Happy Happy Friday!  Hope you had a great week and are ready for a long weekend, yay!  No major plans here this weekend.  Just the usual workouts, errands, and cooking delicious food.  Plus I still have a few rooms/closets in our house I need to channel my inner Marie Kondo and organize before Baby P arrives.  But lets get to a few of my latest food and fitness favorites and at the end of the post a VeeTee Rice Giveaway.

Latest Food Favorites

Each week of my pregnancy I’ve been listening to the Bristow’s Made a Baby Podcast.  This past week I was 31 weeks and in that podcast episode Becca mentions how she feels gypped that she hasn’t felt any extreme hunger yet throughout pregnancy and I completely related!  I plan to share more about second trimester soon in the meantime you can read my recap of the first 13 weeks here, but I have YET to really feel any major daily increased appetite.

Overall I’ve really just been eating what I did pre-pregnancy and adding an extra snack or two like almonds, raw veggies, or fruit, which I sometimes have to force myself to eat.  My weight gain has been spot on, so it’s nothing my doctor is worried about.  I was just really hoping to feel more hungry throughout pregnancy.  But with being bloated (even though I’ve stayed regular) and having a growing belly, my appetite just has yet to kick in.  Maybe it will during the last two months, this foodie can only hope.  Ok enough pregnancy talk, here are some of my latest food favorites.

I LOVE when I can find a good fresh sourdough loaf of bread.  It makes great avocado toast with eggs and TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning or I make toast with almond butter, seeds, and fruit.  Great pre/post workout breakfast!

Sourdough Avocado Toast with Eggs

Sourdough Almond Butter Toast

Tom and I have been trying to enjoy the occasional night out while we can.  Date nights will probably be even more rare this Spring.  We’ve stayed local and have went to two of our favorite spots, Spoons Korean BBQ where I get the Stone Pot (Bibimbap) with spicy chicken and The Charles for their grass-fed burgers.

Spoons Korean BBQ Bibimbap

The Charles La Plata, MD Burger

Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I usually share more of my daily eats and lifestyle.

Fitness Favorites

Literally the exact week I entered the third trimester is when my lower back started to be in some pain by the afternoon.  I am on my feet for the majority of the day and have tried to practice good posture, but it’s almost inevidable with a growing belly.  I’ve lowered some of my weights (especially for back) in my workouts but am still actively teaching three stregnth classes a week and feeling good about it.

World Gym La Plata Cardio Conditioning Class

On days I’m not teaching I’ve been doing prenatal yoga which I think has helped SO much with my back.  I feel great these days after a morning stretch.  My friend Jossie reccommended this video which I LOVE, I’ve also done this one a few times.  I learned about the pelvic floor and how to activiate it in this video.  I’d love to hear if you have any good prenatal yoga suggestions in the comments below, usually I like the videos to be at least 30 minutes for a good stretch.

VeeTee Rice Giveaway

I am loving these unique microwavable rice blends from VeeTee Rice.  It’s definitly nice to change it up just from traditional white or brown rice and you can’t beat the convenience of only needing to microwave them for two minutes.  This past week I paired the Basmati and Wild Rice Blend with Healtheir Butter Chicken from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook.  I also added in cauliflower rice for extra veggies.

VeeTee Basmati and Wild Rice with Butter Chicken

VeeTee Rice has offered to give one lucky Sweet and Strong follower a six pack of their choice of rice, you cansearch all their products here.  Follow the directions in THIS INSTAGRAM POST to find out how you can enter.  I’ll be selecting a winner tonight, good luck!

Hope you have a great weekend!  And be sure to check out other Friday Favorites posts here.

Questions of the Day:

Do you have any prenatal yoga videos you recommened?

What’s your favorite dish to pair rice with?

Tell me something delicious on your plate recently.



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