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!

 

Iron Rich Gingerbread Overnight Oats – Breakfast of champions

I’ve got a confession to make…. I hated overnight oats the first couple of times I made it, but I’ve never actually been much of an oatmeal fan. ¬† The texture of overnight oats just made me hate it so much, its just so chewy, like eating raw oats, but I really wanted to create a quick breakfast I could just throw together in a jar and forget about until morning. ¬†So in came my trusty stick blender, ¬†I decided to try roughly blending up the oats to create more of a smooth porridge instead of the chewy cold mess. ¬†To my surprise it turned out amazingly, ¬†definitely one of my favourite breakfasts that I’ve ever made, even Carl loves it and he’s not much of a breakfast guy.

I’ve been trying to get my nutrients from food instead of just supplementing the whole time, my blood work Iron levels actually came back great so obviously I’m doing something right. ¬† Iron plays an important role in the body and helps carry oxygen around in the body. ¬†During pregnancy you need twice the amount of Iron you would normally need, the reason Iron is so important for you during pregnancy, is because your body has to make twice the amount of blood for you to support your growing baby. ¬† Helping you feel less tired during pregnancy and preventing your baby from being born to small or too early.

This oatmeal is nutrients powerhouse filled with black strap molasses that contains nutrients, b vitamins and is filled with Iron. ¬†Oats, which controls your blood pressure and releases energy slower, keeping you fuller for longer. ¬†Chia seeds which contains omega 3’s, protein, fibre and calcium. ¬†Ginger that will keep your nausea at bay. ¬†Remember to eat this with vitamin c rich fruit so your body will absorb the iron better.

GINGERBREAD OVERNIGHT OATSserves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats, blended with a stick blender
  • 3/4 cup milk ( any milk you like)
  • 2¬†tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp black strap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 dates chopped

For serving

  • Sunflower seeds, flax seeds, yogurt and a vitamin c rich fruit

Directions

In a seal-able jar add the oats, milk chia seeds, black strap molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and dates.   Shake well or stir until everything is combined.  Seal the jar and refrigerate overnight.

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The next morning open your jar to the wonderfulness that’s inside, if its a little bit thick add more milk. ¬†I usually don’t sweeten it, but if you like a sweeter taste add sweetener of choice. ¬†Scoop into bowl, add fruit, seeds, yogurt and enjoy! Easy as can be!

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Savoury French Toast

ah, savoury French toast or eggy bread! This easy to whip up savoury treat, sure brings back a lot  of memories, my gran would always whip up some of these when I came over, my Mom and Dad suck in the cooking department, so time with my gran was some of the best moments ever.  It revolved around actually eating food! We would always wear the same outfit, bake and cook the day away.

This egg free version brings back all those memories with a little bit more flavour. ¬† Now this is not the healthiest recipe ever, it is fried (worth it), but everything in moderation I say! So don’t feel bad for eating something decadent sometime, you only life once, right. ¬†(Yolo!).

This is a perfect treat for breakfast, brunch or brinner.

SAVOURY FRENCH TOAST Р 6 slices

Vegan French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gram flour/ chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a good couple of grinds black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp green onions, chopped
  • 6 slices day old bread

Directions

In a bowl combine the flour, water, turmeric, salt, pepper garlic powder and green onions.  Mix until well combined.

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Add a piece of bread to the batter and quickly soak on both sides.  If you leave it in too long you will have a soggy mess.

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Heat oil in a non stick pan on medium to high heat.  Place two soaked bread pieces into the pan and cook until golden brown.  you will see the edges starting to brown, flip and repeat.

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Place the french toast on a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve with tomato sauce or sriracha sauce.  YUM!

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Raw Strawberry Porridge

I have this odd relationship with oats, I will be all excited to make it and after taking two bites realize it could never be as delicious as a piece of crunchy toast. ¬†That’s when the oats sadness sets in, and I literally start feeling like I’m eating the worst thing in the world. ¬†I’m sorry oats, maybe one day you will take toast place. ¬†My solution to my need for toast when I wake up, is to keep the bread out of sight, and make something super yummy.

This raw porridge is that yummy.  Its a great way to start your morning of right, with that really delicious taste that will make you want to kick the days butt!  To put the strawberry on the top, its really easy to make.

RAW STRAWBERRY PORRIDGE Р serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large strawberries, washed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until its a porridge consistency.

Serve Immediately.