Making healthier choices and staying hydrated are always both recommended on any doctor’s visit. Maybe it is because I’m at the doctor weekly, but now that I’m eating and drinking for two, I’m hearing this advice much more frequently.
I’ve been told I need to drink a gallon of water a day now that I’m pregnant. Let’s be honest – at this point I’m taking baby (no pun intended) steps. Eight glasses of water (64 oz) is my initial goal, and I’m trying to work up to 128 oz. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not great at knowing how much I’m drinking. Sometimes my water bottle will sit untouched for hours on my desk, other times I down it like I just ran a marathon (which these days, walking up the stairs feels this way).
I’ve been using an app, Daily Water, to record how much I’m drinking. While I haven’t been super religious about it, it is one way that I’ve gotten myself to start drinking. It’s pretty simple. Every time you drink a glass of water, indicate it on the app by clicking a glass. Water bottles count for two glasses. You can also play around in the settings to have the default drink size be half a glass if you are a slower drinker. I’m able to also adjust my goals to indicate that I want to hit 16 glasses (one day I’ll get there).
I’ve made the resolution to drink more water countless times on New Year’s Eve. If you are thinking of doing the same, this is an easy way to keep track.
Making Smarter Choices
Second trimester means all I want to do is eat. When I spoke to my doctor about being hungry much more frequently, the response was to eat more protein. I’m not quite ready to nosh on a chicken leg in the morning, or stink up Metro North with hard boiled eggs, but I am willing to make some easy swaps. While there was a huge period where I couldn’t eat until at least 11am, and only then could I stomach oyster crackers or dried Cheerios, I’m now waking up, ready to eat. I’ve been throwing a granola bar in my purse to hold me over on the train until I get to the office and make oatmeal, usually around 10.
I was invited recently to give GoMacro’s Thrive bars a try. Available at Whole Foods, these nutrition bars are USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free Certified, 100% Vegan and soy-free. Made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, these bars are less than 200 calories and offer plant-based protein.
I’m sure you are thinking, all these fancy words – are these bars any good? I tried six different flavors, and loved seeing my favorite flavors. Caramel coconut, chocolate peanut butter cup, chocolate, nuts and sea salt all sounded super indulgent, but were light enough that it didn’t feel too sweet for breakfast. If you are looking for something a little more fruit-based, Thrive bars makes blueberry lavender, ginger lemon and almond apricot.
I then took a look at the nutrition label. While other granola bars offer about 2 grams of protein, these offer 6 grams. This was perfect for me as I’m looking to keep myself full a little longer in between meals. As I was studying the nutrition facts, I happened to look at the ingredients list. For the first time, I knew what everything was that I was putting into my mouth. From organic cashews to organic pumpkin seeds to organic apple fiber, these are ingredients you know.
Want to give these bars a try for yourself? You can buy them online and use the code Thrive30 to save 30% or find them at Whole Foods. Alternatively, fill out the form below for a chance to win 1 box of assorted Thrive bars (valued at $26.28).
GoMacro Thrive Bars
Disclosure: I received an assorted box of Thrive bars to try and giveaway to one lucky reader. My opinions are 100% honest – in fact, I even got my husband to enjoy these bars!