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Healthy, Easy Midday Meal Plans

Make time for a nutritious lunch to stay strong & grow a healthy baby.

Packed with protein and iron, this salad is more satisfying than your standard bowl of greens. Iron—which helps build red blood cells, prevents you from getting anemia and decreases your likelihood of delivering prematurely—is a crucial nutrient that’s difficult to get without supplementing, Norback says, “but 1 cup of quinoa provides 10 percent of the iron you need daily during pregnancy.”

Plus, protein-rich quinoa and chickpeas help keep your energy levels up and lower your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease long-term. Finish with a fruit bar for added fiber, which helps ward off constipation, a common pregnancy side effect.

PACKING TIP: The quinoa mixture will keep in the fridge for a week; mix in the greens when you’re ready to eat. Get the recipe >>

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By </em>Virginia I. Pelley<em>; Recipes by </em>Allison Young<em>; Photography by </em>Romulo Yanes

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