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In the beginning of this pregnancy I thought it was crazy to deprive yourself of things you were craving. I was eating any and everything that came to mind that I wanted! 

I’ve had a change of heart in the second trimester. Now that my baby is actually tasting what I’m eating I’m beginning to make healthier choices. 

Of course any time I’m looking for inspiration for just about anything (especially recipes) I go straight to Pinterest. On Pinterest I came across this amazing buzzfeed article about 7 meals you should be cooking. Find it HERE.

I chose to make the carinatas salad! I had pulled pork on my mind for a while so this would be righy up my alley. I made the carnitas the night before I wanted to prepare the salad for Alonzo and I. 

The next day I followed the recipe for the salad. The only thing I didn’t make was the cauiflower rice. I made jasmine cilantro lime rice instead. 

The Results

It turned out fabulous! It was filling, delicious, and made plenty for leftovers! One day I actually used the leftovers and made tacos.  

I'm A Stage 4 Snacker

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Snacks are my weakness. I love to snack! My favorites are kettle chips (usually salt and pepper or jalpeno) pita chips and hummus, or something sweet. Around 11am I’m usually ready for my first one. Lately I’ve been snacking on greek yogurt, blueberries, granola (from Aldi’s) and chia seeds. It has just enough natural sugar that I can pretend it's ice cream! 

Berries are really good for pregnant women! They contain lots of nutrients needed while you're pregnant. Just make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Some recommend buying organic to avoid harmful pesticides but I just give mine a good scrub. Chia seeds are even better for pregnant women. They are rich in magnesium, zinc, and folic acid according to I add the granola for the crunch. It kind of keeps my mind off of eating endless kettle chips. :)

Chia seeds are high in essential minerals that pregnant women need. Calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc are just some of them. Pregnant women need calcium for the proper development of their babies’ bones. Aside from that, enough calcium also promotes a healthy heart.

Let me know if you try these recipes!