May 172016
 

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a food post. My food has been pretty decent lately–I’ve just been eating a little bit more. I’m still counting my calories every day and a few days a week I do go over my calories but overall I’m doing alright staying within the 1900-2300 calorie range.

I’ve been trying to change things up with food. I have done some new things lately (like the overnight oats) and I’m trying to find some variety with my snacks. The bars are easy–especially when breastfeeding, but I’d rather not rely on them so much.

If you have some suggestions of easy, fast meals that work for you, I’d love to hear them!

Breakfasts

 

Scrambled eggs with cheese and hot sauce, bacon, Dave’s Killer Bread thin sliced toast with avocado on top.

Overnight oats in a jar (my first time trying it) was steel cut oats, ground flaxseed, plain greek yogurt and frozen blueberries and then topped it with a teaspoon of brown sugar and slivered almonds the next morning.

Two fried eggs with hot sauce, English muffin with avocado, strawberries and coffee.

Snacks

Apple, smoked gouda cheese and salami.

Protein fiber bar (this one is really tasty!).

Kind Bar.

Lunch

 

Hawaiian lunch with a friend: spicy teriyaki chicken with macaroni salad and rice.

Salad with leftover chicken, black beans, cauliflower, hot sauce, avocado and sour cream on top.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread (skinny slice) with an apple and cheese.

Ham sandwich on a sandwich thin (with smoked gouda and avocado), raw cauliflower with blue cheese dressing and strawberries.

 

Dinner

 

Delite pizza from Papa Murphy’s with raw cauliflower on the side.

Steak, steamed broccoli and salad.

Burger with avocado, spinach, white cheddar and sauteed sweet potatoes (not pictured: raw cauliflower I ate while dinner was cooking)

Trader Joe’s quinoa burger with melted white cheddar, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with Goddess dressing and applesauce.

 

Boneless pork chop, sauteed Brussels Sprouts and kale with bacon (and a glass of wine).

Blackened salmon with Brussels sprouts and bacon and raw cauliflower with bleu cheese dressing.

Spicy bratwurst with baked beans, raw cauliflower and blue cheese dressing.

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For some reason I’ve been craving cauliflower lately. I’m pretty much eating it at most lunch or dinner meals! I’m also excited that berry season is almost upon us. I got some watermelon recently and been eating that for snacks and when I’m craving something sweet.

I have been giving in to sugar too much lately. I need to nip that in the butt right away. It’s easy to get back into old habits like that!

 

Dec 092015
 

I used to give examples of daily food diaries but for the most part I stopped doing that because  1) my food didn’t change a whole lot day to day and  2) I wasn’t trying to lose weight, just maintain. Then I started doing some posts with daily food diaries when I was trying to lose some weight (remember the Slow Carb diet that basically did nothing for me?).

I figured I’d do a post as an example of what my food looks like now that I’m “eating for two” (not really eating for two).

bump

As I am getting towards the end of the 2nd trimester I’ve been following doctor’s orders and eating 300 more calories a day than I was in the 1st trimester so that means my base is around 1900 calories a day. This was kind of a big change from the low calorie range I was striving for before getting pregnant around 1300-1400 a day as a base because I was trying to lose 10 pounds.

So here is what I ate in a day:

Breakfast

This one doesn’t change much and hasn’t changed since getting pregnant except for one thing — I added orange juice because for whatever reason I crave it!

eggs

2 fried eggs with hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cinnamon and sugar (or stevia) on top, glass of orange juice and when I get to work I have 1 cup of coffee with creamer in it. I also had a small glass of Trader Joe’s Kefir.

kefir

Calories: 505

 

Snack

Right now I’m eating my favorite seasonal fruit! Satsuma oranges!

snack

Calories: Around 50

Lunch

Tomato and penne soup with a small green salad with raw peppers and Trader Joe’s Vinaigrette dressing. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda cheese. And 2 pieces of chocolate. 🙂

lunch

Calories: Around 460

Snack

Plain Greek yogurt with some Craisins. Ever since switching to Costco’s plain Greek Yogurt years ago, I cannot eat “regular” yogurt at all OR flavored Greek Yogurt. Sometimes I splurge and get the Chobani Flipz but that is more like having dessert than yogurt. Flavored Greek yogurts are sooo sweet to me now. I just can’t do it.

It was a slow transition going from the sugary ones to plain. When I first started eating the Costco plain Greek yogurt I put honey or agave in it or ate it with some trail mix or granola mixed in. Now I can eat it without anything in it but I usually want a little something. I like using fresh berries in the summer or dried cranberries in the winter. It gives it just a hint of sweet and a bit of tartness that I like.

yogurt

Calories: Around 160

Dinner

For dinner I made this recipe:  Easy Teriyaki Chicken & Brown Rice. The recipe was decent and had a nice teriyaki flavor but it wasn’t glazed like I would have liked it.

I had some leftover rice I wanted to use and I read through the comments on the recipe to see what people thought of the recipe. There were some good recommendations and variations. I didn’t have broccoli so I used frozen peas and it was just fine. Any veggies would do. One reviewer recommended adding water chestnuts and that was good, too. I used leftover forbidden rice instead of the brown rice and I had some cottage cheese on the side. EmergenC to dink.

dinner1

Calories: Around 530

Dessert

Hot cocoa with whipped cream and 3 squares of chocolate. I ate dessert while we were watching Fargo (if you aren’t watching that show, you’re missing out!) and kind of forgot about my cocoa after drinking 3/4 of it. I dumped the rest out when I remembered and it was cold!

dessert

Calories: 225

Total Calories for the day: 1930

Gym

When I work out I eat back some of the calories I burned. I’m not necessarily trying to create a deficit like I did before when I was trying to lose weight. Instead I just listen to my body and if I’m still hungry, I eat a little bit more.

Today at the gym I did the elliptical. I had planned on doing something else but had twisted my ankle early in the morning and wanted to take it easy.

I’ve rolled my ankle/sprained/strained it so many times in my life I consider myself an expert at it, sadly. But I honestly haven’t twisted it in years–like 5? I guess this is proof that my ligaments are loosening and I need to be more careful how I step. I don’t think my ankle is bad but I still didn’t want to push it, so the elliptical was all I did (and it was fine).

gym1

Tomorrow I will do weights.

Calories Burned: 340

gym2

So as you can see, my day doesn’t look a whole lot different from how it was before getting pregnant. I am eating a little bit more but it’s not crazy. I have days where I am FAMISHED. Then I have days where I don’t have much of an appetite. It’s odd and it really changes day to day. But overall this is what a typical day lately looks like!

How much did your eating habits change when you were pregnant?