The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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This cold soup keeps you hydrated, thanks to water-packed cucumbers, which also have vitamins C (necessary for iron absorption), and K (essential for blood clotting). The other green-colored winner in this dish is spinach, which is loaded with folate and iron--the nutrients that will help you avoid pregnancy-induced anemia.
This is a perfect make-ahead meal: You can put the meatballs in sandwiches, pair them with pasta, place them on a bed of greens or veggies, or eat them one at a time as midday snacks. Learn more about this recipe.
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.
There are times during the summer when it’s just too darn hot to cook or even think about recipes—all you want is a simple supper solution.
One of my favorite “no recipe required” go-to dishes for summer is pasta salad. It’s an easy way to use up just about any fresh veggies you have in the fridge and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch the next day.
One of my favorite things about summer is picnicking on the beach, at outdoor concerts, or just in the park hanging out with my daughters.
While you’re pregnant it’s usually recommended you stay away from processed deli meats (seemingly everyone’s “go to” sandwich for picnics). This week I’ve got a crowd-pleasing, easy to make, healthy, upscale alternative to share with you that’s perfect for packing to go.
Between the rising temperatures and your growing belly, chances are you’re struggling to keep your cool these days. When you can’t bear the idea of turning on your stovetop, don’t resort to yet another PB&J.
“You can whip up a delicious, nutritious meal without heat,” says Matthew Kadey, R.D., author of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook (Ulysses Press).
We love this idea for a Yogurt Greek Goddess salad dressing from our sister site SHAPE.com. It uses simple ingredients that you likely have at home, it's quick and simple to make, and it's delicious! Try your dressing with one of these salads: • Chickpea Salad with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Corn and Black Beans
Give an egg a break! The nutrient-packed powerhouse contributes to a healthy baby and a healthy you. “It’s the ideal source of protein, offering you and your baby all the essential amino acids you need to build muscles, hormones and enzymes,” says Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N., co-author of The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy (Fair Winds Press).
Some cookbooks focus on a specific type of food or cooking technique while others are handy resource guides or teaching tools. Still others are pure entertainment and bring you into someone’s world through food and storytelling.
Very few manage to combine those elements, but Just Married and Cooking by writer Brooke Parkhurst and chef James Briscione does just that.
Let’s get real: When you’re pregnant in the dead of winter, controlling your weight is no piece of cake, although you’d probably like to eat one—and then another. We share our favorite recipes for comfort foods with a lighter twist to give you more energy and protect your and your developing baby’s health.
Whole grains may just be the holy grail of pregnancy foods.“The many varieties of whole grains are supercharged with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that offer benefits for both mom and baby,” says San Diego-based dietitian Wendy Bazilian, Dr.PH., R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale). Plus, their complex carbohydrates help keep energy levels up throughout the day, she adds.