Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Eating for TWO
It seems that food is constantly on my mind these days. I know that medically speaking your body only needs 300 extra calories per day to grow a child, but when I'm pregnant I am almost ALWAYS hungry. I seem to be always planning what I will eat next (most of the time with dread since I feel like I'm always on the hunt for food). It literally feels like I'm eating double what I'm accustomed to, and that I am indeed "eating for two".
I also know that weight gain is a touchy subject when pregnant. Some ladies gain a lot and some very little. Some eat whatever they want and gain only a few pounds. Some eat really healthy and gain quite a bit. There doesn't seem to be any explanation for all this. But what I do know is that counting/cutting calories when pregnant is dangerous and very unhealthy. If you are hungry you should eat! Your body knows what it needs when you are pregnant.
However, that doesn't mean that while pregnant we should throw out the rule book and eat German Chocolate cake for breakfast every day. :) Though, if that's the only thing that sounds good to you, I say more power to you. Hehehe.
What I need are GOOD nutritious foods that will ONE - fill me up and TWO - taste delicious. So here are a few of my pregnancy favorite standbys....
Toast - my favorite varieties are with wheat bread because it sticks to you more. I like to put peanut butter (again, it has staying power) and honey on mine. Or cream cheese and strawberry jam. I also love raisin bread toasted with a little butter and cinnamon.
Cereal - cold cereal with milk will actually provide your body with a lot of the vitamins you need, plus the milk will give you calcium and protein. Sugar cereals won't stay with you though, so my favorites are wheat Chex, honey bunches of oats, or Quaker oat squares. I think I eat 2-3 bowls per day.
Granola Bars - these seem to stick longer with me!
Yogurt - I like yoplait fat free. It fills me up without offering empty calories I don't need.
Tomato/vegetable juice - I know this one sounds weird, but tomato juice is VERY filling and will offer you so many nutrients your body craves. Plus, it doesn't have many calories so it is a WIN WIN! Try it! Pair it with crackers and it's a nice snack that will hold you until dinner.
Apples - For some reason the juicy and crunchy quality of this fruit really helps to ease my tummy and fills me up very well. All fresh fruits are a win, but apples are cheap and a BIG standby for me when pregnant.
Popsicles - This one doesn't really fill me up, but it does soothe nauseated tummies. Pace bars are my favorite variety but I've also been known to eat 2 or 3 otter pops in one sitting. Popsicles are awesome because they give you needed fluids and as I said, can calm an upset stomach.
Those are my best suggestions! But I want YOURS.
What do you eat when you are pregnant that fills you up?
What are some healthy snacks/meals you can eat while being pregnant?
What foods do you eat that help ease your nausea?
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