You Are Not Eating For Two

So put down that second, er third cupcake! It’s not good for you or the baby or your self esteem after the birth. That doesn’t mean us preggo’s don’t want (or feel the NEED) to eat three cupcakes, but we have to get the notion of eating for two out of our heads. We are really only eating for ourselves and a very tiny, most of the pregnancy under one pound baby. That hardly counts as two.  I’m not a doctor so it’s best to communicate with your OB about your nutrition, but I have been there, am there again and I know how hard it can be to manage your portions and what goes on the plate.  I’ve put together some crave satisfying recipes whether you want salty or sweet or tart that will fulfill your desire to eat, eat, eat.

  • Frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberry Pops 1 of 13
    Frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberry Pops
    Perfect summertime treat in the afternoon...or anytime! The yogurt has calcium and protein and the strawberries are full of fiber.
    Make your own Frozen yogurt covered strawberry pops
  • Easy Baked Spaghetti Squash 2 of 13
    Easy Baked Spaghetti Squash
    Fall is shut around the corner and this is a great dish to make - it's really easy, absolutely delicious and satisfying and packed with veggies. I like to serve it with homemade chicken meatballs for my protein.
    Make your own Easy baked spaghetti squash
  • Marinated Chicken And Grape Skewers 3 of 13
    Marinated Chicken And Grape Skewers
    This is such an interesting mix of flavors and just might be what your odd pregnancy craving want. There's tons of good for you and baby stuff too, like protein, fiber and folic acid.
    Make your own marinated chicken and grape skewers
  • Edamame Hummus 4 of 13
    Edamame Hummus
    Prepare to get your snack on. Bust out some carrot sticks and dip to hearts content. The crunch of the carrots are super satisfying and both carrots and edamame are packed with good for you stuff like beta carotin and protein.
    Make your own edamame hummus
  • Shaved Berry Ice And Berry Ice Smoothie 5 of 13
    Shaved Berry Ice And Berry Ice Smoothie
    I may have lived on these for about a month. It's a healthier alternative to sugar laden smoothies or iced blended coffees and it can be as sweet or as tart as your craving desires.
    Make your own Shaved berry ice and berry ice smoothie
  • Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas 6 of 13
    Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
    Oh roasted chickpeas how I love you. You saved me from all the bags of potato chips and not-so-good-for-you snacking. These are crunchy and salty and so good for you, health wise and taste wise. They can also be season how every you like. Feeling spicy, add some cayenne.
    Get the recipe for crunchy roasted chickpeas at Cooking With My Kid
  • Avocado Toast 7 of 13
    Avocado Toast
    So simple, yet so satisfying and filling. Just mash some avocado with a few spices and spread over some greens on toast and viola! Snack time solved.
    Make your own avocado toast
  • Baked Red Potato Chips 8 of 13
    Baked Red Potato Chips
    We are a chip loving house, but I never buy regular potato chips. My reason, I will eat the entire bag in under a minute. Why temp myself. Instead I keep red potatoes around and make my own chips when the craving strikes. A much healthier alternative, just make sure you don't eat 5 potatoes!
    Make your own baked red potato chips
  • Soccer Power Cookies 9 of 13
    Soccer Power Cookies
    Oh. Em. Gee. These cookies are delish and have all kinds of good stuff like whole grains, flax, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins for extra yum. If all the kids and adults on my kids soccer team couldn't get enough, then these are sure to satisfy a preggo!
    Make your own soccer power cookie
  • Healthy Kale Salad With parmesan and Cranberries 10 of 13
    Healthy Kale Salad With parmesan and Cranberries
    Feeling the need for salty sweet? THis sale has you covered and the kale will give you and the baby tons of vitamins.
    Make your own healthy kale salad with parmesan and cranberries
  • Oven baked Zucchini Fritters 11 of 13
    Oven baked Zucchini Fritters
    Oh, these are divine. Who needs all that excess oil and fat when the baked version will make you happy.
    Get the recipe for oven baked zucchini fritters at Cooking With My Kid
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins 12 of 13
    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Many people don't realize how much fat and junk are in muffins. This one skips most of the bad for you stuff while still tasting amazing.
    Make your own banana chocolate chip muffins
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries 13 of 13
    Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    This is a great dessert because it tastes decadent, but it's really not that bad for you. Using dark chocolate with all those antioxidants is even better.
    Make your own chocolate covered strawberries

When I was pregnant with #1, I sort of winged it and just tried to eat sensibly, not go too crazy, but did indulge here and there. With #2 I developed gestational diabetes, which is cruel. I was forced to go on the strictest diet ever and was allowed 6 almonds and 3 slices of an apple for a snack. Longest. Pregnancy. Ever. But I learned so much from the registered dietician about balancing out food and choosing the right snacks, which has prepared me for my third pregnancy. I haven’t taken the glucose test yet so we will see about the gestational diabetes, but in the mean time I choosing healthy foods and snacks.

For every meal I make sure to eat lean protein with a healthy carb, with small amount of fruit and plenty of veggies. Balancing your carbs with proteins is really important to keep you going strong and your baby growing strong.  I hope these recipes give you the satisfaction you need, just remember not to eat too much!

Read more from Macki on Being Pregnant or the Family Kitchen

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