Alice In Pregnancyland #32weeks-38weeks

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

I actually cannot believe I am typing the last blog of the Alice In Pregnancyland series. (for now haha) I remember chatting To Tahlia about collaborating with me for the #bumpstyle shoots and now here we are at 37 nearly 38 weeks finishing off the bump series. I have really loved building a friendship with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ while we did the photoshoots she is such a kind hearted person. I now have a friendship for life with her. Not to mention how blessed I was to collaborate with so many gorgeous labels and maternity brands. throughout the 9 months. A huge thank you to everyone that followed the series and continued to send through such beautiful feedback. Big Love to you all.


Pregnancy Emotions

The last few weeks I have been on a emotional roller coaster. I have been so excited to meet the little one, I have had mum guilt with my one on one time with Cruzie, I have cried happy tears and I have cried god knows what tears. To me having a good cry really does help me just let it all out, breathe and then let it go. All these new emotions feel like it’s my heart is expanding and I am ready to meet our new little one now.

I finished up work at 36 weeks. Best decision as I was going to work to 37 weeks, the heaviness of nursing and being on my feet got to me a little. So I am so glad to be on maternity leave. It feels so different not having to go to work again. 

I have been making the most of my time with Cruzie too. I have been taking him to singing and reading at the library, reading and extra snuggles at night time, park hangs and babycino dates. I am loving being off work with him again. 

Everyone has been asking how Cruzie has been? Does he know? I think he knows a change is coming. He won’t let anyone rub my belly but David, he pushes their hand away or pulls my top down. We brought him a little dolly and he has been kissing it, changing its nappy, pushing it around in a pram. It’s so cute to watch. I think he will be a great big brother. 

I keep telling myself that I need to slow down as my body is tired, but its true “nesting” is a real thing. I keep thinking of new things to do and clean. I forget to rest and I am on the go all day. Then I have the worse braxton hicks and back ache in the evening. So I should listen to all the advice and just put my feet up. Haha easier said than done though. Plus entertaining my little man. He sleeps well in the afternoon so I should just lay down then and watch some Offspring on tv. Maybe tomorrow? haha.

I went and seen my midwife for a 36 week scan and check up. The cheeky bubbas legs are sitting frog legged but the head is right down there. I keep thinking in my head that the baby will be here early because Cruz came early but I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I discussed my birth plan and what I wanted. My birth plan is to have a natural birth, hopefully not be on the monitor like last time, have a bath or hot shower, use essential oils and just have David in there. David is my rock and he really did help me through the breathing techniques last time. I do still feel anxious about the birth experience and labour but I am just trying not to think about it, what will be will be.

Pregnancy Eating.

With eating I have been a bit all over the place.

I wake up so hungry and have to eat before I go for a walk. For breakfast I normally have smoothies or protein pancakes. Thats its the I just swap it up between the two.

Then for snacks I have almonds, nuts, apple or a bliss ball. Sipping on so much raspberry leaf tea to ha.

Lunch is lots of greens and a source of protein or a chia sourdough with cheese, figs and cucumber sandwich or the same combo on rice cakes.

I am obsessed with Bolognese at the moment with zoodles (zucchini pasta), I am addicted love it. I also love white fish or salmon with greens for dinner, I have gone off all brown rice and sweet potato probably because my belly already fills so fall at night.

Cravings – organic milk chocolate from Flannerys Health Shop … YUM!!!!

Pregnancy Exercise

Walking 30-45minutes around the block (filled with hills) but very slowly as I get pelvic pressure. I put my podcast on and enjoy the metime I love it. Makes me feel better. I love doing about 20-40 push ups daily on the kitchen bench and 20 squats on the shower too. About 3 times a week I use my little 2kg weights and do a little arm workout too. If I have having an exhausting day I just don’t exercise at all. Maybe just do a stretch. The last week I have really slowed down, but thats okay, my body needs the rest.

