5 easy (and delicious!) recipes for pregnancy ups and downs


When you’re pregnant, your appetite will ebb and flow along with your mood, your energy, your belly...pretty much everything (hormones, amiright??). Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night feeling famished and I have to eat another meal just to go back to sleep. But then other days, the smell of food wafting from the kitchen makes me nauseous. And more often than not, I find myself running from a video shoot to a publishing meeting to a date with my husband (gotta make time for that, too) and realize that it’s been hours since I ate anything at all, which is a major no-no for keeping my energy up while fueling for two. Here are five of my favorite recipes for some of the ups and downs your appetite will go through throughout pregnancy:

Make this if you’re:

On-the-go: Yogurt bark. If I’m running late to work in the morning, it's so tempting to just grab the nearest muffin or waffle and head out the door. Breakfast bark allows me to keep nibbling away at something as I try to find my purse and shoes, but I can feel good knowing that it’s full of good-for-you ingredients like fruit!

HANGRY: Banana pancakes. When I was a kid, I used to love stacking as many pancakes as I could on my plate to see how many layers I could realistically fit on my fork. (Okay, fine, maybe I still do that now.) With pancakes this fluffy, I’d be shocked if you could cram on more than four, but I dare you to try! I also love making this banana topping when I’m serving up regular pancakes or even waffles. It’s a rich, sweet, and potassium-packed addition to any breakfast food.

Lacking appetite: Cinnamon roll smoothie. Especially when I'm trying to eat healthily, I catch myself daydreaming about all of the foods I shouldn’t eat: fast food fries, triple layer chocolate cake, cheesy lasagna. Cinnamon rolls often enter my thoughts, too, which is why I can’t resist this smoothie recipe. I get to satisfy my cravings without all of those empty calories or preservatives.

Craving sugar: Blueberry fro-yo. Homemade frozen yogurt is way easier to make than you might think. When I tell people that I make my own, they ask me whether I had to buy an expensive ice cream machine or purchase dry ice. No way: all you need is a blender and a freezer!

In need of a treat: Donut muffins. These little gems have the soft texture of a donut in the cute, portable shape of a muffin — and I can’t get enough of them. Lathered in layers of gooey frosting and glaze, most donuts feel like an over-the-top indulgence. This is the kind of miniature donut treat I go for when I’m craving something sweet but manageable.

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