Fresh Eating & a Fox Cub

As fate would have it…in month 4 (and a kilo from my goal weight) of my new found love of food and wine French women diet… I fell pregnant! I know it’s no excuse but any expecting mum will tell you…the fun goes out of eating for those first 12 weeks, and I, as they say, fell off the wagon.

All I’ve wanted for the past 3 months is plain bread and peanut butter for breakfast and afternoon snacks filled with chocolate and jelly babies! Not exactly a healthy mummy to be diet! Fortunately I’ve now entered the magical (and once oh so elusive) week 12 of pregnancy and finally feel like eating real food again.

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So a week or so ago I had to have meeting with myself … no more choccies! No good for me or baby. When I crave sweets, I’ve had to force myself to rather eat a banana or some oh so divine, sweet and in season, raspberries. And to be fair after the first day of not wanting to…it’s gotten a lot easier to choose healthy. Which to be honest before week 10-11 was not going to happen, but I’m finally feeling myself again (thanks hormones for the past 3 months of the she-devil) and am finding it easier to cope with eating healthy. After all…the healthy food is important for my little Fox Cub too.  So I’m back to buying in season…but less Fish (because my preggy nose can’t handle the smell), and no feta (for some reason this pregnancy pallet of mine is hating feta…weird).

I’ve also canned no meat Mondays for the duration of my pregnancy since I’ve read getting enough protein is important and I’m not so keen on tofu or beans…pregnancy unfortunately  has lead to bloating and gas, so beans no longer seem like such a great idea! 🙂

Right so in view of the above here’s a list of in season fruit and veg for summer for us southern hemisphere guys and gals (which are all so sweet and delicious I really have no excuse to keep eating jelly babies!) :

 

Summer – December, January, February

Fruit:

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Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Cherries
Figs
Grapes
Guavas
Lemons
Litchis
Mangoes
Melon
Mulberries
Nectarines
Pawpaws or papayas
Peaches
Pineables
Plums
Pomegranates
Prunes
Quinces
Raspberries
Strawberries
Sweet melon
Summer berries
Watermelon

Vegetables:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Aubergines or Egg plants
Baby marrows
Beetroot
Chives
Green beans
Maize or corn on the cob
Patty pans
Radishes
Red onions
Rhubarb

 

P.S. In case you haven’t put it together yet, my surname is Fox. So until we know whether we are having a boy or a girl we needed a gender neutral name for the tiny human forming in my belly.. and well Fox’s have cubs…so it just made sense!

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