My clean eating meals have definitely evolved over the last 9 months. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and my stomach just doesn’t hold what it used to be able to hold!
I thought it would be great to be able to eat more food at meals since my calorie intake needed to increase. Turns out, that’s not the case. My poor stomach doesn’t hold much at one time, so I end up eating less at one time. I still need those calories and I am hungry a lot, so I eat more frequently.
Over the last few months I’ve traded my five-meals-per-day schedule for three meals and a million snacks! It works for me right now and I’m sure I’ll go back to a different eating schedule later.
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4:30am – Pre-Workout:
One thing I try to do first thing in the morning is to drink a bunch of water. My goal is to drink a full liter to kick start my day, but sometimes I don’t get the entire liter down. Before I was pregnant it was a lot easier for me to drink that much water. Not so much these days…. I managed to get pretty close to a full liter this particular morning though.
Along with water, I also had a small banana for some quick energy before heading to the gym.
6:30am – Breakfast:
Once I was back from the gym I made a quick breakfast. I had some avocado toast and a side of egg whites. The bread was a slice of Dave’s Killer Bread (powerseed) which is one of my favorite breads! It is so good and I love all the seeds they have on the crust.
My ankles and feet have been swelling pretty bad this third trimester. My mom found a soup recipe that is suppose to help with swelling, so she made some for me! It is basically a homemade vegetable broth mixed with some tomato juice. I actually really like it! It settles well on my stomach and also helps me get some extra fluids throughout the day. I drank a glass while I was getting ready for work.
9:15am – Snack:
Mid-morning I had a snack of some cantaloupe and a mixed berry Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt.
11:00am – Snack:
I’m not able to eat very much at a time, so I am constantly snacking. My next snack was an apple and two pieces of string cheese.
12:15pm – Lunch:
Lunch was a serving of Beef Enchilada Baked Pasta topped with some green onion and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.
Along with the pasta, I also had some watermelon.
3:30pm – Snack:
In the afternoon I had another snack that consisted of some raw veggies with hummus, plus a few raw almonds and a nectarine. It took me quite a while to eat this snack, which was fine because it helped it settle on my stomach better. I need to be better at eating slow, but I tend to scarf everything down!
6:00pm & 8:00pm – Dinner:
We had our final birthing class this particular night and we bumped it up an hour so we could go home earlier. We grabbed some food to take with us to eat during class.
Donny was in the mood for a salad, so we picked up a couple Double Chicken Chopped Salads from Subway. I got some Subway Vinaigrette on the side, but didn’t end up using much.
This salad was PACKED with veggies…. it was quite heavy and I couldn’t eat it all at once. I had about half during class, then finished the rest once I got home that evening.
8:45pm – Snack:
I thought the salad was enough, but it wasn’t so I had a whole wheat English muffin before going to bed. I topped half with butter and the other half with some low-sugar apricot preserves.
Well that was everything I ate in terms of Mel’s Clean Eating Meals. These clean eating meals are more like clean eating snacks! It has helped to eat smaller meals more frequently, compared to bigger meals less often. I won’t lie, it has been quite the process of trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
If you have any questions about these clean eating meals then please ask! Shoot me an email at email@example.com. Don’t forget to check out this week’s Grocery Shopping & Meal Prep Ideas Week 69 post to see how I made some of these meals.