Having a healthy pregnancy is so important.. important for mommy to feel good and not have complications, and also for baby to grow big and strong in the most important time of development! I know eating healthy and exercise is hard when your not pregnant, so doing while pregnant can be trying… but its not impossible!! This is the BEST thing you can do for yourself because it makes that 40 weeks so much manageable!
We know the healthy weight gain is approx. 25-35 pounds to gain during your pregnancy.. give or take a few pounds if you are underweight or overweight. It is challenging if you have cravings, or if you are one who is so sick and struggles to eat! It is important to allow some leeway with your cravings and I do not want to say stay away from all the food your craving, because it may help you feel better at times. But the key is MODERATION! If you eat your cravings in moderation, you are less likely to feel bad, feel more swollen, and even develop issues down the road in your pregnancy!
At 31 weeks, almost 32, I am going to admit, it is getting harder and hard to breathe and move!! Steps make me out of breath… even sitting here typing makes me tired and out of breath lol… kidding, but not kidding!! Oh and yes, I am STILL working out, but the increased contractions scare me slightly, so I am now starting to take it easy!! It is hard to believe this baby of mine is only 3 lbs right now!!!! There must be a TON of water in there!!! HAHA
What workouts am I still doing at 31 weeks?? Well, there are a variety I can still handle, but certain moves I do modify.. I do most 21 Day Fix and Fix extreme.. except any ab exercises, some Shift shop, and 22 minute hard corps! My upside down yoga poses are non existent, but am doing a TON of stretches so I know that is one of the best things I can do for myself and to prepare for my home birth!!
Now.. can we talk about nutrition?? Nutrition is key!! You cannot workout a bad diet my friends!! And eating healthy during pregnancy will make a HUGE difference with how you look and feel!! I know from experience from my first and second pregnancy where I gained 60 lbs with each baby, and my third where I actually am taking care of myself and doing things the right way and have only gained HALF the weight of my last pregnancies!! Crazy right?? And I even worked out with my other pregnancies, so it definitely matters what you ingest!!
Meal prep went down and I will say it was my “ME TIME”… maybe you are not a fan of meal prepping… I am, but if you are not, there is a way to enjoy it, but you have to start and get creative!
Meal prepping is my key to success!! When I prep my foods ahead of time, I know exactly WHAT I am eating and WHEN I am eating!! So there is no excuse to miss a meal or to say “I don’t have time to cook something up quick and I was in a rush!” Isn’t that why many fail along their journey?? They use time as an excuse and then when you mess up, well “I’ll just start next week”, or even you just completely fall off track!
Some of the recipes I made were….
Pumpkin protein pancakes!! They are really yummy just how this recipe calls to make it, but I do like to add some extra calories to my breakfast because that is my biggest meal of the day!! So I added some plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries and blackberries, and topped it off with some agave nectar and cinnamon!! SOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Another meal I made was Spinach, tomato, and mushroom chicken… and so simple to make!! The chicken was thrown in the crock pot for 4 hours
Then I have my *new recipe* Honey Garlic Shrimp! It is great on top of some good ol’ spaghetti squash!! It will be a great dinner for me because I like to have mainly protein and veggies at dinner time so the carbs are not sitting in my belly at night!
I try to focus on getting around 1800 calories a day… don’t get me wrong, I do more of portion control that counting calories and I will not obsess about my food, but the most important thing is getting healthy whole foods in!
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1/4 cup Braggs liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp chili sauce (I use the Sriracha brand)
1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the honey/agave, soy sauce/braggs aminos, garlic, and chili sauce together in a medium bowl.
Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes-3 hrs. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet and discard the remaining marinade that was with shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring every minute or so for about 4 minutes, and pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about another minute or so.
Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce with your choice of spaghetti squash or brown rice! Of course, a green veggie like broccoli or asparagus is a perfect side!
If you are using spaghetti squash, you can cook that while prepping the shrimp! Simply slice the squash in half length wise, use a spoon to take out middle with seeds, place each half upside down (round part facing up) on a plate, and place in microwave for 12 min! Fork out spaghetti squash onto plate or keep it in and use it as your bowl! Simply place your shrimp on top!
Me and my love for spicy food!! I can’t get enough!! 🙂
I had some rice noodles and wanted to come up with something else to help me with my Chinese food craving, so here it is!!!
