The Gender Reveal Cake

The anticipation to find out the gender of this baby was much more intense than it was with my first. My stepdaughter was especially eager – she has an older brother, a baby brother and was now hoping for a baby sister.

To make things fun, I decided to make a gender reveal cake for the family. My husband and I found out on the Friday, and the next day we revealed it to everyone with a cake. Here is it:

It’s a girl, and we’re ecstatic!

Oh, I also tried to make gender reveal cupcakes, like this one found on Pinterest, but mine looked nothing like it. (Nothing I make ever looks like it does on Pinterest )

Non-Alcoholic Beer

Say what?!

Non-alcoholic beer may not sound very appealing, but if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant and you just crave the taste, you have options!

I was given bottles of Clausthaler Premium Non-Alcoholic Lager (0.45% alcohol) and Holsten Non-Alcoholic Pilsner (0.0% alcohol) to try out. I found Clausterhaler to be more flavourful than Holsten, with a slight bitterness. However, of the two, I liked Holsten more. My go-to beer is Heineken and I found Holsten to be comparable. It was light and crisp – surprisingly enjoyable.

You can find these and other non-alcoholic beers and spirits at PremiumNearBeer.com.

Now go enjoy a cold beer. It’s summer.

non-alcoholic beer

Banana Pancake Recipe

My 10-month old is going through a “I want to feed myself” phase. So considering he can’t use a spoon yet, his food needs to be easy to hold (and ideally, for me, not so messy).

This banana pancake is our fav so far, and you can easily add veggies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp of puréed kale (or any other veggie)
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Heat coconut oil in a small frying pan on low-medium heat. In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Beat in egg. Mix in the purée. Pour mixture in frying pan. When side is cooked (about 3-5 min), flip and cook other side.

Let cool. Break up in small pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Eating Dates and Easing Labour

I recently read an article about the benefits of dates (the fruit kind) and pregnancy. A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology showed that women who ate dates daily during their pregnancy were less likely than non-date eaters to need medication to start labour or to help it keep progressing. Labour was also significantly shorter for those date eaters.

I remember trying a date and not liking it at all, but I was at St. Lawrence Market and came across these:

Dates

They are Natural Delights coconut-covered medjool dates. I gave them a try and they are delicious! I have to admit, they are really sweet, but with my sugar cravings, they fit perfectly in my diet.

Even for non-pregnant women, dates have many health benefits:

  • Rich in vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and dietary fiber
  • High in potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure
  • Contain polyphenols (anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic antioxidants)

I also found this brand at No Frills (for much cheaper – $3.50/8 oz box), so I bought the almond-covered ones, and they were just as delicious.

It would be awesome if these dates do help in the delivery room, but if they don’t, at least I’m enjoying my new treat. To share my new discovery, I’ve been going around the office offering people a date, and along with me getting some pretty witty responses, they’ve been a hit!

My Pregnancy Diet

Pre-pregnancy, I thought I ate fairly well, i.e., didn’t pig out on junk food, but I’ve always been short on certain key nutrients. I relied on multi-vitamins for that, whenever I remembered.

When I found out I was pregnant, I started taking pre-natal vitamins and I thought ‘Sweet! These magical pills will take care of all the necessary good stuff for me and the baby.’ Then I had my first appointment. I was wrong. According to doc, I was definitely still short on calcium. I didn’t drink milk and I never have. I’ll have milk as a cookie dunking solution, but other than that, I didn’t enjoy it.

However, for the sake of me and the baby, I’m now up to at least 4 enjoyable servings of calcium a day! Here’s my tasty list:

  • Avocado milkshake
    I make this as my dessert after dinner. I throw in an avocado (Costco sells 5 large avocados for $7), milk, ice and a half teaspoon of sugar. I keep offering to make one for my husband, but he turns it down every time. I think the colour turns him off.
  • Steamed milk
    Pre-pregnancy, that grande cup of coffee every morning was so comforting and enjoyable but those days are over for now. Although I know 1 cup of coffee is safe for pregnant women, coffee hasn’t had that same effect on me. I have now turned to steamed milk. You can buy these at coffee shops at an unreasonable cost for a cup of milk, but I make these at work. Twice a day. Steamed milk from the espresso machine and a pump of hazelnut or cinnamon syrup = delicious.
  • Cereal
    Part of my typical breakfast is Cheerios with milk and bananas/blueberries/blackberries.
  • Cheese
    How did forget about cheese all these years?! I used to eat cheese as a kid (some kind of white cheese shaped in a cylindrical block) and have now rediscovered how awesome it is! Mozza, swiss, havarti, cheddar, etc. …. yum. No soft or unpasteurized cheese for the baby though!
  • Yogurt
    I work at an awesome place that stocks the fridges with an abundant supply of all types of yogurt. Perfect for a snack.

I think I got the calcium thing under control. Now, I just need to figure out the vegetable thing.