Spring might be around the corner here.
And so is the second trimester. I’m 12 weeks now and two of my apps say that I have hit the second tri. Two others say I have a week to go.
Who’s right? I’m going to say I am THERE because I actually went out for Whole Foods salad bar for lunch! Maybe I am turning the corner of these food aversions…
After Body Pump, Faith met me for a walk home and we stopped into Blue Ridge Country Store, which has a WF-like salad bar. I browsed over the offerings and the prepared salads, fruits and the mixed veggie salads sounded appealing! I didn’t have my wallet or I would have just gotten something there, but since I had to go to the grocery store anyways today, I decided to go for lunch.
A craving for any kind of health food had to be seized! “For the baby!!”
I surprised myself with what went into my bowl.
Baby spinach base (!?), multiple prepared veggie-based salads (like curried cauliflower), lots of cooked veggies like green beans and squash, tofu & tempeh salads
Garlicky KALE!!?!? It was good!!
But of course the backside of my container was filled with a few comfort foods: BBQ, corn casserole and mac n cheese. I nearly squealed when I saw the mac and cheese : )
My favorite Honest Tea to drink!
After eating (and listening to a Pregtastic Podcast about sex during and after pregnancy! Even with headphones on, I think I was blushing with other customers at my table!), I cruised the aisles. For once I wasn’t in a hurry so I took my time browsing. My favorite pastime!
Also not something one should do with pregnancy cravings.
Here’s my regular loot:
- Cereal (a new 365 kind with a simple ingredient list) and morning Oh’s
- Apples, pear
- Mushrooms (one of the few veggies I like)
- Frozen okra (!?)
- Yogurt/cottage cheese
- Tomato paste
And then there were the pregnancy cravings:
- Mac and cheese (the deluxe style kind!)
- Frozen waffles!?! (I saw Shu Box eat some slathered in peanut butter and something inside of me sparked. Also childhood comfort food. I compared about 5 brands and the Kashi 7 Grain had the best ingredient list)
- Bone Suckin’ Sauce (that BBQ craving is strong)
- Prenatals (ha!)
- Multiple juices/beverages (juices aren’t normally something I would buy, but I’m finding the blood sugar issues in pregnancy are often cured by a small splash of juice – esp. first thing in the morning. I’m trying those Odwalla ones for the first time. Oh and the POM is to pretend its wine!)
- Super expensive grass-fed ice cream!
- Organic, green, ethical Tera’s Whey protein powder (giving this kind a try – for increased protein needs. Normally I’d just use real food, but needs are super high in pregnancy so it’s harder to get them all without eating tons of beans/meat. This kind is expensive, but looks like the most ethical whey out there. Also might try plant-based like Vega but I’ve wanted to try this bourbon vanilla for a while!)
Of course for dessert I tasted the Jeni’s ice cream. You know how when you return from the grocery store the top of the rim is all melty? That’s the best bite you’ll have! Although they had the Salted Caramel, I decided to try the Brown Butter Almond Brittle. It is delicious, but not $9.99 delicious (the Salted Caramel is!)
So while I may have peeked around the second trimester corner, I’d say pregnancy cravings are still in full swing : )
Which apps are saying 2nd tri? All mine (I hit 12 wjs yesterday) are saying first. Humph!
Happy Pregnancy = 12 weeks
Mom 2 Be = 12 weeks (although the home screen still says 1st tri, the weekly update says “welcome to 2nd tri)
Baby Bump = 13 weeks
What to Expect = 13 weeks
Baby Center = 14 weeks
That ice cream looks yummmm!!! will have to try- I may have missed you mentioning it but when is the new website up and running? (BERF)
congrats for passing the first trimester 🙂
Your lunch looks fantastic, I’d like to have something like this right NOW.
Have a nice afternoon.
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
Sickness goes away, cravings don’t! I am glad I didn’t have a WholeFoods near by when I was pregnant. I think I would go broke eating lunch there everyday. How can you go wrong with a pretty healthy buffet?
I always say, “If I were Oprah rich, I would have a whole foods buffet at home!”
bone suckin sauce and jenny’s two of my fav nashville trips home staples.
Hey Kath! I just hit 18 weeks today and wanted to say I am glad you are getting in a good mix of healthy/comfort food. 🙂 I always felt sick up to week nine but my exhaustion lasted until week 16. The last weeks I have felt much more energetic and more like myself. It won’t last, but I’m happy with it for now 🙂 Keep on truckin’ !
‘always’ should be ‘only’.
