These recipes were created with mamas in mind. We know you want to fill your fridge with lots of healthy food. And by food we really mean snacks because hunger seems to strike all the time! But, don’t worry, even if you’re not expecting, you’ll still love these healthy Spring snacks!
Avocados have been one of my go to pregnancy foods. They are a great source of healthy fats that help support the development of a baby’s brain. This guacamole has all the makings of a great spring-snack-staple too with a few other seasonal ingredients that are also great for mamas-to-be. There’s a whole cup of spinach hidden among the cilantro and a few ruby red strawberries studding the mix too.
• 2 avocados, cut in half
• 1 clove garlic
• ½ tsp salt + more for taste
• 1 c baby spinach, chopped
• 4 scallions, white & light green parts only, thinly sliced
• 1 jalapeño, seeds removed & diced
• 1 c cilantro, chopped
• Juice of one lime
• 4-5 strawberries, tops cut off & roughly chopped
1. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the clove of garlic and salt together (or mince with a knife).
2. In a large bowl, break down the avocado fruit using a fork or potato masher.
3. Add garlic, scallions, jalapeño, baby spinach, cilantro, lime juice and strawberries to the bowl. Mix everything together until well combined. Add more salt if desired. Enjoy with sliced veggies (cucumbers and bell peppers are my favorite) or splurge and go for the tortilla chips.
Strawberry & Mango Popsicles
These Popsicle’s are great when the ice cream cravings seem to be coming a little too often for your liking. Strawberries area great source of folate and fiber, and mangoes have lots of vital pregnancy nutrients like iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin, B6, potassium and folic acid.
• 2 c strawberries, hulled & roughly chopped
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1tsp lime juice
• 1.5 c mango (fresh or frozen)
• 2 Tbsp honey
• 4 oz.Greek yogurt
• 2-3 Tbsp almond milk (or milk of your choice)
For the strawberry layer
1. In a blender combine the strawberries 2 tablespoons honey and lime juice.
2. Strain mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer, using a spatula to push the liquid through. Set aside.
For the mango layer
1. In a blender combine the mango, 2 tablespoons honey, Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons almond milk. If needed, add more almond milk to reach a smooth consistency.
2. Put the mango mixture in the fridge for now.
3. Pour strawberry mixture into Popsicle molds and place in the freezer for about an hour.
4. Once the strawberry layer has started to set, remove molds from freezer and pour the mango layer on top.
5. Add Popsicle sticks and return molds to the freezer to set completely.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 print issue of Sass Magazine as “Snacks That Say Spring.”