My Pregnancy Diet; 26 weeks pregnant

Wow, another week passes, and another inch on the waist. I’ve certainly got a little bump now – and brought my first pair of maternity jeans and maternity tops. Why I didn’t do that sooner, I will never know. They are soooooo comfy! I brought a lovely collection of bits from Next and couldn’t recommend it enough. I feel like I’m embracing the bump now rather than trying to dress it in baggy clothes!!

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I’m still following the Gluten Free diet and loving the benefits. I feel more energised and less bloated. Two common complaints in pregnancy, so how fab is that!?

Here is what I have been eating over the last few days. BFree foods, you have been a life saver!

Breakfast:
Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 banana
2 teaspoons of peanut or almond butter
Handful of spinach
Tbsp of flaxseed
300ml of water or almond milk
Snack: Chopped apple with peanut butter
Lunch: Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Pitta
Snack: Sugar snap peas with GF Hummus
Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli Bake (serves 4)
4 Chicken Breasts
Head of Broccoli
Tin of coconut milk
Chicken stock: ENSURE STOCK IS GF
2 slices of BFree brown loaf (for bread crumbs – blitz in blender)
Chop up chicken fillets and fry in pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil until
white. Add in Broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Add in tin of coconut milk and chicken
stock (use 100 ml to mix stock). Place the mixture in an oven proof dish and
sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with a handful of
mozzarella cheese after 30 minutes for the final 10 minutes of baking.
Breakfast:
½ a soft avocado
2 eggs
Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
DIRECTIONS
Pouch 2 eggs. Slice the black pudding into thin pieces and cook on the grill,
mash when cooked. Mash the avocado. Toast the BFree loaf, top with the
mashed black pudding, then the avocado and top the mixture with a soft
poached egg and a sprinkle of salt. Serve with rocket.
Lunch:
Chicken Salad
Snack: 4 squares of dark chocolate
Dinner
BFree Pizza
Tomato puree
Hard Goats cheese
tomato,
roasted red peppers,
prosciutto ham.
Spread 1-2 teaspoons of tomato puree on a BFree wrap and add toppings of
choice. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve with Side Salad.
Snack: Bag of popcorn
Breakfast: (MY FAV!!!!) 
Simple delicious Paleo Pancakes
1 Medium sized Banana
2 Eggs
1 tsp of baking soda (ensure GF)
Mix 2 eggs, baking powder and chop one banana and blitz in food processor
until smooth. Fry on pan like you would any pancakes – keep them small as
they will be easy to flip. These are delicious served on their own or with a
tablespoon of honey or maple syrup / or a dollop of greek yoghurt and some
berries.
Snack: 4 GF oats cakes topped with almond butter
Lunch: Omelette (2 eggs), with 1/2 pepper,mushrooms, onion, garlic + 2
Snack: Handful of trail mix & a piece of fruit
Dinner: Medium Salmon darne cooked in parchment with a squeeze of lemon
juice + medium sweet potato ,chopped into fries and sprinkled with salt,
pepper & olive oil + cup of broccoli
Dessert: Gluten free cookie. Keep your eyes peeled for the recipe for this 🙂 

How to Beat The Bloat

I’ve been wheat and dairy-free for a while now. It happened when I went on a boot camp. For a whole week, we didn’t touch the stuff, and then I went home, had it and noticed a difference with my weight, bloating and mood (yes, mood!) straight away.

I now try to avoid it at all costs and it seems, that avoiding it, is actually getting easier. For example, when I go out, I can now ask for say a gluten-free pizza if I fancy it, or stick to a protein and salad/vegetable dish, and when it comes to going to the supermarket there is a whole aisle dedicated to people who don’t want to and can’t eat wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar etc. It definitely feels easier these days.

Here are a few of my fav snacks that help me keep my energy levels up, without bloating me out or giving me crazy sugar highs. I’m a big fan of snacking, so I you will always find some of these snacks in my bag – for me and Lacie to enjoy.

1) Ombar Dairy-free Coco Mylk Buttons
It always makes me smile, when I walk into a room and Mark asks me what I’m eating and I reply chocolate buttons. Who would have thought it!? These buttons, however are made using raw organic cacao and sweetened using organic coconut sugar. They are super rich, and creamy and are great for killing my chocolate cravings without a trans-fat in sight!

2) Nairn’s Gluten Free Biscuit Breaks
Just because they say Gluten-free on the packet, don’t think it’s ok to eat the whole packet of these, it’s not! They are ever so moreish. The best thing is, is that they come in a pouch of four, so just have them to hand, and you hopefully won’t go too crazy! Me and Lacie love the chocolate chip variety of these (I don’t have a sweet tooth – honest!!). They are made with whole grain oats and have 40% less sugar than other sweet biscuits, so if I’ve done a tough workout and need a post-workout snack, then these are usually my go-to snack. I like to give them to Lacie too, when she’s peckish between meals or she’s been running around at soft play or something. You won’t find me giving her any rubbish – no way!

3) Clearspring Toasted Nori Snacks
Sometimes I need salt, most people would turn to crisps, but these toasted nori snacks do it for me. They are made from just four ingredients, nori (which is also known as edible seaweed), unrefinded sea salt, sesame seed oil and rapeseed oil. I like to eat them raw, but you can also sprinkle over your salads, so when your other half is having croutons, then you don’t feel quite so left out! 

Other foods I tend to avoid to avoid the bloat are;
• Sugar of all kinds. Sugar comes under many names, so do your research.
• Yeast and anything containing it: bread, beer, wine, Marmite.
• Malted products, such as those found in breakfast cereals.
• Alcohol
and
• Dried fruit & fruit juices.

I have to also mention, that i went to an amazing restaurant in Brighton yesterday called Food For Friends. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but they also have gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options throughout the menu. We shared some tahini dips with gluten-free bread to start, and I had a haloumi, avocado and mango salad as my main. The food was super fresh and rich, that I didn’t need a pudding, despite the fact that was gluten-free Molten Chocolate Pudding on offer. I’m starting to regret that now! Brighton is a long was to go back to, just for a pudding!

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My favourite Sugar Free Snack – 40 weeks pregnant and overdue!

I’m now 40 weeks pregnant and 2 days. I feel huge and using my days to get as organised as I can for the big day. I just wish I knew when it was.

To keep me occupied I’ve been trying loads of yummy recipes and cooking lots of sugar free treats. I don’t know about you but I really struggle mid-afternoon when I’m starting to feel tired and a bit bored.

To stop me walking down to Tesco and stocking up on rubbish, I’ve been making this tasty smoothie instead. It’s filing, sugar free and is full of goodness.

You will need;
1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior ‪‎Warrior Blend‬
– 200ml coconut water
– 100ml coconut milk from a can
– 200ml water
– 1tsp organic manuka honey
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 2  ice cubes
– sprinkle of cinnamon

To make I just simply pop everything into a blender, whizz for a few minutes and then serve in a chilled glass with a pretty straw.

I really do love it. It’s really creamy, filling and stops my sweet tooth while giving me a pick me up. I may even pop one in my hospital bag for some instant energy. It’s a nice idea – so I’ll make a note of it and if there is time before I’m whisked to the hospital I will do this. Something to look forward to, while providing me with some energy.

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