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Those waffles are amazing. My kiddos eat them at least three times a week. They love them with natural peanut butter and syrup! They also like almond butter and coconut. 🙂
I was going to say the same thing! I LOVE waffles with peanut butter and maple syrup! Total comfort food for me. Oh, and a good cup a coffee! 🙂
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
Mac and Cheese from Whole Foods is so good! It’s a must when going there. 🙂 Kashi waffles are good and the ice cream sounds delicious!
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
i love the melty rim! so funny about your podcast — i feel like that if i’m in the car on the phone and at a red light… why do i think the people in the car next to me can hear me?!
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
I love Bone Suckin Sauce! And yeah for more veggies! Hopefully that is a good sign 😀
What do you think of ingredients in Van’s Multigrain Waffles (see link for ingredients at http://www.vansfoods.com/The_Goods/#/Waffles/8_Whole_Grains/Vans-Multigrain-15)?
Ingredients are fine, but they have enriched wheat flour so they are not 100% whole grain
Lindsay @ Running the Windy City says
The melty ice cream layer is dangerous! I can easily eat 1-2 servings while standing at the kitchen counter and unpacking groceries!
Cait's Plate says
Kashi waffles are a pregnancy craving!?! Uh oh! I have a box of them sitting in my freezer!! 😉
Grace @ What Grace Cooked says
I’m from Ohio, where Jeni’s originated (same city and all) so I’ve been to her stores many (many, too many) times. Although the salted caramel is the “gateway drug” of Jeni’s – the one you make people to get when they think all the flavors are too “weird” – it isn’t even close to my favorite. I actually like the brown butter almond brittle flavor a lot more! My top favorite flavor is the Bangkok Peanut – spicy, peanut-y, coconut-y deliciousness, and unlike any other ice cream I’ve ever tried. My second favorite is the Wildberry Lavender, and third is tied between Pistachio Honey and Backyard Mint (I think the mint is seasonal).
I have no idea what the flavor variety/offerings is like outside of central Ohio, but if you’re going to spend $10/pint, you gotta know what flavors are the best! 🙂
Ohio and Jeni’s go hand and hand . I love the blueberry one….. can’t think of the name ! Worth every penny !!!!! First comment for a long time. Congratulation to both of you.
I’m planning a Whole Foods trip for this weekend–you’ve just made me even more excited (it’s been almost a month since I’ve had a good grocery trip, haha)! Glad you’re love of veggies is returning 🙂
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
4 apps = love it! 🙂
What’s your opinion on stevia / artificial sweeteners in general? I ask because Tera’s Whey contains stevia. It’s probably the most “natural” of all the artificial sweeteners out there, but I can’t stand the taste 🙁
Anyway, I really trust your opinion on all things nutritional, and I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on sweeteners!
I think they should be used sparingly. My favorite is Stevia in the Raw, but I don’t use it everyday. Maybe a few times a week in afternoon tea. Splenda/aspartame I don’t buy much at all, but I do have a diet soda from time to time.
ahhh garlicky kale = YUMMY! i tried some at the whole foods salad bar and it was top notch…i love the prepared salads like that! OH and those waffles!? ive had em and they are deeeeelicious. id say your cravings are steering you in the 100% right directions 🙂
Ingredients for Kashi waffles (http://www.kashi.com/products/nutrition_info/kashi_waffles_7_grain) include cracked grain flour. Is that whole? Just read yesterday that Kashi is owned by Kellogg’s. What a surprise.
Cracked should still be whole grain. It means it’s been cracked to increase the surface area a la instant oatmeal.
Kashi is hit or miss. I like about 1/3 of their products that have simple ingredient lists of real food, but I don’t like things like GoLean Crunch with the isolated proteins.
ok kath…im kind of an obsessed dietetics major whos only a freshman and doesnt know all that much yet….what are isolated proteins? is there something bad about them/makes them different from other proteins? im purely asking from a scientific standpoint!
I don’t know a ton about the science of creating them – because knowing that it takes a lot of processing alone was enough to turn me off. I’ve heard the isolates are unstable and react in the body – possibly in negative ways (again this is something I remember reading but I don’t know where). To me the details of the processing or even the reaction the body might have don’t matter so much as the fact that they are not a natural, real, whole food.
I would eat them if someone gave me something and I was hungry (meaning I don’t think they are toxic or anything!), but I avoid them when making my own purchases.
Some of the science is explained in the isolate part here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy_protein_isolate#Isolates
ah ok…thank you! that all seems to make sense..def not a whole food!
