I think one of the biggest challenges of being pregnant for me is trying to keep up with my appetite. I am actually tired of being hungry all the time. I’d like to eat a big meal and be satisfied for several hours, instead of getting hungry again in two hours. I find it hard to take food with me everywhere I go, and to make healthy choices when I need a snack. Maybe I’m just not much of a snack person. Most granola bars are yucky and dry. I can only eat so many raw vegetables with peanut butter. I already eat yogurt and 2-3 pieces of fruit every day, plus usually a handful of almonds here and there.
So I was feeling relieved that I’m getting close to the end. In two days, I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant. Only 4 more weeks after that, and I’ll have a baby. I was thinking that after that maybe my appetite would return to normal. Then I started reading about your nutritional needs while breastfeeding. While pregnant, a general rule of thumb is that you have to eat 300 more calories a day than your regular diet. While breastfeeding, you should eat 500 more calories!
I’m tired already just thinking about it. So, dear friends, give me some good ideas for snacks. I have weak moments when I get a cookie and chai at Kaladi Brothers, or a chocolate milkshake and fries at a fast food place (yes, bad for me). What are some easy, portable, delicious snacks to have around?
In other food news, I finally used my ice cream maker again after a long dry spell. I made Maple Walnut Ice Cream which was delicious (a few changes: I used 1 1/4 cups of Grade A syrup reduced to 3/4 cup, and instead of two cups of cream and one cup of milk, I did two cups of milk and one of cream). We had it with homemade carrot cake. I didn’t feel bad about using a whole cup of maple syrup, since we are lucky enough to have parents in Upstate New York who send us a jug of maple syrup whenever we ask.
The little one inside me grows, kicks, keeps me awake at night, gives me heartburn, makes me have to pee all the time and occasionally gets the hiccups. I love her so much already. 🙂