My relationship with food has become very complicated during this pregnancy. There are so many “guidelines” about what and when and how much pregnant women are supposed (or not supposed) to eat. And don’t forget the cocktail of vitamins.
- I am supposed to get about 567% of the average person’s daily amount of iron and calcium. But for optimal absorption, iron and calcium should not be consumed (whether in food or vitamin form) within two hours of each other. So, if my breakfast cereal is fortified with iron but I eat it with calcium-rich milk, is it even worth counting the amounts of minerals in that meal? And my three-times-a-day iron supplements, plus the regular prenatal vitamin…when do I take those?
- Also, the midwife wants me eating 90 grams of protein each day. Seriously? Maybe I should consider this my free ticket to eat steak every day, but as much as I try to cram in dairy products and eggs and tofu and beans and reasonable (affordable) amounts of meat, I doubt I am anywhere close to 90 grams of protein.
- Can we also discuss the fact that most protein-rich foods are also very high in calories? Pregnant women only need 300 additional calories every day.
- Don’t forget too the commandment to eat at least six servings of fresh fruit and vegetables.
No-Bake Cookies (makes about 3 dozen)
- 1 3/4 c. white sugar
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. butter
- 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter
- 3 c. quick-cooking oats
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract