Thursday, May 5, 2011

What a (Pregnant) Woman Wants...

With my second trimester has come hunger, extreme hunger.  I'm a little concerned that I might be eating more than is truly necessary for the little life inside of me.  I think I have to assume that with my amazing return of energy and the growth of my baby, comes an equally amazing need for more calories to burn, but still...  To be on the safe side, I'm going to ask my doctor on Monday.  Because although I've got my energy back, I haven't exactly taken to the gym every morning OR evening for the last two weeks.
While I have immense respect for the women who gain 60 pounds while pregnant, then shed it with a bootcamp combo of no-carbs and 2-a-day workouts post-birth... I don't really want to be one of them.  I'd prefer to gain a modest 20 to 30 pounds and then shed them with a normal diet, yoga and walks with my brand-new baby in the fall!

This week has really marked the beginning of my Hunger Strike.  I've been trying to come up with creative, filling, somewhat healthful meals, especially for lunch, since I'm lucky enough to be able to stop work for an hour to eat and relax at home each day.

So here it is... a look at What This Pregnant Woman Wants*.  Be prepared.  These are no light lunches for a tidy, girly appetite.  This is, after all, a Hunger Strike we're talking about.

 An amaaaazing omelet - eggs with milk, shredded sharp cheddar and feta.  With two slices of bread.  Note the lack of veggies though.  I'm working on that...

These are Tostitos Hint of Lime chips... yum...
My amazing toasted sandwich, with pickle slices and lettuce.  Took it to the next level!

Leftover Potato-Leek pizza and steamed green beans.  But that wasn't all I had...
Yes, a little strawberry shortcake!

Another piece of Potato-Leek pizza.  Very filling, very satisfying.  And take a look at that salad!
This is a little salad trick of mine.  I like to put low-fat cottage cheese on my salad.  It lends creaminess and plenty of flavor so you don't have to use as much dressing!  And of course, sunflower seeds for a little omega-3 boost.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my lunch life.

*"Wants."  These meals are not completely honest representations of my "wants."  If they were, they would include a lot more ice cream and chips.  However, since these are not things I indulge in every day when I'm not pregnant, I didn't think now was any time to be starting.  I don't want my child to come into this world with a born-in love for Doritos and Cookies n' Cream!

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