Easy Vegan Recipes for Your Pregnancy
Going through a vegan pregnancy is no different than going through a “normal” pregnancy.
Some mamas will still have morning sickness and nauseousness, cravings and off days. One of the key things is to be well prepared with fail proof food options, vitamins and resources that will help you and your growing little one stay healthy. It’s also very important to surround yourself with a supportive group of people who understand and respect your stance on having a vegan pregnancy and won’t try to persuade you otherwise.
Luckily, I did not experience any morning sickness but for some reason I could not stand my hubby’s after shave. Random I know. I didn’t have any big cravings but did have some easy to prep go-to’s I ate throughout my pregnancy. I was constantly hungry and still worked up to a week before I gave birth so I needed to be sure I was prepared and not going hungry. Hope these for for you as well!
Smoothies and Juicing Galore
I just made sure to stock up on a variety of fresh fruits and veggies and threw them all in my NutriBullet or juicer and added chia, hemp and flax seeds and sometimes almond yogurt and oats (in smoothies) or coconut water. You can also buy frozen in bulk for smoothies or chop up and freeze your own. This can be an easy nutritious breakfast or snack choice. Plus it’s so easy to sneak in those fruits and veggies you sometimes don’t get around to eating otherwise. I also made it a habit to be sure to place my prenatal on the counter next to my NutriBullet. Just to be sure I took it first thing in the morning.
Buddha Bowl Life
If you’re low maintenance like me, you’re ok with eating the same thing pretty much everyday. I was the same throughout my pregnancy and just prepped a big pot of beans, (yes it takes a while to cook but truly the best way to eat beans) and brown rice/quinoa on the weekend. So easy to just grab a big bowl of hearty rice and beans and get creative. Throughout the week I just changed it up here and there. I added steamed/grilled veggies, tempeh, chickpeas, vegan cheese, sweet or red potatoes and added my mom’s (world’s best) homemade salsa as an added kick. A few tortilla chips and I was set.
While pregnant you seem to have the ability to zone in on the smell of food cooking a block down. I couldn’t help but always catch a whiff of pizza and think about it all day. I myself try to eat gluten free as much as possible, and my now 18 month old is strictly gluten free due to sensitivities. Luckily, I found the best easy to prep, wholesome, minimal ingredient, gluten-free crust by Simple Mills. Yes it’s a little pricey and I can probably make my own version at home but this just does it for me. It reminds me of my favorite Chicago deep dish pizza crust. Just follow the instructions on the box. Add sauce and whatever weird concoctions your preggo self craves, top with your favorite vegan cheese and done! Just be sure to buy more than one box because I was honestly able to finish both pizzas by myself.
I originally looked for a recipe to follow on Pinterest for this but got annoyed and decided to make up my own.
- Add two cups of a variety of nuts to a food processor, mix until crumbled.
- Add in a cup filled to the brim of pitted dates, a tbsp each of coconut oil and nut butter, a handful each of coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, raisins and oats, a tsp of raw cocoa powder and mix until you notice it starts forming into clumps.
- Prepare a baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper.
- Roll mixture into balls and place on parchment paper.
- Refrigerate to set.
- Transfer to a lidded container and keep refrigerated.
- Indulge on one or three nutrient packed bites while you enjoy the latest Raise Vegan magazine issue and your hubby massages your feet.
As always Raise Vegan and Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting are here to help throughout every stage from vegan pregnancy to childhood and beyond. If you haven’t done so already be sure to join our Facebook group where you will find an awesome community of support.
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