As many of you know, when you are pregnant you are restricted with some foods due to how they are cooked or processed. It just so happens that some of the things I enjoy most are what I have been living without for the past 6 months.
Cold cut meats are not recommended by most doctors for consumption while pregnant due to the fact that listeria could be present. Babies don’t have the agents to fight listeria off like adults do. I’ll tell you what. I love a good turkey sandwich. I would have one at least once a week when I wasn’t pregnant. Now, I have had the strong craving a few times during pregnancy and I have to admit- I caved and ate it. My good friend Jimmy John’s came onto my door step like a knight in shining armor and delivered me the most beautiful turkey sandwich. It’s amazing that something as simple as a turkey tom that you took for granted for so many years felt like eating New York strip at the best steak restaurant in Chicago.
I grew fond of sushi when I moved to the city and began to date John. I am VERY picky and this guy wanted to take me out to sushi?! Shoot, I was in trouble. My game plan: get buzzed off of as much red wine as I could (without getting hammered. After all, it was our second date and I can’t let him see drunk Darcy yet) before dinner so that I could trick myself into trying raw fish. Turns out, as long as John orders for me, I have two glasses of wine (we will get to that love affair in a minute), and I don’t know what goes in the sushi, I can eat it and enjoy it. When we moved to Uptown in the city, we had a sushi restaurant at the end of our block. Because of that, it was our regular date spot for great sushi and lots of wine. Sushi is another big no no for most during pregnancy. I am looking forward to a hot June day this summer where I can rekindle my love of sushi and cabernet with John.
Red wine is my last “love” that I sincerely miss during this pregnancy. John will occasionally open a bottle of cabernet and every time he does I ask if I can sniff it for a minute so I never forget how good it was to me. I don’t miss drinking much besides wine. I have tried to give the whole Fre Wine a try, but I don’t see the point. I drink it just to be let down that there isn’t going to be that perfect buzz you get after a glass (or a bottle). Side note-can you bring wine to the hospital for a after delivery celebration? No? Didn’t think so…
Now on to some things that I have grown to LOVE.
Homemade Fruit smoothies/shakes: really light and a good way for someone to get in extra nutrients when they lack in fruit/veggie intake. This was lifesaving during my first trimester.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk.
Handful of frozen berries- great for antioxidants making you look glowing and your skin healthy!
Tablespoon of natural peanut butter- perfect for pregnancy because protein is super important.
Half an avocado- I am OBSESSED with avocado. I usually go through one a day. This adds super creamy texture to your smoothie and lots of health benefits.
Blend and Enjoy!
Oatmega Bars: the perfect on the go snack! Made with grass-fed whey protein, packed with Omega 3’s (good for brain development and heart health) and only 5 g of sugar. My favorites right now are Chocolate Peanut Crisp and Chocolate Mint Crisp. Definitely worth it for the person on the go that needs something filling between meals.
Turkey Burgers: a healthy dinner choice packed with flavor with this recipe. I adapted part of it from one of my aunts, but changed it a little bit.
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup of grated cheese
handful of onions and peppers diced
pinch of salt and pepper
tablespoon of garlic powder
pinch of crushed red pepper for a spicier burger
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and pack into 4 burgers. Cook on stovetop and serve!
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