As I head to the end of my second trimester of pregnancy, I have noticed my appetite has increased. I’m really hungry when I wake in the mornings so I’ve been having bigger portions, and I’m also more hungry during the afternoon. It’s completely normal of course, as you do need to provide bubs with extra nutrients and energy, although you definitely don’t need to ‘eat for two’. I’m just listening to my appetite and hunger/fullness cues and going for options that will nourish us both, with the odd treat if I really feel like it.
Here’s what I ate today.
Surprise surprise breakfast was porridge! I think I’ve had porridge most days over the past few months for breakfast. I have really been loving it, but the past few days I’ve been a bit bored of it. It could just be the toppings (berries) but I’m keen for some fresh ideas – let me know what you’re currently having. I’m planning on making some more of this granola in the weekend so that will give me another option too. Today I had porridge with chia seeds, yoghurt, berries plus a nut/seed/fruit/coconut mix sprinkled on to to add some extra crunch. I’m using chia seeds and LSA most days either with breakfast or with yoghurt/fruit for a snack to boost my omega 3 intake. Marine sources are best absorbed, but I like to provide myself with a bit of a top up from plant based sources.
I also has a latte at work and enjoyed that whilst catching up on a bit of research on intuitive eating.
Around 10.30am I had some banana blueberry bread I made in the weekend. I’m loving this recipe – it’s made with coconut flour and wholegrain flour and is also low in added sugar plus it tastes really good! I’ll be sharing the recipe at some stage, but in the mean time here’s a recipe for similar version just with banana if you’re keen to try it out. I also had a small handful of mixed nuts – brazil, almond and cashews.
Lunch was kind of reconstructed omelette on toast spread with avocado. How good is it to have avocados back at a good price? I cooked the egg and spinach before work and reheated it. This was pretty tasty and a good mix of healthy fats, protein, carbohydrate and some non starchy vegetables.
I had an early lunch as I run a course on Wednesdays which I start setting up about 11.45am. We have a break around 2pm at the course and it’s catered so there is fruit and sandwiches. I had a handful of grapes and a mini sandwich (ie a quarter) which was cheese and tomato.
Back in the office, I had a banana and then a bit later I had a white chocolate sante bar. I’m not usually a white chocolate person but I really felt like it, so I had it and it hit the spot.
After work I had some carrot sticks I didn’t eat earlier and half a bottle of kombucha that was left in the fridge from yesterday.
I felt like it had been a while since I’d had red meat, so tonight we had steak for dinner. Red meat is of course a good source of iron, and in pregnancy your iron requirements increase therefore including good sources of iron is important. With our steak we had home made mushroom sauce, onion, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kumara mash. A delicious combination!
So that’s me for another fortnight – I hope you enjoyed the latest instalment. And do let me know if you’ve got any delish breakfast ideas I should try.