When I first found out I was pregnant, I scoured the internet looking for what other active people were eating during their first trimesters. Is 100 extra calories really enough? What if I’m bad at counting calories? Should I stop eating M&Ms? How much peanut butter is too much?? Now that I’m in trimester 2, I’m a little bit more comfortable with fitness and eating, and thought I’d share some of what I eat in a day in case any one else out there is in a similar “What to Eat??” predicament.
While I started out being VERY health consciuous and saint-like about my eating, I also had a “eating for two! How many cookies is that?” mentality on vacation. Now I’m somewhere in the middle, knowing that food is fuel (for both of us), but I’m not going to beat myself up for eating a donut once in a while.
Banana, peanut butter, rice cake. This is my favorite breakfast before working out (especially on running days). It’s perfect for first thing in the morning when my stomach hasn’t quite figured out what’s up, and it’s a good “stick to your bones” treat.
I make a huge batch smoothie on Sundays that get me through the week, and I don’t necessarily have one every day. This week’s ingredients: 2 scoops of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology (the vegan options are not fortified with vitamin A, but I only use half a serving since I am also taking prenatal vitamins-but always consult your doctor before adding any sort of supplement/medication/etc!), 2 bananas, 2 cups of kale, a cup of greek yogurt, cinnamon, tumeric, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and some water and ice cubes.
This smoothie is easy on the stomach and I usually use it as a midmorning snack, after working out.
Lunch is a combo of veggies and protein. My favorite lunch proteins include chicken breast, ground turkey, and hardboiled eggs- all super easy to prep for the week in advance.
Leafy greens in the form of kale (I like mine a little burnt in the skillet) and/or spinach. Other various veggies include spaghetti squash, green beans, sweet potato, grape tomatoes, cucumber- anything goes here 🙂
Before pregnancy I hated cottage cheese- I ate it as a kid when forced but avoided it in adulthood. But then I read cottage cheese is a low calorie food that’s high in protein and super filling, perfect for getting more bang for your buck with necessary nutrients. Occasionally I’ll add hummus for a little extra flavor (treat yo’self).
This is a pretty aesthetic picture of one of my lunch bowls (my brother has said “So, you pretty much just put a bunch of stuff in a bowl and mash it together at this point?”). Hey, it works and it’s tasty 🙂
Even before pregnancy, I was all about afternoon snacks. I used to be a major coffee junkie, so I usually had the typical 3 p.m. crash. Now I’m drinking water constantly throughout the day, and my afternoon snacks are slightly more thoughtful. Pictured below is a banana mixed with coconut chips and mixed nuts. Other afternoon snack favorites include dates, an apple or orange, and lara bars (right now I’m big into these Fruits + Greens Lara Bars).
While I’m not doing the same intensity/length of workouts like I was in prime running a year or two ago, I still have to make sure I have enough fuel for me and Baby Z. Health is the goal, not weight loss 🙂
Depending on the night of the week, dinner can take a few different forms. It tends to be similar to lunch in the protein/veggie formula, but I’m sharing it with my boyfriend also. Some of our favorites:
- Ground beef with low sodium taco seasoning, romaine, tomato, and quinoa
- Shaved steak, collard greens, tomato/cucumber salad with balsamic
- Chicken, sweet potato noodles, sweet kale salad
Sometimes we have cheese and crackers on the side, and I’ve been on a huge pretzel kick this week (pretty sure it’s the salt, I’ve never really been a salt person but lately would lick a rock just to get that salty taste).
For the past week, I’ve been so tired after dinner that dessert really hasn’t happened, but most of the time I have a raging sweet tooth. So, dessert usually involves an apple (granny smith are my fave), peanut butter, and sprinkle in some bran, wheat germ, chia and flax seeds. It’s healthy, but also kicks the craving. Other nights I’ll do berries and yogurt, with the same mix-ins.
Apple, pb, bran, honey.
And hey, I’m not a saint with my diet. I love M&Ms and cake, but I’m not eating them every day. I’ve also been organizing my M&Ms like this since I was a kid (well, when I’m not grabbing them by the handful out of the bag ;)).
Overall, I found some great tips in “What to Eat When You’re Expecting,” but felt it was a bit strong in the diet suggestions. It didn’t necessarily take into account people who do more intense, longer workouts than say half an hour of walking. They do have some great recipes in there, though!
For a fairly active person who was blessed with little to no morning sickness, this general plan is working well for Baby Z and I. Although I still get tired fairly early (i.e. by 9 p.m. if I haven’t had a nap), this gets me through a full day (plus extra if you count my other part time job).
Remember, no matter what your current condition or level of fitness looks like, food is fuel and you are the top authority on what makes you feel the best. And having a treat once in awhile doesn’t hurt 🙂
What are some ways you get your fuel, pregnant or not?
What’s your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast!
Any weird eating habits? …Is organizing M&Ms weird?