Healthy Fall Recipes for Moms-To-Be
October 27, 2020Summer has come and gone, and fall is here! Why not celebrate the changing of the season by adding some delicious and nutritious fall favorites to your menu? If you’re an expecting mom, you may wish to incorporate these great autumn dishes into your meal rotation to help satisfy fall food cravings.
Breakfast Baked Apples
Breakfast is often hailed as “the most important meal of the day,” and this is especially true for expecting moms. Eating breakfast soon after waking up can help combat morning sickness and give your body a boost of energy.1-2
This recipe is delicious, comforting, and contains essential nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, fiber, thiamin, and riboflavin.3 The oatmeal in the recipe may also help prevent sharp increases in blood sugar and insulin levels that can occur after eating and may promote gut health.4
Ready to get baking? Check out the recipe from Delish.com here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43872/breakfast-baked-apples-recipe/
Simple Pumpkin Soup
Cooked pumpkin is a great fall food, and its flavor brings to mind cooler weather and falling leaves. Pumpkin is also packed with nutrients such as beta carotene, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.5
This recipe is from Minimalist Baker is simple and easy to make, with only eight ingredients: https://minimalistbaker.com/simple-pumpkin-soup/
Autumn Glow Salad
Nutritious lentils, roasted butternut squash, and savory arugula combine to make this fall salad healthy and flavorful.
Not only does this recipe have about 50% of your daily fiber, but it also contains one-third of your daily potassium goal. Potassium plays an important role in pregnancy, as it helps regulate fluid and electrolyte balance; however, consuming too much potassium in the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes and severe preeclampsia.6-7
Check out the recipe here: https://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/autumn-glow-salad
Talk to Your Doctor
Always consult your doctor for nutritional guidance if you have any questions or concerns about your diet during pregnancy. Some women may have different nutritional needs or restrictions, so there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for expecting moms. In general, women who are pregnant should eat a varied and balanced diet, avoid overly processed foods, and follow the advice of their doctor or nutritionist. Taking a prenatal vitamin may also benefit expecting moms by supplementing their nutritional needs and helping their bodies absorb essential vitamins and minerals.
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