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Pregnancy eats + summer snacking with Blue Diamond

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Blue Diamond provided me with one 6 oz. can and one 4 oz. bag of almonds for free as part of the Blue Diamond Tastemakers program. All opinions shared are my own.

It’s been kind of a bummer summer so far since I’ve had to cut back on my physical activity pretty drastically ever since my hospital stay. Because of that, I feel like watching what I eat has become even more important than ever. I’m also trying to focus on upping my protein intake (I don’t think I’ve been super successful at that) and being mindful of my iron intake also. My hemoglobin levels checked out OK surprisingly, but it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to be a little low and mine was low when I was in the hospital.

And to add to that, truthfully, cooking has been the last thing that J or I want to do and it’s been that way, pretty much since we got Charlie’s diagnosis. So we’ve been going out to eat more than we probably should be, but each week, we do a little better at finding something to eat at home. Here’s a little sample of what I’ve been eating lately:

Breakfasts

Baked oatmeal – you can totally play around with this recipe by cutting back on the brown sugar and adding different kinds of fruit. I made a batch on Sunday night and had for breakfast during the week!

Fresh fruit – strawberries and bananas (trying to keep those pesky leg cramps under control!)

Puffins!

Scrambled egg with salsa, a little shredded cheese, spinach in a whole wheat tortilla

Lunch

Lunch is probably where I struggle the most. There have been quite a few Whole Foods salad bar salads and leftovers from dinners.

Dinners

Two good recipes that don’t require firing up the oven:

Crispy Gnocchi with zucchini, basil and sweet corn

Tilapia tacos

Snacks

Snacking has become really important because when I make good snacking decisions, I also make better meal decisions because then I’m not starving when it comes to eating lunch and dinner. As I’ve gotten more pregnant, I also can’t eat as much in one sitting (I think the hot weather is also a factor) so I find myself hungry shortly after I eat a meal. Some of my favorite snacks currently:

Blue Diamond almonds – The folks at Blue Diamond sent me the blueberry and coconut flavors to try. I loved them both — just a few after a meal will satisfy my sweet tooth and the toasted coconut flavor is not too “coconut-y.” But as a side note, my favorite flavor will always be salt and vinegar.

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Trail mix – especially loving this stuff:

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Cottage cheese

Again with the fruit!

Anything with peanut butter on it

Treats

I’ve been doing a decent job of keeping my sweets intake under control, but now that it’s officially summer, it’s been really tempting to treat myself to ice cream. Most nights I satisfy that craving with frozen yogurt bars, fruit bars (both strawberry flavored) or dark chocolate dipped bananas. But one special treat that the hubs and I enjoyed the other night was gelato with coconut and blueberry almonds as a topping — DELICIOUS!

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Instead of having to get the food processor dirty, I just threw a handful of almonds into my little food chopper.

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We went with good old fashioned vanilla gelato, but in my the head the flavor combinations are endless! I’m thinking the caramel macchiato would be especially good on chocolate or sea salt caramel gelato — yum.

Any good snack options I should add to my rotation?

What have you been eating lately?

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5 thoughts on “Pregnancy eats + summer snacking with Blue Diamond

  1. Crispy gnocchi is my favorite recipe ever! So easy to switch it up with different veggies. Also, I try to make enough for dinner that I get leftovers for lunch. Its the easiest way to go!

  2. That cripsy gnocchi recipe looks great! I will have to try it out.

  3. Blue Diamond is freaking awesome, I love their blueberry flavored almonds.

  4. I don’t really snack much, but everday I do indulge in a fat bomb – which could also be called an ‘Adult Peanut Butter Cup’. They’ve got the darkest chocolate I can get, coconut oil, full-fat cream cheese, cocoa powder and natural peanut butter. To die for!

  5. Three months ago, I decided to switch to healthier food choices. One of my friends recommended Luke’s Organic Chips and Crackers and I decided to give them a try. I must say, they are the best organic snacks I’ve ever had. My favorite is the brown rice chips (tastes better than it sounds) and my 4yr old loves the sea salt crackers. You can purchase them from our local Costco here in San Jose, CA or visit http://www.lukesorganic.com to find a retailer near you.

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