With just a few months to go, staying active and eating healthy is more important than ever. I know that sometimes this just isn’t possible due to pregnancy side effects and complications, but I’ve been really lucky that I have felt great so far. My overall philosophy is to just eat and do what feels right. (And if eating what feels right means eating the cupcake then I go for it!) Pregnant or not, I always try to have a fairly balanced diet. This means I try to eat healthy most of the time, and I try not to feel guilty if I have a couple not-so-healthy meals in a week. I definitely don’t feel great after unhealthy meal or treat, even more so now than before, so this is another reason why I have these in moderation. I also have a terrible sweet tooth and that hasn’t changed during pregnancy. I always crave something sweet at the end of the day!
Here are a few of my favorite meals and snacks that I’ve been eating throughout my pregnancy.
- On Sundays I make a big batch of overnight oats to have each morning during the week. You can get my favorite recipe here. I put them in mason jars so all I have to do is grab and go in the mornings!
- On weekends we usually go for at least one long walk in the morning. When we do this, I like to grab a smoothie from either Left Coast or Real Good Juice. I like the Kale Mary from Left Coast (I swap out the avocado for banana and dates) and the Kal E. Kapowski from Real Good Juice.
- Just like with breakfast, I typically eat the same thing every day for lunch. If I can prep something on Sundays, I don’t have to worry about running out of time to make lunch during the week. They typically look something like this:
- Spinach wrap with egg whites, avocado, spinach and garlic and herb cheese spread, with a side of fruit salad
- Spinach wrap with tuna, avocado and spinach, with a side of fruit salad and maybe some crackers if I’m still hungry. (I love these pretzels!)
- Peanut butter and jelly on organic bread and veggies (snap peas are my favorite!)
- I love peanut butter and jelly, but to make it healthier I use PB2 in place of real peanut butter.
- I normally don’t start getting hungry until late afternoon. I’ll have either an apple with a side of PB2 or a few pieces of cheese, a couple slices of apple and a handful or dried cranberries and cashews. I’ve learned to just always plan ahead and have a healthy snack with me to keep hunger headaches away!
- Thanks to my mom, I recently discovered Complete Cookies and I like to have these for a guilt-free treat in the afternoon’s occasionally. They have 16 grams of protein and no added sugar. The snickerdoodle is my favorite!
- I try to make dinner five times a week, usually Sunday – Thursday and then we go out Friday and Saturday’s. Favorites right now are:
- A small bowl of spinach tortellini with roasted veggies, chicken and pesto sauce and side salad
- Grilled flatbread pizzas with roasted veggies
- Chipotle burrito bowls with shrimp. I typically swap out the rice for cauliflower rice and load up on lots of veggies.
When it comes to working out, my goal throughout this pregnancy has been to work out at least four – five times a week. My biggest challenge lately has been finding clothes that fit and I’m comfortable in. I wear these pants all the time and recently picked up a few tops from Old Navy (like this one and this one).
I like to mix things up so this includes a combination or running outside and Bar Method. I know that running will likely get a lot more difficult, or even not possible as I get closer to my due date, so I’m just listening to my body and taking a break or slowing down when I need to. Starting at the 20 week mark, I had to start doing some modifications at Bar Method, but it’s reassuring to know that because of these modifications I can continue classes as long as possible. We also take a lot of long walks with Riggins in the evenings and weekends. I’m really going to miss these once the weather turns cooler!
Last but not least, I drink a lot of water. I’m aiming for at least 100 ounces a day, but lots of days ends up being closer to 80 ounces. I use this water bottle and keep track of how many times I fill it up each day.
I would love to know any tips you have for staying active and eating healthy during pregnancy!