baby update: 36 weeks

Ahhhhh! As I mentioned on Tuesday, we are getting so close! And it is pretty crazy to think that we could have a baby this month. (Or soon after.)

I thought I would continue with the grey tank theme in the pictures…partly for consistency but honestly because I currently wear the same four shirts on rotation. And this is one of them. :) (It’s also funny to look back at the older pictures (17 weeks // 30 weeks) when I thought I had a belly, they look so small in comparison!)

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So what’s happening? My belly is running out of space, so I don’t know how we have another 3.5 weeks to go, especially because at this point, all the baby is doing is packing on pounds. (It seems like this is a universal feeling when you reach this stage.) My Doctor is going to measure the baby at 38 weeks to see if the size has evened out or if baby is just large.

With the exception of one (maybe, hehe) last trip to Target, I think we have most of the “stuff” we need. We’re keeping things pretty minimal (no space!) and basic and we should have everything we need for the first few days or weeks. If not, thank goodness for amazon prime and grandparents who will be here to help.

I’m closing out things at work, and passing along responsibilities, which is such an odd feeling. I’d like to have everything that needs to be finished done by the end of next week…and now that I type that out, I realize that I need to get going! I plan on working until I go into labor, and if I have two+ weeks to work on “extra” tasks, all the better.

We have a few big things to do this weekend:

The details:

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 Labor words of wisdom…please share! 

creamy dill hummus

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It’s March. And I might have a baby this month! Or not, but with four weeks (give or take) to go, this baby is consuming my life. (So this is my way of apologizing/warning that every single post from here on out might mention the words baby or pregnancy.)

At this point, I’m so excited to meet this baby that I’m not that nervous for the actual labor portion. I am of course nervous, and I know it will be difficult and painful, but people do it every day. And then they have more kids.

So I know I can do it. Right?! Tell me I can do it!!!! ;) On other fronts, we’re feeling close to prepared. We still have a decent amount of things to do too: Laundry! Install carseat! Finish room!

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And eat snacks ALL the time! I’m finding myself pretty snack-y these days and while one of my favorites has been a bowl of cereal, hummus and pita chips comes in pretty high on the list.

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I tend to go on hummus kicks, and given that my last hummus recipe (Black Bean Hummus) was only a few weeks ago, it’s safe to assume I’m currently on one of those kicks. Here’s another fun variation!

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Plain hummus gets a flavor boost with a combination of lemon zest, greek yogurt and fresh dill. It’s creamy and fresh and with the addition of greek yogurt, it has 9 grams of protein per serving! (That is pretty much unheard of when it comes to hummus.)

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I’m partial to pita chips, but fresh veggies are also a great way to scoop up this hummus!

Creamy Dill Hummus
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1-15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup (or more) chopped fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Zest and juice lemon.
  2. Combine beans, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil in food processor.
  3. Process to desired consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest and fresh dill.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil for serving.
  7. Best if used within 1-2 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ cup Calories: 180 Fat: 9 grams Carbohydrates: 17 grams Sugar: 1 gram Fiber: 4 grams Protein: 9 grams

 

quinoa stuffed peppers

Quinoa stuffed peppers are a vegetarian dinner packed with protein and fiber! 

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You guys, I had the most amazing weekend. My cousins threw us a ridiculous baby shower, my Mom was here for a visit and some of our best friends were here for the weekend. There was no shortage of good food, cupcakes and conversation. (I am very disappointed in my lack of photos though, I didn’t get a one!)

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And then the party was over and everyone left. I’m always a little sad after we have visitors who then have to go back home. Ok, sad might be an understatement. Depressed is a little more like it.

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But before I can even blink, it’s time to get back into the groove of work, cleaning the house and making dinner. (Which is probably a good thing, so I’m not home moping around…) And if dinners are delicious, it makes the transition a little easier to handle.

A while ago (like a year?!) I asked for the type of recipes that you guys would like to see and I’ve been working through that list for quite some time now! I received a few requests for quinoa recipes and specifically, quinoa recipes that your kids will eat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a quinoa casserole, only to be disappointed each time. So the quinoa casserole is not there yet. But today, I have a quinoa stuffed pepper, full of Mexican flavor (always a family favorite, right?) that’s not only healthy but really tasty.

