They say you are eating for two when you are pregnant, but honestly when the baby is only 3 inches long, there is NO WAY you would need to eat for two people.
I also have read on multiple sites that during your first trimester you don’t need any added calories.
Those sites must not have met me. I’m 5’1”, 108 pounds, and a 22 year-old-female… Yet somehow my diet has suddenly required the calorie intake of a 12 year-old-boy who is constantly active and destined to be 6’5” someday.
Let me tell you, I DO need to eat for two people. I don’t quite understand how I can suddenly become more lazy, yet still burn twice as many calories, but it has happened.
And not to say I am complaining by any means. Trust me, I will be wishing to come back to this day as soon as those pounds do start packing on.
The only problem I have run into, is how do I eat every 1 and a half to 2 hours, and still carry on with my day-to-day life?
Now if I were on the beach in Hawaii, sipping orange juice and expected to listen to the waves crashing against the shore all day, while I fed myself a gourmet meal every couple hours, then I wouldn’t have a problem.
But reality has a different lifestyle in mind.
So where does that leave us?
Oh yeah, LOTS of snacks. We’re talking fruit, crackers, cheese, smoothies, and trail mix. And then the occasional meal broken into two since I’ve had a hard time eating a large meal in one sitting.
One of my favorite snack foods is trail mix. Just ask Eli…
The hard thing about pre-made trail mixes, is most of them have peanuts. And no, I am not one of those people that has to say 20 feet away from peanuts at all times… But when I eat peanuts I get little red bumps all over my back and sometimes legs and arms. Nothing too serious, just something I prefer to avoid.
The good thing is that trail mix is one of the easiest snacks to make. Plus, you can get exactly what you want when you make it yourself. No more picking around the mystery dried fruit that taste like it was picked up from underneath your couch….
Trader Joe’s is great for a lot of things (especially goat milk products), but I honestly have made some of the best trail mix from their selection of lightly salted/roasted nuts and seeds.
Plus, you can trust their ingredients to come from good sources.
One of the things I look for in a good trail mix, is the ratio. You don’t want to get down to the bottom and realize you have too many raisins left over.
No. Instead you want every bite to be just as good as the rest.
I have a huge sweet tooth, but I try my best to make sure the mix has a lot of health benefits as well. By adding both cashews and almonds, I know I am adding lots of healthy fats to my diet. The sunflower seeds are to help balance out all the fats, making sure I’m not just stacking up on nuts.
I kind of like to think of this mix as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a hint of chocolate.
Sounds weird, I know, but trust me it’s good.
- 8oz almonds
- 8oz sunflower seeds
- 8oz cashews
- 8oz dried cranberries
- 6oz dark chocolate chips
- Put all ingredients in a bowl or bag, then mix together trail mix.