Being pregnant and having gastroparesis I always knew that at some point it would start to get harder to eat and to keep meals down. I was hoping it would be the last few weeks but with 10 weeks to go it’s already started to happen as the LO is growing bigger and pressing on my already small stomach. Yep, I’m full after one mouthful and getting frustrated as to what I can eat that will keep nourishing my baby.
As i’m not able to eat much, every mouthful counts and needs to be as nourishing as possible and so yesterday I headed off to the supermarket to stock up on the essentials – ingredients to make hearty soups, purees and ways to max out any bite I take. In addition, I’ve stocked the fridge with fat free yoghurts and actimel for quick fixes.
After heading home first on the list was to make chicken soup, I had some left over chicken from my roast the other night so added a chicken leg to the pan, added some lentils, split peas, barley and spelt grains, filled up the pan with water and added in some extra chicken stock. Left it to simmer for around an hour, until all of the grains were soft, I took out the chicken leg, cut off all of the meat and added that back into the pan. Next step – blend, blend, blend. Using a hand blender I made a puree out of the soup so that it’s easier to digest and get some protein and carbs in.
Next up, I fancied making something a bit sweeter and came across a recipe for sweet potato brownies. Sounds a little different but at least they are full of goodness. They didn’t take long to make and the most amazing chocolaty smell was wafting though the house :). They aren’t as heavy or stodgy as normal brownies or gluten free brownies and at least I can have a bite here and there when i’m craving something sweet. I’m also going to pop some in the freezer as I made quite a few.
Today’s project, fruit purees! Yes, I feel like i’m a baby but the tiredness that you get when you don’t eat enough is unbearable so I have to try and eat as much as I can. So the plan is to make some apple and pear puree and also some fruit compote that I can blend to make more of a fruit sauce to have with plain yoghurt!
Have you all found any foods that work better than others when you are struggling to eat? Did you stick to mainly purees and liquids?