It was one of those blissful moments, when you could hear the universal cheer of the online fitness community go: YAY! That was the moment when our friends Amber Orton and Brandan Fokken announced to the world that they were pregnant. YAY!
Amber and Brandan have been big supporters of Fitmark for a long time, and we were excited to catch up with them to talk about parenthood. But wait! This is the Baby Bump Blog, so that means – no bump, no admission! Sorry, Brandan. It’s Amber’s perspective we need, you know, the girly stuff!
The last time we spoke with Amber, we were talking about Healthy Meal Planning on the Road, and how to stay on track when you’re traveling or taking a road trip. Amber shared a bunch of helpful tips and ideas for what to pack in your meal prep bag, so you don’t get caught short. So, we thought it would be interesting to see how things have changed now that priorities have changed.
Cravings and Keeping It Real
Amber has been gracing the stage for many years now and continues to work with others, teaching them the ropes and the path to living a healthy lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean that it’s all chicken breasts and barbells! Let’s get real! This is real life! Amber is all about balance and feeding your body, as well as your mind, with the good stuff. And sometimes, that includes pizza!
Cravings can be maddening at times, but a mother quickly learns that baby knows what baby needs, and Baby Eastan wanted pizza! Amber told us:
The first trimester was rough, so I definitely had some dietary changes. I was just trying to eat anything that didn’t make me feel absolutely horrible. In those first 12 weeks, I probably ate more pizza than I ever had in my life. But it was healthy pizza! haha! I never had the real high-cal stuff, so I guess that’s good. (We ate a lot of PizzaRev – you can design an entire pizza for under 500 calories!)
Pizza helped replenish some of the nutrients Amber had a hard time digesting, but she found that it was carbs that Baby Eastan really wanted. She told us:
I did have a lot of carbs that trimester too, as I was so sick and nothing ever sounded appealing. Since then, I’ve cleaned up my diet a lot and it’s pretty much back to my old staples. I love fruits and veggies and healthy lean proteins again. I actually think I’m eating healthier now for the most part than I was prior to getting pregnant!
Meal Prep for a Mommy to Be
Amber is a pro when it comes to meal prep and counting macros, and now that she’s past the first trimester, things are more on track. She told us:
I still utilize IconMeals weekly for the majority of my meal prep. It’s super convenient and it works great for saving time! I can’t eat some things I love, like over easy eggs and tuna all that often, but I’ve found replacements for those.
Baby Bump Friendly Recipes
Amber shares many healthy recipes on her blog, including these ones that she’s loving right now. She told us:
I have noticed in my second trimester I am VERY hungry! So I’ve been incorporating a lot of high volume foods to fill me up without overeating! I love to make lower carb spaghetti utilizing spaghetti squash for the added volume and health benefits! I also love giant taco salads with lots of greens and veggies. I still love Mexican anything ever since my first tri! ha, so this works for me well! I know I need a little extra in terms of calories in my second tri, but I also don’t believe this is reason to just throw in the towel and eat everything. So high volume, filling foods have been my savior!
SUPER SIMPLE HEALTHY TACO SALAD
This is one of my staples in and out of prep! I absolutely love this salad because it is filling and low carb/healthy!
- Lettuce and/or Cabbage base. I prefer cabbage, so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy and I also like some crunch to my salads.
- Bell Pepper and/or Onions
- Cheese – I use Fat Free from Kraft to keep macros low
- Meat of Choice – I alternate between IconMeals lean ground bison and extra lean ground Turkey.
- Pico De Gallo – I use a fresh made one from the local grocery store that has a bit of corn and black beans added in and is made fresh daily
- Standard Salsa – In place of dressing
- Wholly Guacamole or Avocado. I like the Wholly Guacamole packets because they are pre-measured to 100 calories with 9G of fat
- Hot Sauce of Choice – I use Sriracha
Place desired amount of cabbage or lettuce into a large bowl. Sautée onions and/or bell peppers in pan. While these are sautéeing – heat up meat (unless it is not pre-cooked, then you will need to cook/brown and season meat to liking). Add meat and sautéed veggies over top of bed of lettuce. Then add cheese, so that it melts from the heat. Add salsas on top of that to liking. Add Guacamole and hot sauce.
Easy as that! Macros will vary based on choice of ingredients. To calculate measure/weigh ingredients and enter separately into a macro tracker such as MFP.
Finding healthy recipes that you can enjoy during pregnancy is half the battle in staying healthy and on track. Amber told us:
I think the best advice is to always think about the baby first. If you put the baby first its easier to not give into cravings and know you are eating to be healthy for your baby and yourself.
We’ll be checking in with Amber again soon, so stay tuned.
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team