Everyone wants to know what strange pregnancy cravings I've had. Do pregnant women really want to eat pickles and ice-cream at the same time?
Truth be told, my cravings haven't involved unusual combinations of food but more of an unadulterated and unstoppable *need* for sweet things. Sort of like a drunk teenager with no inhibitions - when my pre-pregnancy self would have asked "is sugar before bedtime really a good idea?" my pregnant self asks "DO WE HAVE MORE ICECREAM?"
In my first and second trimester, I focused on packing my meals with nutrients that were good for the baby - reading all the superfoods out there and making my way around town to eat them (did you know bone-marrow is a secret pregnancy superfood?). Once my third trimester rolled around I was starting to slow down and was physically running out of room in my belly. And then the acid reflux started. And that feeling of always being full. Skipping meals started to sound good, so I wasn't going to berate myself if the only thing I wanted was a brownie and three chocolate croissants (true story).
So I was delighted when I came across a Smitten Kitchen recipe that I could modify and produce in less than 15 minutes that was "healthy". I've been calling it Pregnant Creme Brulee.
I use a small ramekin for an individual portion and layer the following:
- A layer of plain greek yogurt to line the bottom. I use 0% fat because that's usually what its in the fridge, but use what you have!
- A few berries pressed into the yogurt. Raspberries and blueberries are super easy, but chopped peaches are also nice (just a bit more watery)
- Another layer of greek yogurt to fill in the gaps and to create a smooth flat surface
- A very healthy dose of brown sugar. I use cane sugar, but the clumpy type of brown sugar can work if you have a little patience in spreading it out evenly
I put my broiler on the highest setting and make sure the rack is as close to the broiler flame as possible (a brulee torch would be much handier). Throw your little delight into the broiler for a few minutes until the sugar bubbles and looks like its burning. Remove with an oven mitt, and dig in when its cool enough to touch! I personally like it with everything a little warm and mixed up but its definitely not the prettiest dish if you leave it in too long.
How exactly is this "healthy", you ask? Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein, and gets you important pro-biotics that are vital in a pregnancy diet. Not only are berries pretty, they are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. And brown sugar is pregnancy superfood, too! Just kidding - but its tasty and at least you know the source of your sugars in this snack, and you can control the amount you put in.