Another pregnancy related post today 🙂 So the last time I wrote about what I was eating in a day, I wasn’t as far along. Now that I’m seguing into the third trimester, my diet has shifted a bit to meet the growing needs of baby and also maintain my strength and fitness levels (well, sort of- I’ve been lowering the intensity of workouts after finishing Insanity Max 30, focusing instead on the 21 Day Fix Workouts and Active Maternity, with walks, hikes, and Aqua Aerobics Class mixed in).
Here’s what a typical day of food looks like:
Lately (in the past week) I’ve been having a tough time first thing in the morning. It’s harder to get out of bed, but also, morning sickness in the form of nausea has been making a return. I still like working out first thing, so it’s important to get some nutrients in without going overboard. My solution: splitting breakfast up into two smaller meals.
Smoothies are a great option for a so-so stomach. I’ve been using vegan Shakeology, greek yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, plus a little turmeric and cinnamon in mine lately. Even if my appetite is non-existent, I known I’m getting the nutrients I need to support a growing baby.
The second part of breakfast depends on what I have available. Crackers, peanut butter & jam, and banana are a favorite, as is my bowl mix with fruit, wheat germ, yogurt. Somedays I’ll just do scrambled eggs and fruit, and that works too.
Water and decaf chai tea are also on hand throughout the morning 🙂
My excitement for greens and veggies is kind of waning (combo of heartburn/simply wanting to eat bread all the time) but I’m still making an effort to make these a central part of lunches and dinners.
Below is a lot of leafy greens, some spaghetti squash, eggs, and mixed nuts (I think there was some hummus on the bottom, too).
As long as I’m getting a good amount of protein (usually 1.5 servings) and veggies, I consider it a good meal.
The afternoon snack has become almost a necessity at this point. Most of the ickiness has worn off by this point and my appetite is coming back, plus I usually try to do something active after work and I want to have some fuel for that.
Below are homemade cinnamon tortilla chips and a greek yogurt/peanut butter dip.
Other favorite snacks include Lara Bars (I’ve been digging the Blueberry Muffin flavor lately), carrots and hummus, granny smith apples, and these protein balls (I use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology for this recipe).
Most of my meals are actually not very photogenic, so it may not come as a surprise that I didn’t actually make this 🙂 Below we have a kale and tomato omelette, sauteed onion, Brussels sprouts, and potato, and homemade salsa. Just like with lunch, I try to make my plate protein and veggie heavy, adding some grains for extra oomph (rye bread, rice, or sweet potato chips if I’m especially munchy).
I actually haven’t been that big on dessert lately, believe it or not! If I do have something, it’s usually berries & yogurt, or a small bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. I have gone on a few ice cream runs in the meantime, though!
Any food hankerings that have been getting to you lately?
Do you/have you had any pregnancy food cravings? If so, what were they?
Best/worst part of the last trimester?