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Lunch Recipes for Pregnancy Diet

Updated on October 27, 2012

Lunch Recipes for Pregnancy Diet

Skipping meals is an absolute no no for pregnant moms. Experts recommend several small meals a day, or the three regular ones with snacks in between. There are lots of nutrients that moms need, and it is so important to make sure that baby (mom!) is getting fed all day long. An easy way to ensure this happens is to keep lots of healthy foods on hand and ready to make. Things can get hectic, especially around lunch time, so here are some pregnancy diet lunch recipes to keep mom going strong, and to keep baby growing strong!

· Tuna avocado bowl. Open a can of tuna (choose a variety that is low in mercury) (protein! omega 3 fatty acids!), drain and put into a bowl. Cube up an avocado (vitamin A! folate!), and a red bell pepper (beta carotene!), add to tuna. Add shredded cheese (calcium!) and black olives (vitamin E!) to taste.

· Mixed greens salad with chicken. Combine several types of green leafy vegetables, such as spinach (vitamin K! vitamin A! folate!), kale (vitamin K! vitamin A! vitamin C!) and arugula, in a large salad bowl. Add other vegetables that are on hand (broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots) and grilled chicken (protein!), and a favorite dressing. Enjoy!

· Grilled chicken quesadilla. Easy to make on a griddle, or a two sided grill. Top a tortilla with cheese (calcium!) and grilled chicken (protein!). Place another tortilla on top. Allow the cheese to melt. If cooking on a griddle, flip the quesadilla to allow it to cook on the opposite side.

· Guacamole deviled eggs and spinach salad. Hard boil several eggs (protein!). Once cooled, peel, slice in half and remove egg yolks. Place the yolks in a bowl with a spoonful of mayo and the insides of half of an avocado (vitamin A! folate!). Add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste, and mash it all together. Place the avocado/yolk mixture back into the egg white. This is a nutrient and calorie dense meal, so it's nice to lighten things up by adding a spinach salad. Baby spinach with some dried cranberries and a little bit of dressing does the trick quite nicely.

· Smoked salmon and tomato provolone baguette. Slice a portion of a baguette in half. Add a slice of fully cooked smoked salmon (protein! omega 3 fatty acid!), tomato (beta carotene! lycopene!), and provolone cheese (calcium!), and enjoy! For some extra vitamins and fiber, add greens to the sandwich.

A nutritious lunch is an important part of the pregnancy diet plan for mom and baby. It is suggested that eating several smaller meals per day might help prevent heartburn, a common discomfort for pregnant mothers. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to make lunch early, only a couple of hours after breakfast, and eat half of it. Pregnant moms can't afford to let themselves go hungry, and should eat the second half of lunch when they feel the urge


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