Pregnancy Is Turning Me Into a Vegetarian
Up until four months ago, I was a full fledge carnivore. I enjoyed rare steaks, bacon, chicken, sausages, and more. I loved a good burger. I devoured turkey sandwiches. Now, I can't even look at meat without wanting to run to the nearest bathroom. When I enter a supermarket, I feel like I can smell the meat counter from the moment I walk through the automatic doors. Pregnancy has turned me into a vegetarian.
During my first pregnancy, I was susceptible to strong smells like coffee, cooking food, and cigarette smoke (from a passing person on the street), but this is so much more than that.
I find this all very confusing. But, as with all things pregnancy related, I'm trying my best to listen to my body and give it what it wants. I talked with my OB/GYN about this strange occurence, and she assured me that food aversions during pregnancy are an absolutely normal part of the journey. She just wanted to be sure that I am replacing my intake with healthy protein options.
Here's a list of foods that all have a healthy dose of protein in them. It's a helpful checklist for those pregnant ladies that are having the same meat aversion issues.
Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein of plain yogurt, which also means it will keep you fuller longer. Top with strawberries and low fat granola for a healthy and satisfying treat.
Beans and Rice – Serve them together for a complete protein meal. Wrap in a tortilla and served with salsa, for a spicy treat. This has been my go to dinner the last few weeks.
Nuts – Try low fat options like raw almonds. These are great diced on top of oatmeal, or by the handful for a quick pick me up.
Eggs – They are not just for breakfast. Hard boil them and make a sandwich or top a salad.
Whole Wheat Pasta – Surprisingly, whole wheat pasta packs a powerful 9-gram per serving protein punch – a lot more than the enriched standard pasta. Plus there are less additives and processed ingredients, which is always a plus.
Quinoa – Pronounced keen-wah, this is an ancient grain that is quickly gaining popularity stateside. Serve it as you would rice or couscous.
Moms, what other food aversions have you experienced during pregnancy?