I’ve learned so many things during my pregnancy. Namely that no matter how much you plan, no matter what you do, there’s very little that’s within your control. For example: morning sickness. Doesn’t always matter if you eat crackers before you get out of bed, eat a BRAT diet so there’s no possible way your body could reject food, take medicines to reduce nausea and eliminate vomiting or even wear seabands until there are permanent notches around your wrists. Some days you’re going to be slammed with morning sickness and swear up and down that your husband had to birth the next child. Some days you’re going to learn the elegance of puking from a moving vehicle (or in the middle of a crowded cruise ship dining hall during formal dinner). Some days you’re going to feel like a million bucks (or just $5 even). In pregnancy, you can plan until you’re blue in the face and then, in a moment, everything can change. This extends to: birth plans, due dates (let’s get real, baby will come when baby wants regardless of how much you hanky panky, spice up your food or exhaust yourself logging miles in your walking shoes), energy levels, food cravings and aversions, etc. These 9 months, your body belongs to baby and while you may be carrying him/her in your womb, he’s really pulling the strings.
With that said, there are things you can do to help you feel more prepared. Pack a hospital bag, make a to-do list, write a realistic/dream birth plan (which maintaining the knowledge that it may or may not happen that way), shower whenever you can, sleep when you can, soak up the last few days/weeks with your significant other and even meal plan.
With less than 5 weeks until our due date, I’ve begun planning ahead in the meal department. I can’t control when he’s coming or even how except from my belly, but I can control having some healthy and fairly easy food to eat once we’re back home recovering and creating a routine. I’ve begun cooking meals that are freezable so that once baby is born we can easily open the freezer, stick the meal in the microwave or oven and dig in! Sure we could order food but it’s neither healthy nor cheap. We could eat frozen dinners but who needs 1,001 preservatives. There are doubtlessly going to be nights we order food in or enlist my mom to pick up some take out. But we’d like to have other choices as well. Choices that are cheap, fast and healthy.
First up: Breakfast bars
Makes 24 single bars
-1c unsweetened applesauce
-1.5c old fashioned oats
-1/4c chopped walnuts
-3 ripe bananas
-1 tbsp ground cinnamon
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
-Coat a 9″ X 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray
-Pour in mixture
-Cook 35 minutes or until top is no longer wet
-Let sit 10-15 minutes
-Cut into squares and freeze in tupperware (or enjoy immediately!)
These are perfect for quick breakfasts or snacks on the go, crumbled over yogurt or enjoyed even as dessert.