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Healthy Meal Ideas for Pregnancy

by Rebecca Eanes

If you’re expecting, good nutrition is essential for your developing baby and for your own pregnancy meal plan. Here are simple and healthy pregnancy meal plan ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for busy moms-to-be.

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Breakfast

1. Yogurt, granola, and berries

Use organic, plain Greek yogurt, organic granola, and your favorite berries for a delicious and easy breakfast.

2. Breakfast tacos

Try scrambling eggs with lean meat such as turkey sausage and serve it in a corn or whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle a bit of organic shredded cheese on top and you're ready to go!

3. Breakfast sandwich

This is an easy one for your pregnancy meal plan. Use a whole grain English muffin, 1 scrambled egg, and 1 slice of low-fat cheese to make one yummy breakfast sandwich.

4. Parfait

Layer peaches and mango with Greek yogurt, then molasses, then strawberries. Continue layering all the ingredients until the glass is full. Stick a spoon in it and enjoy the goodness.

5. Strawberry banana smoothie

Blend 1 cup of skim milk, 1 cup of water, 1 package of frozen strawberries (partially thawed), 1 medium banana, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 packets of Splenda or Agave sweetener, and 6 ice cubes. After it’s blended smoothly, pour it in a glass and taste the healthy sweetness of a great treat.

6. Cottage cheese and apple butter on whole wheat toast

Toast 2 slices of whole wheat bread, spread on some homemade apple butter, and put a dollop of cottage cheese in the middle. Dig in!

7. Veggie omelet

Make an omelet with your favorite chopped veggies, like spinach, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Plop it on a plate and sprinkle a little bit of organic low fat cheese and you're all set for a healthy breakfast.

8. Classic apple cinnamon overnight oats

Pour 1 cup of nonfat milk over 2/3 cup rolled oats and stir in a little bit of cinnamon. Cover it with some plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add a small chopped apple and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and taste the delicious apple and cinnamon.

9. Egg, veggie, and hummus pita

To add some extra flavor to your pregnancy meal plan, use this pita recipe. Fill a 6-inch whole wheat pita with ¼ cup hummus, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg, 1/3 cup chopped tomato, ½ cup baby spinach, and a sprinkle of paprika. Then take your time and munch on the many flavors.

10. Whole-grain, high protein cereal with sliced banana

Fill a bowl with your choice of cereal, add low-fat milk, then cut up a fresh banana. All you need is a spoon, and you're all set to devour the crunchy goodness.

Looking for some healthy ways for baby to eat too? Check out 10 Ideas for Homemade Baby Food here.

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