Healthy Winter Recipes for Pregnancy
December 12, 2020Winter is when things slow down, people spend more time inside, and we prepare for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Winter can be a stressful time, so expecting moms need to pay extra attention to their health and make sure they’re taking time to prepare nutritious meals for themselves. Here are a few recipes that can help you stay healthy and happy throughout your winter pregnancy.
Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup
Soup is such a comforting food, especially during colder months. And when pregnancy sickness hits, sometimes you just don’t want to eat a big meal. Soup can be easier on the stomach while providing hydration and nutrients.
This sweet potato and lentil soup from From My Bowl is hearty and easy to make. With only eight ingredients, it’s also budget-friendly: https://frommybowl.com/sweet-potato-lentil-soup/.
Turkey Cutlets in Mushroom Sauce
Turkey is a popular dish for fall and winter, and especially around the holidays. And turkey is also a good source of protein, choline, zinc, and B vitamins.1 But instead of cooking a whole bird, you can try this recipe for turkey cutlets in a savory mushroom sauce from keyingredient.com: https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/2190345036/turkey-cutlets-with-mushroom-sauce/.
Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Bake
Brussels sprouts are a versatile winter veggie that can be roasted, steamed, baked, or sautéed. They contain folate (an essential nutrient during pregnancy), vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K.2 This recipe from delish.com features brussels sprouts baked in a cheesy sauce with white cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, bacon, cream, cayenne pepper, salt, butter, and shallots. You can customize the dish to your tastes or nutritional needs (leave out the bacon to reduce the sodium and fat content.) Link: https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thanksgiving/recipes/a44632/cheesy-brussels-sprout-casserole-recipe/
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake with Figs
Winter and gingerbread go hand-in-hand. But for those who need something gluten-free as well as nutritious and delicious, this recipe from Abbey’s Kitchen ticks all the boxes. It combines favorite seasonal spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, but it uses almond flour and zero dairy to make it gluten-free and dairy-free. The figs add some extra color and flavor, not to mention protein and fiber.3
Get the recipe here: https://www.abbeyskitchen.com/recipe-gluten-dairy-free-sticky-figgy-gingerbread-loaf/.
Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
During pregnancy, your body will need additional nutritional support. It’s always good to eat a balanced diet and try to get as many nutrients from your food as possible. But sometimes expecting moms need a little help. Taking a daily prescription prenatal vitamin can help fill in the nutritional gaps that expecting moms aren’t able to fill with diet alone. Talk to your doctor about finding a prenatal vitamin that works for you.
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