I love Jeni’s! I got a chance to try it in their Ohio store, so great! Definitely agree about the Salted Caramel, yum! But if you get a chance, try the Brambleberry Crisp, it’s deeeeelicious!
I may try for kiddo #2 this year and would like to continue to do Body Pump as well. How did you modify your weights (if at all). I think I remember from my last pregnancy (it’s a little fuzzy because it was 5+ years ago) that you aren’t supposed to lift heavy weights. Just curious. I gained a lot of weight with the first one, and I’d like to avoid that next time. Staying active has got to help!
I lightened up on squats and back a lot (because i felt those used my lower abdomen the most for assistance) and I barely lightened up my chest, bis and tris just to take me from “this is killing me” down to “this is hard!”
Jessie @ Graze With Me says
Lol at the “pretend it’s wine!” comment! When I was pregnant last year I would buy plain, unsweetened cranberry juice & do the same thing. It’s suuuper sour so I’d have to sip it slowly & “savor” it. It was fun to pretend 🙂
Exactly! POM actually has a tannin-like mouthfeel too!
Kale follow up lol
I cooked some in olive oil and onions last night and the result…DElish!! I’m now on the kale wagon 🙂
Lisa (bakebikeblog) says
I’m so gla dto hear that the food adversions are settling down.
I have been really lucky to retain a fairly normal appetite throughout my pregnancy (37.5 weeks today!) , although I have been lovin’ carbs!
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
Yay, veggies are back! Looks like an amazing lunch!
Kelly B says
I have to chuckle at your cravings, because its so true! I have a 2 month old baby (my first!) and when I was pregnant during my first and second trimester (surprisingly any cravings/food aversions ceased by my third trimester) I couldn’t get far enough away from coffee and vegetables (a usual staple in my diet). I was ALWAYS thirsty and water just didn’t do the trick for me so it was tons of juices and root beer and ginger ale (needed that fizz!). Though I have never been a beer drinker every time my husband popped the cap on a bottle I salivated at the thought of sipping on one! Crazy’! I also really, really loved salty foods, especially french fries. My usual order at a restaurant was a caesar salad and a side of french fries. Oh and a box of mac and cheese was always in my pantry, even though you’d never find one pre-pregnancy.
Kudos to you for keeping as many vegetables in your diet as you do! I had such a hard time with that!
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
I swear, I could browse the aisles of Whole Foods for hours and never get bored – the employees must think I’m crazy! Looks like a fun day so far, and an amazing lunch!
Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says
Mmm that salad looks delicious! I wish I had a whole foods nearby! I’d be there everyday!
Those chips are the besssssst. I die for the sweet potato ones.
I live in Columbus and Jeni’s is incredible!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
Wahoo! Veggies are back 🙂 Plus cravings. Take it! Hah. Looks awesome! And congrats on ending the first tri!
Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says
Haha those cravings dont go away!! Once you get a taste of them for a while it’s harder to kick… In my experience :). Wahoo for the second tri!!
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
That’s quite the assortment of flavours for lunch! Garlicky Kale sounds delish! Love the tulips…hubbie got me white daisies for valentine’s day! Looking at them makes me think of spring! A little ray of sunshine inside my house! I bounce between tulips and daisies at this time of year…they last a good time and bring a smile to my face every day! They are sitting right in front of me as I write…perfect!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
Have you seen Jeni’s Bankok Peanut or the Riesling Poached Pear? Those are my favorites!
I live right by a Jeni’s ice cream store! You’re right – very expensive, but yummy and local. Great to see they’ve expanded so much from the tiny local shop I once knew 🙂
Molly @ RDexposed says
I would kill for tulips ad fresh groceries to be waiting for me when I get home.
I was at WF In Cville today too. Since we have out of town company coming I bought 2 Jeni’s the Queen City Cayenne, which my sister raves about, and the Brown Butter Almond Brittle. I’ll get the Salty Caramel next time. Those lime chips are excellent. Glad you seem to be feeling better.
2nd trimester starts as soon as you “turn” 13 weeks. Through the 12th week you are still in the 1st trimester.
Well it depends who you ask. Lots of places do say 12 weeks. Lots say 14 too.
I’m the most frugal (cheap?!) person ever, but I would totally shell out $10 for that ice cream. Yum.
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) says
I too was confused about this for a while! Some people say you have advanced to the next week in pregnancy the day after you complete the prior week, instead of waiting another entire week to say you have advanced. Does that make sense? I have been sitting here for a while and I am just not sure how to word it more appropriately. Ha.
When you are 12 weeks pregnant, you are in your 13th week.
That’s what you mean right!?
