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.
Meal one: 6:15 a.m. is breakfast. I had four small Kodiak pancakes topped with natural peanut butter (about a tablespoon total) and about 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. This breakfast is not only delicious, but it fills me up. I also had about 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar with about ¼ cup pineapple juice (I drink this every morning), plus a cup of coffee (about ½ cup coffee and ½ cup unsweetened almond milk).
Meal two: Mid-morning snack around 10:15 a.m. One Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffin and a peach.
Meal three: Lunch was leftover quinoa taco bowls, and it was delicious. The base was mixed greens, quinoa and black beans heated up with homemade taco seasoning and topped with avocado, salsa, black olives, a little cheddar cheese and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.
Meal four: To get me through my mid-afternoon slump, I had one hard-boiled egg and a handful of sliced strawberries. The protein from the egg really helps fill me up through my drive home and until dinner.
Meal five: Veggie pizza. Surprisingly, this is one of Raegan’s favorite dinners. She always requests it and I can’t complain because it’s packed with tons of veggies. We use Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, topped with Trader Giotto’s Traditional Marinara sauce (no added sugar!), and top it with a little fresh minced garlic, sliced zucchini, mushrooms, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts and black olives. Then, we top it with mozzarella and/or sharp cheddar cheese. It’s delicious!
I also drank 100 ounces of water throughout the day.
I love getting new ideas for meals, so feel free to share some of your favorites.