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If you find yourself pregnant during warmer months, there is probably a backyard barbecue (or three!) on the calendar. But before you fire up that grill or fill up your plate, remember that some of your favorite dishes may be risky for moms-to-be. “Certain foods can harbor bacteria that are particularly dangerous during pregnancy,” explains Mary Lynn, D.O., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
“Start getting healthy even before you become pregnant,” advises Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical adviser to the March of Dimes and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (Already pregnant?
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.
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a super-satisfying bowl of oatmeal. Packed with soluble fiber, nutrients, and whole grain carbohydrates, oatmeal is a simple and delicious way to boost your health and energy while you’re expecting and after the baby arrives.
Bonus: It’s a great “Mommy and Me” breakfast for you and your future toddler, too!
We all want to eat a healthy diet free of additives and chemicals, and it’s particularly true for moms-to-be. After all, preliminary research suggests that exposure to pesticides may pass through the placenta and affect birth weight according to Enviromental Health Perspectives.
Now that you’re pregnant, it can feel like you’re missing out at dinner and cocktail parties. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sip a boring glass of water or cranberry cocktail at every gathering. “There are a lot of innovative non-alcoholic cocktails,” says Ryan Koemans, the general manager and sommelier at The Farm at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. “Even if there’s no options on the menu, ask the server if the bartender can suggest some options.”
You gotta love those leafies! Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and proven disease-fighters; leafy greens are something we should ALL be eating more of—pregnant or not.
This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be doing on leafy greens to help you incorporate more of them in your diet for your own and your baby’s benefit.