Post # 1
Hey girls! So I have a little dilemma that maybe you can help with. I am a traveling sales rep. I am able to go home each day , however throughout the day I drive pretty far away from home. I always rear lunch in my car. I usually eat very healthy and clean.. Deli meat sandwhiches, veggies, fruit.. Usually low carb. Well obviously that’s not going to cut it prego. No deli meat allowed ( especially cold)and I need to eat more carbs or I get sick ;/ The problem comes in that I do not have access to a microwave or fridge. This means I have been forced to eat fast food every day which is not healthly and getting very expensive. Do you ladies have any healthy eating tips for a prego on the go?! Thanks!
Post # 3
Typical preggo lunches for me nowadays could include peanut butter sandwich on multigrain bread, hard boiled egg, veggie and/or fruit like carrots or apple, maybe 100 cal pack of chips, pretzels, or crackers. Also, consider getting an insulated lunch bag with ice pack, which opens up more options. I also often have Greek yogurt.
Post # 4
PB&J’s pack well (you can get natural no-oil PB and fruit preserves to keep it healthy), fruit and whole veggies are super easy to eat in the car/keep on hand, you could get whole grain pretzels, fruit/veggie chips, almonds, pitas and hummus, granola, etc.
Post # 5
I second PP on getting a really good lunch box. Maybe for lunches try the individual cups of peanut butter and celery or crackers? Pickle spears are good at room temp…or try pita bread and hummus.
Post # 6
When I was preggo I was an oddball. I had severe hyperemesis. When I had a craving, I went with it– but my cravings would last weeks/months at a time. My last month of pregnancy, I only ate whoppers with cheese. Completely unhealthy. I would never do that before or now, but thats the ONLY thing I craved.
For normal people, I would prepare your meals in advance but make sure you are prepared to abruptly dislike certain foods and suddenly love something else.
Post # 7
i was in a similar situation – workplace without fridge or microwave. if you have the chance to take a quick break from driving for your lunch, i’d recommend bringing things like a bean salad and lentil salad (tons of protein), or cold rice and veggies or even last night’s cold pasta leftovers (with veggies). those things don’t spoil that quickly (unless it’s extremely hot where you live). sometimes i would also have tomato or beet salad (which doesn’t get soggy as easily as regular salad wihen sittitng for hours with dressing) plus of course sandwhiches with different cheeses, eggs and veggies, hummus and lots of fruit! good luck and a healthy appetite and pregnancy :-).
Post # 8
Yea I’ve been battling all day morning sickness as well which makes it harder. It’s starting to subside a bit though. Those are all wonderful ideas!! Thanks a ton!
Post # 9
When I was pregnant, I too would eat healthy while at home but I also had 10 hour days at my work and sometimes we would have emergencies and I would not get out until midnight…. I would sometimes eat fast food because I was just so dang hungry and would start to feel sick, it always made me feel gross to eat it and I hated spending the money.
(I will admit to eating a ton of deli meat and other things I should have not eaten like runny eggs, brownie batter and raw fish…thankfully I never got sick and my baby is just fine!)
If I could remember…. I would pack a lunch box with a peanut butter sandwich, a water, carrots and some crackers. I also loved eating me a banana. I would put granola bars in my purse to munch on as a snack. I was always a much happier pregnant lady when I did that.
Post # 10
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I’m not now nor have ever been pregnant, but I was reading your post and had an idea. You mentioned that you typically enjoy deli sandwiches but you can’t have them while pregnant. Have you considered giving vegetarian “deli meat” alternatives a shot? They’re full of protein and often very low calorie– I find them quite tasty, too. I know some people may throw the idea out because they’re often soy-based, but everything in moderation, right?
Just thought I’d throw the idea out there, but you’ve gotten some great ideas from other Bees.
Post # 11
Thanks. Pregnant women are told to avoid deli meat unless heated to steaming. There is a risk associated with Listeria which is very harmful to an unborn baby if not.
Post # 12
Love what PP said! I second lentil salad. One of my favorites. I am vegetarian and one of my go to sandwiches is avocado, havarti cheese, little bit of caeser dressing, arugala on wheat. So yummy! My go-to snacks that I throw at Dirty Delete or in the car so we can eat on the go
- Raw almonds – Trader Joe sells great ones, put the whole bag in a gallon ziploc bag and you can grab a handful whenever
- Babybel cheese – the wax protects the cheese so you can toss it in your purse/car for a few days
- Boxed milk – Trader Joe and Horizon both sell this, no fridge needed
- Bagged veggies – spend time Sunday chopping veggies(red peppers, carrots are my fave) and placing in small containers with a little hummus or dressing, easy to grab out of the fridge
- Cut up fruit – I do the same thing with grapes, cantaloupe, etc
- Boiled eggs – have a bowl of them in the fridge, again easy and portable
- Granola bars – worse comes to worse I know there are granola bars in the center console of my car, I stock a whole bunch of different varieties that have no high fructose in them
- Think portable and easy – apples, oranges, bananas, pears, peaches, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, strawberries. The skies the limit!
Post # 13
I like baby belle cheese- in the little wax wrapper, larabars, and naked or bolthouse smoothies (for fast things when I am out and about). Those three things tie my over. Just think high protein- I usually get a high protein smoothie and the cheeses really help. For a while I was doing burritos because I could handle eating them cold- I would make them and wrap them in foil and put them in a cooler- plus the beans and avo are great for baby.
In the first trimester I couldn’t be so healthy and I had to eat whatever worked. Also, nuts and dried fruit and awesome!
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
@Sanola831: Right, I understand that, which is why I suggested the vegetarian alternative– with no listeria risk. It was just an idea.
Post # 16
@Sanola831: Do you normally get your deli meat sandwiches from a restaurant? If so, you could have them heat it up for you before assembling your sandwich. That’s what I do at Subway. All the other ladies have great suggestions as well.