Hey guys! It’s hard to believe, but, I’m pregnant again! And boy have I been feeling like it! The first trimester definitely blows. For me, my main symptoms have been some nausea, serious food aversions (I could barely even cook for weeks!) and pure exhaustion. So, this won’t be my most proud blog post since I had to cut a lot of corners to make it through these very challenging weeks… But, I will be making lots of healthy meal idea posts in the future that are MUCH healthier than these meals.
I guess my point in this post is….it’s okay to not be perfect! It’s okay to be sick, to need help, to rely on convenience snacks when you really need to. In the beginning of my health coaching journey, I was VERY strict about what I let my toddler eat. All of his meals were made with only health in mind, but since, I have relaxed a bit and found a balance of healthy but also practical.
So, here you will see some of what I fed my toddler to make it through that ever-so-tough first trimester!
Breakfast has definitely been the hardest meal for me to prepare these past few weeks! I’m usually tired and nauseous when I wake up, so sometimes we start with a banana that I can feed him from the couch until I’m able to make him a real breakfast. A lot of times this was what I made for him! Whole grain toast with peanut butter, chia seeds and hemp seeds, fresh berries, and some cantalope!
I guess I can’t say every day has been horrible. Some days I was able to actually cook! (But I’d say this is still a sign of weakness – usually our eggs have spinach in them!). This morning, I made uncured, nitrate free bacon with cage free eggs, some cut up grapes, and whole grain toast with butter!
Can you tell we eat a lot of fruit? We definitely mostly snack on fruit, but I always include vegetables in dinner and in our smoothies. For lunch, a quick and easy go to for me has been grilled cheese sandwiches (on whole grain bread of course!), pineapple, and berries. So easy for an exhausted mom!
This was something I made a lot prior to this pregnancy! It’s whole wheat tortilla wraps with turkey and cheese (usually add spinach but again this was made during a bout of morning sickness), more berries, and some carrots!
Typically, we all eat the same thing for dinner, but since there were a few nights where I could only eat soup, I whipped up my toddler something quick! These are bean and cheese quesadillas (on a flour tortilla because sometimes I like to switch it up), some applesauce (seriously SUCH a lifesaver in the first trimester – as long as they don’t make a mess!) and some cut up cucumber because we gotta have those veggies.
This was definitely the definition of a “convenience meal”. We went to Harris Teeter and picked up some ribs and mac n cheese from the deli, I heated them in the oven when we got home, and steamed some peas on the stove! Super easy dinner!
So, those were just a few examples of the quick and easy meals I made to get through the first trimester! Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do in tough times. But this just goes to show you that even at your worst, you can feed your family pretty decent meals!
Now as I slowly reach the second trimester, I’m excited to get back to making even healthier meals for my family!