Pregnancy Style

So besides loose boho styles and a few tight comfortable maternity dresses I have been living in maternity leggings and a jumper. Argh so comfy. I do love dressing up the bump, but I feel my wardrobe has become very limited and don’t really want to add to it till the baby is here. 

For this #bumpstye shoot I wore a dress I purchased for a hens day a few months back. Its called the FAWN WRAP DRESS and I brought it from the @theselfstyler online. Guess what they just restocked it too. You can buy it HERE. Its perfect to take you through your pregnancy journey and will be great for breastfeeding too. Its not actually a maternity dress but it should be its so comfortable.

Tahlia and I decided for the last bump photoshoot we would find a beautiful spot with long grass (secret location) and invite David and Cruz to come along for some family photos. We had a lovely afternoon watching the sunset and Tahlia came with her family too, so nice. I hope you all enjoy the photos.



Thank you again for reading. 

Big Love,

Alice (in healthyland) xoxo

Voome Challenge -$10 A Day Healthy Dinners

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As a busy working mummy, I love the convenience of the meal plans and shopping lists they have to offer, plus the variety and ability to change recipes and ingredients around if you dislike anything on the plan..

Back to the challenge. On the weekend I hit the supermarket with my printed shopping list (argh thanks Voome for having this tool, it’s seriously the best) and started shopping. I found everything I needed in most of the outside aisles and a few extra bits in the health food aisle.

My goal was to spend just $10 per meal. Depending on what ingredients the meal required, some cost only $8 per dinner and some were nearly $10. My total shopping for the five meals came to $46.40. I am extremely happy with this, David and I eat pretty simply, so we were super excited that it was kind to our bank accounts but we got to try new foods. Plus, we were still sticking to our clean eating goals!


The five dinners that were chosen were – 

Soba Noodle, Tofu & Cabbage Salad with Ginger Dressing 


Rainbow Vegetable Salad


Chicken Rice Bowl


Quinoa, Feta, Lemon & Chilli Stuffed Capsicum 


Burghul & Chickpea Salad with Egg


My favourite was the Chicken rice bowl and David’s was the Soba Noodle, Tofu & Cabbage Salad with Ginger Dressing ( I think that was Cruzies too).

As you can see all the recipes (listed above) from the meal plan have a good mixture of protein, carbs and good fats. This is really important to me so I can acheive my nutritional goals. Each recipe provides you with tips on how to change the recipe up a little, for example if the recipe is made with chicken and you want to change it up, it gives advice as to what other meats will be best suited to the flavours in the dish. It also provides you with tips on how to create the dish in a fast timely manner, this is great for the days when you finish work and the whole family is sitting there “HANGRY” waiting for dinner.

Living on a budget and still creating delicious healthy meals from the Voome fitness and nutritional program was totally achievable for our family. Sticking to our budget definitely will help us financially as we are saving for our family home. So it’s another win for us. Proud to say that I have completed another challenge proving that you can eat healthy yummy foods and easily afford it! Looking forward to meal prepping and planning next weeks meals. My healthy eating habits are back in action!

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dinner

BAKED CHICKEN FINGERS – @mylittleoneeats

BAKED CHICKEN FINGERS

INGREDIENTS
500G skinless chicken breasts
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp smoked paprika (can omit for younger babies)
1 Tbsp Nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp herbamare or sea salt
2 eggs
olive oil
** For the adult version you can also add 1 teaspoon of cumin, garlic and paprika.
METHOD
Preheat your oven to 180degrees Celcius
Cut the chicken breasts into fingers about one inch wide
Mix together almond meal, smoked paprika, yeast flakes and salt in a bowl
Mix two eggs together in a separate bowl
Place each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then coat in the almond meal mixture
Place onto your line baking tray, drizzled with olive oil
Bake for 25 minutes until the coating is a nice golden brown colour
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Day 3 + 4 + 5 of living clean for $10 a day

Day 3 – 6th July 2016

Still going strong, I was a little tired today. I think it’s the no coffee thing and my 3rd day of weight training.

