Six recipes with six dates for pregnancy

I’ve been eating dates religiously since finding out that they could potentially lead to a shorter labour. My life has been so busy recently with TV work, writing my book (manuscript’s due in September) and travelling – I am currently in Greece – that at times I forget the even bigger changes and challenges ahead. Eating a few dates a day has been something simple that I can do to prepare every day. Whether it actually works or not is yet to be confirmed but the mere act of eating dates brings my mind back into focus. It’s something that I can still find time to do (mostly), even if other things such as friends and blogging have fallen by the wayside. Sorry about that, by the way, if you’ve been affected. I won’t bombard you with false promises, let’s just agree to some time apart and I will resume my previous blogging schedule once I have handed in my cookbook, agreed?

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I’m in my third trimester now and my passion for dates has also waned somewhat, so I decided to find new (or old and lost) ways of ingesting this lovely (and potentially miraculous?) dried fruit. 6 is the magic number when it comes to dates apparently. Here are my favourites:

 
The date breakfast
 
300g oats
18 dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 litre almond milk
10-20 pecans halves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
 
Boil the almond milk, pit the dates and chop the pecans into smaller bits. Once the almond milk has frothed, take it off the heat, add all the other ingredients, cover and leave overnight. The next morning put it in the fridge, and eat for breakfast for the next 3 days.
 
The date shake
 
6 Dates
250ml spelt milk 
Banana
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
 
Spelt milk makes everything taste amazing and lucuma powder is my favourite pregnancy replacement for maca, which you should avoid during pregnancy. Just blitz all the ingredients together.
 
The date flapjack
You will find the recipe for these here

The date snack
 
Dates
Mascapone cheese
Pecans
 
Stuff each pitted date with a teaspoon of mascapone and a couple of pecan halves.
 
Thedatedessert
 
6 dates
Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon good quality honey
1 tablespoon crushed pistachios
 
Enjoy and happy labouring!
 
Editor’s Note 03.06.2016 : Do dates speed up labour? Do they heck, I had dates coming out of my ears and my labour still took 3 days (though I was never officially “in labour” as I never dilated past 4cm). Nevertheless, it’s important to do everything you think might help, so that you feel prepared and relaxed for whatever that day (or three) asks of you.