Coming in on the second trimester home stretch over here – I can’t believe it is almost over. Still hungry as all hell, so there is a ton after the cut. You’ve been warned.
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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…
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.
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.
More budget and money-saving tips! I love reading posts like this, so I hope you can appreciate.
In the past, I’ve shared my $50 vegan shopping list for Trader Joe’s. As we’re trying to save more and more for baby girl on the way, we’ve opted to buy more from PriceRite. Do you have a PriceRite near you? I believe it’s a New England (or maybe just upper East Coast?) chain but oh man, it is SO INEXPENSIVE AND CHEAP! And cheap does not mean poor quality in this case, because the fruit and veggies are awesome here, as well as other name brand products. One of the ways that PriceRite keeps it costs down is the fact that you need to bring your own bags, so don’t forget yours (if you do, they are only 10 cents a bag).
I’ve been so impressed with our shopping habits these days that I wanted to share what a week’s worth of vegan/plant-based food from PriceRite looks like for under $50. I hope it helps! I love having proof that eating vegan/plant-based does not mean expensive. You can still be frugal and eat like a queen (or king). ;)
Another thrifting post! I can’t stop myself. A little over a month ago, there was a huuuuge consignment sale just 7 minutes from us. I found out that this happens twice a year (April and September) and it’s basically my new favorite thing to look forward to. Everything from clothes to toys to gear… on and on and on. I’ll admit – some things are questionable. I’m a cautious thrifter and only gravitate towards certain items (things that can be easily washed). But I made out well, and I’ll be visiting twice every year from here on out!
The volunteers were so sweet and the atmosphere was pleasant… prices low, clothes clean, and everything was just clean in general. I was so impressed.
And as usual the best part – save a little money, recycle beautiful items that have been gently used, and donate when you are done. I love it.
So, here are some of the items I recommend grabbing. These items are easy to wash, sterilize, and make your own. Once you do that, you’ll breathe new life into them and will forget you even bought secondhand!
The biggie when you are (and aren’t) pregnant – protein! A lot of people tend to ask me how I am doing without eating meat during pregnancy, and I always have the same answer… I mean, fine! I did have some cravings in the beginning of my pregnancy but nothing that a substitute mock meat product couldn’t fix. To be quite honest, when I went to my first doctor’s appointment and we discussed my diet, she was really pleased. She ran through her checklist and warned me to be careful eating too much red meat and fish, and then quickly corrected herself to say – oh, never mind! Really – the doctor actually tells you to avoid most meats. She told me to load up on whole grains, veggies, and protein – and yes, beans and lentils and couscous all count for protein!
I am not a doctor and do not claim to know what is best for you (or anyone!) but I know that I feel safe and comfortable with my own plant-based diet during pregnancy. I am getting all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that I need (alongside a standard prenatal routine) and yes, that includes protein!
So today, I wanted to share some of my go-to plant-based protein sources throughout this pregnancy, as well as some recipes that can help you reach your goals. I aim for 70 grams of protein per day. I may not always hit it perfectly, but I do the very best I can.
Still hungry as ever, and still trying my best to eat well. It’s definitely hard some days. Some of my more recent cravings have been bagels/toast with tofutti and cream cheese (still), tomatoes in general, pickles, sour gummy candy, chunky peanut butter, salt and vinegar chips, and Del’s lemonade (local frozen lemonade). Definitely hitting all those cravings in the below photos.
As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how deep my love runs for coconut oil. I’ve discussed it here before, and I stand by every word. So naturally, I turned to coconut oil during my pregnancy and researched ways that it could benefit me.
I know my body, and I know that I am prone to stretch marks. Honestly, I sprouted very quickly as a child (I was the tallest in my class in 3rd grade) and I have my fair share of (thankfully faded) stretch marks from sudden growth spurts/weight loss/gain/etc. So I really wanted to do my best to avoid them this pregnancy – as best as I could! I realize that stretch marks are inevitable for some people, but if there is anything I could do to minimize the risk, I’m game. Almost every woman I spoke to about their experience gave me the same answer: coconut oil.