Rest day tomorrow. Only a walk.

Meal 1 – oats, coconut water and a grated Apple

Meal 2 – stuffed capsicum, with mince, cottage cheese and greens

Meal 3 – green smoothie

Meal 4 – cucumber and tuna

Meal 5 – omelette and sweet potato



Stuffed capsicum and greens

Capsicum

1oog cooked mince 

1/4 tin tomatos

Chilli flakes and chives

Cottage cheese

2 tbsp Sweet potato mash

1. Cut the top of a capsicum and scoop out the seeds and inside. 

2. Place in 3 tbsp sweet potato.

3. Place the mince mixed with the tin tomatos and chilli flakes on top. 

4. Top with cottage cheese and chives.

5. Place in the oven for 30minute on 180degrees. 

6. Steam greens to serve. 

Cucumber with tin tuna on top. 


Omelette with greens, zucchini noodles, cottage cheese, mushroom, chives, chilli flakes and salt. 

Serve with home made sweet potato chips.

 Day 4 -7th July 2016

Today my meals were adventurous to start of with and ended with a boring meal. I’m used to having more food to work with, though this  is the challenge I have set out to do. I will succeed, I have too. Feeling great that I haven’t spent much money this week.

Meal 1 – breakfast cake

Meal 2 – rice cakes with peanut butter and 1/2 a cucumber

Meal 3 – tuna a rice and broccoli

Meal 4 – tofo, greens and brown rice


Breakfast cake

40g oats

1/4 Apple grated, 1/4 roughly chopped

1 egg

1 tbsp sweet potato mash 

30ml coconut water ( can use milk if you prefer )

Pinch of cinnamon 

I would normally add 1 tbsp of rice malt but it’s not on my challenge this week. 

1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees

2. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, can blend if you prefer. 

3. Top with 10g blueberries. Place into muffin tray. 

4. Bake for 30min. 

I made this last night and had cold but you can eat warm if you wish. Nice with yogurt too. 

Was nice today to not train, I just took my dog for a walk with a friend.

Day 5 – 8th July 2016

Glad it’s the last day of eating limited foods as I really haven’t  got that much left. Today I went on a picnic with friends and their babies. I ate before I went and straight away when k got home. Was fine. Side tracted myself with the cute babes!

Today I had a personal trainer and just did a light walk with Cruz.

Meal 1 – pre workout was 1/2 a banana

Meal 2 – oats, egg and Apple pancake

Meal 3 – rice cakes with cottage cheese, broccoli, Tuna and rice

Meal 4 – 1 tbsp peanut butter

Meal 5 – tofo curry with greens

Tofo curry

Today is the last day of #livingclean410aday and to celebrate I used all the ingredients I had left to make this curry (which wasn’t much 😂). Tofo & spinach spicy curry.

150g organic tofo

1 mushroom chopped

Greens (a whole heap – kale, Pak Choy, spinach leaves, chard, all picked from the garden)

2 tbsp chobani

1/2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp curry powder

Sprinkle of chilli flakes

Coconut water ( as much as you like to thin out the paste )

Brown rice to serve. 

1. Heat non stick wok or pan

2. Fry tofo and mushrooms lightly 

3. In a bowl mix the peanut butter, Greek yogurt, curry powder, chilli flakes, and coconut water

4. Add in the greens and any other vegetables you wish to use

5. Pour the sauce over the tofo and veggies

6. Allow to simmer on low heat for 10minutes

7. Serve with brown rice.

Yes I ate this all to myself as I was #hangry. This tops all meals this week! My favourite.

Cannot wait to have a coffee tomorrow.

On Saturday with my coffee in hand! #happy

How I felt about the challenge!