But I think most of the descriptors and milestones go by how many weeks you have completed – not which week you are counting on. Like birthdays.
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) says
Yes and yes! Thanks for wording that so well… ha. 🙂
Your grocery haul is hilarious to me because mine looked the same this week…waffles and deluxe mac ‘n cheese and all! I’m trying to be balanced (think 46 ounces of green juice a day – fiber is my best friend!), but those cravings are so hard to quash! At just about nine weeks, my apps read about the same as yours where they differ a little. The ‘What to Expect” app is my favorite. I’m looking forward to better weather here in rainy Portland, Oregon so I can get outside which helps me perk up because I’ve been so tired! For now, Jazzercise is my preferred method to get my sweat on! Oh, quick question, have you noticed that it doesn’t take nearly as much to get your heart rate up or to run out of breath? I was really surprised by this! Every day is a new adventure!
I actually haven’t noticed a heart rate difference, but I also don’t push myself quite as hard. I was on the elliptical this morning before Pump and gripped the HR handles to see if mine was any higher. I would have expected it to be about 125 based on previous heart rate knowledge and it was 127. I do think I tire more easily with exercise, but it could be mental too..
On the elliptical the other day, I had my HR monitor synced with our machine and even though I felt as though I was barely moving, it read 140BPM. I later read that pregnant women aren’t supposed to exceed 140, so I am going to have to check with my OB on that one. Have you heard that? All the research out there sends some mixed reports!
Side note, POM mixed with sparkling water has been great. When we go out, it’s a mocktail of club soda and a splash of cran with a twist of lime. Creativity (and fizzies) to the rescue!
Apparently once the placenta is fully developed around four months, a surge of energy appears! I am very, ahem, patiently waiting! Hooray for almost the second trimester!
Ask your doctor for his/her opinion, but mine and other professionals have told me that the HR thing was just a myth of the past. What’s more important is just doing what feels right for your body.
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says
Food Should Taste Good – those are my absolute favorite chips. SO delicious!
Hope you’re feeling well! So excited to hear your news!
great loot from WH! I’m inspired to treat my home and myself to some flowers as well. Those tulips are ideal – and so Spring-like! : ) love the POM pretend wine. You may love Trader Joes mac-n-cheese in the frozen food section … it is soooo devine!!! : ) Happy weekend, Kath!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I’m glad you’re getting back into veggie love! And my doctor told me I needed to get more protein, so I use Sunwarrior (both soy and gluten free, which I need) and it really helps because I’ll put it in things like oats, greek yogurt, or mix it with peanut flour to make a sauce for a sweet potato.
14 weeks is the beginning of the second trimester. If it was 12, then a pregnancy would be 36 weeks. It is exciting getting closer to milestones in pregnancy.
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
The best is a scoop of Jeni’s dark chocolate and buckeye state (peanut butter ice cream with chocolate flecks). So good. That’s it, I’m getting some tomorrow. As though I had to be talked into it.
My doctor told me 14 weeks was the beginning of the second trimester, but as soon as 13 hit I felt like I was in the second, and also felt a lot better! Glad you are getting your veggies in again! 🙂
Kath, I’m so looking forward to read your pregnancy blog, is it about to launch? I’m 8.5 weeks and really intrigued by how others are handling first trimester! 🙂
I’m launching it late next week – hopefully after my ultrasound goes well
Meg @ Spandex in the City says
Whole foods salad/hot food bar is my weak spot !! I always go overboard, getting a little of every things. Looks Good !
Molly A says
I love Kashi frozen waffles. I don’t have a lot of time in the morning for breakfast (I have a longish commute to work) so the waffles are perfect in the morning with some pb and all-fruit spread. Yum.
I have to tell you this. I used to HATE onions. Like you hate them. HATE!!!!!!! And when I was pregnant with my second son, I suddenly wanting onions. Day in, day out… onion rings, fried onions, sauteed onions. It got so crazy I actually started baking whole onions to eat. Let me know when you want my recipe, LOL!
omg…I can’t imagine!! I have zero interest in onions and garlic is also off my list at the moment!
I hated root beer until I was pregnant with my son, and then I craved it. Pregnancy does some weird stuff to you! 🙂
Michelle (Better with Berries) says
I’m not pregnant, but I suddenly have a craving for some lime tortilla chips after seeing some in your picture!
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
When I was pregnant I had a strong craving for juice. I never drank juice before but for some reason it tasted so good.
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] says
If you’re toaster waffle cravings persists, give Van’s a try. Tina (CNC) got me hooked on their power protein variety (full of whole grains), though I also enjoy their g-free kind.
