Trail mix is a great, energy-packed, and (mostly) healthful snack, pregnant or not. (Image Credit: Carrie Saum)
Feeding myself is getting harder. Keeping up with a toddler, a pregnancy that has just entered its third trimester, work, home stuff, etc., is getting exhausting. It's all good stuff, but it's just so dang busy, I forget to eat.
You guys. Pregnant ladies do not just forget to eat. They get crazy hungry and then they become monsters and then they must eat food right now, damnit. I wish this particular stereotype weren't true.
So, I've devised ways to keep my body and my palate happy. And I'm guessing if you clicked on this link, you have similar life goals, pregnant or not. I think we can and probably should be friends. Pregnant or not.
Trail mix is a quick way to keep me from having a full-on hunger meltdown. I find it easier to whip up a batch of my own so I can control the ingredients and the quality. I seal it up in a skinny jam jar and keep it handy so I can open the lid and pop it in the cup holder of my car and snack while I drive.
EDIT: This is not a substitution for a real meal. This is a snack. A tide-over. A stop-gap. A bridge to sanity. But you still need to feed yourself REAL FOOD that takes a fork or a spoon.
Bombastic Trail Mix #1: Bridge to Sanity Medley
1 cup raw hazelnuts, skins mostly removed
1/2 cup roasted almonds, lightly salted
1/2 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
DIrections: Uh...put them in a bowl and stir? Maybe a large-ish ziploc bag and save yourself a step?
Bombastic Trail Mix #2: Make Mama Happy Mix
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pistachio meats
1/2 cup dried mulberries
1 Scout bar, or similar, chopped
Directions: It's basically the same as above, but requires basic knife skills to cut the energy bar.