Posted By: Emily Elling
Emily Elling lives downtown Indianapolis with her husband of 10 years and her four unintentionally hilarious children, Piper, 7, Nola, 5, Gage, 2, and baby Paul, born January 2012.
During all my pregnancies, I had a love hate relationship with food. I loved it, I needed it, and I sometimes craved it. But I also (typically between weeks 6-17 gestation) I just really hated it.
And with each individual pregnancy, I had some hardcore addictions that I totally allowed myself to indulge in. My first pregnancy was fueled by Cheetos alone, and I had the orange fingers to prove it. During my second pregnancy, I ate pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks every chance I got. And my third pregnancy, I considered naming my son after a bottle of hot sauce. Lastly and most recently, with my son Paul, I craved boxes and boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
Contrary to my pregnancy snack addictions, I'm actually quite a healthy eater. The saying "garbage in, garbage out" totally holds true for my body and the food I fuel myself with. I know that if I eat junk, I will feel like junk, right down to my mood and the way I interact with my children.
I'm currently 3 months postpartum, and I'm hungrier than I ever was during my pregnancy. I've realized that being a mom to four little kids never leaves much time for me to sit down and eat. So I snack, and I snack often. I try to keep my pantry and refrigerator packed with quick and easy food to grab. And I've most definitely stopped stocking the pantry with some of my naughty pregnancy indulgences.
So what are my go-to grab foods?
Hard boiled Eggs, slices of sweet red peppers, homemade hummus, and roasted beets, all rank high on the list.
And I have a saving grace that I've been drinking almost every single morning. I blend up a huge batch of smoothies that will be hearty enough to sustain me and will keep me full until lunchtime. I pack my smoothie with ingredients that will give me the energy I need, and that are good for the baby and I.
My morning smoothie ingredients, in case your curious: a handful greens (spinach, kale, or beet tops), 1 banana, 1 kiwi (with the skin on), a dollop of raw honey, a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, a cup of frozen pineapple or berries, and about a 1/2 cup of probiotic yogurt such as Keifer. I thin it out with 2% milk if needed.
I never thought I would be one of those people who would ever crave a smoothie, but honestly, I really miss it if I skip a day. And the really fun part of it is, that even my 4 year old and 2 year old ask for it too!
When I was younger, I could get away with drinking diet soda and snacking on potato chips. Heck, throw in an all-nighter and I was your typical college student. But now, in my early 30's and a mom to 4 under 7, I'm just not that invincible anymore. I'm slowly making better food choices, and dare I say it's tastier than it's ever been.9:00am on Thursday April 19