The Flexitarian Diet | Fit Pregnancy

The Flexitarian Diet

Shifting the way you eat during pregnancy can give you more of the nutrients you and your developing baby need to thrive.


In the April/May 2008 issue, we gave you tips and recipes that show you how to make the most of your prenatal diet by including more of the things you may not eat on a regular basis—such as more vegetables if you eat a meat-based diet, and more meat and fish if you usually eat vegetarian. Following is a three-day meal plan and snacks that demonstrate just how easy it is to flex your diet.

Meal Plan
To make flexing your diet as easy as possible, here's a three-day meal plan that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as some meat and fish. Whether you follow it to the letter, or pick and choose the meals that appeal most to you, be assured you're getting quality nutrition in every bite.

Recipes follow for foods marked with a single asterisk(*); vegan substitutions available for foods marked with a double asterisk (**). Nutritional information does not include snacks. During your second and third trimesters, choose two snacks per day from the following list for the additional 300 calories you and your baby need.

Vegan Substitutions**

Intead of Use
Asiago cheese soy-based Parmesan
Beef hamburger soy veggie patty
Beef tenderloin steak seasoned extra-firm tofu
Butter trans-fat-free soy or corn-based margarine
Grilled chicken seasoned soy "chicken-style" strips
Mayonnaise soy-based mayonnaise
Milk low-fat soy, almond or rice milk
Parmesan cheese soy-based Parmesan
Pork tenderloin teriyaki-flavored, extra-firm baked tofu
Ranch dressing balsamic vinaigrette
Salmon increase mushrooms, use soy-based cheese
Water-packed light tuna 1/2 to 2/3 cup garbanzo beans
Yogurt soy-based yogurt


1 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal (made with 1% milk) and mixed with 2 tablespoons dried cherries and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 cup 100% pomegranate juice

Crunchy Tuna Wrap: 3 ounces water-packed light tuna** mixed with 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise**, 1 tablespoon chopped onion and 1 tablespoon chopped celery on a whole-wheat flour tortilla (8-inch)
Strawberry Spinach Salad: 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 2 tablespoons honey-roasted almonds and 2 tablespoons light raspberry vinaigrette dressing
1 kiwi fruit
1/2 cup 1% milk**

Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin*
1 cup cooked whole-wheat couscous
1 teaspoon butter**
1 cup cooked edamame (soybeans)
1 cup 1% milk

Day One Nutritional Information: 2,115 calories, 27% fat (64 g), 50% carbohydrate (268 g), 23% protein (122 g), 35 g fiber, 16.5 mg iron, 1,275 mg calcium, 318 mcg folate, 208 mg vitamin C, 9.5 mg zinc.


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