DELICIOUS & HEALTHY CHOICES
Eating clean is very important and I can assure you, I've made my fair share of mistakes in terms of food habits in the past. About 2,5 years ago I realized I had to change the way I was living, making lifestyle changes such as becoming more active (I'm talking sport activities not just being extremely busy with work, haha) and eating as clean & healthy as possible on a daily basis has become ever so important to me. Making these changes has had such a good impact on my life in many ways.. Let me know if you would like me to put up a post about my personal lifestyle changes!
I won't lie to you, I do love a burger and something sweet once in a while. Hey, cut me some slack, I am human too.. and I'm pregnant! - Pregnancy cravings are real! - But I try my best to bring fast food to a minimum, baby eats that too! When I'm out grocery shopping, I always keep the baby in mind making sure I provide him with the best building blocks for a healthy development and start in life. Baby <3
Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper
Sure you heard of this saying.
Okay, that said, I do believe that healthy food is medicine for the body and mind! And I do enjoy preparing yummy dishes. It's something that makes me happy.
So let's get cooking, today I'm sharing what I typically eat in a day. (during pregnancy)
Disclaimer: This post is in no way a sponsored post.
First comes breakfast! Preparing a delicious & nutritious breakfast is a great reason for me to get out of bed in the morning. (with less snoozing) Taking in plenty of calcium and getting enough nutrition is very important during pregnancy, I do keep this in mind when choosing my meals.
Option 1: GRANOLA BOWL
I typically fill up a bowl with granola, a handful of gorgeous blueberries and raspberries. (my favorite! and now even more #dailypregnancycraving) I'll often add a sprinkle of dark chocolate flakes.
Option 2: BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKES
When I need a little extra sweet tooth I'll prepare a couple of banana oatmeal pancakes. These are similar to american pancakes (small & plump) but I make the dough from banana's, oatmeal, 1 egg and milk. These really take no time to make. (very easy) I've posted the recipe recently on my Instagram @anaisstoelen. So check it out if you are craving some healthy yummy pancakes like it's nobody's business. I typically eat two pancakes with a handful of blueberries, some banana slices (about 1/2 banana) and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Option 3: PORRIDGE
On some days I need the warm hug of my husband and some porridge in the morning. :-) I love a whole grain porridge (my favorite is from Brinta) or an oatmeal porridge with slices of banana and a little bit of cinnamon*. And so yes, yes, I do love banana in my breakfast routine. It's nutritious and gives me a full feeling. Mama's you know how hungry you can be when pregnant, am I right? So let's go bananas! :-D
(*I'm careful with using cinnamon during pregnancy, I read that it's not recommended because it can harm an unborn baby. Not sure if that's really so but I rather avoid it in this case.)
In the weekend I'll treat Abbas and myself to an elaborate breakfast. So on top of these options I'll sometimes eat a croissant with apricot or raspberry jam (Bon Maman, I love this brand!) a toast with cheese (always pasteurized) and a greek yoghurt (pasteurized milk).
When the clock strikes 10 am, I feel a bit nauseous because I'm starving! Mama's, does this happen to you too? So I'll quickly make myself a filling snack.
Option 1: A SANDWICH
I love sourdough bread and I'll smear it with a cream cheese (Boursin for life!) and I'll top it with a few slices of organically grown cucumber. If I'm really hungry I'll have a second sandwich with cream cheese and cherry tomatoes.. (so much more taste than regular veggies, seriously, I buy most veggies from organic farming!) Sometimes I'll go for a sweet sandwich with strawberries but most of the time I need something fresh & salty. If I have more time I'll treat myself to a sandwich with avocado spread. (Love you!)
If I didn't eat fruits for breakfast, sometimes I'll eat a small cup of fruit as a side dish to my sandwich as well. And did I mention I love a cup of green tea in the morning?
Option 2: FRUITS
Most of the time when I'm attacked by this sudden hunger I'll stick to option 1, the sandwich, but there are times that I'm thirsty for fruits. I love mango, apple (Pink Lady), prunes and passion fruit the most in the morning.
Option 1: WARM LUNCH
When I need an energy boost, or when I know I'll have to run some errands or do some chores in the afternoon, I need a little bit extra. I love a quick and easy pasta for lunch such as a homemade pesto genovese. (Sometimes I'll go for a whole-weat pasta because it's the healthier choice, but I'm not always into it.)
Option 2: SALAD
I love myself a fresh and crispy green salad (with a bit of vinaigrette), sometimes with bit of chicken or a homemade tuna salad and bread. But there are also times I like an all-veggie salad starring raw or grilled veggies.
Option 2: SOUP
Who doesn't love a delicious soup? My favorite light soup is a homemade zucchini-cucumber soup and kaffir lime leaves. For a hearty soup I love a roasted (butternut) pumpkin coconut milk soup.
Around 3 pm I often feel a little bit tired and lose concentration so I'll grab a healthy snack. My go-to afternoon snack is a handful of unsalted, natural nuts, a few raisins and one dried prune (Mama's, you know why we need prunes, haha!).. Okay yes yes, fine.. and a piece of dark chocolate. Call me crazy but I love the to-melt kind of chocolate bar from Côte d'Or. To go with this yummy snack I love a hot drink such as a (caffeine free) raspberry or cherry tea from Celestial Seasonings. PS: I learned to drink my tea without sugar or sweeteners and I love the taste of tea so much more!
Aah dinner: family time! I love this part of the day because we get to share what's on our mind and enjoy a meal together. I try to eat as light as possible in the evening myself because lately I've been having a lot of heartburn in the evenings. (I'll be the last person to deny that pregnancy also holds some less pleasant symptoms. :-D)
Mexican style veggie filled chicken wraps, a non-fatty fish with green asparagus and brown rice, rosemary grilled zucchini with vegetarian burgers - I love spinach burgers - and quinoa or a carrot puree, peas and turkey (or less lean, a few slices of bacon, .. I know!) are my just some of my favorites dishes.
I try to eat as variated and healthy as possible with baby in mind. And which ever meal I serve I always try to include plenty of vegetables. Twice a week we'll eat fish and we do try to eat lean meats most days. I also avoid butter, I mainly use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. I'm very picky when it comes to coconut oil I solely use organic raw coconut oil from Aman Prana.
After dinner I'll sometimes feel hungry again. And it's at this time of the day that I crave for something sweet or salty. This can sometimes mean something unhealthy.. never buy Crack-A-Nut for me! Seriously!
I try to limit my intake of sugar and processed foods as much as I can resist them.
OPTION 1: PUDDING
In the winter months or when I crave for something soothing I love a rice semolina pudding or a vanilla pudding. I'll only eat a small portion though and I'll eat it directly after dinner because milk in the evening can really stimulate my heartburn for the worse.
OPTION 2: YOGHURT
When I'm craving something fresh, yoghurt is my favorite. I love a good thick greek yoghurt! A few pieces of fresh fruit make it ever so yummy. (Although I'm careful eating fruit in the evening because it can disturb my digestion.)
OPTION 3: SWEET (AND/OR SALTY)
And some evenings I just love a cookie or two, three and I might grab a bag of potato chips . :-D I told you, I'm not going to lie, I have cravings! It's all about balance. Luckily these cravings only happen once in a while. As I said before I try to eat as healthy as possible on a daily basis. Weekends are a bit harder! ;-)
So I told you about my daily meals as a mommy-to-be. These meals just work for me and I thought I would share them with you.
Do you have any specific dishes you love during pregnancy? I'm curious what you moms-to-be eat. And please let me know if you would like any recipes, if you have any questions or suggestions!
All ears, tell me!