Every good vegan and vegetarian knows that a great way to get plant protein into their diet is nuts. I have always enjoyed various types of nuts, but after going vegan in college, they started playing a huge roll in my diet. I mean, you can make CHEESE out of cashews, people. That's pretty great.
So, when Nuts.com reached out to see if I had any tips on refueling after a workout, I was on board. During the first trimester of my pregnancy, I couldn't work out at all. Then the clouds parted, the sun came out, and I got off the couch. Since then, I have really been trying to be active every day. I have even fallen into a pretty amazing routine week to week.
2nd Trimester Weekly Workouts
Monday: Treadmill 30 min, prenatal barre arms
Tuesday: Long walk with a girlfriend
Wednesday: Treadmill 30 min, prenatal barre legs
Thursday: Prenatal yoga
Friday: 30 minute lap swim
Saturday: do something outside!
Sunday: yin yoga
Walks have really become my favorite thing. Most weeks, I get outside for at least an hour walk, and afterwards I feel pretty tired but very relaxed. Prenatal yoga has been absolutely amazing. Since I already had a pretty strong yoga practice going before getting pregnant, prenatal keeps me connected to my mat while teaching me safe ways to play. I was even able to get my glow-yoga on a few weeks ago, and I kept myself safe through lots of modifications. Swimming is a new thing for me, but I'm really loving it. I found a local, affordable pool where I can swim after work. I must say, though, it wears me out in a good way. So, when I get home, I definitely find that I need a hearty dinner to refuel.
Josh and I created this co-meal awhile back, and it's one of our go-to dinners. We always have spinach, apples, carrots, and nuts on hand, so as long as I stock some frozen vegan and non-vegan chicken, we're ready to go!
The base of the salad most recently was spinach, apple, walnut, carrot, and cheese. You could sub your favorite vegan cheese or omit to make vegan.
While you're making your salad, throw your favorite vegan chicken strips in the oven to warm up. Josh subs a non-vegan fried chicken for his salads. Toss with your favorite dressing, and you have a great, hearty dinner!
Since I usually work out after work, I definitely need a protein packed dinner to refuel. I do try, though, to have a snack before my workouts so that I have a little energy to burn. Lately, I've been packing my lunch, and I've been including a handful of raw almonds to eat around 4. Sometimes I want them by themselves, but I have found they go great thrown into a yogurt.
A pregnant woman can never have too many snacks on hand. I get pretty cranky when I'm hungry, so I usually have a little pouch of nuts tucked away in my purse.
There are some pretty great recipe ideas over at Nuts.com for vegans and pregnant ladies. If you're looking for more ways to incorporate nuts into your diet, you might click on the pictures below for some inspiration. I definitely want to make those chocolate truffles soon.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Nuts.com to share tips about pregnancy and post-workout fuels. I was not compensated for the post. All opinions and writing are my own. I will always continue to tell you when I'm contacted by a company.