|Stir-fried with scallions and ginger|
This revelation, along with my recent intention to be the healthiest I've ever been at age 40, has me thinking about my post-pregnancy diet. My quest for a natural birth and optimal pregnancy has taught me so much about what nutrients my body really needs and having better balance. Yes, Big Macs and ice creams were had, but each day I also had leafy greens, oxidant-rich berries, whole grains, avocado, and tons of legumes. I'm hoping I can maintain this commitment to eating healthy as I transition from pregnant lady to breastfeeding mother.
In the last few years, and certainly through both of my pregnancies, I have been less and less interested in eating meat. While I don't think absolute vegetarianism is for me, I have become sort of a prefer-a-veg-tarian. It has been a struggle the last nine months to hit my recommended 80-100 grams of protein each day while being averse to most forms of carcass. I've compensated a lot with dairy like cheese, yogurt, and smoothies--all fine while you're pregnant but not the healthiest thing to sustain for life.
Once I purge this kid from my belly, I am thinking of taking a little break from meat. More like an 80-20 thing--I know when my body needs a burger and I love seafood. My decision to eat less meat is not some moral or really even health issue--simply put: I just don't like it anymore.
My hubby has a diverse palette but he is definitely a meat and potatoes guy. When I make vegetarian food, I usually find him poking around in the fridge an hour later and I completely understand. How do you feel FULL? Your body needs protein just as much as it does fruits and veggies. I do love beans, but I can't eat them every meal. My challenge is to find good sources of protein to replace the meat, and while I don't need 80-100 grams postpartum, I am still going to be breastfeeding an infant. I think 60-70 grams is the recommendation. Help!!
|Quinoa Fried Rice|
|Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Burger|
|Caprese Quinoa Bake|
|Red Quinoa Salad|
My next challenge: Tofu. I've never cooked with tofu. I know you need to squeeze the water out of it before you cook it. I know its virtually tasteless unless you add something to it. I do not want to eat stir fry everyday--that seems to be the form I see it in most. Does it have to be fried? Can you make a bunch in advance and reheat it? I have questions--questions that need answering!! I consulted my higher power, Pinterest, for some inspiration, but I am truly starting from scratch on this one. Tofu here I come. Some that stuck out:
|Smoky Tofu Sushi|
|BBQ Tofu with pickled cucumber|
|Thai lettuce Cups|
P.S. All recipes shown can be sourced here.