3 Popsicle Recipes for Your Pregnancy Cravings

There is no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a refreshing frozen treat. And gourmet popsicles are definitely the snack of the season. Plus, they are a healthy alternative for any mamas-to-be with major sugar cravings.

Due in September with her first child, Plated’s Chef Elana Karp has developed a bit of a sweet tooth herself: she craves sugary seasonal fruits like berries, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Despite her growing belly, this Le Cordon Bleu trained chef has continued to work as the culinary co-founder of Plated, the premium meal kit service that allows foodies to create healthy and delicious meals in the comfort of their homes. Launched in 2012, Plated delivers distinctive recipes along with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to subscribers located in the lower 48 states. Each Plated member receives 20 recipe options (and two dessert selections!) each week. Plated’s app for Android and iOS, along with their meal kits available in select Albertsons stores, allows even culinary novices to achieve success in the kitchen.

Chef Elana is loving fruit in all forms this summer, especially freshly cut and frozen. So wipe the sweat off your brow and try one of Chef Elana’s savory summer treats now:

1. Avocado-Lime Pops

Makes 6

2 cups chopped peeled avocado 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind

1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey or lime juice as desired. Pour into 6 popsicle molds and freeze up to 4 hours or overnight. Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to help the popsicles release from the molds.

2. Carrot-Mango Pops

Makes 6

11/2 cups carrot juice (such as Bolthouse)

2 cups fresh or frozen diced mango

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until very smooth. Divide mango mixture among 6 popsicle molds, cover, and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to help the popsicles release from the molds.

3. Chocolate Elvis Pops

Makes 6

2 large ripe bananas

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup almond milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Combine bananas, peanut butter, almond milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a high-powered blender until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide banana mixture among 6 popsicle molds, cover, and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Run the molds under warm water for 30 seconds to help the popsicles release from the molds.

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Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.


Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.


Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.


Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!


Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.


Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.


'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."


Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.


Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.


Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!


Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.


Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.


Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.


Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.


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