I have never had the best eating habits, but I wasn’t the worst. I attempted to integrate vegetables into my diet and succeeded maybe 50% of the time, I would say. Fruits were easier, although I am not a huge fan of a lot of fruits. After I found out I was pregnant, as with many women, I started paying closer attention to my eating habits.
Then the morning sickness hit.
And I ate whatever I could get down. Whether it was chicken soup or a hot ham-n-cheese from Hardee’s, the only goal was food in stomach.
Now that the first trimester and the morning sickness have both passed, I have been refocusing my efforts to eat better. My goals are to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet, as that is where my major downfalls are. Here are some small things that have worked for me so far:
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Liquefy my food
I am always at least 10 minutes late to everything I do, so mornings are not a good time for a four-course meal. Enter: smoothies. Combining berries, Greek yogurt, and almond milk, this concoction is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, protein, and calcium – lots of good things for a pregnant woman. I have also been playing around with juicing. There are varying opinions on pregnant women and raw juice, so I’ve been keeping it to about once per week with only organic produce for now. I think after Little Man gets here, I would like to up it.
I have a tendency to fill up on the good tasting, comfort stuff first (AKA carbs). So, I’ve switched up how I eat. Now while I am cooking dinner, I make sure to eat at least two servings of veggies before I put anything else on my plate. I also make sure to eat some sort of vegetable first for lunch before moving onto the protein. This ensures I won’t be too full by the end of my meal to eat my vegetables.
Add a little something
Veggie ranch dip or butter are probably not the healthiest things, but I figure if it helps get the veggies down, it’s worth the extra (unhealthy) calories. So I’ve been adding extras to my veggies – lemon pepper and Parmesan on my steamed broccoli, and butter and garlic powder on my green beans.
Eating what I like
As I mentioned, vegetables are not my strong suit. So, I make sure to stock my fridge with lots of vegetables that I know that I like, instead of forcing down food that my palette says “eh” to.
In a perfect world, I could work 40+ hours per week, keep my house spotless, and have a well-rounded meal on the table by six. The reality? I’m tired when I get home (especially now) and have a million and one things to get done (and the baby is not even here). Enter frozen fruits and vegetables. I did some research on the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables. While it definitely varied, what I gathered is that frozen produce is harvested and frozen at its peak ripeness – when there are the most nutrients. You do lose some to microwaving (or however you decide to cook it), but in my world, it’s better than nothing.
What else? I’d love to hear from some experienced mamas on how I could easily incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I figure I can also use these tactics on my child in a few years!