Two years ago, in anticipation of pregnancy (and to improve the quality of our lives), Meg and I got into the habit of eating healthy meals and snacks each day. We switched to a strict organic diet (inspired from my sulfite-preservative allergy), cut out caffeine, and reduced our intake of saturated fats (fried foods, cakes, chips, pastries, etc..)
We took the dogs for daily walks, went for hikes in the park, and led an active life without obsessing about "exercising." (Together we lost 125 lbs!!!) More importantly, we felt great and my allergies were under control (I was even able to lower my anti-seizure medicine!!! But, we'll save that discussion for another day!)
Recently, whether it be the stress of ttc or just the fact that it's summer, we've slacked off...a lot! While we've still managed to eat organically, we've both gained almost 10 lbs. Our diet went from healthy (planned out) meals to take out (thin crust pizza...there aren't a lot of places that serve organic food!!!) and junk food (iced coffee, chocolate, chips, cupcakes, etc) Ugh!
Believe me, we understand that it's normal for weight to fluctuate, but when you start feeling lethargic, you know things are getting out of hand. (It's crazy how much food can affect you!!!)
To get back on track, Meg and I decided we should plan out our meals (and snacks) for the days leading up to our next insemination (our sperm was shipped today!!!).
So, without further ado, I thought it would be fun to feature a recipe each day (at least until we have pregnancy related issues to report!!!)
CINNAMON FRUIT OATMEAL
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup blueberries (we don't use these because I'm allergic!)
2 apples, chopped (we only use 1)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (while they taste great, I'm also allergic to these and they irritate Meg's stomach, so we leave these out as well)
1 tablespoon ground flax sees (optional)
1/4 cup raisins
In a saucepan, combine water with the vanilla and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the oats.
When the mixture starts to simmer, add the blueberries. Remove from heat when blueberries are heated through.
Cover and let stand for 15 minutes until thick and creamy.
Mix in apples, nuts, flax seeds, and raisins (if desired)