Saturday, 11 June 2016

3 Healthy Cakes to Eat During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a very crucial but rewarding phase in a woman's life. When pregnant, you have a lot of sweet cravings and if you indulge in unhealthy cravings, gaining excess weight is inevitable. Not to worry there are ways to get around this. First, it is normal to gain a few pounds when pregnant but appropriate nutrition also matters, as what you eat can also contribute to your weight gain. Let's see how to manage those sweet tooth cravings without gaining the extra weight.  One of the most guilty offenders for pregnant women's sweet tooth cravings are CAKES. Here are 3 healthy cakes to eat without the extra weight during pregnancy. You sure would thank me for this post!'

Warning!!! Eat these desserts in Moderation. Also when making these cakes ensure to skip using alcohol in them especially the recipes that contains the use of alcohol.

 

1. Angel Food Cake

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This is one cake that contains almost zero fat yet satisfies your sweet tooth craving. It is a type of sponge cake made of stiffly beaten egg-whites and contains no butter. It has a very light and fluffy texture and this makes it very smooth and velvety in the mouth. Eating it with beautiful fresh strawberries is just 'Glorious', or I must say "Divine'. It sure is a "food for angels".





2. Dark Chocolate Cake

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Cakes made with unsweetened Cocoa or dark chocolate are one of the most ideal cakes to eat during pregnancy as dark chocolate has been seen to contain antioxidants that are beneficial to the body and it is safe in pregnancy. Even your Obstetrician will recommend it for you. Just ensure that it doesn't contain any form of alcohol. Usually alcohol is added to cakes to enhance the flavours and preserve it. It can be skipped if the cake is to be consumed within a week of preparation and properly stored, it will still taste great. This is one type of cake I will seriously recommend for a sweet tooth mothers-to-be.

3. Yogurt Cake

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Yogurt is one of the most important dairy diet during pregnancy. They are one of the most available and absorbable sources of dietary Calcium and protein which is an important element needed when pregnant. Yogurts are also good sources of 'Probiotics' such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophiles, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidus (Dr Axe.com), which are beneficial bacteria that confer health benefits to their host when taken in adequate amount, (now am talking science, LOL). When using yogurts for cakes, please ensure it is fresh and not close to expiry as it can be harmful because diary products are the most conducive environment for harmful bacteria to grow and this can cause infections. Therefore having a rich and delicious slice of home-made yogurt cake is not only a healthy choice but a beneficial one at that. Way to go! Check out this very delicious recipe at shockinglydelicious.com.

Tips and Advice 
1. Avoid eating cakes that contains alcohol in them, make your own cakes instead.
2. Eat home-made cakes as it helps control the type of ingredients used in them and it is safer.
3. When buying commercially made cakes, ensure you ask for the nutritional composition in them.
4. Too tired to make your own cakes, get someone to bake them for you especially your hubby! *wink, LOL.
5. Finally, Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, the outcome is even more enchanting. Make the best of it!



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