What I ate: 31 Weeks Pregnant

I’ve been TIRED lately! Like getting up in the morning only to want to get back into bed kind of tired.  I really don’t have a reason to be tired except I’m making a human that loves to kick me from all angles.  I swear this baby just loves to flip around and kick me in new and interesting places all the time.  We’ve started going for early morning walks around our neighbourhood to get some time together and really enjoy the outdoors before it gets unbearably hot.  On our little walk we discovered the cutest little park, if it wasn’t for all the tagging on everything, it would look like the most magical park in all the land.  Little squirrels and cute little fluffy animals running around playing on the big trees, green grass that you just want to roll in an regret later and a large slide that I want to take for a spin!

I’m still feeling pretty good, I mean I’m tired, but I’m not exhausted.  Its a bearable tired that hits me occasionally, in reality I’m getting off lightly!

I’ve been feeling like a ball of stress and realised its not good for me or the baby, so I’m avoiding stressful situation and trying to meditate away everyone’s little pregnancy pokes.  Lets get to what I’ve been eating.

BREAKFAST

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^^ Not surprising, I’ve still been on my Iron rich overnight oats kick and Moringa coconut chia overnight porridge kick lately.

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^^ See I add more variety to my breakfast.  To the left raw buckwheat porridge with fruit, this is one of my favourite breakfast of all time now! To the the right a power green smoothie bowl topped with chocolate buckwheat granola, fruit and coconut.

Snack:

If I get snacky I still grab my omega peanut butter with added flaxseed oil for a little pick me up.

Lunch

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^^ Still just eating my kale salad, baby gets angry when I don’t have my daily lunch kale salad.

Dinner

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^^ Dinner has been a whole lot of different things to the left a really  veggie cottage pie with spouted lentil a whole lot of veggies and topped with a broccoli, cauliflower and kale pureed topping.   To the right: a falafel bowl with spouted chickpeas, a homemade tahini dressing, salad stuff and a cauliflower kale rice.

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^^ Other nights we had a healthy sweet and sour stir fry with carrot noodles and a rocket, baby spinach nectarine salad to go with sprouted red lentil fritters.

cauliflower leek soup

^^ and I can’t forget this crazy good Cauliflower leek soup!

Snacks:

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^^ I’ve been making some healthy snacks on the go for quick snacking.  On the left a gluten free, sugar free black bean, chia seed and hemp protein bar.  So amazing! and to the right a flax seed date and black-strap molasses square, so good and even better for you, an easy way to get my 6 dates a day in.

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^^ I finally found some watermelon and it was just the best thing ever! Now if I could only find mangoes my pregnancy cravings will be satisfied.  I also enjoy my little rooibos latte here and there.

Vegan Protein Shake

^^ Our blender has been acting up again, I guess its not suppose to withstand the daily abuse I put it through.  So I’ve been having my Protein shake whenever I can.  I get sad when I can’t have it everyday.

I’m feeling prepared mentally and physically for my home-birth and I’m getting more and more excited everyday to meet our little baby!  Just need to finish the last bits of things and it will be smooth sailing from here on out!

 

What I ate: 28 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by, I feel like I need to update and talk more about it before its all over and the lack of sleep thanks to a cute little newborn makes me all crazy and frazzled.

I’ve cut a lot of food out of my diet since finding out I’m pregnant, I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t work for me one bit.  It all seems to be paying off, because I’m feeling great, have a lot of energy, I’m sleeping wonderfully and all my tests keep coming back great.  A couple of things I’ve cut out is; sugar, the big bad culprit we all know is bad for us, but we just can’t get enough of it, I actually wasn’t eating that much sugar before we went to Ireland, but as soon as we arrived in Ireland it was like I just had to have all the sugar.  All those delicious first world treats and candy I’ve never tried before had to be consumed.  I don’t regret my Irish sugar binge one bit, but I’m so glad I’m off sugar again, it just makes me feel so much better and my skin just feels wonderful! I’ve also limited my fruit in take to 3 – 4 fruit a day.  I got rid of most gluten, but kept rye bread in the mix, but I started getting severe heartburn from it from just one bite, so no more bread for me.  I’ve started sprouting most of my grains and legumes for easier digestion, personally I never knew brown rice could be sprouted, but wow, does it improve the taste!  and I’ve cut out soy, unless its fermented. Here is a look at what I’ve been eating.

BREAKFAST: Around 8 am

Gluten Free Overnight PorridgeIron rich Overnight Oats

I tried having a smoothie for breakfast, but it really just doesn’t work for me.  It doesn’t fill me up or keep me going for long, also the consistency really gets me on an empty stomach.  Instead I’ve been sticking to my Iron rich overnight oats or Grain free coconut flour overnight porridge filled with chia seeds, ground flax and hemp seeds.  I top both of these with fruit and coconut yogurt.  Its so good and keeps me going till around 12 pm – 1 pm.  Overnight porridge is just so convenient, you add all your ingredients in a jar, shake it up and leave it in the fridge overnight.  You wake up to a delicious, no hassle breakfast.  Convenient.

Snack: 12 pm

Green smoothie

I don’t really feel snacky, the porridge really keeps me full and satisfied for a long time, but around 12 pm or 1 pm, I start feeling a bit of a hankering for food. I either have a green smoothie or a couple of spoons of my favourite oh mega peanut butter or nuts.

LUNCH 2 pm

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Kale salad to go

^^ Look how well it travels.

