Simple Smoothie Pops For Summer

CulinaryCravings Pops BLOGAs a health-conscious mom to a toddler, it’s important to me to find more nutritious ways to enjoy snacks and desserts. Our family has recently become obsessed with smoothies which are a refreshing treat for summer and Greyson especially LOVES them! We have a garden of strawberries ready for picking and in the mornings, we make smoothies for breakfast. For a more indulgent take, I decided to try popsicles! Just take your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze into a popsicle mold (or make your own.) These are good any time of the day and perfect for a mom-to-be and her family who craves something sweet but without the guilt. Enjoy! -Olivia


  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Try Greek for a tangier taste!)
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice


  • Blend strawberries, blueberries, banana, yogurt and juice until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle mold; freeze until solid- between 5-10 hours or overnight.

Danielle Walker’s Favorite Recipes for Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

We are all about satisfying cravings; after all, it is the name of our blog! So we were especially excited when Danielle Walker, whose cookbooks Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple, both New York Times bestsellers, agreed to be a guest editor this month and share some of her favorite recipes with us. Danielle is currently expecting her third child. Keep reading for the delicious snacks she makes to satisfy her own cravings and feed her growing family!

For DMAT blogI am a mom to a beautiful son Asher who is almost 5, my angel-daughter Aila, and a new sweet one that is expected to arrive in August.

Eating a healthy diet during my current pregnancy is so important to me so I can be present for my son and my husband, and have the most energy for after the baby arrives. It has become a lifestyle shift for the entire family, and we all feel better for it.

As a pregnant momma, crave-worthy foods are important, so I commit my free time to recreating recipes so we can still experience the joy that comes with favorite foods. If you’re looking to change up your eating habits, even 50% of the time, you can try some of these recipes with your family and they are sure to love them. I have found that the more my son gets involved in the kitchen, the more likely he is to try out new recipes. Take a look at this new recipe we made together- breakfast cookies!

My two cookbooks, Against all Grain and Meals Made Simple are also packed with over 300 combined healthy, family-friendly recipes. My new recipe app Cookery also allows you to have over 100 recipes from my blog and even create grocery lists on your mobile device!

Here’s a few of my favorite recipes that are perfect craving satisfiers, and also give your little ones a special treat!

Homemade Fruit by the Foot

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

Banana Muffins with Chocolate Streusel Topping

Low Carb Pizza

Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs

Nut-free Chicken Nuggets

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Spotlight on Danielle Walker from Against All Grain

Guest Editor: Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

As a working mom, I take any chance I can get to get away with my family and spend some quality time with my son. With one on the way, that time is becoming more valuable than ever, so we took a little vacation to visit family in the mountains for Memorial Day. Eating a healthy diet and teaching my son healthy eating habits is important to me, plus it’s such a fun way for he and I to bond and spend time together. We spent the long weekend making tons of yummy food, snuggling, and playing lots of board games. It was perfect! Read on for a few of the photos I featured on an Instagram takeover for Destination Maternity.IMG_1832Asher is so excited to be a big brother and loves to help in the kitchen!  Photo Credit: Jennifer Skog Photography Get Danielle’s look here.
IMG_1844It was our first day of summer here since this little guy graduated preschool Friday! We decided to take our time getting the day started and snuggled on the couch for a bit. This momma was tired! He munched on a Hidden Veggie Muffin (grain-free and packed with vegetables!) from my first cookbook Against all Grain. Throw some mini dairy-free chocolate chips into them for an extra special treat!IMG_1845 I’ve had to eat a substantial breakfast pretty much first thing during this pregnancy to avoid feeling sick and have energy through the day. I made a scramble with some beautiful farm-fresh pastured eggs, crispy bacon, potatoes, and spinach for everyone Monday morning! Next to prep some festive popsicles and sides.IMG_1849I don’t know why, but I can’t resist fruit when it has the stem and cute leaves still on! These raspberries were in such perfect shape, we picked up some strawberries at the market so my little guy and I made some healthy Popsicles to enjoy. I’ve been craving so much fruit during this pregnancy and frozen fruit is irresistible and so satisfying!IMG_1859We visited family in the mountains and our outdoor plans were postponed by a thunder and hail storm! Puzzles, coloring, board games, and Lego building were in order. Do any of you other pregnant mamas welcome lazy days like this? I know I do! The weather didn’t keep us from barbecuing the tri-tip that’s been marinating though!IMG_1862The weather cleared up and dinner was served! We had marinated tri-tip, grilled asparagus, and a salad with grilled nectarines, prosciutto, walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. What did you have for dinner? IMG_1864For more healthy recipes and ideas, see both of my cookbooks Against all Grain and Meals Made Simple and my recipe app Cookery! And you can always find me here on instagram daily to keep up with my pregnancy, daily eats, family life, and fashion finds! Xo Danielle

