I am currently in my third trimester of pregnancy and as promised, today I am going to be sharing with you what I ate on a random weekend which was 100% vegan. I will also add what nutrients these foods provide so you can get an idea of what is ideal and healthy to consume if you’re planning on having a vegan pregnancy too. I do not count calories, however it is recommended to consume an additional 450 in the final three months. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
For breakfast, I went to Acai Brothers in Camberwell and ordered their Mango Madness Smoothie Bowl. It is made with frozen acai, blended with coconut water and topped with buckinis, mango sauce, peanut butter, coconut yoghurt and three fruits of choice. I picked watermelon, apple and strawberries – yum!
This bowl is high in protein, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium, healthy fats, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, folate, dietary fibre, omega 3’s, amino acids, zinc, iron and copper. I always feel so good after eating one!
I recently discovered that kiwi is one of the best fruits to consume during pregnancy. It is rich in folate (which is critical for baby’s health and development), an excellent source of Vitamin C, contains natural sugars, promotes digestion, strengthens the immune system and balances hormones. I know it sounds strange but I love eating the skin too. It is so nutrient dense and contains triple the amount of dietary fibre.
For lunch, I made myself a chickpea smash on spelt wholemeal bread, topped with chopped tomatoes, lemon juice, black pepper and cucumber. It may not look like much in the picture but I ate four slices and consumed the entire leftover chickpea mix.
This dish is high in protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, manganese, folate, dietary fibre, copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin B 6, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K, iron, iodine and potassium.
I do not recommend drinking a whole lot of fruit juice due to the sugar content but I am so very obsessed with this blend of pressed apples and elderflower at the moment. It’s really delicious! I couldn’t resist having a glass after lunch.
After lunch I napped until dinner (thus is the third trimester life!). When I woke up, I made wholemeal pasta with a basil tomato sauce, Sicilian green olives and roasted red peppers for dinner. I topped it with my beloved nutritional yeast flakes. So good and super filling! Once again, I ate more than is shown in the picture.
This bowl is high in protein, thiamin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, niacin, healthy fats, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, iron, copper, folate, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
After dinner, I made a golden latte. Simply heat almond milk (or plant milk of choice) in a saucepan and stir in maple syrup, turmeric and cinnamon. I am loving these so much lately. They are perfect for the autumn season. Also, how cute is my mug?
This hot beverage is high in protein, magnesium, copper, Vitamin E, antioxidants and anti-inflammtaories.
*I also took my Prenatal Vitamin which is fortified with Iron, B-12 and DHA. You can read more about it here.
I hope this post was insightful and helpful. I don’t eat like this every single day but it serves to give you a general idea of what foods I have been enjoying in my pregnancy. Please leave any comments or questions down below. Thank you for reading.
Peace & Love xoxo