I don’t really stray to far from my trusty kale salad for lunch, its so easy to make. I usually make a big salad that last me the whole week, it keeps well and transports amazingly in a lunchbox.  The kale salad consists of  kale chopped finely and massaged with lemon juice, sprinkled with salt and an avocado smashed in.  Topped with beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, peppers, roasted pumpkin seeds and lightly fried tempeh or walnut and mushroom meat.  Other lunches I have;  a nori wrap filled with sprouted beetroot hummus and vegetables.  So yummy and filling.

Snack: 5 pm – 5 -30 pm

vegan protein shake

Like clock work I have my green protein shake at this time.  I’ve started adding moringa leaf powder to it for added benefits.  Moringa is just the best.

DINNER: 6:30 pm – 7 pm

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Amazing lentil soup

For dinner I’ve been having my Moroccan lentil soup, a coconut flour base pizza, with homemade sugar free Iron rich BBQ sauce topped with a lot of veggies.  Burrito bowls made with cauliflower and broccoli rice, walnut meat and other veggies.  and a lot more.

DESSERT:

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I usually have one block of 85% or darker, dark chocolate or Frozen banana bites with date salted caramel.  I use the salted date sauce in my protein shake for extra date goodness.

Drinks : not mentioned is all the water I drink!  I drink a lot of water some with lemon in it some just like that and occasionally I’ll have a rooibos tea latte.  My dinners change, but breakfast and lunch stays the same!  Not mentioned: I do take prenatal vitamins!

That’s just a quick peak into what I’m eating while pregnant.

 

 

Hunting for seashells

Happy Thursday guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? Time seems to be flying by and I’m just trying to hold on and get all my stuff done.  The days don’t seem long enough anymore, but Spring seems to be right around the corner the sun is coming up earlier and setting later.  Winter has not stopped me from eating delicious frozen treats, all I’ve wanted to eat lately has been ice cream and milkshakes, but being the insane health freak I am I’ve been coming up with way yummier and so much better for you desserts.  I’m excited to share them with you guys, but that’s for another post.

On the weekends when we are stuck for something to do we usually end up walking to the bottom of our insanely steep hill to the beach.  I’ve been wanting to go get some broken seashells, but we always end up forgetting about it, or the fact that we’ve been avoiding going to the promenade, after seeing a naked man posing for photos, kids blowing up condoms like balloons and a dead seal.  To say we’ve been slightly traumatised would be an understatement, but this last time it was pure bliss.  Everyone seemed so happy playing pokemon go, riding bicycles and having picnics.

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^^ Exploring rocks, finding the perfect seashells, we do dating differently from everyone else it seems.

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^^ A whole lot of shells.  I felt so bad walking around on these.  I felt like I was destroying the secondhand housing section.

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^^ Nature is full of beauty and treasures.

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^^ happily looking for shells and stopping for a photo.

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^^ Cloudy days on the promenade.

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^^ Broken shells for a little project at home.

What kind of dates do you go on with your partner?

Smoked Paprika Black Bean Burgers

Ever since making these black bean burgers I’ve been craving them nonstop, that’s how good these yummy little things are.  Surprisingly we had some burgers left the next day and  I decided to  crumble it into a kale salad,  let me tell you guys something it was like heaven in my mouth! They were even better the next day and they made my daily salad go from bleh salad, to Damn! That’s one great salad.

This recipe all started when I made red lentil fritters one night and couldn’t stop thinking that it would make the perfect add along to a veggie burger, with the memory in the back of my mind and two tins of black beans in my basket, I decided it was time to get experimenting.  The smoked paprika adds a little oomph to these burgers that will make you feel like you’ve just taken this burger right off the grill and if you forger the last couple of burger in the pan and its just a tad burned the feeling will intensify.  I decided to give a burger bun a skip and just have it just like that loaded with salad, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado with a perfect dill pickle sauce to take it over the edge, but feel free to enjoy it anyway you want.

SMOKED PAPRIKA BLACK BEAN BURGERS – serves 6

Black bean Burger

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup split red lentils, covered in water to soak for one hour.
  • 1 can black beans, drained and washed
  • 1/2 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or more if you want added spice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced

Directions

Drain the split red lentils and place in a food processor with the 2 cloves of garlic. Blend until coarsely blended.   In a bowl, mash the drained black beans and add all the spices.  Stir in the red lentils, onion and panko.

Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes.  Form the mixture into six patties.

In a large pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil.  Add the patties and cook for 4 – 5 minutes on each side or until browned on both sides.

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Serve with sweet potato and butternut fries.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a hot pink house.

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^^ We walked from our apartment to the waterfront, when we finally got there exhausted we forgot to look left and right and almost got taken out by a tiny train.

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^^ African music serenade.

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^^ These seagulls were relentless! They were eyeing a little girl eating fries.  It seemed like they would take out a finger for one of her fries.

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^^Beautiful flowers on a bench.

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^^Table mountain!

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^^ These seagulls sure love to photo bomb.

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^^ The yummiest black bean and red lentil burger with sweet potato fries.  Why go to a restaurant.

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^^ pretty little flowers.

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^^ Such a handsome man.

How was your weekend? After a lot of planning we finally decided to go for a walk on the beach at melkbos strand.  We didn’t expect it to be so windy and sunny all at the same time, and somehow felt like we got frostbite with heatstroke all at the same time.  We decided to make a run back to the car for safety!  On Sunday we walked to the waterfront from our apartment, I really love walking to places I want to go, its the best way to completely experience a place and see little beautiful things as you wander around.  Here is to a wonderful week!