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Pregnancy Video – Nutrition

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve made a short video to talk about some of my tips for nutrition during pregnancy. As discussed in the video, nutrition is never as important as it is during pregnancy when you’re growing a new person. Here’s a list of my top 10 foods during pregnancy:

Eggs – Couldn’t stand them during trimester one but since that passed I am now living one them. So easy and they contain a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins and good fats.

Bananas – A great go-to snack that’s always good for keeping your energy levels up when you’re on the good.

Wholegrain Bread – A great source of slow releasing energy. I try to stick to two slices max per day and usually have them late morning or for lunch.

Salmon – Great source of omega 3 and helps to promote cell growth for you and baby.

Sweet Potato – Loaded with vitamins A,B and C. They cook quickly and are a great carbohydrate for dinner.

Natural Yogurt – Great for calcium and with my next choice, mixed berries, make a lovely healthy snack.

Berries – Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. This time of year is perfect for them too. I add them to porridge, yogurt and even mix them with a little dark chocolate for a late night snack. They help the body to absorb iron too.

Almonds – I love all nuts and seeds in general but almonds are my favourite. I love sliced almonds with my yogurt and berries or just a handful of them as a snack when I’m on the go. They contain iron too which is really important during pregnancy.

Avocados – Full of good fats. I advise sticking to a half avocado per day but these make a great addition to a sale or alongside a burger for dinner.

Water – Ok not actually food but still deserves to make the list. Staying hydrated is really important during pregnancy particularly if you’re pregnant during the summer months. I start the day with luke warm water and lemon and I always carry a nice Bobble bottle with me throughout the day.

Below are links to any websites I mentioned in the video:

NHS Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy

First 100 Days 

Safe Food Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

Hope you find this helpful. I have started a private pregnancy fitness group on Facebook. It’s an informal group and there’s no fee to join. If you’d like to join us please mail me brid@fitwithbrid.ie or you can contact me through Facebook and Instagram.

Bríd

Recipes to get me back on track

I love to scroll aimlessly through Instagram looking at all the fabulously healthy food that people are making. Sometimes if I’m feeling very adventurous (note that said adventure can only occur when Frankie is sleeping) I will even click in and see what ingredients are required should I decide to make such a thing and that’s where that little escapade usually ends. Most often there are both far too many ingredients and my concentration levels just aren’t what they used to be or else I know for a fact that the ingredients included are not stocked on the shelves of Tesco and therefore will not appear in the blue box that the Tesco man delivers to my kitchen table.

Once upon a time I shopped in various places for my ingredients. I was one of those fearless foodies before I had ‘company’. Before the ‘company’ decided that hanging from my legs was the most comforting place to be. Oh yes I used to make raw food this and organic-cocoa-nibbed and sliced almond that with abandon. Now getting to eat a banana without having to share it is something I consider a luxury. Yes I have definitely found this first year of motherhood put me back in my box and made me simplify the way I eat but I think things may be improving as we hit that year mark. It’s not all the baby’s fault either; I think I have just become a bit lazy about what I cook too. However I’m getting strict with myself and forcing myself to start putting a bit of effort back into the whole food making process. It’s not really that hard when you plan your meals properly for the week and I’ve been getting up a little earlier too by default (or teeth-fault) so I’ve had some extra time to prepare things in the morning. I’ve also given up the online and gone back to the in-real-life version of food shopping. Here are two dinner recipes that I love and would highly recommend. Have a look in your press and see what you have first (making sure they’re not dated 2010) and then make a list of what you don’t have and off you go!

Shepherd’s Pie from Derval O’Rourke’s book Food For The Fast Lane

Derval Sheppards Pie

Derval Book

 

(Click on the picture of Derval’s book for a link to where you can buy it – it’s a super recipe book)

All three of us loved, loved, loved this recipe. I doubled the recipe and we got the two adult portions and the two baby portions from the big dish on the right and himself took the two little dishes on the left to work for the two days afterwards.

Serves 2

1 tbsp olive oil

3 rashers, thinly sliced

2 onions, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp dried herbs (I just threw all the dried herbs I had in the press together)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

500g lean minced beef

300ml beef stock

100g peas

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp tomato purée

2 bay leaves (didn’t use, don’t think it had any effect)

850g potatoes, peeled and quartered (I used sweet potato and it was gorgeous!)

40g butter

40g cheddar, grated

100ml milk

Preheat oven to 180

Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat

(Boil the kettle for the stock – try not to forget about it and actually put the cube into it and stir)

Add rashers, onions, herbs & pinch of salt – cook for 5 mins until softened

Add garlic – cook for 2 mins

Add mince – cook for 10 mins until brown

Stir in the stock, peas, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée & bay leaves and bring to the boil

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

Make the mash by boiling the potatoes in water for 10-15 mins (10 if using sweet potatoes)

dish first

Top with mash

Bake for 20 mins

Divide and conquer!

Chicken Fajitas with homemade guacamole and salsa from Jamie Oliver’s book Ministry of Food

Mexican Chick SaladJamie

(Click on the picture of Jamie’s book for a link to his website)

This is one of my favourite recipes of all time. So much so that himself usually has to tell me to take a break from it sometimes when it’s been on the menu for a few weeks running. I do make a couple of changes to Jamie’s recipe and how he suggests you cook this. I’ll have it with wholemeal wraps (usually 2 per person) if I’m really hungry or if I’ve had a busy day exercising but often just put the chicken on top of a bed of salad leaves or spinach if not.

Serves 2

Fajitas

Olive oil

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 yellow pepper (my addition), deseeded and chopped

1 red onion, finely chopped

Chicken breasts (when making I usually use 4), chopped into strips

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 small pinch of ground cumin (woops I just realised I’ve been using a tsp of this!)

1 lime, halved

Pepper

4 flour tortilla wraps

150ml natural yoghurt (Jamie specified fat-free but I don’t really do fat-free so I use Glenisk whole organic yoghurt)

50g cheddar cheese

Salsa

1 fresh red chilli to your taste (I’m lazy about this one and use a squirt of the Schwarz chilli paste)

15 ripe cherry tomatoes (I don’t use this many), chopped

1 small bunch of fresh coriander (get the real deal here, makes a big difference), chopped with stalks

Salt and pepper

½ lime, juice of

Olive oil, tiny drizzle

Guacamole (Jamie’s recipe for this is a lot more complex and feel free to check it out on his page but this is my simplified version):

1 avocado, mashed to your desired consistency

½ lime, juice of

1 small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped roughly

Salt and pepper

Again the following is not how Jamie instructs you to make it but this is how it works for me:

Put the peppers, onion, chicken, paprika and cumin into a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lime and drizzle the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and leave to marinate for 5 minutes.

Heat the pan over a medium heat then add above ingredients and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly.

To make the salsa and guacamole simply add all of the ingredients listed together to serve (obviously separately for each one).

Don’t forget the natural yoghurt, cheddar cheese and wraps too if using!