My Current Favorite Healthy Pregnancy Recipes
I think we can all agree that pregnancy is one of the most exciting yet stressful times in a woman’s life. You are pretty darned hungry most of the time, but you want to make every bite count and not eat a lot of empty calories. I gained far too much weight with my first child, so with my next pregnancy I started revamping and making healthy pregnancy recipes to make sure I didn’t have a repeat of overeating and not enough nutrition for my baby and me.
My Favorite Healthy Pregnancy Recipes for Morning Sickness
Watermelon, Arugula, Feta and Mint Salad
Salad is always a great meal for pregnant women as they are mostly made of fruits and vegetable and rarely any foods containing fats. I particularly liked the Watermelon as I felt it reduced my morning sickness and bloating since it is high in fiber. This is a simple, different and sweet recipe for a new kind of salad.
2 tablespoons Lime juice,
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
2 cups of watermelon, seedless and ripe, sliced into triangles
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
6 olives, chopped
1 cup arugula
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1. Mix the onion, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl until evenly mixed.
2. Add the arugula, mint and watermelon.
3. Can be served with Romaine lettuce if arugula isn’t your favorite green.
My Favorite Healthy Pregnancy Recipes for Lunch
Spinach, tomato and cheese omelet
I decided to try this healthy snack recipe during my pregnancy when I was constantly craving eggs. I had read repeatedly to limit my intake of eggs, but my doctor assured me as long as I ate fully cooked eggs and washed my hands after handing eggs, I should be fine. Spinach is also a great green to include in your meals.
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup of roughly chopped spinach
1 diced tomato, large
Swiss cheese, 2 slices
1 tablespoons virgin oil
Salt to taste, pepper if preferred
Beat the eggs and milk in a bowl, and then add the spinach and tomatoes. Add the salt and pepper.Heat the olive oil in a pan, once hot, add the eggs and let them cook for 2 minutes.Place the cheese on one side of the omelet and let it melt. Take it out of the pan and serve.
Yes, I Crave Yogurt
Yogurt and mandarin oranges
I enjoy taking this snack whenever I feel hungry between meals as it is healthier than the other snacks I usually resort to. It is also easy to prepare for when I want food right now, and no waiting. Plus I’ve really been craving yogurt like crazy, which when you consider the good bacteria and calcium, it’s not a bad thing to be craving at all.
1 cup of mandarin oranges, chopped
1 tablespoon of honey
2 cups yogurt
Put the yogurt in two different bowls, each with equal portions. Add the oranges to the yogurt and then the honey. Eat one, and save the other for later or share with a lucky friend.
Because I Can’t Eat Chips All Day
Sweet potato chips with spice
Honestly, I would walk around with a bag of chips all day long if I could. I am very hungry, and then of course I want some fried and salty. Neither of which is good for me or my growing baby. I found this recipe and revamped it to fit my tastes. It lets me have my chip fix without the frying.
1 large peeled sweet potato
Organic olive oil cooking spray
Salt (or omit if you’re on a low-salt diet)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees then spray the baking sheet with oil Cut the potatoes into thin slices and place them on the baking sheet.
Spray the potato pieces with oil.
Sprinkle chili powder and salt on the pieces.
Bake for ten minutes until brown.
Turn the pieces to the other side and spray with oil.
Bake again for around five minutes and serve
If you let these chips cool completely, they store well in a zip lock bag.
Those are just a few of my favorite healthy pregnancy recipes. You can take a lot of the snacks that you loved before you were pregnant and add something healthy to make them better for you. Also, I find especially during the last trimester, because my babies have always been so large, it’s hard to eat regular meals, and my nutrition begins to come from several snacks per day. So making nutrition count is a priority. What’s your favorite snack?