‘You’re eating for two these days’.

Growing up, when I was first starting to become conscious of my body, weight and looks, I used to think to myself, ‘man, I can’t wait to be pregnant so I can eat anything I want and not care’. Fast forward 10 years with a real life baby growing inside of me and I’ve realised that simply isn’t the case. 

Yes, I may let myself have a few more treats than I did before I was preggers, but I’m conscious that I need to be nurturing my body, and my baby, as much as possible, so aim to keep my main meals full of veggies!

Breakfast

I’ve always been a breakfast person, but these days I wake up absolutely ravenous. 

My breakfast would normally consists of a bowl of oats, mixed berries, honey and peanut butter; all consumed at my desk. But as I was working from home on this particular day, I decided to make use of the extra time by making a nutritious home cooked breakfast (it’s always nice to mix it up a bit midweek).

So for breakfast today I had a 2 egg turmeric omelette with mashed avocado mixed with lemon, salt, and chilli flakes. Accompanied with a banana, peanut butter, and nut-milk shake. 

Snack

I’d love to say that breakfast filled me up, and it did for a while, but as I had my breakfast early (around 7am) I was hungry again by 11am so I decided to make myself a little snack. 

I had an Alpro soya yoghurt, and a small tangerine (I am obsessed with all things orange at the moment, in fact, it’s the only craving I’ve had during this pregnancy).

Lunch 

Most days I have lunch already prepped, ready to pop in the microwave and go, and today was no exception.

I had a small bowl of vegetable Paella from one of my current favourite books – ReNourish. I’m hoping to do a full review of this book once I’ve read from cover to cover, but for now I’ve tried several recipes and can honestly say I love each and everyone one of them.

Some healthy eating recipes contain an insane amount of ingredients, some of which simply aren’t store cupboard friendly, but this book contains a variety of easy to make recipes. This Paella recipe in particular will last you for days, I can easily get 6 or more meals out of it.

…today I topped it off with some rocket – gotta get those greens in.

Dinner

Today we had some friends over, so ate quite late. We had another recipe from the ReNourish book – a delicious Shepherd’s pie topped with sweet potato and a side of veg. 

What I love about this book is that most of the recipes can be made with meat, or without. The Shepherd’s pie is a prime example and details the substitution. As you know I don’t eat meat, so made this with Quorn mince and lentils.

Choc O’clock! 

Before I fell pregnant I used to be quite strict with my treats, only allowing myself a square (or two) of dark chocolate during the week, but allowing myself to relax a little at the weekend.

Now I’m pregnant, I have released the chocolate fiend inside of me and allow myself to eat some everyday – without feeling guilty.

Today’s treat came in the form of a Malteser’s bunny – one of my favourites.

What do you eat in day? Do you allow yourself to have daily treats?

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I’m a fairly organised person at best (at least I’m a bit of a control freak), so I like to plan my meals out way in advance and usually do a big cook on a Sunday and again on a Wednesday to ensure I’m well prepped. However, when the lovely Hannah over at Nuba Health offered to cook AND deliver my lunches for a week I jumped at the chance of getting a little extra free time to focus on work and life rather than the kitchen. View Post

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It’s that time of year again when we want to look good for our Summer holidays but we don’t want to substitute our social lives; the sun is out and we want to enjoy it while it lasts – which we all know won’t be long!

So instead of stressing over whether we can join our friends for dinner in the sun – lets just be a little more considerate about what we’re putting in our stomachs. A few wise food choices can go a long way. 

Now I’m not saying that you can’t have the ‘unhealthy’ option – just save it for the weekend maybe..!

Read on for my Top 10 Healthy Food Swaps…

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attempted to make a healthier coconut cake (using coconut flour) only for it to turn out too sloppy, too flat or too dry. I’d nearly given up when my parents invited me round for Sunday lunch and I thought I’d give it one last go.

My Dad is a coeliac you see and has been since before I was born – so it’s always been difficult to make treats that are suitable for him when we get invited over. One Christmas time I even had a full on meal prepared with a delicious stew bubbling away on the stove, only to realise, as I was running through the ingredients one more time with my Mum before plating, that I’d used the wrong type of stock and that my Dad couldn’t have ANY – it was heartbreaking watching my Dad watch us all eat whilst nibbling on a Gluten Free mince pie! Needless to say, these days I need to take extra care that I get it just right – I don’t think I’ll ever live it down.

With the memories of that foodless Christmas time meal I knew that I had to try one last time to make a delicious coconut cake that would meet my Dad’s approval and wouldn’t send his stomach into overdrive with that rogue glutenous ingredient. So armed with my previous failed recipes I headed to the kitchen scooped up all the ingredients I needed and got to work…

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I always try to promote eating real food, and where possible making your own from scratch. A boiled egg, half an avocado or an apple with peanut butter are all great snacks, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to prep these things or we need something a bit more discreet with no fuss – or maybe we just really fancy a cheeky little treat. Whatever the reason there are now some nutritious, delicious pre-packaged snacks on the market that won’t stand in the way of you and your goals.

Read more to see my favourites… View Post