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Grilled Fruit Salad with Banana Ice Cream

Grilling sun-kissed fruits supercharges their natural sweetness, making them the stars of this dessert. They also supply vitamin C, which aids in Baby’s brain development. First trimester bonus: The potassium in bananas helps quell morning sickness. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Potato Kale Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Kale brings vitamins A, C and K to the carb-bomb that is traditional potato salad. Beyond bolstering your immunity and digestive health, probiotics in yogurt can slash the risk for preeclampsia by about 20 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Sauce

Burgers are a summertime mainstay, and there’s nothing fishy about swapping out the traditional ground beef patties for ones made with omega-3- packed salmon. Studies show that this nutritional hero may decrease the risk of prenatal and postpartum depression. Plus, slathering on the punchy avocado sauce adds a dose of folate, a B vitamin that protects against birth defects. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Tenders cook quickly so you can spend time chatting with friends instead of fussing over the grill. You’ll also benefit from their payload of protein, a building block for Baby’s development. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Crispy Thai Slaw with Curry Dressing

Rather than spooning out a mayo-heavy and calorie-laden packaged slaw, try this easy, spicy-sour Asian rendition. A cornucopia of crunchy vegetables provides fiber to squash unhealthy cravings and keep things moving. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

4 Steps to Lower Cholesterol (for Baby's Sake)

You hope Baby has your hubby’s eyes and your warm smile, but there are some traits you may not want to pass along. If you suffer from high cholesterol before pregnancy, your child may be three times more likely to develop the same condition later in life, suggests research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Conference. Try these tactics to lower your cholesterol, no matter how far along you are:

Berry Fresca with Chia Seeds

A traditional Mexican drink, chia frescas are a great source of sustained energy. Not to mention, they’re super refreshing on a hot summer day. Blend well to make sure all the nutrients of the chia are absorbed.

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