Being pregnant during the hot summer months is a double whammy for mamas-to-be with sweet cravings. Not only is it hot and uncomfortable to carry around that little babe in the oh so hot summertime but there's frosty, high calorie, sugary treats at every turn. Milkshakes, ice cream, soda slushees and other icy treats beckon, but you know you should say no. Bummer. Or not! Below, we've got a slew of sweet treats that won't totally spike your blood sugar, that don't contain any unhealthy additives, or increase your pregnancy mass to undesirable levels, but they will still satisfy a sweet summertime pregnancy craving with aplomb.
Typically cheesecake is packed with fat and sugar, but luckily, you’ll find fewer unhealthy elements in these vegan strawberry cheesecake popsicles. Made with dairy free milk, fresh berries and a pop of lemon PLUS a bit of delicious graham cracker crust, these homemade pops will feel like a total binge but not push your sugar high over the edge. Plus, who are we kidding, the only thing better than regular cheesecake is FROZEN cheesecake on a stick. Popsicles in general are an excellent summer pregnancy treat, so grab your favorite BPA-free popsicle molds then check out these other recipes as well:
- Organic tie dye popsicles
- Fruity yogurt and granola pops (for breakfast!)
- Chocolate chip cookie dough pops
- Organic cherry popsicles
- Creamy pineapple vanilla popsicles
There are any number of delicious smoothies you can make during pregnancy that are healthy, low-fat and icy cold, but the key to this extra perfectly refreshing (and dairy-free) smoothie is frozen bananas, two kinds of berries and coconut water. Easy, fast and a great way to kick off your day with a hint of healthy sweetness. Need other smoothie ideas?
- 8 superfood smoothies
- 7 organic fruit and veggie smoothies
- Placenta smoothie (just kidding, but really, it’s something to consider later on)
Lighten up that banana split
You don’t need an indulgent banana split (like the one shown above) to handle your craving. This dessert is easily lightened up with just a few simple changes. First, keep the banana, but top them with healthier options, such as replace your ice cream with fat-free frozen yogurt, replace the syrup with pureed fruits with a touch of agave or lemon juice, and sprinkle on some dark chocolate shavings or dark chocolate chips. Don’t forget the cherries! If you need a crumble on top to make this all feel real, try these non-fat ginger snaps. Also check out this healthy breakfast banana split or this cute banana split in a jar.
Finish off those summer barbecues with a healthy sweet treat fit for a pregnant mama (or anyone). Angel food cake is sweet and low-fat, plus you can top it with excellent icy cold toppings such as low-fat frozen yogurt, frozen berries or even a sprinkle of frozen dark chocolate shavings. Healthy cake plus frozen accompaniments! Perfect for summer evenings.
Blueberries are a powerhouse superfood packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese. So eating a bowlful is a-ok, but why not turn those purple berries into a delicious mousse tartlet?!
Vegan peach ice cream
This recipe, inspired by the classic children’s book, James and the Giant Peach, will get you in a parenting mood and cool you off. Peaches, creamy by nature, are perfect for making ice cream, plus when paired with a vegan cashew base, the peaches make a luscious sweet treat that is healthy and takes barely any prep, so you can be licking your ice cream in no time flat.
This impressive treat will satisfy all your chocolate cravings but with a healthier twist than traditional chocolate pudding. Avocado, the star of this healthy dessert, is packed with potassium to help fend off pregnancy leg cramps, but we promise, the cacao powder masks the avocado beautifully. All you’ll taste is chocolate goodness! Go ahead and garnish your pudding with fresh or frozen fruit or coconut flakes and enjoy chilled.
Lead and second images © Jennifer Chait via Eco Ice Pops