1 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cut into medium cubes
1 bag broccoli (I use steam fresh microwavable bags)
1/4 cup braggs liquid aminos (found in organic section- replacement for soy sauce)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 cup Beef broth (low sodium)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 TBSP corn starch
As you are cooking your chicken, place steam fresh bag of broccoli and cook according to directions on back
Place sauce pan on stove on medium, and add braggs aminos, garlic, sesame oil, sriracha, beef broth, and crushed red pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
Slowly, add corn starch and continue mixing until clumps are gone and is dissolved.
Add broccoli to chicken after cooked
Add sauce mix into chicken and cook on low for 5 minutes.
Let cool before eating
Would love your feedback on how you like this meal!!
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Combine the first 3 ingredients in a gallon-size ziploc bag, shake it up, and then add the salmon.
Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour, turning after half an hour.
Pour the salmon and the marinade onto foil and broil on high in oven with door slightly opened for 15 minutes. The salmon is done when it flakes easily at the thickest part.
Enjoy with a favorite side! I love eating this with some Baked Zucchini!
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As I am 7 1/2 weeks out from my NPC figure competition, I am CRAVING Chinese food like no other!! I had company over for dinner and made my Clean Chicken Parmesan, so I made my own meal! I was trying to think of what I can use for a sauce that would replace a good fattening Chinese general Tsos sauce lol…. So off to the store I went!
Now I always use Braggs liquid Aminos on pretty much everything, but I wanted something to give it a twist. I am obsessed with The Sriracha sauce and when I was at the store looking at sauces, I came across this one that also makes the Sriracha! Ummm can you say SCORE?!?!!? ;)- So Here is it! So easy and simple, but yet so YUMMY!
Ingredients: (4- 6 Servings)
– 1 lb Chicken cubed
-1/2 bag frozen corn, peas, carrots, and green bean mix
-1 /4 cup Liquid Aminos
1 tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce (add more if you like a little kick!)
-1 cup cooked brown rice (cook according to box)
-2 egg whites
Cook Chicken cubes on stove on medium until cooked throughout (approx 20 min)
On separate pan, add egg whites, 1/8 cup Braggs liquid Aminos, and mixed veggies and cook on medium for 5-6 minutes (mixing every 2 minutes)
Add rest of Liquid Aminos and Chili sauce on chicken and cook for 5 more min on medium.
Cook on low for 5 minutes.
Add Veggie mixture to chicken and stir.
Add brown rice to plate and top off with chicken and veggie mix!
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reduced-sodium soy sauce or Liquid Braggs Amino (found in the organic section)
grated fresh ginger
boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tbsp EVOO
2 cups cubed
assorted colors bell peppers (1/2-inch cubes)
crushed red pepper (optional or to taste)
1 cup fresh
½ cup fresh
leaves (for garnish)
For the Sauce:
grated fresh ginger
tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos
In a small
bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger. Pour the marinade
into a sealable bag and add the cubed chicken. Seal and place in the
refrigerator until ready to use.
separate bowl, mix together the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
In a Large
deep pan, add EVOO over medium high heat. Add bell peppers to pan and cook for
2-3 min. Add pineapple and stir fry for
1 minute. Add onions and mushrooms and
stir fry for another minute. Remove from
pan and set aside in a large bowl.
marinated chicken into the deep pan, until cooked thoroughly. Add cooked veggies and stir for 1 minute.
Stir in the
sauce mixture again and pour into pan with chicken and veggies and bring to a
boil. Turn down to low and cook until sauce thickens.
cooked quinoa (use 1 cup dry and 2 cups
cold water; bring water to a gentle boil
with quinoa in water; cook covered for 25 min or until water is absorbed;
remove pan from heat and let sit for 10 min without removing lid)
extra-virgin olive oil
salt to taste
liquid aminos to taste
Fresh Lemon Juice
cucumber peeled and diced
pitted, chopped kalamata olives
finely chopped fresh parsley
finely chopped fresh mint leaves
quinoa, oil, salt, Braggs Liquid Aminos (if desired), and lemon juice in a
medium bowl ; mix well
cucumber, and olives; gently toss to blend
fold in parsley and mint.
and let marinate in refrigerator for 2-3 hrs prior to serving.