To be honest, I thought it was pretty easy to do, I think sometimes we are very spoilt for choice. It made me plan all my meals, be more creative, I minimised wastage and enjoyed and appreciated my food a bit more.

It was a nice break from coffee too. It made me more aware of the money I was spending too.

I did get a little hungry sometimes on the challenge,but I think that came down to laziness more than anything and I just needed to create something, rather than just snacking on raw treats, quest bars or protein smoothies.

I have decided to do it again this week, but I will be able to use any left overs from last week.

I can also have 1 coffee mid week and am allowed protein powder after my weights sessions.

Anything is possible if we put our minds to it.

Pictured above is this weeks (Sunday 10th June 2016) food shop.

It came to 46.50 but I also went and spend $6 at the fruit barn. Total 52.50. A little over but still very close to my budget!   Won’t be blogging about this weeks journey but I will share recipes on @aliceinhealthyland (Instagram account).

Thanks again for following my journey.

Alice

Xoxo

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Day 1 & 2 of $10 a day. 

Monday 4th July 2016

Day 1 of #livingclean410aday challenge. 

I found it pretty easy food wise. Was hard not to use my usual staples of coconut oil, Manuka honey, vanilla protein powder etc. I’m only allowed to use herbs and spices to flavour my food. I really really missed my coffee today as well. But I had a boiled water instead. Still felt like I was drinking something nice I guess hahaha. 

Meal 1 – Green overnight oats. 

Meal 2 – 2 X Quinoa rice cakes. Sweet & Savoury. 

Meal 3 – Bolognese and Zoodles. 

Meal 4 – Tofo and egg Zoodle rice stir fry.

Now all I want is healthy chocolate. But I guess I will have to wait to Saturday. 😭. Will post the recipes up on the blog tonight

Recipes for the meals from Day 1 


Green overnight oats. 

60g organic oats

1 leaf kale

1 leaf spinach 

40mls coconut water

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

30-40g frozen blueberries 

1 tbsp Greek yogurt 

Blend ingredients Cook oat mixture in stove top or microwave and pour into your jar, I poured some in Cruzies jar too. 

Slice 1/4 Apple into the jars, then top with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt, and scoop of frozen blueberries. 

I made the night before. So it’s easy to just grab out the fridge and eat after my walk

Note – can enjoy hot or cold. 

Rice cakes with sweet & savoury topping. 

Sweet – 1 rice cake with peanut butter, sliced apple and blueberry 

Savoury – 1 rice cake with cottage cheese, fresh chives and cucumber 


Tofo and Vegetable Stir Fry.

100g organic tofo

1 tsp garlic & Ginger 

Pinch of chilli and squeeze of lime

1 tbsp peanut butter

Handful of greens – Pak Choy, spinach 

Capsicum 

Zucchini noodle 50g

3 tbsp brown rice

Broccoli 

1. In a wok, fry up the tofo in the garlic, peanut butter and ginger. 

2. Add in the greens and vegetables. Mix through until cooked. 

3. Mix in the brown rice. 

4. Add in lime juice chilli. 

5. Serve immediately. 


Spaghetti bowl with Zoodles

150g heart smart mince 

1/4 tin tomatoes with basil and tomato

Garlic

Chives

Mushroom

1 zucchini spirilised

1 tbsp cottage cheese

1. Cook mince in 1 tbsp garlic in a large pan until brown.

2. Mix tin tomatoes, chives and mushrooms. 

3. Simmer on low heat for 20min. 

4. In a saucepan sauté the zucchini noodle.

5. Serve mince on top of Zoodles, place a serving of cottage cheese on top. 

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Day 2 of #livingclean410aday challenge. 

Today was good, but I decided I needed to eat a little more as I was so hungry when I woke up this morning. 

Meal 1 – Healthy Pancakes

Meal 2 – Rice cakes X 3 with peanut butter and a apple

Meal 3 – Tuna, rice, greens

Meal 4 – Green Smoothie and rice on the side 

Meal 5 – Shepard Pie

I’m feeling confident I can do this. Was so close to sneaking a coffee today, but then I thought NO I am just cheating my self. 

