‘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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?