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First-trimester nutritional information (daily total): 2,403 calories, 25 percent fat (68 grams), 54 percent carbohydrate, 21 percent protein, 33 grams fiber, 25 milligrams iron, 2,191 milligrams calcium, 724 micrograms folate.
Second- and third-trimester nutritional information (daily total): 2,651 calories, 27 percent fat (81 grams), 52 percent carbohydrate, 21 percent protein, 35 grams fiber, 27 milligrams iron, 2,497 milligrams calcium, 790 micrograms folate.
Egg Pocket Sandwich: Fill 1/2 of an 8-inch whole-wheat pita with 1 ounce shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese and 1 medium scrambled egg cooked in a nonstick skillet with 1 teaspoon butter or margarine.
1 cup (8 ounces) vitamin C-fortified cranberry juice
5 dried figs
1 ounce roasted soy nuts
Chicken Caesar Salad: Mix 2 cups romaine lettuce with 1 medium chopped tomato and 1/4 cup each cucumber and carrots, pared and sliced, topped with 2 ounces cooked, shredded chicken and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat Caesar salad dressing. (Note: Avoid Caesar dressing made with raw eggs.)
1 cup lentil soup
1 small whole-grain roll
1 cereal bar
8 ounces low-fat milk
4 ounces salmon broiled with 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce and topped with 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 cup steamed broccoli with 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1 cup couscous, prepared according to package directions
Berry Smoothie: Combine 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 ice cubes and 8 ounces plain low-fat yogurt in a blender or food processor.
Additions for second and third trimesters:
1 ounce cheese at breakfast
1 teaspoon margarine on roll at lunch
2 oatmeal raisin cookies at evening snack
First-trimester nutritional information (daily total:) 2,216 calories, 24 percent fat (61 grams), 54 percent carbohydrate, 22 percent protein, 34 grams fiber, 17 milligrams iron, 1,593 milligrams calcium, 612 micrograms folate.
Second- and third-trimester nutritional information (daily total): 2,486 calories, 28 percent fat (80 grams), 51 percent carbohydrate, 21 percent protein, 34 grams fiber, 18 milligrams iron, 1,819 milligrams calcium, 622 micrograms folate.
1 cup cooked oatmeal topped with 2 teaspoons brown sugar and 1/4 cup dried chopped dates
8 ounces low-fat milk
1 medium banana spread with 1 tablespoon peanut or cashew butter