I am happy I am sticking to my goals. 

Cottage Pie with Greens.  

150g heart smart mince 

1/4 tin of organic tin tomatoes with basil and oregano 

1/2 tsp curry powder

Grated zucchini 

120g cooked sweet potato mash

1 tbsp cottage cheese

1/2 tsp chopped chives

1. Brown mince in the fry pan. 

2. Add in tin tomatoes.

3. Mix in the curry powder and grated zucchini. 

4. Allow to simmer until cooked.

5. Boiled the sweet potato. Once cooked mash and add in cottage cheese.

6. In a oven proof dish place mince mixture on the bottom. 

7. Spoon the mash on top evenly. 

8. Place under the grill on high for 10min to brown slightly the mash the top. 

This was by far one of my favourite meals so far. 

Healthy pancake 

40g oats

1/4 banana

1/4 red apple

1 egg

1. Blitz all ingredients in the blender. 

2. Cook mini pancakes in the fry pan.

3. Serve with Greek yogurt, blueberries and banana. 

Tuna, brown rice, broccoli, kale, spinach and Zoodles. 

Served with a boiled water.

Looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you all. Thank you so much for following and supporting so far. 

I’m loving seeing others having a go at it too. 

Have a great day.

Alice xo

Apple breakfast loaf 

Made my breakfast loaf with a twist today. 
Ingredients 

250g organic oats

2 organic eggs

90g vanilla protein (can use almond meal and vanilla essence of you refuse to use protein)

1 Apple

1 carrot

Cinnamon

1 tbsp maple

1 tbsp coconut oil or peanut butter for good fats

50mls coconut water

Method

Blend all ingredients together. ( I use the @omniblendaustralia ). Put in oven proof dish. 

   
Mix in 100g blueberries and a small handful of trail mix on top (optional). I also added a chopped Apple. 

Bake for 30-45min on 180 degrees. It truly all depends on your oven. 

Serve warm or cold. Serves 5. Can freeze. 

#showmehowyouhealthy

Lactation Boosters. 

This morning I woke up and decided to make a smoothie. Everyday I constantly think in my head, what can I eat to assist with feeding my baby. I usually have smoothies for breakfast as I can add quite a bit of ingredients to them and eat on the go or quickly. This is my recipe that I used.   
My breakfast smoothie topped with @the.milk.pantry Mumma Muesli. 
Smoothie – 1/2 frozen banana, 3 tbsp vanilla protein, 50g frozen blueberries, 50mls coconut water and a whole lot of crushed ice. Mixed in my mix and go blender. You can top with muesli of choice. 

Now to my breastfeeding mums or mummy to be’s YES I take something to help my supply everyday. I find it truly helps to boost that bit extra when I feel my milk in low. Now I know sometimes it might not be the case, some LC state that your supply is always there for your baby but I truly believe these boosters not only bring my milk in for Cruz to have a field day with, but boost my confidence with feeding too. 

I currently take a Milk and Cookies by Jewels bliss balls everyday, either as a snack or as a dessert at night. I have been taking these now since Cruz was 4 weeks old. Addicted! Occasionally I get treated to one of Jewel’s Chocolate Cherry lactation cookies. 🙌🏼🙈 Yum! 

 I have also brought some of The Milk Pantry  Mumma muesli to enjoy on my on top of my smoothies. It’s very crunchy and filled with lots of organic goodness. Perfect to add a bit more good calories to my breakfast too.

   
 

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I am currently a brand rep for Milk and Cookies by Jewels and if you would like 10% discount on future purchases please use the CODE – ALICE10 at the checkout. 

  
    

To my bottle feeding mamas! You are also doing amazing! Motherhood is an amazing journey we are all on together. I am proud to be apart of your sisterhood. One Love!