Nutrient dense, healthy and fresh meals to enjoy during these hot summer days! Packed with healthy fats, protein, fibre, and lots of fresh veggies. What I eat in a day to keep me fuelled and healthy throughout pregnancy!
I am so excited to share another What I Eat In A Day, summer edition! I am so excited to be eating lots of veggies from my garden this year, it has made such a difference being able to go outside and collect fresh greens and herbs. Since I am currently in my second trimester, I’m finding that snacks are necessary throughout the day (I never leave the house without one), and cooked veggies and warm meals are the best for my digestion. I am still loving lots of bright, colourful and nutrient dense food, and I think that you are going to love these recipes and meal inspiration as well!
Since I usually wake up pretty hungry, I like to eat right away! One of the most comforting and delicious foods that I’ve been enjoying during my pregnancy is oatmeal. I know it’s hot outside right now, but it’s been really soothing on my stomach and full of fiber! Plus, it’s always nice to switch up your smoothies and acai bowls with something warm and comforting for a change. I’ve been enjoying this oatmeal before my morning walks and hikes lately, and it’s the perfect breakfast to keep me full until lunch or at least until my next snack!
Of course, I always enjoy my breakfast with a cup of herbal coffee! I like to add a scoop of collagen, liquid stevia, and a dash of cinnamon with frothed oat milk.
For lunch, I made some delicious veggie-packed tofu lettuce wraps. This was inspired by my garden, which is bursting with fresh and vibrant veggies right now. I am honestly so impressed with how well it has been doing and having fresh produce and herbs at my fingertips has been such a nice treat to use in recipes like this.
These wraps are topped with a sweet and savoury spicy Thai peanut sauce that was inspired by a recipe in the HealthNut Cookbook. Drizzle this sauce all over your lettuce wraps for a burst of flavour, and additional protein and healthy fats. It’s so delicious, and definitely takes these wraps to the next level.
For these lettuce wraps, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand! I like to use butter lettuce and fill them with sliced sliced sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and crispy pan fried tofu for some protein. For herbs, I used basil, mint and dill! These are optional, but they add a lot of flavour!
It wouldn’t be a What I Eat In A Day, pregnancy edition, without some kind of snacks! Am I right?! All the pregnant mamas out there will understand me. I’ve noticed that I feel best when I eat small serving sizes and snacks throughout the day – especially during the nausea stage. Fresh fruit has been my favourite snack of the summer, and on this day I enjoyed some mango and kiwi.
For my next snack, I had some oat crackers with nut cheese and dried apricots (so delicious)! These oat crackers are also delicious topped with peanut butter and a little honey if you’re in the mood for a sweet snack!
For dinner, I was craving a warm bowl filled with veggies and protein. Asparagus is in season right now in Ontario, so I’ve been enjoying lots of it! For this bowl, I added some pan sautéed asparagus, broccoli and spinach for a healthy dose of greens. I also made pan-seared shrimp with a little bit of garlic, chilli flakes, sea salt and black pepper. Then, I roasted sweet potatoes (whole pricked with a fork a few times) in the oven at 400ºF for about an hour. You don’t need to season the sweet potatoes with anything, they will get so gooey and delicious just as-is!
This meal is so comforting and full of nutrients from all the colourful veggies! It’s also super simple and quick to make!
There you have it – What I Eat In A Day, summer edition! I hope that this helps to give you some inspiration and meal ideas. You can also check out my other recent post, What I Eat In A Day For Anxiety for more ideas and guidance.