Ashley’s Green Life: My Vegan Pregnancy Diet

Well, greenies, the pregnancy talk continues, and this time, I’m sharing about my vegan pregnancy. To me, it seems like no big deal since I was vegan for Avery’s pregnancy two years ago, and still am this time for Baby Mila. But to someone that’s not vegan or for first time pregnant vegan mamas, the road to a vegan pregnancy seems unsafe, unhealthy, and full of “rabbit food”, as most people like to call it. I beg to differ, though.

my vegan pregnancy diet

Four years ago, I went vegan for three reasons:

  1. For my health (decreases my fat intake and replaces it with fibre…click here to see how I believe it helped me lose the “baby weight” from Avery’s pregnancy)
  2. For ethical reasons (I don’t believe it’s right that an animal has to die just for me to eat)
  3. For the environment (cutting out meat and dairy decreases my carbon footprint, among other things)

Now that’s all fine and nice, but when you look at a vegan diet compared to a traditional diet, most people see gaps, such as: “Without milk, where do you get your calcium? Without meat, where do you get your protein? And how in the world to do you ever feel full?” I can understand your concern, but with the right food choices and a good supplement routine (stay tuned for my next post about my Vegan Prenatal Vitamins & Supplements), I feel it’s completely possible that you can have a healthy and enjoyable vegan pregnancy.

Now I could bore you with the data and numbers as to how you’ll want to make sure and get enough grams of this nutrient and enough of that one, but for me, I let my body lead the way. I follow my cravings and try to find a balance between cooked and raw food, protein and carbs, and fruits and veggies. One way I can explain this best is to show you what I eat on a given day instead of just talking about it, so let’s get going…

Disclaimer:

  1. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, so be sure to check with your OB or midwife to see if a vegan pregnancy is right for you.
  2. I eat a lot of food throughout the day, as you’ll soon see. This is what works for my metabolism, both during pregnancy and even when I’m not pregnant. Adjust your diet to your hunger level and eat accordingly.
  3. I do not think I am the mecca of health! I try my best to eat as clean and green as I can, but I’m not perfect. You may see my diet and think, “Oh, she’s not getting enough of this…” or “She’s getting way too much of that…” But to me, this is the diet that works at this point in my life, and that helps me feel healthy and full of energy, so I’m sticking with it for the time being.

So here’s a video where I share all the food I eat on a given day in this vegan pregnancy of mine…

No time for the video. Here’s a visual walkthrough of the food I eat in a day, as well as some of my other favourite recipes…

woke up snack

pre-workout snack

breakfast patties

Then I’m off to work out! Click here to learn more about my prenatal workout routine…

my prenatal workout routine

breakfast

Now let’s check out the “rock stars” of this smoothie…

cacao powder

nutiva organic shelled hempseeds

chia seeds

larabar

snack

Another common morning snack I like is bagels…

gluten free whole grain bagel

lunch
Other favourite veggie-filled dishes we like to have for lunch or leftovers are:

veggie stir fry

cheesy casserole

cheesy mushroom broccoli skillet

veggie sizzle burritos

chickpea and sweet potato stew

sweet potato burritos

daily green tea

afternoon snack

Now that I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, it’s important for me to keep up my protein and healthy fats to help Baby Mila to continue to gain weight and support her brain development as well. So here are a few of the “protein-rich snacks” I typically have at this time of the day…

second afternoon snack

beyond meat

afternoon snack bowl

home snack

protein raw vegan

Dinner

Other favourite pasta + protein dishes we love are:

penne rice noodles

cincinnati chilli

vegan enchilada pasta

oven roasted veggies

Then it’s time for something sweet! I try to always make these from home so I can control the ingredients and make healthier and “sneaky” substitutions! Here are a few of our favourites…

dessert

sneaky dessert

So that’s my vegan food for the day. As you can see, my diet is a far stretch from “rabbit food”, and I feel it is a decent balance of protein, carbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and filling fibre-full plant-based meals. It keeps me going during the day in my job as a teacher, then when I get home, I have the energy to chase my busy toddler…oh, and it’s helped me grow a healthy baby in the past 9 months!

Have you ever had a vegan pregnancy before? Share your thoughts, tips, or favourite recipes below! Or do you have any questions for me about my vegan pregnancy diet? Post those below as well, and I’d be happy to try and help answer them.

Until then…long live the veggies!

Recently this post was linked up with:

  • “Healthy Vegan Fridays” over at The Veggie Nook, and Carrie On Vegan, and Green Thickies

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