By far the most popular question throughout my pregnancy has been “What are you craving?”
I hated this question in my first trimester when a more appropriate ask would have been “What are your aversions?” Nothing sounded good except for chicken noodle soup as waves of nausea plagued me.
Around 12 weeks, my appetite kicked back in. Now, by 30 weeks, I definitely have a clear and consistent list of “must haves” when browsing the grocery store. Here is my quirky list of foods that Ivan will either love or hate:
- Ridiculously thick layers of cream cheese and jelly: topped on either bagels or cinnamon raisin toast.
- Cinnamon applesauce: Granted, this has always been a staple for me, but it has intensified. I must have it as a side with every single dinner. I don’t separate it from my entree either. Apple sauce mixed with spaghetti? Yum.
- Mustard potato salad and red grapes: Sometimes side by side, sometimes mixed together.
- Cereal. Cereal. Cereal: Both the healthy kind and the sugary kind. My days both start and end with cereal.
- Milk. Tons of milk: Not just for all the cereal, but for daily glasses too. My fridge usually has three half gallons at once, only lasting 3-4 days between my husband and I.
- Blueberries, bananas and honey: I cannot run out of either of these three items; I put all three in oatmeal, yogurt or on top of waffles, and it makes me swoon every time.
- Beans: Beans in my chili, soup, antipasta salad, lunch wraps, nachos, hummus, etc. My go-to are black beans, great northern and lentils. Probably has something to do with needing all that extra iron.
- Ice cream: My sweet tooth is relentless, but above all desserts to crave, ice cream takes the cake. Not even the fancy flavors, just plain vanilla or neapolitan.
- Pork: Pork roast, pork in the crockpot, BBQ pulled pork – this has easily been my protein of choice these past several months. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
- Baked potatoes with the works: fresh chives, shredded cheese and sour cream. This is a little out of the ordinary for me as I usually prefer mashed or scalloped potatoes, but there is something so comforting to me this pregnancy about a loaded baked potato.
- Apples and peanut butter: A classic duo, but not one that I used to have so regularly as I do now that I’m pregnant. The apples must be red, not green, and I alternate with crunchy and smooth peanut butter.
- Crunchy kale: I usually steam my vegetables, but I have been oven roasting my kale to a crisp this pregnancy and I am addicted.
- Yogurt: But only in three flavors – vanilla, black cherry or peach.
- Tomatoes and cheese: I previously dwindled tomatoes from my diet to help with reflux, but I can’t stay away from tomatoes this pregnancy – roma, cherry and grape in particular. Equally so, the fresh mozzarella always manages its way into my cart for caprese cravings.
- Fish fillets and unhealthy loads of tartar sauce: Like you could call it tartar sauce with a side of fish. Yup, guilty.
- Pickles: because would I be pregnant if I didn’t crave pickles?
Not too bad, right?