It’s like clockwork. As soon as you tell someone you’re pregnant — and once they’ve had their initial reaction — you know it’s coming. The utterly annoying comments about how you’re now “eating for two,” which are sometimes immediately followed by a remark about how you should really try to maintain your weight during the pregnancy. First of all, if you’re someone who even thinks about making comments like that: don’t. Also, no one asked you.
When we’re pregnant, we have enough on our plate — including figuring out what we’re going to put on our plate as nausea, food aversion, and a host of other pregnancy symptoms make their presence known. Let us take the guesswork out of it for you. Instead of trying to come up with easy, healthy meals for your pregnancy, here are some suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that’ll keep you going, even when you’re too tired to remember your own name.
You’re going to want to start your day with plenty of protein and other nutrients. Here are a few ways to make that happen:
- Steak and Egg Burrito: It’s filling and comes with a decent dose of protein and iron.
- Steak Breakfast Hash: Leave out the carbs and fill your plate with non-potato veggies.
- Tomato Spinach Egg Muffins: You can make big batches of these vegetarian breakfast items ahead of time.
- Triple Berry Smoothie : This one’s filled with oodles of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, and you can throw in your favorite source of protein to round it out.
These quick and healthy pregnancy lunch ideas are tasty enough that you’re going to want to keep them in regular rotation even after the baby gets here:
By the time you’ve made it through your day and gotten to dinner, you’re probably too tired to do much of anything, let alone cook. But if you are able to throw some ingredients together (or, better yet, have a partner who’ll do it for you) here are some ideas:
You didn’t think we’d leave out the snacks, did you? These are handy if you’re hungry and need to grab something on the go, but want to keep it healthy:
- Small bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts and raisins
- Mixture of pumpkin seeds and dried apricots
- Low-fat frozen yogurt topped with fresh berries and chopped nuts
- Cup of unsweetened applesauce with a handful of almonds
- Wholegrain toast topped with mashed avocado, a slice of tomato, and a sprinkle of sea salt
- Graham crackers and cream cheese (trust us)
- Whole wheat pretzels with mustard (honey, dijon, or regular) for dipping
- Toasted whole wheat pita chips sprinkled with parmesan cheese
- Pitted dates stuffed with any kind of nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
- Tropical fruit salad. (Mix fresh kiwi, pineapple chunks, cubed mango, banana slices, and grapes, then add a squirt of lime juice, a drizzle of honey, and some coconut flakes)
- Carrot sticks dipped in peanut butter