July 1, 2015
The hydrating power of watermelon combined with the protein-packed mozzarella make this a pregnancy dessert worth devouring!
Watermelon was my go-to favorite snack during my first pregnancy, and my labor. (I still have visions of my doula, my husband, and my midwives feeding me pieces of watermelon in between contractions.) It was just the right amount of sweetness with a little extra water to curb any cravings I was having.
Since watermelon does have an almost 90% water content, it’s great for keeping dehydration away and reducing swelling. It’s been said that watermelon helps alleviate nausea as well. And the potassium and magnesium in watermelon will also help combat muscle cramping associated with the later weeks of pregnancy.
Originally, when I found this recipe on Bites of Bri, it called for Feta cheese and mint. You’ve probably heard to avoid soft cheeses like feta since they are unpasteurized and carry a slightly higher risk of bacterial contamination. However, you CAN buy pasteurized feta cheese, and if that floats your boat, then go for it! I am not a huge feta fan, so this adaption suited my tastebuds much more. And fresh mozzarella is almost always pasteurized, but you can always read the labels if you want to avoid unpasteurized cheeses.
Plus, fresh mozzarella cheese has a slightly higher protein content, so that sealed the deal. A 1-oz serving contains 5g of protein, so 2-3 of these skewers would help you reach that (depending on the size of your mozzarella balls.)
The Brewer’s Pregnancy Diet also recommends getting 4 servings of milk/milk products daily, and 2-3 of these skewers would help you to fulfill one of those servings. (There is a replacement option for vegans.)
Plus, this recipe will give you a reason to use terms like balsamic reduction, which is always fun & fancy to talk about!
Watermelon Mozzarella Skewers
Ingredients (makes 12-24 skewers)
1/4-1/2 fresh watermelon, cubed (and seeded, if you want to make eating them really easy)
1 8-oz. container of fresh mozzarella balls
Fresh basil leaves