Healthy eating while pregnant... That’s the topic that keeps popping up in my DMs over & over, and while I’m really happy that I’ve actually been craving healthy and refreshing foods lately, it definitely wasn’t like that the whole time! The first few months, all I wanted were carbs & cheese & comfort food. Equal to my need to eat all the quesadillas was my desire to make healthy choices for myself & the babe, so here are a few things (food swaps & mindset) that have helped me, and hopefully they can help you with your cravings, whether prego or not! . Bagels, quesadillas, cheese, crackers, pizza - yep, I wanted it all. Rather than tell myself I couldn’t have it, I’d satisfy the craving the healthiest way I could. I leaned on brands that used high-quality ingredients and nut flours. @simplemills, @jilzcrackerz, & @sietefoods were my besties. I’d choose grass-fed cheese for my quesadillas and try to get some protein by adding scrambled eggs in there. For 🍕 - I’d either make @cappello’s frozen pizza at home or we’d go out and I’d treat myself to my favorite pizza ever. Which brings me to... . Indulging! I’ve never been good with strict rules or telling myself certain foods are off-limits. And pregnancy wasn’t the time to start doing so! While I’d try my best to make swaps at home, sometimes you just want the real deal! We’d make it a treat to go out to our favorite Italian restaurant for pizza pretty much every weekend. I’d look forward to it all week and didn’t have an ounce of guilt about it! Same thing goes for the ice cream that I’d treat myself to once in a while! . I took the pressure off myself. Pregnant or not, balance is key to staying sane & satisfied and enjoying a fab meal with my fave peeps is one of my greatest joys! I focused on doing my best rather than trying to eat “perfectly” - who’s got time for perfect anyway!? . Patience. I knew my cravings would probably adjust eventually, so I didn’t stress about it, and now I’m pretty much back to my normal veggie-packed meals (with a little room for 🍕 & 🍦of course 😉). . Everyone’s story is different but this is what has worked for me and made me feel pretty good the last 29 weeks!! 💛
As long as summer sticks around, I’ll be making this Broiled Salmon with Summer Fruit Salad from @weelicious at least once a week! Can’t believe how easy this recipe was - I broiled wild coho salmon for about about 10 minutes, made the fruit & avocado salad while it cooked (btw if you’ve never tried pluots, they’re a combo of an apricot & a plum and they’re the JUICIEST addition to the salad), and then served it with broccolini. Dinner for 2 in under 15 min! Always feels so good to end the weekend with a fresh & healthy dinner! 🐟🍑🍓🥦
My Romesco Sauce obsession is so real - it’s probably my number one favorite dip and I know you’ll be hooked as soon as you try it, too! It pairs well with everything... you can serve it with a crudités platter, over roasted veggies, with fish, chicken, or steak, as a pasta sauce, you get the idea... this smoky roasted red pepper sauce is super versatile and delish! And you can make it in a matter of minutes by tossing all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. So easy! The recipe is on the blog but I’ll add it here too because I know you love to bookmark away! . R O M E S C O 🌶 S A U C E 1 (12-oz) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained (*check to make sure there’s no sugar added) 2 garlic cloves 3/4 cup toasted walnuts (also great with toasted almonds, or for my nut-free friends, try pumpkin seeds!) 1 tbsp tomato paste 1/4 cup fresh parsley 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp lemon zest 2 tsp smoked paprika 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Sea salt & pepper to taste Recipe makes 2 cups of sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until sauce is well combined and fairly smooth. Store in fridge and enjoy throughout the week!
If you're craving a smoothie that will make you feel like you're on a Hawaiian vacation (even if you're actually just sitting at your desk), then this Greeña Colada Smoothie is the one for you! 🍍🥥🍹It's full of tropical flavors like pineapple and coconut but it's doesn't come with the same hangover or sugar spike you'd get from ordering a blended Piña by the pool. . G R E E Ñ A🍍C O L A D A🍍S M O O T H I E 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk 1/2 cup almond milk or water 3-4 frozen banana slices 3-4 chunks frozen pineapple 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 handful greens 1 serving (20g) vanilla protein powder Ice . I swear my morning smoothie routine has kept me sane my whole pregnancy, especially in the beginning when nothing else seemed appetizing! At the very least, I could blend up a smoothie and feel great knowing that my breakfast was packing a major punch of nutrition. Maybe my day would end with a quesadilla or some ice cream (#realtalk), but hey getting a #fab4smoothie in always felt like a win!