber and Tomato Sandwiches: Enjoy this easy sandwich on a multigrain bread with mayonnaise, cucumbers and tomatoes. Cucumbers help keep you hydrated and provide Vitamins A and C!
- Instant Pickles: Soak cucumbers in apple cider vinegar for 5-10 minutes; drain and enjoy!
- Kale Chips: Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt; bake at 350 F until crisp.
- Sweet Potatoes: Bake with cinnamon and maple syrup
- Juice it up!: Juice together 2 beets, 1 lemon (rind and all), 2 apples, and 3 carrots – a veggie garden in a glass!