April 16, 2009

Gotta a Craving

What to do when a craving hits…that’s been my dilemma lately. Do I indulge, do I ignore the craving, what is a healthy option to fulfill the grumble in my tummy.

I’ve had cravings and food aversions all at the same time for the past month and a half- how does this happen- will being pregnant your body is totally out of wack. At least that is what I have decided, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! (Yes, many readers lately have been asking about the new label on the blog “pregnancy recipes” and yes they were correct the McConnell’s are expecting a little one November 18.) We are very excited - here is our Week 9 photo!

I’ve been reading What to Expect When Your Expecting and I laugh at some of the things I have learned about the pregnant body. Like that “gotta go feeling” that stays with you, the sleepless nights because you have to get up to go to the bathroom 5 times a night, or maybe it’s the way I can be so sick feeling at my stomach- BUT at the same time crave Honey Nut Cheerios or Bananas by the dozen! (Yes- that’s right Cheerios!) Or my favorite- being so tired that I fall asleep at 6pm after eating dinner.

You have to love being a woman! And no matter what-I wouldn’t change it for the world!
I’ve read that for those that have the all day morning sickness or upset stomachs that lemons help- and it’s worked for me. Drinking lemonade, making lemon spaghetti, or simply putting lemon in my water has soothed my stomach so far.

But, if you’re craving a nice indulging dessert this Lightened-Up Lemon Bar recipe from one of my favorite new websites , http://www.fitpregnancy.com/, is a true winner.

Lightened-Up Lemon Bars
From FitPregnancy.com

Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 2 juicy lemons)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Confectioner's (powdered) sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch pan with cooking spray. For crust: Cream together butter and sugar; add flour, salt and lemon zest. Beat until crumbly and pat into pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven; let cool. While crust is baking, prepare the topping: Whisk egg and egg whites until frothy. Add sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and lemon zest; mix until combined. Pour mixture over crust and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until topping is set and slightly golden. Cool on a wire rack; dust with confectioner's sugar and cut into 16 2-inch squares. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Serves 8.


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Anonymous said...

Lane-Congrats on the baby! You and Charlie will make awesome parents. Enjoy the pregnancy stage-it is only the beginning of the joy you will experience!