A Glimpse Into My Daily Diet
TGIT, loves! (Thank God It’s Thursday, because who created the rule that we had to wait until Friday to celebrate?! :)
A few weeks ago, I asked you ladies on Instagram stories what your biggest questions are, and my daily diet seemed to be the hot topic of the moment! So today, I’m giving you a glimpse into my daily diet, everything included (and hence slightly TMI). Welcome to my kitchen!
Truth be told, this diet applies to both my pre-pregnancy self and my body now at 23 weeks. I’m at the stage where I’m constantly feeling full, so I’m not eating much more than I was in the old days. Back in the first trimester, this certainly wasn’t the case, since I felt like I could eat an entire pizza every few hours.
Now, half a salad fills me up. I’m semi-forcing myself to eat normal meals in order to nourish the little lady growing inside of me, but let’s just say it’s leading to some not-so pleasant symptoms! (Hello, constipation.)
Alrighty, here goes! Recipes included for anything I made myself.
First thing in the morning, around 7-8am: I’ve been rotating between warm water with lemon and prune juice. I always drink from my Lifefactory water bottle as soon as I wake up, at least 6-8 ounces, then follow up the H20 with lemon water or prune juice.
Hydration is super important, pregnant or not, and this helps me start my day right.
For the lemon water, I simply heat some distilled water in a pot for a minute so that it’s warm (not hot), and then squeeze in half a lemon.
For the prune juice, I’ve been drinking about 4-6 ounces of this prune juice if I need a change up from lemon water. Throughout most of my pregnancy, I’ve been “regular” so to speak, but our travels to Martha’s Vineyard for July 4th really threw my system off. So extra fiber and remedies such as this have been necessary, and are helping me feel like my normal self!
Breakfast, around 8-8:30am: My breakfasts are typically similar. Either I have a slice or two of Ezekiel toast with organic nut butter and fruit, or a smoothie or smoothie bowl made on my own or through Dailyharvest.
I wrote a post about smoothie bowls and how I feel about them in this post. I’m a fan of making them myself rather than ordering out because of all of the added sugar involved. And my recipe won’t disappoint!
On this particular day, I used this recipe:
¼ cup water (I stopped drinking nut milks unless homemade, post on this coming soon!)
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
1 scoop Amazing Grass Superfood Powder Chocolate
1/2 scoop Sun Warrior Vegan Chocolate Protein
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 handful of baby spinach
1 packet frozen unsweetened acai
While running the acai packet under hot water for 10-15 seconds, blend all of the above on high until well combined. Break acai packet in half, then cut the packet open and place in the blender. Blend on high until well combined again—you may need to add additional water to create the consistency you desire.
¼ cup organic blueberries
¼ cup gluten-free granola (I used One Degree Vanilla)
Sprinkle of cocoa nibs
Organic crunchy peanut butter
Or any toppings of your choice!
Snack, around 11am: This varies depending on whether or not I worked out in the morning. If I did, I’ll make sure to have protein afterward. If not, like today, I’ll simply make sure to have something in my tummy like the delicious combo of a date smothered in nut butter. Seriously so good! (Not pictured).
Lunch, between 1-2pm: I typically eat lunch out, either on my own to work or with a girlfriend. I try to get my salad for the day in at this time, because raw greens have become increasingly difficult for me to digest during pregnancy!
On this particular day, I was super busy in the morning and picked up lunch from my favorite organic café in town, Baldanza. I had a large salad (called the "mixed bag") with greens, radishes, goat cheese, and chicken salad. Divine.
Dinner, between 7-8pm: We always eat dinner later during summer months, either because Ryan has softball or we’re busy doing things around the house. I make sure to have ingredients on hand that are versatile so I can throw something together in a pinch.
Tonight, we had chicken fingers battered in almond flour from Organic Pharmer with a side of pesto from our local farmers market, alongside sautéed squash and quinoa that I cooked up with grass-fed ghee, also from the market.
Dessert, anytime after: I’ve been trying hard not to eat sweets before bedtime because even the smallest bit affects the baby and I. She moves, and I have trouble sleeping. Not the best combo! But, if the cravings really kick in, I always have dark chocolate from Not Your Sugar Mamas on hand (pictured above), or something sweet but healthy like the pumpkin/banana muffins made from a box through Simple Mills.
There you have it! A glimpse into my daily diet. Trust me, it doesn’t always look this clean. I do try my best to eat well, but there are days that make it nearly impossible like when I’m traveling or end up somewhere unexpected for lunch or dinner. In those moments, I chose the best I can, or go for something I’m craving like a grass-fed burger and french fries ;)
What about you? What does your daily diet look like—anything similar to mine? Any favorite go-to recipes that are quick and simple? I’d love to hear!