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!

baby update: 30 weeks

It’s a little hard to believe that I’m already at 30 weeks (over 6 1/2 months!). I knew that between a busy fall and the holidays, the months were going to go quickly, but less than 10 weeks to go?! Insanity.

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We’ve been making slow progress on the nursery and it should be done in the next few weeks – I’m excited to see it all finished! We kept things really minimal so there is a lot of black, white and a few pops of color. I ordered some nursery prints and I’m going to attempt a DIY mobile and that’s about it. I’ll show you a picture when it’s done!

We’ve also been preparing in other ways. Last weekend we took a day-long childbirth workshop at BINI Birth and while I went into the class starting to feel nervous for labor, I feel ready to take it on. (Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself so don’t burst my bubble!) We have a few other classes through the hospital and then we’ll be ready…right? ;)

Here are some details, but I’ll end with saying that I really love being pregnant. <3

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Only four more days until Christmas! How was your weekend? We spent a chunk of it building Ikea stuff (I mainly supervised), made SO MANY latkes for dinner, had friends over for lunch and today I need to start packing for our trip, get a gel manicure (a must when I travel), finish Serial and wrap presents! Busy but good!

recommended reading:

If you’re making food gifts this year, check out 19 Wrapping Ideas for Your Food Gifts. This year I bought some food gifts but made zero. I also never got around to making Christmas cookies. Maybe today?

Breakfast on Christmas should be special and it should be delicious. 20 Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfasts is full of gorgeous sweet and savory breakfasts so that you can focus on presents, or family, or coffee or whatever you focus on Christmas morning!

And speaking of breakfast, egg bakes are a tradition in my family and I love this Layered Vegetarian Egg Bake, filled with potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and kale. Oh! And cheese. Never forget the cheese.

If appetizers are on your menu, 34 Recipes for Toast, Bruschetta, Crostini, and Toppings is a beautiful collection of one of my favorite types of appetizers! (I would also suggest Gorgonzola + Honey Crostini!)

And speaking of appetizers…this spread of cheese is insane. I literally have no words.

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