It’s time to dispel this notion once and for all. Unfortunately, “eating for two” doesn’t give us a pass to enjoy all the ice cream and cookies we want. A pregnant woman’s actual increase in caloric needs is quite small — negligible, in fact, during the first trimester, and only about 300 calories per day in the second and third trimesters.
What does 300 calories entail? Well for starters, it’s really just an extra snack; not an entire meal. Here are a few examples of approximately 300 calorie Paleo (or Paleo plus dairy) snacks:
2 boiled eggs (150 cal)
1 oz almonds (160 cal)
1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt (130 cal)
1 medium banana (100 cal)
2 tbsp chopped walnuts (90 cal)
3 oz leftover sirloin (160 cal)
1 yellow pepper, sliced (50 cal)
1/4 avocado, sliced (70 cal)
Alternatively, you could have two thirds of a chocolate chip muffin (290 cal), a medium hot chocolate from Starbucks (300 cal), or a Tim Horton’s caramel apple fritter doughnut (310 cal).
Not only do the first three choices have vastly greater nutritional value per calorie, they are also chock full of protein and healthy fats that will help to keep you sated for longer.