Cool Treats For Pregnant Women This Summer

Delicious and sweet ways to stay cool this summer.

Cool Treats For Pregnant Women This Summer

It's getting HOT HOT HOT. Don't worry--we've all been there and we know the discomfort that comes with being pregnant in the summer time. Staying inside 24/7 is pretty much impossible, so what's the next best option? Well, it is keeping yourself cool as much as possible and as often as possible. It's important to stay hydrated, especially when you are acclimating to hotter temperatures and sweating more. With the season of ice cream and popsicles all around us, here are our *hand picked* suggestions for cool treats this summer.

1. Outshine Bars - Outshine has an array of refreshing treats. While only half their product line is non-GMO, they're still better in terms of quality as compared to the tempting ice cream trucks. Their products include real fruits, real fruit juice and coconut water. Coconut water is not only hydrating but also contains electrolytes to help replete when feeling overheated or parched. Check out their coconut water bars for a tasty way to cool off!

2. Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars - Yasso offers ice cream sandwiches and bars made with gut-friendly (yay probiotics!) Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a healthy fat, offers a good source of protein and is hydrating. The bars are creamy but won't make you feel heavy like ice cream. In fact, they contain 100 calories and approximately 5g of protein per bar so you'll also feel satiated and hydrated. There are many flavors to choose from and are the ideal ice cream alternative.

3. Halo Top Ice Cream - Halo Top ice cream is certainly a popular name in the ice cream world. It contains stevia, but as studies have demonstrated, won't contribute to a blood sugar spike as compared to simple sugars. Since it's important to try not to actually "eat for two," you'll want to watch your sugar intake, especially if you're at risk for gestational diabetes or have been diagnosed prior to pregnancy. You can consider this treat in moderation. The whole pint contains 20g of protein and falls under 350 calories, so at least we don't have to feel guilty!

4 Enlightened - This brand of ice cream is sweetened with monk fruit. Compared to traditional ice-cream, they contain half the fat and sugar. A half-cup will range from 60-100 calories which is ideal for a healthy snack or dessert. If you're craving cake or cookies, try their birthday cake or chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. Similar to Halo Top, Enlightened is also considered low GI (glycemic index) food, due to its low sugar content and higher protein content.

5. Chloe's Pops - Tagged as "soft serve fruit on a stick" -- you've got refreshing fruit flavors with a creamy texture. Chloe’s pops are made with real fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar. Most of the pops range in the 60+ calories and 14+g of sugar so you could definitely enjoy more than one on a hot summer day. They're dairy free and are made with non-GMO ingredients.

6. DIY frozen yogurt or sorbet - If you're a DIY kinda person, Tasty Buzzfeed has made some eye-catching recipe videos on making your own frozen yogurt or sorbet. The hard work is really just buying fruit and freezing it and between adding 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt or sweeteners such as honey, that's pretty much all you need. You could snag some fresh and local summer fruit and satisfy those taste buds while feeling refreshed.

Remember - everything in moderation! Even if something isn't as "caloric" as the original, it's important to practice portion control with our sweet treats and cravings.

Photography by Nuts and Walnuts.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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