Thursday, May 14, 2009

13 Foods I Can't Get Enough Of This Pregnancy

First of all, I apologize for how all of my posts seem to be "pregnancy-related" this week. I certainly have plenty of other things going on in my life, but these things keep popping in my head!

Here are thirteen foods that I just can't seem to have enough of right now. Watch how the list starts out so nice and healthy and steadily veers off path... I can't deny being tempted by unhealthy choices!

  1. Steamed broccoli
  2. Strawberries
  3. Egg whites with salsa, preferably extra spicy
  4. Mushrooms (I always love them, but I've been planning almost all of our dinners to include them lately!)
  5. Iceberg lettuce on things (I'm not a huge salad fan, but I've been loving this crunchy lettuce on my tacos, sandwiches, piled on nachos, you name it...)
  6. Ground chicken burgers (For some reason, these taste far superior to ground beef burgers to me right now...)
  7. Extra-sharp cheddar cheese (especially the white variety which is surprisingly hard to find here in Indiana)
  8. Super cold skim milk (You should know that I am a HORRIBLE milk drinker under normal circumstances...)
  9. Decaf Cinnabon coffee by Seattle's Best
  10. Polar Bears (our small-town ice cream shop's version of DQ's Blizzard-- make mine Heath with chocolate ice cream, please!)
  11. Jellybeans (which I cannot STAND ordinarily...)
  12. Lemonheads (those super sour little yellow round candies? Yeah...absolutely no health value there. Nada.)
  13. Doritos (Thank goodness there have been so many BOGO sales on these! And, also, thank goodness I haven't had any worries about gaining too much weight!)
I believe very strongly that "cravings" that involve healthy foods you don't ordinarily enjoy may indeed stem from a biological need. I don't normally eat many strawberries, but I recently learned that they're real folic acid powerhouses. Early in the pregnancy, I craved orange juice (something I never drink typically) and my doctor said it helps with iron absorption (something I struggled with early on). I don't believe those are coincidences. But I also believe strongly that many women blame their own whims and desires on "pregnancy cravings". And you know what? There's nothing wrong with indulging a pregnant lady! I just don't want to see those cravings getting attributed to "the baby wants/needs it!". Because, really? That just doesn't even make sense to me.

Either way, though... biological or psychological... you can be my big buddy right now by providing me with those thirteen things!
This post is linked to Thursday {Thirteen} hosted at Happy To Be At Home.


UKZoe said...

Any of those would do me fine, except the coffee. But when I was pregnant (all those years ago, wow I feel old), the wierdest thing I ever got a craving for was cockles.

Hoosier Homemade said...

Great list! I'm a little past the pregnacy stage, but enjoyed reading it.

Heather Benza said...

That is so weird, because while I normally love a good latte or mocha while I'm pregnant just the idea makes me feel acidy and gross! Interesting that the OJ helps with iron absorption--surely a biological need driving that craving. Perhaps your body NEEDS a sugar rush to overcome your fatigue...that's a good enough theory for me, but I'd prefer it in the form of Reese's Peanut Butter eggs!!!!

shopannies said...

is it just not funny what foods we desire when we are pregnant

Jodie R. said...

Mmmm... strawberries :) I seemed to get cravings that there was no way in the world I could satisfy. My sister-in-law (also pregnant at the same time as me) said one day she was craving a caramel apple (in mid summer when you can't get any), and bam, I was craving them then too. The other thing I wanted was a creamed chicken sandwich from the football concession stand at the high school where I teach. Too bad it was summer and no football games for a couple months! But it sure was good when I finally did get one!!