Get ready. This week's installment of my Pregnancy Food Diary is epic. I'm sharing with you EVERYTHING that I ate last week, Monday through Sunday. If you don't want to read it all feel free to just click on the links for recipes or more information.
Since I'm sharing so many days of food with you, I left out the number of servings for each food group. Instead, I'd like to point out a few things you might notice if you read what I ate.
What you'll notice about my diet...
1. I eat a lot of eggs. We went through four dozen eggs last week. That's a lot, even for us. Fried eggs, eggs in oatmeal, quiche, eggs Benedict, egg salad...we love our eggs. And our eggs love us back. They are an inexpensive source of complete animal protein, and full of nutrients important for a growing baby, such as choline.
2. I don't skimp on fat. You know I'm not afraid of fat. Especially saturated fats like pastured butter and unrefined coconut oil. Read this if you think I'm crazy. Here's a snippet:
"Human beings have been consuming saturated fats from animals products,
milk products and the tropical oils for thousands of years; it
is the advent of modern processed vegetable oil that is
associated with the epidemic of modern degenerative disease,
not the consumption of saturated fats."
3. I've been getting in two or three servings of leafy greens every day! That was one of my food goals a few weeks ago. Having salad greens washed and ready to eat, along with homemade salad dressing, makes that a lot easier. I also put store-bought frozen spinach (the kind that's not in a giant block) into my smoothies sometimes. And I try to throw greens in anywhere else I can. I colored all my greens green so you can easily see how I fit them in. :)
4. I eat a lot of whole grains, but they are almost all soaked, sprouted, or soured. I've been encouraged lately by Anne Marie of Cheeseslave.com that grains are not as bad as some people say. She has seen improvement in her health since increasing her grain intake. But grains need special preparation to be nutritious, and eating too many unsoaked, sprouted, or soured whole grains can cause nutrient deficiencies. You'll see a lot of references to sourdough bread any other baked goods made with sourdough. I've provided the link to the recipe if one exists for free online, but some recipes are only found in the GNOWFGLINS sourdough e-course or e-book.
Breakfast: soaked steel cut oatmeal with an egg, butter, raw milk, cinnamon, coconut, flax seed, raisins, and maple syrup
Lunch: a little tuna on homemade sunflower and flaxseed crackers, leftover chili over brown rice pasta, a sourdough corn muffin with honey and butter, mixed green salad with hard boiled egg, avocado, cheddar cheese, toasted almonds, and homemade vinaigrette
Snack: a multigrain bagel with cream cheese and decaf coffee with half-and-half (I went to a coffee shop for a little me-time)
Dinner: homemade pizza on sourdough crust with homemade sauce, lots of veggies, and cheese, mixed greens salad with homemade dressing
Snack: fruit smoothie containing banana, blueberries, spinach, yogurt, cottage cheese, and raw milk
Breakfast: soaked steel cut oatmeal with an egg, butter, raw milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Vanilla Rooibos with raw milk and honey
Lunch: open face sandwiches on homemade sourdough bread with ham, cheese, and fried eggs. Mixed greens salad with homemade vinaigrette, almonds and feta
Snack: Decaf coffee with rice milk (at a friends house)
Dinner: white bean and vegetable soup (I added cabbage and kale), sourdough bread with butter
Snack: fruit smoothie with frozen banana, peanut butter, carob power, yogurt, cottage cheese, raw milk, and coconut oil
Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with scallions and cheese, sourdough english muffin with butter, kombucha, homemade yogurt with homemade peach sauce
Lunch: Egg salad with homemade mayonnaise, buttered sourdough english muffin, mixed greens
Snack: Homemade granola bar with raw milk, half a grapefruit
Dinner: Leftover white bean and vegetable soup, sourdough bread with butter, mixed greens salad with avocado and creamy italian dressing (from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
Snack: sourdough bread with peanut butter and honey, milk, a few bites of cheese
Breakfast: French Toast Fritatta cooked in coconut oil, topped with butter and maple syrup, milk, half an orange, pregnancy tea
Lunch: Egg salad, sourdough toast, white bean and veggie soup, kombucha
Snack: Half-caff coffee (1/2 a cup) with whole milk, impossible sourdough brownie
Dinner: Creamy Lemon Pepper Chicken, Golden Carrot Bake, mixed greens salad with creamy Italian dressing
Dessert: impossible sourdough brownie, milk
up starving at 3 AM, whole family couldn't fall back to sleep at 5 AM,
so I made breakfast and then we all went back to bed for a couple hours)
Breakfast: Eggs Benedict with ham and greens on a buttered sourdough english muffin, kombucha
Snack: Sourdough toast with peanut butter and homemade jam, black tea with milk and honey, several green olives stuffed with garlic
Lunch: leftover chicken and rice, steamed broccoli, homemade applesauce
Snack: Raw milk and two pieces of the impossible sourdough brownie, a few bites of apple
Dinner: a burrito from Qdoba - steak, beans, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole
Snack: Rice Pudding (very lightly sweetened)
Breakfast: one fried egg with Hollandaise sauce and greens on sprouted toast with butter, kombucha, vanilla rooibos with milk, rice pudding
Snack: cinnamon scone from a local bakery (a treat from the chiropractor's office), glass of raw milk
Lunch: grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cottage cheese, apple slices
Dinner: Shepherd's Pie, salad with almonds, carrot, and vinaigrette, homemade sourdough bread with butter
Dessert: vanilla ice cream with local strawberries
Snack: Raw milk with impossible sourdough brownie
Breakfast: French toast on sprouted bread, cooked in coconut oil, with butter, maple syrup, and banana. Half-caff coffee with raw cream.
Lunch: Homemade Mac & Cheese with kale and hot dogs, salad with carrot, almonds, apple, and vinaigrette
Snack: kombucha, rice pudding, raw milk
Dinner: Quiche with sourdough crust filled with spinach, bacon, and cheese
Snack: Plain yogurt with a bit of maple syrup
Now you know what I REALLY eat. Is it perfect? No. But I'm doing the best I can on a limited budget and a tight schedule to fill this always-hungry stomach of mine and grow a healthy baby. In the end, I have to trust God for the health of my child, but I might as well eat the best I can, since I have to eat either way. :)
Are you pregnant? What are you eating to nourish yourself and your growing baby?
This is part of Monday Mania, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, and Fight Back Friday.