I’m nearly 23 weeks pregnant with my third child, and I’m completely obsessed with my pregnancy diet. My first two kids were born over a decade ago (yes, this is indeed our surprise baby!) and I wasn’t as preoccupied with gaining weight at all. I think it’s because we’re more informed about health and nutrition than we were 15 years ago (at least I am).
For the first four months of this pregnancy I gained less than one pound. I wasn’t intentionally trying to keep my weight gain so low; it just worked out that way. But last week I had my five-month check-up and in four short weeks I managed to gain a whopping 11 pounds, placing me at 12lbs total weigh gain to date. I’m okay with this number, but certainly don’t want to see an increase like that each month, so I will continue eating as well as I can despite the increase in my appetite.
So here’s a glance at what my pregnancy diet looks like:
For my fix of veggies, I roast them and turn them into soup because it’s the only way I can safely devour my nutrients. I eat soup daily, sometimes by the bowlful or in a mug, so I can sip it while I’m working at my desk. It’s definitely my most requested food right now.
Because I’m in the thick of the second trimester I’m focusing on adding lots of protein and calcium to my diet, so eggs, chicken, cheese, yogurt, and milk are staples these days as well. My favourite snack is fresh apples with sliced aged cheddar, or pumpkin quinoa muffins, which are great for on-the-road snacking.
For dinner, I’m enjoying lots of beans, roasted meats, pastas, and risottos. I’m still feeding a hungry tween and teen so I eat small amounts of their hearty meals. Then I snack again a little later and usually opt for some hot cocoa (extra calcium) and/or air-popped popcorn.
Now it’s your turn! We’d love to hear from you even if you aren’t currently expecting. What does/did your pregnancy diet look like? Did you suffer from any crazy cravings or serious food aversions? Did you have any dietary challenges? What are you doing to keep you well fuelled through this long nine-month stretch? Did you notice if your diet change/cravings were different based on the gender of your baby?
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I have yet to meet anyone between the ages of two and four that didn’t enjoy spending time in the kitchen with some pre-made cookie dough, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, and a bit of extra flour for dusting the work surface. There’s no denying that’s it a messy job, but that’s part of the appeal for the kids, and if you happen to be looking for a Halloween-inspired activity to do with your little ones in the coming week, baking up a batch of these non-scary seasonal sweets is a guaranteed way to ensure you have a hoot with your toddlers.
Similar to a graham cracker in taste and texture, these cut-out cookies are made with very little sugar, molasses and warming spices that are friendly to the young palate. If you aren’t a fan of molasses—and plenty of people aren’t—you can always swap in honey for a milder flavoured biscuit instead.
Here’s the thing about baking with toddlers: there is definitely going to be a mess to clean up, but once you embrace the fact that your floors with be littered with excess flour, and your counters will be covered with a thin crust of dough, you can get down to the business of having fun in the kitchen with your kids.
New to baking with little kids? Here are three tips for making the process of baking with toddlers a little more pleasant for all who are involved:
What is your favourite thing to bake with your toddler?
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