Hey! It’s #FittaMammaFriday on MilliGFunk.com, and I’m here today with three healthy snack recipes from FittaMamma. Oh, and I’ve got a 26 week Bumpdate for you, too! Seriously, is it 26 weeks already?! Dang, this pregnancy is going by fast.
Let’s start with my bumpdate…
26 Week Bumpdate
Can I just say again, whoa, where has the time gone? I guess with the holidays, it just feels like one minute I looked like I had a little beer belly, and the next minute I was, without a doubt, very, very pregnant. Check out this belly, you guys. There’s no hiding it now, no matter how much I work out!
My parents were super-sweet when they visited in September. Despite the big boxes of maternity clothes I still had from my first pregnancy two years ago, they insisted that we try to find something new for me to wear this time around. We found this pretty blue top at H&M, and I just love it.
I’m also wearing the coolest pair of travel-shopping earrings I’ve bought in ages! I like to pick up pretty costume jewelry when we travel, so I was excited when I saw this pair of royal blue earrings at a Christmas market in Ljubljana, Slovenia between Christmas and New Year’s. They’re made of stained glass, so they’ve got subtle streaking in the color. They’re gorgeous and they were only €8!
So back to my bumpdate (but still related to the color blue)…
Sick as a Dog
I’ve been sick as a dog for about a week now. I’m 1) feeling like crap in that picture up there, and I’m 2) not wearing a lick of makeup. And yet…the vibrant blue color of this shirt and my new earrings makes me look halfway human. I’m telling you (and the other pictures in this post will support this) that anything that makes me look human right now is a big win. I’ve got that flat-eyed, pale-faced, tired-looking smile that says, “I really don’t feel well.”
That flat-eyed, pale-faced thing isn’t just this brutal winter head cold, though. I’ve been suspecting for the last couple of weeks that I might have an iron deficiency, and my doctor called last weekend to confirm my suspicions. I’ve had a really hard time eating meat this pregnancy, and meat is one of the better places to get iron in your diet.
My Suspicions Confirmed
I started to suspect the iron deficiency around the same time that I got incredibly tired. Like, my head felt like it weighed a gazillion pounds kind of tired. Like I wondered if I was going through some sort of depression because everyday tasks felt so hard to do. At around the same time, my parents commented on how pale my skin looked and how sunken my eyes seemed to be.
And the iron deficiency symptom trifecta was achieved when climbing a single flight of steps would leave me panting for air. You’ve been my witnesses: you know I’ve stayed active through this pregnancy. I’ve worked out. I’ve walked. I’ve done yoga. I’ve got no excuse for feeling winded after a single flight of stairs. And yet, I was.
I’m on an iron supplement now, and am doing my best to eat meat and leafy greens when I can. All of my dietary and nutritional needs are being affected at this stage in the pregnancy by heartburn and acid reflux, too. The same thing happened when I was pregnant with Small Shaw: I can only eat very small amounts of food at a time, and even then, there are nights when the acid reflux keeps me awake.
And don’t even talk to me about how some foods are easier on the esophagus than others, because I’m already (at just 26 weeks) to the point where eating a dadgummed banana gives me such bad acid reflux that I throw up a little bit in my mouth. I’m following a GERD diet, and not eating much of anything in any single sitting.
So, in summary: 26 weeks = suddenly BIG bump, brutal acid reflux, a head cold that could take out a race horse, and an iron deficiency. *sigh*.
One of the bright spots in my week, though, was trying out a few new healthy snack recipes from FittaMamma. This week, I made a Blueberry Booster smoothie, a Chia & Mango Pudding, and some Energy Bites. I’ll share pictures and tell you more about each recipe next:
The Blueberry Booster
The Blueberry Booster was a HUGE win. The recipe was easy to make, using just a few ingredients that you can find at almost any grocery store. I made this one just after we got home from our week-long holiday to Slovenia, and just at the start of the aforementioned head cold. The recipe made two servings, and I had no problem saving the second serving in my refrigerator to drink the next day.
Remember that whole pale-faced, sunken-eyed look I told you I’ve been sporting? Here it is:
Blueberries are one of my favorite foods, so I wasn’t surprised that I loved this recipe. I really like that FittaMamma worked some ground flaxseed into the recipe, too, since flaxseed has fiber, omega-3 fatty acids (“good” fats), antioxidents.
If you’re interested in trying out the Blueberry Booster, hop on over to FittaMamma’s site for the recipe!
Chia and Mango Pudding
I’m not gonna lie: FittaMamma’s Chia and Mango Pudding stretched my comfort zones. I’d never tried chia seeds before, and I’m not much a pudding kind of gal. I do love eating mango, though, so I was willing to give this one a shot.
I sent Nick grocery shopping, since I was feeling so under-the-weather. Poor guy: He came home with a confused look on his face and a green fruit in his hand, saying, “I think this is a mango? Or maybe a papaya?” I was also amused that he bought chia seeds for me since he’s more of a Pop-Tarts and Lean Pockets kind of guy than he is a superfoods dude.
Ingredients acquired, I set to work making the recipe, and I was pleasantly surprised. Chia seeds are really good for you (they have calcium, magnesium, Omega-3’s, fiber, and more goodness inside). In this recipe, they soak in coconut milk before you eat them, so they take on a consistency that’s similar to tapioca. Not bad!
Flashbacks to Asia
Mango is right up there with blueberries on my favorite foods list. I owe my affection for mangoes to my year living in Taipei, and even more specifically to a few days I spent in Indonesia en route back to the U.S.A. after my job in Asia ended. My Indonesia breakfasts were filled with fresh tropical fruit and eggs, and mangoes became one of my morning highlights.
I love the flavor of mangoes, and they’re loaded with vitamins A, C, and E. They’ve got enzymes that help with digestion, and they’ve also got a notable amount of vitamins B and B6. I’m glad I tried the Chia and Mango Pudding, because it pushed me to try healthy new foods out for the first time! (An added perk was that Small Shaw loved this recipe, so I can count on her sharing it with me when I make it in the future!).
Want to try out FittaMamma’s Chia and Mango Pudding? Here’s the recipe!
FittaMamma Energy Balls
My third and final FittaMamma snack recipe of the week were these nut-packed, no-bake Energy Balls. I’ve tried similar recipes before (there’s one that make the Pinterest rounds, saying it’s good for nursing mothers), but this one was good!
It doesn’t use chocolate chips or any of the other overly-sweet ingredients that similar recipes call for, and while I’m no nutritionist, I know that agave, nuts, coconut, and dates all have nutritional benefits. There’s also something about eating an “energy ball” that makes me act kind of silly:
Three Healthy Pregnancy Snack Recipes from FittaMamma
These three recipes give you a little bit of an idea what’s out there on FittMamma’s FittaFoods pages. All of the recipes there are designed with pregnancy in mind, but there’s no reason why you can’t share them with your partner, your kiddos, or your friends!
Every recipe on the site is available absolutely free, and if you’re willing to share your name and email address with FittaMamma, you can download convenient eBooks, too, including this downloadable eBook of healthy pregnancy snack recipes?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my bumpdate, my pictures, and these three recipes. Come back next Friday for more healthy and active pregnancy content, sponsored by FittaMamma. In the meantime, watch for the next post about our travels in Slovenia (home of beautiful blue stained glass earrings for cheap) to publish on Monday.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FittaMamma, who has graciously outfitted me with maternity activewear for my active pregnancy. FittaMamma supports active mammas by offering exercise tips, recipes, and maternity activewear that holds and supports your baby bump!