Pesto Pizza

Our artistically shaped pizza on the amazing pizza stone my Auntie Kelly gave me.

Friday night is pizza night! This week some of my pregnant food aversions seems to be arising again (they never totally went away) so I’m trying to cut myself some slack with the salads and just try to eat decently and get veggies in where possible.  Homemade pizza can be as simple or complex as you wish.  Last night, I was going for simple.   Here’s what I did:

First of all, I saved some bread dough from earlier in the week (a little forethought).  This is typically the biggest deterrent to me getting pizza made–is not having any dough and not have time to let it rise before dinner.  I used this recipe for the bread–using white whole wheat flour.  Here is the recipe for the pesto sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1  cup ish of pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch basil
  • handful of spinach
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Put it all in the food processor and process until you have a paste.

PIZZA:

Ingredients:

  • pesto sauce
  • chopped kalamata olives
  • sundried tomatoes
  • sliced eggplant
  • bread/pizza dough

Directions:

  • preheat oven and pizza stone to 450 degrees
  • roll out dough–as you can see from the photo, I don’t really give a hoot what shape it lands up in
  • spread pesto sauce to your liking on base
  • cover with goodies
  • bake for about 15 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Don’t limit yourself with topping options!  Play around and add your favorite veggies.  Sometimes, I will saute up some onions and eggplant before putting them on the pizza.  Delicious I tell you. The wonderful thing about homemade pizza is that you can really please everyone by letting them add their own toppings to their portion of the pizza!

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

 


Long Distance Running, Plant-Based Eating, and Pregnancy

15 weeks

Two of the big things I get a lot of, “Shouldn’t you cut back on running?” and “Are you sure its okay to be a vegan while pregnant?” Here is my humble attempt to respond to both:

1)Running and pregnancy.

There are about a million and 1 opinions on this.  Some of the older literature says you shouldn’t run at all.  But then again, women were not allowed to run the marathon prior to the 1960’s  because it was believed their uterus would fall out. Um, pretty ridiculous, right?  This totally does not take what we know about our long distance running ancestors into account–men, women (pregnant, breast feeding included), old, and young persistent hunted in packs.  It was vital that the women kept up on these long distance treks, literally running down their food.  They needed the calories from the kill.  And well, as you all know, the world is populated, which means they must have pushed some healthy babies out their vaginas.  Just saying.

Other literature/people on the internet say you shouldn’t run more than a couple of miles at a time and only if you are a well conditioned athlete.  What defines a well conditioned athlete?  There’s a heck of a difference between someone like me who runs recreationally and a professional runner.  Am I well conditioned?

The more reasonable and newer literature suggests that you should try to continue at the level you were at before you became pregnant.  Every doctor/midwife/nurse I have spoken with has encouraged me to continue my running  as long as I am comfortable.  So, that I will do.  I’m not training for anything major so I’m down to about 30-35 miles a week supplemented with yoga and a new fun workout class I’m taking (that’s making me seriously sore at the moment).  I’m planning to run a 15 K (9 mile) trail race in October and hopefully a half marathon in November and then not race anymore til after baby.

If you didn’t run before you were pregnant, you probably should think about other forms of exercise during your pregnancy and work with your doctor to come up with a pregnancy fitness plan.  And fitness is super important during pregnancy! You’ll be healthier, more energized, your baby is more likely to have a healthy birth weight, and your delivery is likely to be easier.  I am hoping that I am just run/waddle my way to the hospital come the big day!

2) Veganism and Pregnancy

Yesterday I had my iron levels checked and I passed with golden stars all over the show.  The nurse said, “you must be a very healthy eater.” I told her I am a vegan. She entered into her system and it then required her to make me an appointment with a nutritionist.  She looked at all my other labs–rock star numbers.  We both laughed at the absurdity of it.  Here I am,  wonderful blood pressure, glorious blood work, healthy weight, and I have to have a mandatory appointment with someone to tell me what I should be eating.  Ha. Ridiculous.

My blood work and overall great health are testament enough–our bodies (including pregnant ones) can and will thrive when fed a well planned, intentional plant based diet.  Our bodies do not need animal products. Simple as that.

I think the most important thing during pregnancy is to listen to your body and stay as relaxed as possible  Good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and laughter, and love are what keep me sane, healthy, and happy–and goodness knows they can’t be bad for baby either!

Any other vegetarians/vegans out there that continued to eat this way through pregnancy?  Athletes/runners?