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Quinoa is a super-nutritious grain (that’s actually a seed, but it’s typically categorized as a grain) – full of protein and fiber. Combined with some beans and cheese, each pepper contains 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, an excellent source of both. Here, I cooked the quinoa with a combination of broth and salsa (yes, salsa!) to make sure it’s really flavorful and then I added black beans, stuffed everything into the peppers and topped them with shredded cheese. It’s a delicious meal that’s vegetarian, gluten-free and definitely family-friendly!

And no surprise, this dinner is an easy one!

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One pepper isn’t really enough for a meal, so I’d recommend serving two of them per portion or adding something on the side like grilled chicken or if you want to keep things meatless, a big green salad with tomatoes, avocado and pepitas.

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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup salsa (use a watery salsa, like salsa verde)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stir together quinoa, salsa, water and broth in a small pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until water has been absorbed.
  4. While quinoa cooks, cut peppers in half, lengthwise and remove seeds.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until slightly charred.
  6. When quinoa is done cooking, stir in black beans and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  7. Fill pepper halves with quinoa mixture (you’ll have some leftover) and top with shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pepper Calories: 262 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 38 grams Sugar: 4 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 14 grams

 

 

daily eats: february 17, 2015

I’m bringing back the daily eats posts! (I learned from the survey that the most popular post types are Recipes, Daily Eats, Lately I’ve Been and then Nutrition-related posts.) The daily eats are some of my favorite posts to look back and read so I am happy to add them back into the rotation on a regular basis. Question – do you find calorie/macro counts helpful in these posts? It’s interesting for me to see where I’m at every now and then but it’s not something I do so it’s really only for you! Let me know if you have strong feelings one way or the other.

The last few days I’ve felt hungrier than normal and I’m just kind of going with it. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I’ve eaten pretty normally, and added in more food when I’ve been hungry. So far it’s working well, I’ve gained a little over 20 pounds so far, right on track! Oh and baby is big, 5 lb 10 oz.

workout: 25 minutes of physique 57 cardio blast. After trying (and loving) this workout online, I decided I needed the DVD. It’s a great low-impact (for my downstairs neighbor) workout and I feel like I get a pretty intense workout from it, which doesn’t always happen with the other barre workouts I’ve done.

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beverages: swig of oj with my iron pill + coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: peanut butter + jelly sandwich on sprouted bread. I’ve been on a pretty consistent mix of smoothies + paleo banana muffins, oatmeal, and muesli with banana for breakfasts but with some sprouted bread in the fridge, I just had to make a pb + j sandwich. Such an easy breakfast, and it tastes so good.

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lunch: brown rice + jambalaya + side salad. This week is ‘clean out the freezer’ week and how fitting to have a cajun-inspired meal on Fat Tuesday! I’m vowing to label everything that goes in the freezer from now on because I had no idea what this was until I started eating it. I didn’t eat much of the brown rice – it was soaked in water and I was not a fan…

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lunch #2: ohh, and because there was pizza at work I didn’t want to waste any belly space with water-logged brown rice. :) I had two small pieces.

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snack: apple

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dinner: was supposed to be salmon burgers + brussels sprouts but EVERY week, salmon burgers are on the dinner menu and every week they seem to get bumped off. Today, I received an email from PostMates (a meal delivery app/service) with an offer for free ShopHouse (the Asian Chipotle) and obviously I couldn’t pass that up! I had a rice noodle bowl with steak laab, green beans, red curry sauce and pickled vegetables. I love their flavors, but it’s not enough food for me – pregnant or not!

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dessert: x2, but one is healthy enough for breakfast so in my mind I’m considering it a snack! I had two squares of Coconut Raspberry Bars (from The Little French Bakery Cookbook – love this cookbook!) + cake batter chia pudding from Edible Perspective. I’m not sure I would say it tastes like cake batter, but it’s really good and a really nutritious blend of chia seeds, dates, almond butter, oats, etc. that I feel good about eating. I’ll definitely make the pudding again (and I’ll probably double the recipe).

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I have such an exciting weekend planned, I can hardly contain myself! See you next week!