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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toasting the fennel gives it a nutty flavor, and when you mix it with butter, it turns into a tasty rub. Experiment by adding some lemon to the butter, or throw in chili pepper or paprika. You can make more rub than you need and keep it in the fridge for all sorts of things.
I love tahini as a base for my dressings. The pressed sesame lends a really creamy, earthy essence, and you don’t need additional oil because it’s high in good fat. My husband will make the dressing while I grill the zucchini—it’s great teamwork.
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.