Especially as a working pregnant mom or a mom with kids already, it can be hard to want to cook a nutritious meal at the end of the day when you are tired. Along with your pregnancy symptoms, this makes sticking to a healthy pregnancy diet difficult. However, thinking ahead and using tools like crockpots can be a lifesaver! One of my favorites is making crockpot fajitas, and I loved a little bit of spice in my food during pregnancy too. For the recipe, these ingredients go into the crockpot on low for 8 hours:
- Beef roast or 3 lb chicken thighs
- 4-5 peppers
- 1 onion
- Taco seasoning packet or homemade taco seasoning
- Jar of salsa (try and find one that is preservative free if you can)
Once complete, you can eat the fajita meat on tortillas, preferably one like a sprouted corn tortilla, or over a starch like rice or quinoa. Then, top it with a healthy fat like guacamole! I also like to top mine with some raw cheddar cheese, which is safe as long as it has been aged 60 days. You can find aged raw cheddar cheese at many major grocery stores. Raw grass-fed cheese contains high amounts of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K2.
I always prep as many ingredients as I can the night before. You can cut the peppers and onions up, or you could go so far as to throw everything in the crockpot insert, store in the fridge, pull out, and plug it in that morning.
To meal plan, my husband and I have a Google calendar specifically titled “Family Meal Planning”. We will create “events” for each day’s dinner and use the description section to insert the links to the recipes we are going to use. This helps us create a shopping list by going to the calendar and opening the recipes. Plus, it allows either one of us to prepare dinner, depending on who gets home first. Having a plan like this allows us to make healthy meals so we save money and avoid needing to rush to the store or order take out each night. Read more about my meal planning strategies here.
Bone broth is so easy to make and a great soothing drink to comfort you and leave you feeling satisfied. Plus, it is SO good for you and your baby! Just go to a health food grocery store or farmer’s market and get about 3 lb of bones, preferably grass-fed. Place the bones in your crock pot, fill with water, and splash in 1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar. If you would like, you can throw in some celery and carrots or seasonings. Cook on low for 48 hours, discard the bones, and then drink in your favorite mug, or you can purchase bone broth to give it a try. This is an easy way to get nutrients, especially if you are feeling nauseous and don’t want solid food.
Also, making a batch of healthy treats, individually wrapping them, and sticking leftovers in the freezer, can prevent those late night runs for ice cream filled with sugars and processed ingredients. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Keep a bar of dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) in your freezer to have a few pieces at night. I love Lily’s because it is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.
- For summer pregnancies, smoothies with full-fat plain yogurt and frozen berries are a great treat in place of ice cream
- For winter pregnancies, make some hot chocolate with real chocolate melted into your milk of choice (I like coconut milk)
- For a fun treat to make for a date or family night, make some chocolate covered fruits or nuts