Power Smoothies for Pregnancy

Avocado Power Smoothie For PregnancyAvocado Power Smoothie For PregnancyPregnancy SmoothieI know so many women who are excited when pregnant, because they feel like they can eat whatever they want. The truth is that you need to eat healthy, especially when you’re expecting! I mean, of course, the occasional treat is okay… that is why they call them pregnancy cravings! My family and I try to eat the best we can. I always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but definitely when I was expecting my son Greyson. It seems that the hardest part for women, especially pregnant women who are always on-the-go, is finding the time to eat healthy. Fortunately fruit and veggie smoothies are simple, super healthy and filled with amazing nutrients, but only take a couple minutes to make.

Our Graphic Designer, Klaudia, who has a two year old daughter, swears by this creamy avocado, berry and spinach smoothie. It’s so delicious, even her toddler enjoys it! All you need to do is stock up on some power-food produce and take out your blender, bullet, Ninja or whatever mixer you have.

If even this seems like too much to handle, Bundle Organics makes amazing juices for mommies-to-be. They are prenatal blends, perfect for the development of that growing baby in your belly! Whatever way you want, try to get your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Your skin, body, bump and baby will thank you. – Olivia


  • Half of an avocado
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • A handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 pear or apple


  • Blend in bullet and serve!

Festive Holiday Cookies

Now that I’m a wife and mom the holidays are even more fun because I get to share the spirit of the season with my husband and little one! We’ve been busy planning, playing (look for an upcoming post on our trip to The Polar Express), decorating and baking this month! Growing up I took comfort and found so much joy in the family traditions we shared. I’m sure you, like me, have holiday traditions that you remember fondly. My friend Melissa remembers the excitement of opening a special gift for every night of Hanukkah. My husband’s family gave toys to needy children in their community. My twin brother Tom and I decorated the tree every Christmas Eve with our parents. The fun of the holidays is in continuing the traditions we loved from our childhood, but also starting new ones.

Coming from a large Italian-American family, spending time with aunts, uncles, and neighbors was the best part! And of course there was fabulous food that always overflowed in our home during this time.  I looked forward to baking cookies with my mom and aunts, because it gave us a chance to be together, share stories, but also eat! We’d bake all day and all varieties of cookies, from traditional Italian recipes from my grandfather’s family like pizzelles, to classic chocolate chip, lace and spritz (the S cookies!) for a “dash of color.”Holiday CookiesThe ladies in my family are such good bakers that they’d always share these lovelies with their friends and neighbors. We’d gift out pretty spreads of them on simple dishes wrapped in cellophane, and then tie them up with a bow. It’s such a great gift, especially for those who aren’t bakers, because then they get to enjoy homemade sweets during the holidays! I’m excited to continue this tradition with my own son! At least I’d love for him to see the spectacle of a fun day of holiday baking in his own home. And I also wanted to share this fun and simple gift idea with you and yours. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! xoxo Olivia

Pizzelles Ingredients:
Yield: 2dozen

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder, and blend into the batter until smooth.
Heat the pizzelle iron, and brush with oil. Drop about one tablespoon of batter onto each circle on the iron. You may need to experiment with the amount of batter and baking time depending on the iron. Bake for 20 to 45 seconds, or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron. Carefully remove cookies from the iron. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Italian Wedding Cookie Ingredients:
Yield: 6 dozen

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1/3 cup, for rolling
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground blanched almonds
  • 5 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream butter in a bowl. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well. Shape into crescents using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners’ sugar.


