Keeping healthy in pregnancy..

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I’ve had a few requests for some healthy snack and meal tips in pregnancy so thought I’d give you guys some of my favourites that have helped me through the cravings and sickness. At the beginning of my pregnancy as you’ll know from previous posts I suffered with servere morning sickness so it was really hard to actually keep anything down. I found the only thing I ever fancied was really plain simple meals and snacks. Even though my sickness has got better I’ve still been quite picky with my foods and still go for simple recipes that don’t have really strong smells or take too long to make.

I think it’s really important to stay healthy in pregnancy, although it’s super hard and everyone constantly tells you ‘you’re eating for two now’ which makes you think you can just have double everything. (I wish) Our bodies become more sufficient in pregnancy and absorbs way more nutrients for the baby than it usually would, so your normal diet it enough for you both! In the first trimester it’s said you shouldn’t really consume anymore calories than you usually do, in your second trimester around 340 more and about 450 extra calories in your third. This is obviously just a rough guildline and not something that you need to be really strict with, but I think the healthier and better you are and feel in your pregnancy, the better for the baby.

This menu is an idea of my typical day and what I tend to eat.

BREAKFAST
2 weetabix with chopped fruit. My favourite is usually strawberries and bananas. A cup of tea and a glass of water.
OR
2 poached eggs on 1 slice of toast with ketchup of course.

SNACK
Riveta with peanut butter.. it’s amazing and really filling! 
OR
Fruit – I’ve loved fruit in my pregnancy especially pineapple and watermelon. Watermelon is great for morning sickness and really helps with bloating as it’s a natural diuretic and is full of fiber.
OR 
Banana bread

LUNCH
Baked potato with tuna/baked beans/cheese
OR
Soup – tomato has been my favourite and I’d usually have it with a  sandwich.

DINNER
Spaghetti bologneise/meatballs – this has been one of my go to meals and something I find I always fancy no matter how I’m feeling.
OR
Chicken breast with sweet potato wedges(or normal) and veg. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A which plays a big role in the developmement of your babys eyes, bones and skin.

PUDDING/SNACK
Chocolate!! Since my sickness stopped I have really craved and loved chocolate more than ever. I’m not going to lie I usually eat a bit everyday and think thats ok. I mean you’ve got to reward yourself in some way each day for carrying your baby. (that’s my excuse anyway)
OR
Yogurt – I’ve loved yogurts and calcuim is really important in pregnacny for you and your baby. Us mums to be are supposed to have around 3 servings of calcium a day which is said to reduce low birth weight and preterm baby’s. My favourite is strawberry yeo valley pots, they’re delicious.

I love baking, and this is such a quick easy recipe for healthy cookie bites,  they are perfect for a snack or desert. I always think homemade tastes best!

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To make them you will need,

100g of instant oats

90g of whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 large egg white

64g peanut butter

120ml honey

3 tbsp dark chocolate chips

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Method:  Preheat the oven to 180℃ and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, oats, baking  powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg white and vanilla. Mix in the peanut butter and stir in the honey. Add the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. TIP: If your mixture is dry add a splash of milk. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared tray, flatten them to the desired thickness. I have gone for chunky ones. Gently add a few more chocolate chips to the tops. Bake for 10-15 mins depending on how gooey you like your cookies.

ENJOY!

Love H XX

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