One of my goals for this third pregnancy is to not gain 45-50 pounds, like I did with my first two. Yikes! When I think about that or tell people, it’s still surprising I let that happen. But I know how it happened: I gave into every craving and ate anything I wanted. Even if that meant an entire box of Thin Mints in one sitting! But this time around I’m still giving into my cravings, but being more mindful about eating healthy consistently so there’s room for my cravings.
I always enjoy seeing what other people eat in a day because it gives me ideas. So I’m sharing what I ate one day while 28 weeks pregnant. This is a pretty typical example of what I eat regularly, as far as amount of fruits, veggies, protein, grains. I eat five meals a day: three larger and two snacks and feel this really works for me and keeps me satisfied throughout the day and not starving and binging.
One of my favorite mid-morning snacks is a muffin. They’re so easy to grab and pack in lunches and taste so good with a cup of coffee or green tea.
It has become a weekend tradition now where I make muffins with my girls as part of meal prep. They love stirring and pouring in ingredients and of course the best part: taste-testing the batter.
Even though these muffins have quite a few ingredients, they’re easy to make since you can put all ingredients into one big bowl. I love the burst of fresh blueberries in these and the subtle lemon flavor. So good!
When I first took my nutrition more seriously, I felt a little misguided when health and fitness experts I admired and who said health is about balance, only shared photos of their greens and proteins — not when they indulge. And when I had a treat or ate something not “healthy” my body was craving, I felt kind of guilty when I was trying to lose weight after having kiddos. It took me a while to find the right balance of giving in to my cravings, but I know it can be done! I LOVE sweets, especially the combination of chocolate and peanut butter — dessert is hard for me to pass up, especially home made!
But I fully believe that in order to lose weight and meet your fitness goals and maintain them, you have to make room for the things you love to eat. If you’ve deprived yourself of chocolate, or alcohol, or carbs — whatever you temporarily gave up to meet your goal — what happens when you reintroduce those back into your diet? Most likely you’ll gain some of the weight back … and it can be so discouraging.
I’m a snacker. If I go too long between meals, I get really tired, grumpy and sometimes hangry. Ever since I purchased the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (Seriously a game changer for my health), I’ve made a conscious effort to eat five meals a day– three larger meals and two smaller, snack-size. It helps so much with my energy and keeping my nutrition on track.
I get bored of eating the same thing every day so I’m always switching up my meals. Here are a few of my favorite snacks, and hopefully you get some inspiration!