This week a new book launches that promises to show more than 100 mouth-watering recipes that deliver on taste and nutrition, beautifully photographed from a chef who wanted to create easy and healthy food for expectant and new mothers.
Blooming Delicious launches on 7th April and contains lots of ideas. Divided into trimesters, pre- and post- pregnancy, the recipes include: Miso Salmon with Edamame, Super Seedy Soda Bread, Chicken Burgers with Avocado, Banana, Date and Coconut Energy Truffles, and more!Sophie Wright is an outstanding chef with a passion for healthy and delicious food. When she found out she was pregnant, she decided to make it her mission to create easy, nutrient-packed and great-tasting recipes to enjoy during pregnancy and beyond. In Blooming Delicious, Sophie shares her favourite recipes for every stage of pregnancy, from pre-conception right through to early motherhood.
With the help of top nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, Sophie carefully selects and combines ingredients to nourish mother and baby at each crucial stage. This includes the fascinating section ‘Food as Medicine’ which looks at combatting and relieving some of the symptoms associated with pregnancy – from cramps and stretch marks, to anaemia and gestational diabetes.
Here is an easy recipe from the book complete with notes from Sophie!
Banana Date and Coconut Energy Truffles
Contains: Magnesium, Zinc, Fibre, Iron, Potassium, Omega-3
These little energy bites are popping up in all the health-food shops at the moment. They are so easy to make at home, where you can add whatever flavours and ingredients you like, making them bespoke to you and your tastes throughout your pregnancy.
I made these while in my first trimester as I was totally exhausted and needed the occasional energy boost but didn’t want to rely on sugary biscuits and chocolate bars to fix my cravings. They offer a great injection of energy when it comes to elevenses, especially when paired with a crunchy apple or a handful of nuts to boost your intake of protein, fibre and much-needed minerals for you and your growing baby.
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 250g whole almonds
- 100g pecan nuts
- 200g pitted dates
- 2 over-ripe bananas
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp flaxseeds
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
For the coating:
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 1 Put the almonds and pecans into a food processor and blend
for 3–4 minutes until they turn to powder. Add the remaining
ingredients and blend again to form a paste.
- 2 mould the paste into 30 small balls. i find this easier if i wet
my hands first, to stop the mixture sticking too much. roll each
ball in the desiccated coconut. Place the balls on a tray, cover
well with cling film and place in the freezer. once the balls
are hard, you can transfer them from the tray into freezer bags.
Label the bags with the contents and the date made. They will
keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- 3 They are delicious served at room temperature or when just
starting to defrost.
Blooming Delicious is published by Vermilion and available to pre-order now.