Hello, my beautiful moms and dads! Welcome back to another blog post. It’s nice to have you here! Today, we’re talking all about pregnancy cravings. Yes, ladies, this one is for you. Cheesecake without pregnancy is one of my guilty pleasure foods.
Seriously I could eat a whole cake to myself and not even feel guilty about it after, and I’m proud of it! Now fast forward to when I was actually pregnant, this obsession grew to new heights.
However, much to my surprise (and my worst nightmares), cheesecake can even be harmful to you when you are pregnant. Yes, you read that correctly (sob). Before I get too emotional, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people are hesitant to eat cheesecake when pregnant.
Is It Safe to Eat Cheesecake When Pregnant?
Simply put, it is safe to eat cheesecake when pregnant if the cheese is unpasteurized and if the cheesecake itself is baked so there are no raw egg remnants in it. Now you’re probably thinking, okay, is she unwell?
Before you question my sanity, let me just say this. The unbaked cheesecake was my holy grail food, so once I found out that I couldn’t have it for 9 MONTHS, I got a little upset okay? I blame the hormones.
Anyways, pregnant women should avoid pasteurized cheese because they contain harmful bacteria, which can cause them to develop listeriosis.
Think of this condition as similar to influenza or meningitis, which is a big no –especially when you’re pregnant. If you do end up contracting this illness and it is not treated in time, it can lead to extreme illness or a miscarriage.
You should also avoid raw eggs in any food while pregnant because they may contain salmonella bacteria, which could lead to salmonella poisoning –causing you to become ill. Although salmonella can do no harm to the baby, it can affect your health severely. Hence, it’s essential to keep mom and baby as healthy as possible at all times.
What Cheesecake Can I Eat?
You know I had to put this in here for all my cheesecake lovers out there on a lighter note. Here what to look for when you are looking for cheesecakes:
- Make sure they are always baked to avoid the raw egg;
- Make sure they do not have any pasteurized cheese;
- Try looking for cheesecakes that are made of ricotta cheese or mascarpone (way more delicious than I initially thought it was going to be)
- Keep an eye out for mass-produced cheesecakes from your local grocery store. Nine times out of ten, they will be baked and made with pasteurized cheese, which is precisely what we’re looking for. If you are still unsure, just take a look at the ingredients list!
Make Your Own Cheesecake At Home!
If you’re worried about eating cheesecake now, I don’t blame you. However, you can still make cheesecake at home if you can’t let go of your cravings!
Look online and get creative with the flavors and ingredients! You might even convince your partner to make it for you while you relax on the couch (just a thought)!
Here’s my favorite home-made lemon cheesecake recipe that got me through my pregnancy cravings! I still make it today as well!
List of Ingredients:
- ½ cup skim milk
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Lemon zest
1. Mix gelatin, water, and lemon juice in a bowl. Pour the content into the blender and blend for two minutes to soften the gelatin.
2. Add skim milk to the mixture until the gelatin gets dissolved properly.
3. Add the egg whites, lemon juice, vanilla extract, sugar, and cottage cheese and blend them until it gets smooth.
4. Pour the mixture into the pie plate and refrigerate for about 2 to 3 hours.
5. Garnish it with some lemon zest before you serve it to enhance the flavor and fragrance.
This cheesecake is for all my chocolate lovers out there!
List of Ingredients:
- 150g digestive biscuits
- 200g cream cheese
- 150g dark melted chocolate
- 100mg whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 45g butter
- 110g caster sugar, divided
- 150g dark chocolate melted and cooled
1. Crush the digestive biscuits to a fine powder.
2. Add melted butter and castor sugar to the crushed biscuits. Mix the content well to obtain a smooth batter.
3. Put the dough in a cake tin and place it to refrigerate.
4. Whip the cream and add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder to the mixture. Blend the mixture properly.
5. Beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar in another bowl. Fold the chocolate mixture and mix it with the cheese mixture.
6. Spread the content on top of the layer of the crushed biscuits and refrigerate for near about one hour.
If you aren’t into baking, that’s totally okay! You can also try the Jell-O no-bake cherry cheesecake that takes all of 15 minutes to prepare! Top it with some real cherries, and you have yourself a delicious treat!
And there you have it, my friends! Safe cheesecake when pregnant! Remember to always check the label before picking any cheesecakes up from the store and eating cheesecake as a dessert while you are out at a restaurant.
If you are unsure or concerned, just ask your server or the bakery section at the grocery store, and they can help you out with any questions you might have!
If you had any cravings during pregnancy, I want to know what they are, so leave a comment below! I’m interested to see if anyone has any weird ones that I would be willing to try now that I am not pregnant.
You can even post your favorite safe cheesecake recipes if you would like to as well! Regardless, you know I love hearing from you guys, so drop a comment, and let’s get the conversation started! Until next time parents! Bye for now!