Ridiculously Delicious Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Doughnut Recip

What comes to mind when you think of fall? It’s a sensory season filled with good food, crunchy leaves, rich colors, the sounds of nature… right down to the smell of fruits, nuts and spices! One of my fall favorite memories growing up was indulging in fresh, hot Apple Cider Donuts from the local farmer’s market. Now I get to introduce my little boy to this experience, hopefully making it a family tradition for seasons to come.

My family has been getting the same donuts and cider from the same market for generations. I can taste them now as I write this and while I wish I could share these scrumptious goodies with you, I did find a great recipe that will get you in the seasonal mood. Hopefully you and your children (or children-to-be!) can create a fall family tradition out of making them together. And I’m sure all of you expecting mamas could use a donut to curb your pregnancy cravings. With some cinnamon kisses – enjoy! Olivia

Easy Watermelon Ice Pops

watermelon pic for blogSo, we have an ongoing “sweets battle” in my house. While we try to eat mainly healthy on average, my husband and I are a bit at odds on letting my 15 month old eat sweets after meals. I’m a big ol’ softie who loves indulging Greyson with ice cream cones and cookies. However, Grey’s dad is always the voice of reason, suggesting we limit his sugar intake primarily to special occasions. When I came across this recipe I thought it would make us all happy! It’s a simple recipe that’s 100% natural AND was a hit with Grey. Just take a look at that adorable messy face! It’s also a perfect end-of-summer treat. Hope you all enjoy this Labor Day weekend! -Olivia


  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon


  • Place coconut water, lime juice, and honey in blender, then mix to combine.
  • Place the watermelon into the syrup. Blend until smooth.
  • Carefully fill popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm. Makes 10 servings. Freeze Time is 5 hours. Find the recipe here

Refreshing Orange, Ginger + Mint Mocktail

This is a refreshing summer mocktail that is perfect if you’re expecting, since it has a hint of ginger. The citrus and mint give this drink its zing, while the ginger helps keep nausea at bay. It’s perfect for your next summer soiree or to sip at home anytime:orangeginger


  • oranges
  • 1 1/2cup demara [raw] sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 81-inch pieces ginger
  • bunch fresh mint
  • liter club soda
  • crushed ice


  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from oranges in thin pieces, taking care not to get white pith on rind. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
  • Add sugar and water to saucepan and place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger, and mint; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up 1 week.
  • To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass and top off with club soda. If desired, add a splash of orange-flavored vodka or spiced rum to glass before topping with club soda. Garnish with thin slice of orange and a couple of mint leaves. Recipe from:

The Perfect Summer Salad

Summer Salad ImageThis is a quick and simple salad that is a perfect summer dish. Serve as a healthy side or add grilled chicken for a delicious meal for you and your family. Recipe taken from


  • 12 cups packed assorted baby lettuces (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled—small berries halved, large ones quartered
  • 4 ounces feta (preferably French), crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1 cup smoked almonds, chopped


  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, preferably Banyuls
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue Recipes

What is red, white & blue all over?  Hopefully it’s your diet this upcoming Memorial Day!  Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer & whether you’re celebrating it by hosting a barbeque, going to a friend’s, family’s or just spending time with your loved ones, we’ve got you covered on some delicious (& pregnancy friendly!) recipes you can serve up so everyone can enjoy.

This grilled guacamole is a new take on an old classic!  Aside from being delicious, avocados are loaded with folic acid, potassium, vitamin C & vitamin B6 which are all great for that growing baby inside of you.  It’s the perfect starter for both you & your guests this Memorial Weekend, as well as the best way to get that grill fired up!

Pasta Salad is always a good choice when having guests.  This healthy version, made with whole wheat pasta & lots of veggies is the perfect side dish to burgers, grilled chicken & more!

What is a barbeque without a burger?  This recipe is a different spin on the seasonal staple.  It’s made with chipotle chili pepper & cilantro, which are sure to satisfy those spicy cravings.

It is easy for everyone to save room for dessert when they see these bite-sized treats, sure to gratify, without any of the guilt!  These mini blueberry-lemon cheesecakes are made with Greek yogurt, making them a little lighter without losing all of the taste!

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