The early stages of pregnancy can be quite exciting, but they can also prove to be a tumultuous time for your stomach. Morning sickness is nausea; many pregnant women will experience. It is an unpleasant side effect that may or may not be followed by vomiting. Some women never experience it, whereas others can be having it all day and for many weeks.
Here are some tasty, easy recipe ideas to help settle your stomach while providing you with essential nutrients and calories.
1. Soft Ginger Cookies
Ginger is a common home remedy for nausea. Anything from ginger ale to candied ginger to boiling fresh ginger in water with a little sugar can help to ease your nausea. Some women also find that carbohydrates are easier to eat when suffering from morning sickness.
2 ¼ cups, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¾ cup margarine softened, 1 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon water, ¼ cup molasses, 2 tablespoons white sugar
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
Step 3: Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Ready to serve!
Lemonade is full of vitamin and is known for its antioxidant properties, and it can improve your body’s ability to absorb iron from plant-based foods. Homemade lemonade is an excellent alternative to store-bought lemonade. Not only is it easy to make, but also you can control the amount of sugar you like to add-in. Try making a batch with less sugar than the recipe calls for and add more to taste.
1cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup), 1 cup water (for the simple syrup), 1 cup lemon juice, 2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)
Step 1 – Make “simple syrup”: Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and remove from heat.
Step 2 – Juice the lemons: While the water is heating for the simple syrup, juice your lemons. Depending on the size of the lemons, 4 to 6 of them should be enough for one cup of juice.
Step 3 – Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, water: Pour the juice and the simple syrup sugar water into a serving pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water and taste. Add more water if you would like it to be more diluted (though note that when you add ice, it will melt and naturally dilute the lemonade). If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Step 4 – Chill: Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with ice, sliced lemons.
3. Nausea Popsicles
Nausea popsicles are a great treat, and they’re easy to make. You can also make them in bulk, so you always have one on hand when nausea strikes. These cool popsicles are filled with nutrient-rich fruits and yoghurt. Yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium, and it can help to neutralise stomach acids.
3 cups strawberries, 2 bananas, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup apple juice, 1 cup yoghurt, vanilla, 2 Tbsp. honey, 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
Step 1: Wash and cut up fruit, and add to the blender.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Step 3: Pour into popsicle moulds (or an ice tray if you forget to buy the popsicle moulds)
Step 4: Freeze!
4. Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken and Orzo
For something with more sustenance, try this Greek lemon soup. The four main ingredients — chicken stock, eggs, lemon, and rice — will be gentle on your sensitive stomach, but satisfying enough to fill you up.
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1/2 cup orzo, 6 large egg yolks, 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, 1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper
Step 1: In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the broth to boil. Add the orzo and boil until just tender, about 7 minutes (1 to 2 minutes less than the package directions).
Step 2: In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until lightened in colour. Slowly drizzle in 1 cup of the hot broth, whisking vigorously, until egg mixture is hot to the touch. Take your time; you want to temper the egg yolks here rather than cook them. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and cook, occasionally whisking, until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.
Step 3: Add the chicken and cook for another minute or two until chicken is heated through—season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese with Apples and Pumpkins Sandwich
Mummies who find nausea relief from sour foods, recipes with green apples and pumpkins can be a great alternative to sour candies.
8 slices sandwich bread, sourdough or rosemary bread, 8 slices of cheese, 2 green apples, 3 – 4 tablespoon pumpkin butter, 3 – 4 tablespoon pure maple syrup, pumpkin spice mix, vegan butter
Step 1: Work with two slices of bread at a time. Add one slice of cheese to one bread (you may need to cut it in half and arrange depending on the shape and size of your bread slice). Top with a drizzle of pumpkin butter (if using), maple syrup, and a few pinches of the pumpkin spice mix.
Step 2: Layer on the thinly sliced green apples. Top with an additional slice of cheese (again, you may need to cut it in half and arrange depending on the shape and size of your bread slice). Close the sandwich with your other slice of bread.
Step 3: Spread a layer of vegan butter on both sides of the sandwich. Grill both sides on a non-stick pan on medium heat or using a panini press. If you’re using a pan, make sure to push down on the sandwich as it’s grilling, flipping halfway through to grill the other side. When you are done, the cheese inside should be fully melted. Turn down the heat while grilling if you need more time to melt the cheese slices.
Step 4: Repeat with the remaining slices of bread to make 4 sandwiches and serve hot.
6. Banana Oat Muffins
For a great start to your morning, make a batch of these banana oat muffins. They will only take you 30 minutes to make, and they’ll fill you up while also easing your stomach. Bananas are a great source of potassium and iron, and the combination of molasses, vanilla extract, and brown sugar provides just the right amount of sweetness.
1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ½ cup white sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¾ cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup mashed bananas
Step 1: Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Step 2: In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter among them.
Step 3: Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes.
7. Carrot Ginger Mocktail
Traditional cocktails may be off the menu for now, but this alcohol-free beverage is so tasty, you won’t feel like you’re missing out during your happy hour. Made with carrots, lime juice, ginger, and coconut milk, this lactose-free mocktail is also an excellent option for people with a sensitivity to dairy.
1 ½ oz. Lemonade, ½ oz. Coco Lopez coconut milk, top off with ¾ oz soda water, 1 oz fresh-squeezed carrot juice, ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice, ¼ oz simple syrup, 2 coins of peeled ginger.
Step 1: Muddle ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker mixing glass.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice.
Step 3: Double strain (to remove ginger) into a high ball glass over fresh ice and garnish with carrot greens, lime zest, or carrot ribbons. Ready to serve!
When you’re feeling nauseous, the last thing you want to think about is what to cook or eat. These recipes, most of them can be made ahead and quick enough to prepare when you’re pressed for time.
Have you already master all the above recipes? Give it a try now and share this article to all your mummy friends.🥰