Since sharing my last pregnancy update on Instagram and mentioning that I not only have trouble gaining pregnancy weight but also (unintentionally) lost a pound this last month, a handful of you asked what my pregnancy diet looks like. Before I dive into that, let me just say that my diet is what works for me and what my body needs to sustain babies life.
I do not follow any “special diet” to try and not gain too much weight. I have a very fast metabolism and my mothers genes help me avoid gaining too much weight as well as swelling amongst other things. By no means is this a “follow my pregnancy diet” post. Simply sharing what I eat and works for me.
What I eat in a day…
Here’s a breakdown of what I eat in a day :
Breakfast: (Usually happens between 10am-11am) Fruit & veggie smoothie and/or yogurt. I love a banana and spinach/oats combo but I’ll have whatever fruits and veggies we have available. Always with oat milk and a dash of cinnamon.
Lunch: (between 2-3pm) This is my first big meal of the day. I will usually have leftovers from the previous days dinner. When that’s not available I opt for two scrambled eggs with spinach, cherry tomatoes, avocado, toast and orange juice. Water is always my drink of choice. This is wen I take my prenatal vitamin.
Dinner: (between 6-7pm) Dinner ALWAYS consists of veggies with some protein. Today’s dinner is ground beef tacos. I’ll have three on corn tortillas. Topped with diced tomato, onions, avocado, spinach, pepper jack cheese and maybe a little bit of homemade Mexican salsa. I will wash it down with either lemonade or grape juice. I always have dessert which is maybe cookies or ice cream.
Before Bed Snack: (between 9-11pm) I cannot go to bed without eating. Otherwise I will for sure be up at 3am starved! I will usually have a bowl of cereal, decaf iced chai and cookies or cookies & milk. It’s always about 6 cookies.
There’s very little sacking in between all of this. If I do snack it’ll be fruits (pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, oranges) a bag of Chex Mix snack or even an ice cream popsicle (we love these). I do however keep a bottle of water with me at all times. I aim to drink three per day.
My weekly grocery list…
To make sure we stay stocked up on all the things and avoid bringing home too much junk, this is what our grocery list always looks like.
Produce – Lots of fruits & Veggies: strawberries, blueberries, oranges, bananas, pineapple and apples. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, bell pepper, green beans, zucchini, spinach, corn on the cob, onions, cherry tomatoes and lemon.
Protein– Chicken breasts, ground beef, tilapia, eggs.
Grains/Legumes – Beans, lentils, rice, quinoa, oats and oats of pasta! Loaves of bread and salted crackers.
Dairy/ Alternatives – 2% milk for the boys and oat milk for Erick & I. Greek yogurt, fruit yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, butter, other cheeses. Erick & the kids LOVE cheese!
Drinks – Water, orange juice, grape juice, lemonade and sometimes a cherry coke 😉
Snacks – Chex Mix snacks (obsessed with these), lentil chips, popchips and regular chips for the boys. Some sort of ice cream. It’s usually fruit bars from Outshie! Cookies are always stocked in our pantry.
As you can see my pregnancy diet isn’t all that complicated. Super simple, no excess eating but also no depravation or starving myself. I hope this answered some of your questions. And please remember to maintain a diet that works FOR YOU and is approved by your physician! Everyones body is different and has different needs.