Our First Week with a Meal Plan
Our foray into meal planning as we start our lives as two working parents of twins!
Alright, I think this is my first post since announcing our big news… we’re excited to welcome TWINS in early 2018! Technically our due date is 2/17, but twins are almost always born 2-4 weeks earlier than singletons, so 2/17 is just not going to happen (watch, now I’ll jinx myself into being the only girl my doctor’s seen go to term in her 25 years of practice ).
You may or may not have noticed that this has definitely impacted my ability to create content over the summer and early fall. I know that it’s known that pregnancy makes you tired, but I’m not sure it’s ever clearly articulated just *how* tired it makes you. Sometimes, I just need to sleep, or sit quietly, and that’s all I’ve got for the day.
The other piece is, food doesn’t sound great for a large chunk of pregnancy. Talk about making things difficult for someone to think up delicious recipes and spend time photographing them! For many days this summer, that simply wasn’t going to happen. Making food was utterly uninspiring and I had no desire to do it. I have an action plan to do better this fall now that I have more energy back, but I don’t have *that* much more energy back.
Now that I’ve reached about the halfway point of pregnancy, I am doing better. Food aversions are largely gone. I do have a decent bit of energy again. I’m able to have some decently productive days again, and I am able to get to the gym 2-4 days per week, albeit at a definitely reduced intensity 🙂 And though this is true for any pregnancy, it’s doubly true with twins: I need to eat CRAZY amounts of protein.
This is particularly tough on someone who isn’t a big meat eater in the first place – i.e. ME. When you combine that with the fact that you’re not supposed to eat undercooked meat, that means steak is basically completely off the table, because I am NOT going to eat a well done steak.
This recipe has been a good go-to for me. I don’t love eating chicken because of weird preggo hormones, but this salad is crunchy and has a nice acidity, which lets me eat it with abandon because the texture is awesome (Pro tip to preggos, great texture will help you eat lots of things!) Chicken is so high in protein, I’m trying to eat as much of it as I can, when I can handle it.
But this is one we will definitely continue to make after the babies arrive. It’s a keeper!