This post was requested for a while now and finally here it is: what I eat in a day as a pregnant vegan!
I have been sharing some insights into which supplements I take in another post a little time ago, so today really is all about the food.
In general I’ve been eating a little different ever since pregnancy started – I would say that I still eat healthy overall, but I do eat a little less healthy compared to what I use to. Especially in the first twelve weeks I actually ate pretty crazy and couldn’t stand many of the things I usually love to eat (I couldn’t have any dates! That’s so not my usual me!!!).
So in today’s post I first want to write a little about what is different to how I usually eat and then share some examples of what I eat 🙂
Here is what is different compared to how I normally eat:
1. I crave SO much more tofu and soy when pregnant!
2. I crave HUGE amounts of oranges (around a kilo a day)!
3. I crave much more FAT!
4. I can’t stand smoothies!
5. I’m eating huge amounts of potatoes but couldn’t stand any rice for the first 18 weeks!
I think both the soy and the oranges are because of my increased need for calcium during pregnancy. Both soy and oranges contain a lot of calcium which, obiviously, is important for the baby’s growth. Also the fact that I crave more fat than usual is most probably, because my baby needs more. I absolutely go with the flow and do not restrict myself when it comes to eating some more oil than usual (since I am eating a whole food plant based diet, I usually do not use any oils at all in my kitchen!).
What I find fun though is that I do not like smoothies any longer! I love juices but smoothies don’t work right now. It’s incredible and sometimes absolutely difficult to understand what my body tells me 😀
But now to what I actually eat in a day!
I always start my day with lemon water. Usually I have it pure but with the beginning of pregnancy I actually started to have it with a spoonful of honey. So a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon and a spoonful of honey is what I start my day with.
I then have a freshly made green juice. Yes, every morning! When I am not able to make one in the morning I have such strong cravings for one that I juice my greens and oranges in the afternoon and have the juice as a snack later during the day. I am a little addicted to my green juice to be honest, I do get sliiiightly grumpy when I don’t have one for too many hours of the day 😀
I rotate the greens that I use for jucing: at the moment it is loads of kale (because it’s in season) and chicory (super mild and perfect for everyone who wants to juice greens but can’t stand the strong taste of kale or cabbage during pregnancy) but I also juice lettuce, red cabbage, white cabbage, corn salad, or whatever else I have around.
As for the oranges, I get them directly from an organic farm in Sicily and they come once a month to my doorstep! That’s perfect for orange-addicts like me! I get mine from Mammarancia, which is a wonderful family owned business. I prefer getting my fruits directly from the farmer and thereby actually supporting a family somewhere in beautiful Sicily, instead of just buying them in a supermarket! On Mammarancia’s website you can not just order oranges but you can actually browse the family album and get an idea of what the family business in the third generation looked like and looks like today! How cool is that!?
Oh and next to all of that, their blood oranges just taste amazing!
After my juice I usually have some oatmeal. In the beginning of pregnancy I was often craving hearty breakfast so I actually made pasta with homemade pesto or I got some bread with a vegan spread… or baked beans and soy sausage 😀
But with the first twelve weeks coming to an end, I was ready for oatmeal again. I use a blend of oats, spelt, rye, and other flakes with raisins, almonds, sometimes some other dried fruits and flax seeds for my oatmeal and I cook it in water. Sometimes I top it with fruits, but often I just have it like that … well and with maple syrup. That’s something I started adding with pregnancy and now I got used to the sweet taste 😀
We usually cook in the evening and have the leftovers the next day for lunch. I find it important to have a solid meal both for lunch and for dinner every day, and I love when we all gather in the kitchen in the evening to cook dinner together.
Most of the time, we have the easiest dishes – we eat a lot of bowls and pasta actually. Bowls are great because everyone of us can choose what to add and what to leave. So our three year old can pick what she likes and I can pick what my pregnancy cravings like on that particular day 😀
My favorites are Mexican inspired bowls with quinoa, beans, corn, and guacamole. But we also have bowls with potatoes, baked beans, broccoli, and sauerkraut or bowls with rice, edamame, sesame, lettuce, and peanut sauce … I love my bowls!
When it’s not bowls than it’s either a stew or pasta. I make mostly lentil or potato stews and concerning my pasta; I love to have it with tofu bolognese or with a creamy cashew-cheese-sauce. We are rotating on the kind of pasta we have: so it’s sometimes whole wheat, spelt, emmer, kamut, or even brown rice pasta.
I try to have greens for both lunch and dinner, but I will be honest: with pregnancy cravings it did happen more often than not that I skipped the greens for an extra serving of beans or potatoes 😀
Here are a few general things that I try to consider every day:
I have legumes (beans, lentils, soy beans/tofu, peas) every single day to make sure I get all of this precious iron, all the fiber, and some extra protein.
I have whole grains every day – because of all those delicious nutrients in there!
I have fruits every day – three portions at least! When I crave more (what happens a lot) then I have more. I had and still have days where I am craving five apples a day … and then I have them!
I get at least some kind of green every day: some days it’s only the green in my juice, on other days it’s some extra broccoli in my bowl, this depends on my cravings, but I have some every day.
I listen to my body and I try to understand and respect it. Always 🙂
I’ve been craving loads of apples so I snack a lot on those, then I love peanuts and peanut butter so I have peanut butter sandwiches as a snack every now and then, and then I love to snack on other fruits especially pears and grapes. However, leftover spaghetti make a great snack too, actually 😀
And that is pretty much it! I hope this inspired you a little and I would love to know what you eat in a day! Share with me if you like!
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