I don't know when cravings are "normally" supposed to kick in with pregnancy. After all the morning sickness I've been through, for the past many weeks, I found it difficult to imagine actually really, really wanting certain foods at all. For whatever reason, though, when my mom asked me: "Are you starting to crave anything yet?" this weekend, I replied with a firm "no!"
Perhaps I'm in denial: I got off the phone and ate half a bag of Chex Mix. No, seriously. Half of the entire bag. (I finished the other half the next day.)
Whether or not it's early, the cravings have begun at 13 weeks! And this photo, taken at an ever-so unflattering angle, displays what looks more like a gut than a beautiful pregnant belly.
Maybe this one's better? I look more pregnant here, right?
I'd love to tell you I'm cravings things like avocados and broccoli. Instead, Chex Mix and cookie dough seem to be my snacks of choice. In a meal, I have been craving red curry tofu with vegetables. So, it's not ALL bad.
I'll go more into food and pregnancy in another post. The issue has entire books written on it. Then there's weight issue -- how much is too much or too little to gain?
For now, I'm enjoying eating again. I'm keeping moderation in mind and filling my growing stomach with as many "good" things as I can handle. Thankfully, I am able to eat whole fruits (besides bananas!) and vegetables again. But when the sun goes down, I reach for this egg-free (so -- SAFE), vegan cookie dough!
SAFE COOKIE DOUGH
What you'll need . . .
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 heaping handfuls of your favorite chocolate chips
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the Earth Balance, sugars, vanilla extract, and water. Beat for several minutes until fluffy.
- Then stir in the salt and flour. You may wish to add more flour depending on how wet/dry you like your cookie dough.
- Stir in the chocolate chips. Store in your fridge. And enjoy!
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