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Making pizza dough from scratch isn’t as complicated as you might think. This no-fail recipe produces a wonderfully thin crust. But if you’re short on time (or too intimidated to make your own), stop by your local pizzeria and ask if they’ll sell you some of their dough to take home. Whether homemade or from the grocery store, be sure your dough includes some whole-grain flour for a larger dose of pregnancy must-haves, such as fiber and vitamins.
Eating well during pregnancy is a given. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your vegetarian or vegan diet. Medical experts, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, have given you the green light to continue your current way of eating.
A vegetarian (meat-free) or vegan (no animal products) diet can help prevent obesity and decrease the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
It’s also more Earth-friendly than the typical American carnivore’s diet.
One of the trickier challenges I’ve encountered as a personal chef for families is to come up with tasty-but-healthy ways to prepare veggie recipes for picky eaters. Over the years I’ve found one particular technique that’s easy and always a hit: roasting them on parchment. It has converted veggie-haters of all ages, because roasting removes water and condenses the veggies’ natural sugars, giving them a dense, lightly-sweet nuttiness (no mushiness in sight!).
This flavorful sauce transforms simple grilled chicken in a pita, for example, into something special. It’s also amazing drizzled over poached salmon, as a dressing for a chickpea chopped salad or enjoyed as a dip for veggies, baked pita chips, or poached shrimp. There are tons of great ways to use and cook with Greek Yogurt, a.k.a. your “secret-weapon” ingredient in the kitchen.
Some foods are so flexible and multi-purpose they’re perfect to keep on hand every day. But “staple” is almost too small a word for the amazing versatility that is Greek yogurt. For starters, there’s the creamy texture and rich taste.
Greek yogurt is also a pre- and postnatal nutrition slam dunk: The low-fat variety clocks in at 170 calories, 23 grams of protein and a whopping 25% of most women’s daily calcium requirements for one cup.
The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads. Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives! However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring.
You’re going to pick up a lot of new tricks when the baby arrives; from diapering to stroller-folding to learning how to master everyday tasks as a one-handed, baby-balancing wonder. A great trick to pick up now? Have a few easy, delicious, healthy, go-to dinners down, preferably using staple ingredients you can keep on hand at all times. Trust us: 20 Minute Meals will be life savers both now and after the baby comes.
What defines a great snack or light meal—especially for busy expecting or new moms?
* Simple to put together with a short list of “always at the ready” ingredients. No last-minute runs to the store, please.
* Able to be made ahead in batches, and equally delicious served fresh or reheated. This is no time to be on your feet and cooking constantly.
You and your partner have talked about having a baby, but it’s not happening just yet. If you plan to get pregnant within the next few months—or even year—it’s important to get your diet on the healthy track now to prepare your body for pregnancy later.