New Study: Increased Fruit Consumption in Pregnancy Will Make Your Baby Smarter! + Fun Fruit-Filled Recipes via Vegan Chef Leslie Durso

New Study: Increased Fruit Consumption in Pregnancy Will Make Your Baby Smarter! + Fun Fruit-Filled Recipes via Vegan Chef Leslie Durso

When a woman becomes pregnant about 1 million questions enter her mind and one of the most common questions is, “What should I eat??”

Well a new study has an answer: Definitely eat a lot of fruit!

A study published online on EBioMedicine supports that an increased consumption of fruit (6–7 servings; 3 cups) during pregnancy is associated with improved cognitive development in children at 1 year of age. More specifically, fruit nutrient components (lycopene, fructose) were both associated with neurodevelopment. So for all of you pregnant ladies out there that want to boost your future kiddos brain function… eat some fruit! Needing ways to sneak it in?

Here are fun fruit recipes from Celebrity Vegan Chef, Leslie Durso ( ) :

san costa









1. Refreshing San Cosma Smoothie:

Serves 1

1 apple, deseeded

2 kiwis, peeled

1 large pear

½ cucumber

the juice of ½ lemon

a handful of fresh mint

pinch of sea salt

2 cups of ice

Blend in a high powered blender and enjoy!










2. Quinoa and Strawberry Salad:

Serves 1

1 cup dry quinoa

1 pint strawberries

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

½ cup shelled pistachios

1 cup edamame

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 jalepeno. finely chopped


1 garlic clove

minced 1 tsp. whole grain mustard

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

6-8 tbsp. extra virgin live oil

Cook the quinoa in water according to the package instructions. allow to cool to room temperature. Place the cooked and cooled quinoa in a large bowl and stir in all the ingredients. Dress the salad to serve.

For the dressing: Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl or shake in a jar.

peach and apple







3. Heirlom Tomato and Peach Salad:

Serves 1

1 peach, sliced in wedges

1 heirloom tomato, sliced in wedges

8 basil leaves

2 sprigs of chives

1tsp. balsalmic vinegar

1tbsp. avocado or olive oil

a pinch of salt

a pinch of pepper

Arrange the peach, tomatoes, basil, and chives on your plate like a flower and drizzle with the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Serve immediately or chilled.

apple beat and carrot








4. Apple, Beet, and Carrot Salad

Serves 2

1 apple, julienned into matchsticks

1 bulb of fennel, julienned into matchsticks

2 carrots, julienned into matchsticks

1 cooked beet, julienned into matchsticks

2 tbsp. roughly chopped cilantro


3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

6 tbsp. olive oil

1 heaping tsp. whole grain mustard

1/8 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Gently toss.


real blooming salad









5. Blooming Garden Salad

Serves 2

1 head of boston head lettuce

1 organic peach

8 organic strawberries

6 organic blueberries

fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, tarragon, etc

edible flowers

Stack the lettuce leaves on the plate making a flower shape. garnish with the fruit.


1 shallot

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

a pinch of salt

½ tsp. agave nectar or honey

2/3 cup olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in your food processor except olive oil and pulse until the shallot is finely minced. Stream in your olive oil. Serve immediately or make sure you stir in ingredients separate.

So there you have it! Fun fruit-filled recipes to make your baby Harvard ready ;



*source: Cognitive Enhancement in Infants Associated with Increased Maternal Fruit Intake During Pregnancy: Results from a Birth Cohort Study with Validation in an Animal Model


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