Can't stand the heat? Get into the kitchen—and whip up the following delicious dishes without even turning on the stove.
Between the rising temperatures and your growing belly, chances are you're struggling to keep your cool these days. When you can't bear the idea of turning on your stovetop, don't resort to yet another PB&J.
"You can whip up a delicious, nutritious meal without heat," says Matthew Kadey, R.D., author of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It's Too Hot to Cook (Ulysses Press).
So step away from your oven and stovetop—and consider the following recipes. Bonus: Each one is packed with important prenatal nutrients!
These no-bake bars make for the perfect grab-and-go breakfasts. Made with peanut butter and oatbran, they're loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full for hours. It also contains pumpkin, which is a top source of the vitamin A your baby needs to develop a healthy heart, lungs and kidneys. For an extra protein boost, trade the milk powder for protein power. Get the recipe
Now that you're steering clear of cold deli meat, your sandwich selection is limited. To the rescue: a delicious chickpea-stuffed pita. It's packed with protein, fiber and immunity-building vitamin C. You can also use the bean mixture in a filling salad. Get the recipe
Finally, a dessert that's just as good for your body as it is your taste buds. This decadent-tasting mousse gets its rich, creamy texture from avocado, which delivers potassium to fend off pregnancy leg cramps. It's also loaded with folate, an important nutrient for your baby's neural development. Look for avocados that aren't too hard or soft, and garnish your mousse with fresh fruit or coconut flakes. Get the recipe