The second trimester update! Not going to lie – this was a glorious time to be pregnant. Aside from the minor aches and pains that come along with it, I had my appetite back in full force and all the energy in the world. We got so much done! I’ll recap the weeks below and basically just gush each week about how amazing her kicks are. It’s indescribable.
I’ve made and eaten this very simple dish (or side dish) so many times in the last few months that I might as well share the recipe here. Baked fries are so easy and quick. Joe always raves about them, too, which makes me happy. If we don’t know what to do for dinner, it’s always “well, how about you make some fries at least?” Sure thing – I’ll eat fries every day of the week! I bake mine and only use cooking spray so they are much healthier than you would think. Paired with this cheesy cashew cream dipping sauce and you’re golden. Comfort food at its finest hour.
So if you are stuck on what to make, I highly recommend fries and cashew cheese dip. The fiber and starch from the potatoes will fill you up and the cashew dip is loaded with protein.
Guest post: Emma Kelley
Maintaining a nutrient intake during pregnancy is critical for the health of both mothers and babies. But what plant-based foods for pregnant women should be eaten to get an abundance of nutrients? Here are the top seven…
I’ll be honest – sort of ashamed to say I have never really monitored my calcium intake that well. I just sort of forget about it and hope for the best. While I used to take a multi and calcium supplement every once in a while, I put those aside for my prenatals for the time being. I take this vegan prenatal vitamin, which only has 120mg (or 12% if the daily value recommended). Eesh. Not that great, right?
It’s recommended that pregnant mamas are at least getting 1000mg (and after that, 1200-1400mg if you are breastfeeding). Needless to say, I have been trying to be much more mindful.
With all the beans, almonds, and veggies in my diet, I feel pretty good that I am obviously getting calcium, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a boost. Baby girl is taking all that she needs to grow her own strong bones, which means she takes whatever the hell she can from me. I need to stay strong, too.
I’ve found this calcium-packed and vegan smoothie to be my #1 go-to for a HUGE chunk out of my intake. It has 701mg (or 70%) calcium. 70%! That, plus 12% from the prenatal and my normal eating habits throughout the day… I definitely feel some peace of mind after having this smoothie.
Anyone who tries to tell you that eating vegan/vegetarian/plant-based is expensive is a liar. There, I said it. This is one of those myths that makes me so mad – I am not sure who started this, but it couldn’t be any further from the truth. Eating organic? Yes, that will be a bit more expensive than usual. Eating vegan? Nope.
To prove to you how cheap eating vegan is, I’ve compiled a list of 10 super cheap plant-based products. Truth be told, these items will make up a lot of your meals, anyways. Sure, you get creative and add spices, other veggies, etc., but still. Those on a budget will be able to afford the below (way cheaper than meat and cheese) and make awesome meals. And the best part – these are pantry staples, vegan or not. There’s nothing on this list that will be foreign or unfamiliar, promise!
Ever since I can remember, I have always been a saver. I owe that all to my parents. They were both very clear about saving money and helped get me started when I was as young as maybe 10 or 12 years old. I got my first job when I was 13 and yes, I loved spending money on clothes and make-up and jewelry and movies and CDs like any other teen girl, but I was always equally as conscious about checking my balances and managing my checkbook. Yes, I still to this day use a checkbook, haha! My husband laughs at me and thinks I am crazy but whatever… I am old school like that and and it really helps keep me on track.
Needless to say, my money-saving and budgeting habits began to rub off on Joe (thankfully) and we’ve be even more conscious lately with baby girl on the way.
There are some days when I say to myself “oh we totally got this, it’s all gonna be great” and then some days when I wake up frazzled and freaking out over saving more more more. Life is going to drastically change and money will be tighter than ever – there is no doubt in my mind – but I am trying my best to focus on the good and know that everything will work out. We will find a way to make things work. We have to!
In an effort to save more money before September, I’ve been a lot more conscious of what we are buying, how we are buying, and non-essentials we can forgo. Whether you are also preparing for a major life change (that will affect your budget) or want to just save a little more, I hope some of these tips inspire you. These are just some of the personal ways we are saving here and there. Nothing too crazy, just things that have been working for us.
Hi friends! Hope you’re all well. Only good things for the most part over here. :)
You may have noticed from some of my “what I’ve been eating” round-ups that I have been on a sandwich kick this pregnancy. I mean, I always love a good sandwich but I can’t get enough lately. My new favorite for a boost of protein is this white bean salad sandwich. I know most people make chickpea salad (which is also awesome – I love this chipotle recipe) but I actually prefer the texture of white beans over chickpeas. They are a bit softer and easier to mash up. They are much creamier, too.
This recipe is a great plant-based substitute for your typical chicken or tuna salad sandwich. It also features my favorite – Just Mayo – so you know it’s legit. ;)
When you’re pregnant, you hear an awful lot about your iron intake. Iron iron iron. Truth be told… in my first trimester, I began to crave meat – for the first time in over 3 years. Talk about terrifying. I was like oh great, why. Whyyyy is this happening. I honestly can’t even begin to explain half the shit that goes through your head when you are making a human, but… this was one of my many thoughts and cravings. I knew that I didn’t really want meat. My body clearly needed something else – and a lot of people told me it was probably craving iron.
Eat fries for dinner. Seriously – they don’t have to be greasy, unhealthy, and loaded with trans fats. To be honest, Joe and I enjoy a plate of fries and dip for dinner more often than I care to admit. It’s just soooo good. So filling. SO CHEAP. Potatoes, man. They are cheap cheap cheap.
I try to balance out the fact that we’re eating just fries for dinner by pairing with a dip. While I usually opt for some cashew cheese dip on the side, I thought a black bean dip would be perfect. Black beans are loaded with protein (not to say cashews aren’t) and add a healthy dose of fiber. Side of lime for extra flavor and some fresh lettuce leaves. Romaine lettuce is is super fresh paired with fries. Trust me – just try it!
The best part is that these fries are oil-free, so go to town.