Since I couldn’t post everything I’ve been eating for the last few months, without giving away my secret, consider this post to cover “What I Ate When Vegetables Didn’t Sound Appealing.”
I really lucked-out in the fact that I avoided all morning sickness and nausea during my first trimester, but surprisingly, that didn’t mean I missed out on the common vegetable aversion that also comes with pregnancy. For about 4-6 weeks, I could hardly stand to look at a salad. It was a strange experience!
While I did still try to include vegetables in my diet as much as possible, the following is what I ate when leafy greens were not an option.
Green Juices & Smoothies
For some reason, even when I couldn’t stand to eat vegetables, I could still drink them! I just had to be sneaky about it. In my green juices, I would use mild-tasting, light greens, such as romaine, cucumber, and celery. I also didn’t care for the super-sweet taste of apples or bananas for a period of time, so carrots became my sweetener of choice, paired with lots of lemon to hide the “green” flavor.
In green smoothies, I also had to avoid bananas for a short period of time, so I would opt for sweet and tart fruits like cherries and pineapple, plus a bit of avocado for creaminess. I couldn’t taste the hidden spinach at all!
However, I could still smell Austin’s green smoothies from across the room. He loves making peanut butter and banana green smoothies for breakfast, and both peanut butter and bananas were extremely unappealing to me for a while! Fortunately, I’m over that now.
Eggs & Toast
Since food was pretty unappealing, in general, for the first few months, food combining rules went out the window. If I wanted to eat anything, it was a step in the right direction! And for a while, eggs and toast totally did the trick. When I was feeling adventurous, I’d saute my eggs with peppers, onions and spinach to get a helping of veggies into my meal.
When I couldn’t handle the vegetables, even in scrambled form, these open-faced sandwiches became my go-to filling snack. I topped gluten-free brown rice toast with sliced goat cheddar and a fried pasture-raised egg for a bland and comforting combo.
I’m pretty sure I was eating nearly a loaf of brown rice bread each week. Austin brought home a local blackberry jam, and it was delicious on brown rice toast with homemade almond butter.
If nothing sounded appealing, I could always talk myself into eating some fresh fruit. I ate a LOT of pineapple! Fresh cucumber slices almost always sounded appealing, too.
Berries with Goat Yogurt
Again, this isn’t properly combined, but it was a great way to get more calories and nutrients into my day. The creamy goat yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries reminded me of one of my favorite childhood desserts– strawberries with Cool Whip! I think I prefer this combo even more.
I could eat some form of potato practically every night– and I often did. One of my strongest cravings was for tater tots! I tried not to give into that particular craving too often, so baked and steamed potatoes, topped with grass-fed butter and salt, became a regular occurrence at dinner time. When I was eating a starchy potato, I also managed to eat some sauteed broccoli or cauliflower for an extra dose of veggies in my rather limited menu!
Almond Milk Slushies
Another odd aversion during my first trimester? Chocolate. It sounded awful to me! I much preferred my vanilla almond milk slushies, instead.
So, there you have it. I’m hoping the strangest cravings are behind me, so I look forward to sharing more normal meals again in the future!
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*Note: I don’t want to bombard you all with pregnancy-related posts, so I’ve created a separate area for this topic. For more pregnancy posts, please see my new Pregnancy section. I will update this topic with new posts periodically as I progress!