Happy Halloween! For those of you who don’t know, I’m pregnant! Our little pumpkin is due to arrive at the end of March 2016.
Pregnancy, childbirth and FOOD have been consuming my thoughts and body recently, so I thought why not share some of my experiences with you.
You may be experiencing some cravings due to the weather getting colder and can benefit from some of my tips below whether you are preggers or not.
When we tell most people that we are expecting, they often ask, “How are you feeling?” which I think is a great and constant reminder to tune inward during this special time and honor the miracle going on inside me.
I, for one, have always admired the human body and its amazing power, but making a baby has never been something I’ve experienced personally before and has me even more in awe of the body’s graceful ability to function on a daily basis.
There have been A LOT of changes happening both physically and emotionally over these past 19 weeks. Some tricks, some treats and some downright spooky things, but all so fascinating to me!
Some of the most spooky things I’ve noticed about being pregnant:
- Food Obsessed! Being an Italian American and a Registered Dietitian, food has always been a big part of my life. I love it and appreciate the beauty it has to nourish our precious bodies; however, this pregnancy has taken my love of food to a whole new level! I find myself scrolling through pictures of food on Yelp! and searching for photos of whatever I’m craving on Instagram at night and in the morning…DAILY. Among some of the frequent flyers are deep dish pizza, drippy egg yolk sandwiches, fried chicken and biscuits, croissant sandwiches and gourmet burgers. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not eating all of this, just love to look at it, hear about food, and sometimes eat it;)
- Strong sense of smell. I got whiffs of things in our home that would make me not want to cook and/or eat anything. I told John Paul, “I can’t eat here, it stinks!” often during the first trimester. This poor guy was so confused since 1. he couldn’t smell anything and 2. I usually love cooking dinner together and opt to make our own food vs. eating out. But he is the best, didn’t put up a fight and took me to Whole Foods Market for multiple date nights.
- Have a craving? Make healthier versions of what you’re craving in your own kitchen. Use fresh, organic, local, non GMO ingredients that are free of hormones, pesticides and antibiotics. Instead of ordering a stromboli one day, I made one from scratch. DEEELICIOUS and way healthier than one I would have bought. Made with mostly organic ingredients. Get the recipe below.
- The Constipation Cocktail. For all those loved ones in your life struggling with digestive issues, try mixing 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds in 16 ounces of water daily to keep things moving. Works like a charm! (This in addition to eating a diet high in fiber and staying well hydrated.)
- I am very grateful for my Juice Plus+ since during the first trimester I was craving more comfort foods, I knew that the baby and I were still getting over 50 plants into our bodies each day from the Juice Plus+ capsules and the Complete Shakes. It just gives me such peace of mind that we are staying nutritionally fit.
- Two of my favorite books so far are The Mindful Mom-To-Be and Bringing Up Bebe.
Some tricks I’ve picked up along the way:
Some treats that make me happy:
As always, I would love to hear from you. Do you have any healthy tips on dealing with your cravings, preggers or not? Do you have any funny stories to share about pregnancy? If so, leave a comment on my blog and be sure to tune into my Facebook page for great health tips, recipes and articles.
Have a Healthy + Happy Halloween,
Pregnancy Craving Stromboli Recipe
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 whole wheat dough ball
6-8 slices of provolone cheese
1-2 cups of organic kale
2 cloves of garlic
5 slices of prosciutto
1 cup of shredded Quattro Formaggio cheese (Trader Joes)
1 tsp of dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium skillet, sauté the kale, garlic and olive oil on medium heat until kale is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Massage the dough ball with olive oil and roll out on a piece of foil on a cutting board.
Line the flat dough with provolone cheese, then the prosciutto, then the kale, then sprinkle the Quattro Formaggio on top. Carefully and tightly roll the stromboli up and tuck in any open sides so there are no holes.
Drizzle a few drops of olive oil on the top and sprinkle some dried oregano on top of the rolled stromboli for flavor.
Bake until golden brown. Let sit for about 10 minutes until it cools, then slice, serve and enjoy!