Pregnancy is life changing
The moment a woman finds out she's pregnant is life changing. There are so many questions and concerns that fill our heads. Am I read for a baby? How far along am I? What is safe to eat?
Because I enjoy food so much the last concern was one of the most important questions for me. Since going plant based it's obvious that my diet is more restricted. But, even within my limited parameters I discovered an abundance of delicious meals and recipes that I filmed a video and wrote this blog post about it.
One of the biggest misconceptions about being pregnant AND plant based is that you can enjoy food OR that you have to retreat back to eating meat in order to sustain your pregnancy.
That couldn't be further from the truth! I just had our healthy, beautiful, babygirl and she thrived in my womb without incident on a plant based diet. In fact, I never enjoyed eating as much as I did while being pregnant with her – besides the nausea I had the first few weeks of pregnancy.
Gaining too much weight is a legitimate concern. But I have to say because I was plant based I maintained a healthy weight gaining less than 30lbs total. And NO, I did not exercise excessively, but I got plenty of walks in as well as exercise going up and down the stairs.
There are many factors as to why some women gain excess weight while pregnant, but I want to take the fear out of eating scrumptious foods.
So what did I eat? Keep reading as I share some of my favorite meals. Hopefully, it will encourage you to step outside of the box of pickles and ice cream.
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What I Ate While Pregnant
I love eating pancakes. In actuality, I prefer homemade, vegan pancakes over traditional restaurant pancakes. So, while pregnant I ate a lot of them. My favorite flour to use is spelt flour rather than white, unbleached flour. It's easier on the digestive system and much more healthy.
If you can't bare to give up pancakes why not make them more nutritious? Tossing in some fresh fruit like blueberries or even strawberries makes them extra yummy. Also, you can experiment with topping them with a plant based yogurt rather than syrup if you like.
Before I went plant based I was a meat and potato gal. Maybe it's because I'm from Texas or that I inherited from my parents I love potatoes. What's ironic is that I eat more potatoes now than ever. In fact, I had some this morning for breakfast along side some homemade french toast.
Anyhow, when I realized fresh avocado and potatoes made a perfect match I couldn't help but crave them for breakfast. To take it up a notch I sautéed the potatoes with red and green bell peppers and added seasoning to give it a Ranchero flavor.
For extra protein and B12 I sprinkled nutritional yeast on my avocado. Talk about tasty!
One of my favorite things to eat is a good ole fashion cheeseburger. But not just any cheeseburger. A vegan cheeseburger on toasted sourdough bread.
Depending on my mood I'll either purchase Gardein's Veggie Burger, or l'll make my burgers from scratch using black beans and quinoa. Either way my burgers are high in protein and yummylicious.
Rather than baking them I always prepare them in my cast iron skillet with a lit bit of avocado oil for extra flavor and healthy fats.
In my Vegan Iron Skillet Grilled Cheese recipe blog post I mentioned my favorite vegan cheese is Follow Your Heart American so that's what I use on my cheeseburgers.
If we're going to talk about cheese then how can I not share my enthusiasm for homemade pizza. I can not tell you how much pizza I ate while pregnant, but it was a lot. Toppings ranged from mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, kale, jalapeños, broccoli, to cauliflower and every combination in between.
Sometimes I'll make my pizza crust from scratch using of course, spelt flour or I used gluten free Food of Life Brown Rice Tortilla Shells. I experienced with a pre-made pizza dough down below. Honestly, I prefer from scratch or my tortilla shells.
As for cheese I either go with nutritional yeast of Follow Your Heart Shredded Parmesan Cheese.
One of the easiest, and simplest dishes to make for dinner while pregnant, hungry, and tired is a veggie stir fry. There are no limits to what you can toss in a wok or skillet. I always stick to fresh veggies and avoid tofu for personal reasons, but feel free to use it if you like.
The best part is personalizing the flavor of your stir fry. You can use various Asian spices or create a homemade teriyaki sauce like I do. I love making my teriyaki sauce a lil spicy.
Make sure to boil some rice while you're cutting up your veggies. I typically use brown rice or jasmine. Or pair veggies with Asian style noodles and you're good to go! Don't forget the chopsticks.
Enjoy your pregnancy
Pregnancy is hard on the body. So enjoy the simple pleasures when you can. And for me, it's eating delicious, filling, satisfying foods that I know are nourishing for both me and my baby.
If you want more recipe ideas from when I was pregnant check out my video down below, What I Ate While Pregnant | Plant Based, where I share dishes not mentioned here in this blog post.
Also, visit Recipes under my Blog Post Categories at the top where I post some of my favorite recipes and how to prepare them.
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What I Ate While Pregnant | Plant Based