Toaster waffles topped with pb, banana, cinnamon, chia, pepitas & honey is one of my staple weekday breakfasts 🙂
I checked the Vans ingredient lists and none of them seemed to be 100% whole grain
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] says
Oops! My bad, guess I should read the list more carefully.
[That doesn’t mean they are bad though – just not ideal]
Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife says
That’s awesome that your aversions are leaving you! Pregnancy seems like such a beautiful experience, full of challenges, and I can’t wait to experience it one day! In the meantime it sure is fun to live vicariously through you and other bloggers who are mommies. 🙂
[email protected] says
Good for you! Looks like a great meal!
Christine (Merf) says
Aren’t food aversions the weirdest thing? You can know whether or not you can eat something just by thinking about it. You dont’ have to smell or taste it. I remember my husband asking me what I wanted one night, and he kept running down a list… chicken? no. tacos? god no. pasta? no. Finally, he said, what CAN you eat? and I said “Nachos!” I don” know how, but somehow I just knew the only thing I could eat was nachos. And I was able to eat them just fine. But for weeks, the word nachos made me want to barf. So odd!
I’ve had similar experiences 🙂 Only one thing sounds good!
This has nothing to do with your post but I’ve been meaning to ask you- how has it been down there this week with all the media about the Yeardly Love case? It’s all we’ve been hearing about on the news here in Baltimore since she was from here. Very sad story!
Congrats on making it into the 2nd trimester! I know that should calm your nerves a little bit 🙂
Very sad indeed 🙁 There have been media trucks all over High Street for 2 weeks now. I have to admit though that I don’t watch the news, so I am not up to speed on how the trial is going. Going to look it up now..
Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever says
Welcome to the second tri – congrats! ThAt is a huge milestone. Being pregnant is the best thing in the world.
Try adding peas or broccoli (cooked) to mac n cheese to squeeze in more veggies. Worked for me with both of my pregnancies (I also craved mac n cheese!).
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Yay for getting in some veggies!! And Congrats on the 2nd Trimester! 🙂
Has your aversion towards onions changed during pregnancy?? Now that would be completely out of the norm!
No not at all! In fact, I think it’s worse because things that I can taste after eating (like garlic) are sooooo gross to me right now.
Great grocery haul! Haven’t been commenting lately, but I read your blogs daily. Good to know the pregnancy is goingbp well. Wanted to mention that, if you’re trying different print win smoothies, Shaklee has a nice whey one. Also one called called Meal Shakes.
I only wish I had pregnancy cravings right now being nine weeks or so pregnant. However, I feel nauseas half the time that I cannot muster the strength to prepare anything. Any suggestions, Kath, short of hiring our own personal chef, which is out of the question 🙂 ?
Have you asked your doctor about B6 + unisom? They literally saved my life. Also maybe try sea bands first?
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
2nd tri…woo-hoo! Congrats!
Tulips are my fave flower, well one of them..but I just love them and yours are so pretty!
Fun groceries..and I could get on board with lime chips, sans pregnancy. Those sound great right about now, actually!
Try those waffles topped with cottage cheese and peanut butter. Oh and some banana. You won’t regret it… promise
Your pear made me fondly remember the end of my pregnancy. I ate a pear, chopped up and sprinkled with cinnamon, almost every night. I sat the bowl on my built in table (my belly!) and ate it while watching TV.
Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money says
I pretend Pom juice is wine too! I was actually planning to post about it today. I have to water mine down though. It is too sweet on its own for me.
Funny how my daughter couldn’t stomach pre-natal vitamins, till she found Target chewables!! Love your bbq cravings (and my hubbie never passes up mac and cheese anywhere :-))
Life's a Bowl says
I already crave waffles and ice cream every day and I’m not pregnant, I wonder what I’ll crave when I am pregnant 😛
Have to say you are adorable! Blushing while listening to the podcast, that would be me too! I’m the one who wrote about being embarrassed watching the Hangover 2, and by the way, my point -because someone posted something not so nice after what I said-is that it is awesome that you and Karen have that kind of relationship. I envy you. My MIL and I just don’t really click.
PS-I love waffles with peanut butter, actually anything with peanut butter but waffles are especially good. Enjoy!
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
Whole Foods foods always look so good, especially the salad bar. Wish we had one nearby.
Don’t analyze it so much. Really, it’s pretty simple the pregnancy thing.
I Feed You says
I like your page a lot. Keep sharing your recipes! I am doing the same! Just started today with the blog!