Prenatal snacks

Get Snacking: Date love with Daits - delightful natural treats

Prenatal Snack Dates

As the seasons get cooler we thought we would share some treat ideas! Dates are both delicious and beneficial prenatally - in one of our previous blog post we offered delicious ways of eating 6 dates a day. Some of those recipes require more ingredients than others -  for those days when you don't have all the ingredients on hand or you'd like an extra special treat we are happy to present you: Daits!

Daits was founded by Reem Aljarbou - a busy mama of two. Reem grew up in Saudi Arabia, where dates are a traditional staple of daily life. After relocating to Canada, Reem was surprised to find that none of the varieties of dates she loved were available here and so she began ordering shipments of her two favourite types of dates (Sukkari and Khalas). She would eat these plain or fill them with delicious and high quality ingredients, like nuts or nut butters. 

Healthy Prenatal Nutrition

Reem began sharing her date treats with friends and coworkers and everyone loved them!  Daits was born our of Reem's desire to share her family traditions with the rest of Canada and to offer a naturally sweet treat full of health benefits. 

Daits is located inside the Saks Food Hall at the Eaton Centre Pusateri's. You can find a treat for everyone in your family at Daits: plain dates pressed in their own juices or stuffed with almonds; protein bars (made mainly with dates and few other high quality ingredients); salted caramel date bars; and of course stuffed dates with whimsical names such as seeds of love (dates stuffed with walnuts, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with fennel and nigella seeds), first dait (dates stuffed with roasted almonds, coated in almond butter, and rolled in crispy feuilletine), and cloud 9 (dates piped with peanut butter). 

If you (or someone you love) are in the mood for a delicious (healthier) treat, give Daits a try! We try it every week...

Love, 

The Spectrum Doula Collective

 

Get Snacking: Date Love - how to enjoy 6 dates a day

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A while back we wrote a blog post about the benefits of eating six dates a day during the last four weeks of your pregnancy. We’ve been sharing this article with our clients and we often get the question: how does one eat 6 dates a day?

Aside from eating them on their own (which is delicious and easy) there are infinite ways to play with dates. We thought we'd dedicate the month of August to our love of dates and share some more date recipes to spice up your routine!

An easy way to incorporate dates in your life is to throw them in a smoothie:

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SUPPLIES  A blender

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut water (or regular water)

  • 1 cut-up ripe pear

  • 1 handful baby spinach

  • ½ cup chopped roughly peeled cucumber

  • 2 tbs avocado (frozen or fresh)

  • 3 pitted dates

  • ½ tsp minced ginger (or more)

  • 2-3 basil leaves

  • Juice of half a lime

INSTRUCTIONS
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend, enjoy!

This yummy refreshing smoothie has 3/6 of your daily dates and really, you can add dates to any smoothie (just make sure to balance the sweetness if you’re sensitive to sugar). Enjoy a date-ful smoothie in the morning or as an afternoon snack when you need a little more energy!

One of our favourite ways to enjoy dates is by stuffing them and the possibilities are endless:

  • pitted dates stuffed with nut butter (almost, peanut, cashew, hazelnut) and drizzled with dark chocolate

  • pitted dates stuffed with nuts (almond, peanut, pistachio), coated in chocolate, and sprinkled with coarse grain sea salt

  • pitted dates stuffed with rose-water pistachio paste (pulse ½ cup unsalted shelled pistachio in a food processor, add 1-2 tsp of rose-water)

  • pitted dates stuffed with orange-apricot-nut paste (pulse ½ cup nuts - we find pistachios or almonds work best - in a food processor, add 2-3 dried apricots and ½ tsp of orange zest or ½ to 1 tsp of orange water)

  • pitted dates stuffed with feta and walnuts

  • pitted dates stuffed with brie and pecans

  • pitted dates stuffed with cheddar and basil

  • pitted dates stuffed with….

By now you are probably thinking of your favourite ingredients and how they may work with dates - we encourage you to experiment and have fun! If you find a particularly delicious combination, leave us a message - we’d love to try it out!

Love,

The Spectrum Doula Team

Get Snacking: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Quick and easy healthy snacks whether it be during pregnancy, labour and postpartum (or for when kids are getting older) can be hard to find. This recipe is insanely easy, packed with protein and super transportable. 

But it's got nuts!?

If you or one of your children has an allergy to nuts, this definitely is not the recipe for you. If you're wondering if it's safe to eat nuts while pregnant or nursing babe, the most current research shows that your child's development of a nut allergy is not impacted by whether you eat or do not eat nuts throughout pregnancy and or while nursing. Yay!

Supplies

  • Parchment Paper
  • 8 x 8 in pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir ingredients together (it might be easier to use your hands to mix all the ingredients together). Cut a piece of parchment paper big enough so the paper hangs over the edges of the 8 x 8 inch pan. Place mixed ingredients on the parchment paper and use a fork to flatten the ingredients to the edges of the pan and then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Once chilled the Peanut Butter Granola should easily be cut into bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

Enjoy!

Love the Spectrum team xo