This week and for the next, oh, 30-some weeks, I will be posting menu plans that conform (mostly) to the Bradley Birth Pregnancy Diet. If you are pregnant, I STRONGLY advise you to find a Bradley Birth class. I wrote a huge post about Bradley Birthing classes last year.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Bradley pregnancy diet concentrates on nutrition (NOT calories) and Protein. LOTS of Protein. Like 80-100g per DAY of Protein. I may not be (able) to stick to this 100% due to morning sickness and weird cravings but I will try. I’m also going to TRY to keep it as cheap as possible while still being protein rich.
From the Bradley Site:
Every day of the week you and your baby should have:
- One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk, or cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc….
- Two eggs, (hard boiled, in french toast, or added to other foods).
- One or two servings of fish or seafood, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb, pork, beans or any kind of cheese.
- One or two good servings of fresh green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, or cabbage.
- Two or three slices of whole wheat bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.
- A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.
- Three pats of butter.
- Other fruits and vegetables.
Also include in your diet:
- A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.
- A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.
- Liver once a week. (if you like it)
- Whole baked potato three times a week.
- Plenty of fluids, water, juice etc.
- Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.
Without further ado, this is my plan for the week, which should include at least 80g/day of protein and the stuff on the above list. Also for EXACT detail, I’ve shared the file on Google Documents. It’s important for me to note, I am not a doctor, dietician, etc. so PLEASE check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet. Thank you.
Breakfast – High Protein Quiche (made with 10 eggs–recipe coming soon!!) and OJ. No one except Lil’ Bit eats with me, so one Quiche will last me all week. On Sunday, i make eggs, sausage, OJ & Toast.
- Bean Dip & Tortilla Chips – x3
- LO Taco Pasta – x2
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Tomato Soup
- Tuna Salad Sandwiches
- Taco Pasta
- LO Fried Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Corn
- Chicken Tacos w/LO Spanish Rice (and homemade Tortillas!)
- Mom’s Meat Loaf, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans – x2
- Salmon Patties, Sweet Potatoes, Corn
- Homemade Pizza
The file with all the detail shows the number of grams of protein in each item and also includes the snacks (which help get up to that 80-100 number!). I will say that I know I missed greens (I HATE greens — 2 servings a day?!? UGH!). You will know where you can add those in. Extra dairy is easy to add in as well (i’m sure i didn’t list enough on the menu). The rest should be there (mostly). In future weeks, I SHOULD be able to be a little more complete since DH was gone at Man Camp last weekend.
Find hundred’s more menu plans at OrgJunkie.com!