Family Time

Hello to a new week!

As I mentioned in my last post, last week Tom was on holiday so there was been two of us around to entertain Theo.  The week flew by!  It was a mix of practical things and fun activities.  Monday we were on our way back from Wales, Tuesday we gave our garden a makeover.  On Wednesday we had my nuchal scan at the hospital.  It took forever!  We were there for most of the morning as the baby wasn’t in the right position for all the measurements.  We gave up in the end as Theo was desperate for lunch and a nap.  Wed afternoon we went food shopping.  Not much I can say about that really.  Thursday morning Tom took Theo to a massive Soft Play centre by us, which Theo loves.  Meanwhile I did boring errands at home.  I’ve gotten way behind on housework and other errands since being pregnant.  The nausea was easing but this week its become worse again, as has the bloating.  But not as bad as the bank weekend when I ate dairy and meat, so that’s something.  I’m wondering if I need to be more mindful of my FODMAP triggers again.  I’ve been eating more wheat, for example, as I’ve gone back to making my own bread.  We’d been having shop bread, which I don’t like, so I’ve been largely bread free for the last couple of months.

Thursday afternoon I took Theo to get his feet measured again and bought him a new pair of shoes and wellies.  So cute.  His feet are huge!

Theo's new shoes

This was the best picture I could get as he never keeps still for long enough.

Friday morning we had a play date with two of my good friends and their boys.  We took them to a kid’s cafe where there’s a big fenced play area, with tables and chairs just outside the fence so you can keep an eye on the children whilst chilling with a drink.  I found out that one of my friends is about 8 weeks pregnant too, yay!  I love sharing the pregnancy journey with someone else who’s at a similar point.  Friday afternoon I had to pop into work to drop off my time sheet (for the short shift I did a few weeks ago) and buy a wedding gift in the nearby shopping centre.

Which brings us to the weekend.  Toddler time for Dads whilst mummy indulges in her favourite health food shop.  I’ll show you my finds in my next post.  And a short shift on my ward on Sunday.

Incidentally, food this week has been rather carb heavy (I just can’t resist homemade bread with marmalade).  Here are the meals I remembered to photograph.

Tuesday night Tom wanted to get Thai takeaway as a post garden-workout reward.  Since I wasn’t in the mood for Thai I made myself a salad with loads of veg, pickled onions, hummus and tempeh.  I was in the mood for a side of veggie spring rolls, however.  I get these every time we order; I think they’re the best I’ve tasted.

Wed night I roasted a bunch of veg and potatoes, which Tom had with fish and I had on top of salad and tempeh.

salate

Thurs night was fajitas night made with roasted veg, instead of kale, and baked beans.  No pic, sorry.

a lunch

This is the only lunch time salad I had all week; sad times.  It was with a very average veggie quarterpounder.  Not a fan, and I’ve got another 3 in the freezer to get through.

 

dinner

 

Friday night I made a batch of bolognese sauce for Tom and Theo.  Not wanting to partake in the meat, I made myself this simple dish of brown rice, peas, and veggie sausages.

I’ll leave it at that for today.  The weather remains miserable, and I remain tired.  One week left of first trimester, woo woo!  I hope I start to feel more human then… Oh, and a belated happy mother’s day to those who celebrated it yesterday! :)

 

Low FODMAP Snacks (GF, V)

Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite low FODMAP snacks that I eat when my IBS flares up and I’m trying to be sensible.  Some of them you would have seen on here countless times before, but others may be new.

All of these are vegan, gluten-free, and FODMAP friendly.

Fruit and nut mix.

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Corn thins topped with dairy-free spread, marmite, avocado and grated carrot (sounds weird but I highly recommend it).

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Banana and cashew butter on gluten-free toast.

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Blood oranges.  I cannot get enough of these at the moment; try to buy organic ones as they taste markedly better.

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Corn thins with sunflower seed butter, melon and grapes.

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If you have any questions about IBS and/or the low FODMAPs diet then please leave a comment or drop me an email and I’d be happy to help and share information.  Also, I realise I haven’t done a full post on the low FODMAP diet which I can do in future if you guys fancy it?

Ok, your turn.  What are some of your fave vegan snacks?