Nutritious Meal Plan

Breakfast 1: Classic Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Remembering to prepare these oats before bed may not be easy, but you’ll love waking up to a pre-made breakfast. Pour one cup of nonfat milk over 2/3 cup rolled oats and stir in 1/4 tsp cinnamon. (Organic Cinnamon powder is best), Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and a small apple (chopped).

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 448.3
Protein: 19.6 g
Carbohydrate: 65.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.148 g
Total Sugars: 24.2 g
Total Fat: 13.8 g
Saturated Fat: 1.84 g
Cholesterol: 4.94 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 1.43 g
Calcium: 560.1 mg
Iron: 3.147 mg
Sodium: 132.1 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 47.7 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Egg Wrap

Craving some Mexican? This egg wrap will satisfy your early-morning munchies. Scramble one egg and one egg white in 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add 1 cup baby spinach and sauté until just wilted. Put egg-spinach mixture on a 10-inch whole wheat tortilla, along with 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese and 1/4 cup salsa. Roll up and enjoy.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 453.4
Protein: 26.2 g
Carbohydrate: 44 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.86 g
Total Sugars: .941 g
Total Fat: 21.2 g
Saturated Fat: 5.989 g
Cholesterol: 231.5 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .164 g
Calcium: 353.8 mg
Iron: 4.448 mg
Sodium: 856.6 mg
Vitamin D: .438 mcg
Folate: 123.6 mcg
Folic Acid: 16.8 mcg

Egg Veggie & Hummus Pita

For lunch time this pita has veggies, eggs, hummus — and tons of flavor! Fill a 6-inch whole wheat pita with 1/4 cup hummus, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg plus one hard-boiled egg white, 1/3 cup chopped tomato, 1/2 cup baby spinach, a sprinkle of paprika and 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts. Serve with a cup of grapes.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 553.8
Protein: 22.4 g
Carbohydrate: 81.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.963 g
Total Sugars: 28.3 g
Total Fat: 18.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.116 g
Cholesterol: 212 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .172 g
Calcium: 104.6 mg
Iron: 5.154 mg
Sodium: 620.7 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 125.4 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Fiesta Salad

Or you may enjoy a Mexican-inspired salad for lunch. Top 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce with 1 cup canned black beans (rinsed, drained), 1/2 a medium baked (or microwaved) sweet potato (cubed, with skin), 1/3 cup diced tomato and 1/4 cup frozen and thawed corn kernels. Drizzle with lime vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic and salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle with 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 542.7
Protein: 27.4 g
Carbohydrate: 66.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 20.7 g
Total Sugars: 7.892 g
Total Fat: 21.4 g
Saturated Fat: 5.26 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .401 g
Calcium: 360 mg
Iron: 5.411 mg
Sodium: 394.3 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 415.8 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Panera Bread “You Pick 2” Menu

Choosing a healthy meal when you’re out can be challenging but Panera Bread’s “You Pick 2″ menu makes it simple and easy to eat right. Order half a Napa Almond Chicken sandwich, half a Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken salad and eat half an apple side.

Calories: 550
Total Fat: 20 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 60 mg
Sodium: 780 mg
Carbohydrate: 72.5 g
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 29 g

Stuffed Acorn Squash with White Beans, Mushrooms & Wild Rice

It’s fall and squash is readily available at a reasonable price and stuffed acorn squash has tons of nutrients that all pregnant women need, but it’s especially great for expecting vegetarian mamas. Cut 1 medium acorn squash in half horizontally; remove seeds. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, cut side down. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. While squash is cooking, sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped mushroom, 1/3 cup white beans and 1 clove chopped garlic in 2 teaspoons olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add 1 cup cooked wild or brown rice and 1 Tbsp chopped pistachios to mixture and continue to stir until heated through, about 1 minute more. Set aside. Remove squash from the oven, stuff each half with the rice and bean mixture, then top each half with 2 tbsp parmesan cheese. Place in oven again and cook an additional 10 minutes.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 641.7
Protein: 23.6 g
Carbohydrate: 110.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 16.2 g
Total Sugars: 6.101 g
Total Fat: 16.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.59 g
Cholesterol: 6.8 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .438 g
Calcium: 362.5 mg
Iron: 7.457 mg
Sodium: 763.8 mg
Vitamin C: 55.4 mg
Folate: 198.2 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 198.2 mcg

Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Pregnant women need at least 60 g of protein each day, which shouldn’t be a problem since this parmesan chicken is packed with it — more than 50 g! Preheat oven to 475. Bread 5 ounces of chicken tenders by dipping in an egg wash made with 2 egg whites lightly beaten with a fork, then in 2 tbsp bread crumbs (preferably whole wheat) mixed with 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Bake chicken tenders on a wire rack or baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 165 degrees internally. Serve with 4.5 ounces baked Alexia sweet potato fries (about 18 fries) and 1 cup steamed broccoli drizzled with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 649.2
Protein: 50.9 g
Carbohydrate: 69.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 10.7 g
Total Sugars: 19.7 g
Total Fat: 22.8 g
Saturated Fat: 4.002 g
Cholesterol: 92.5 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .222 g
Calcium: 231.4 mg
Iron: 3.678 mg
Sodium: 1171 mg
Vitamin C: 68.1 mg
Folate: 86.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 11.1 mcg
Food Folate: 75.4 mcg

Pork and Pineapple Kebobs

Throw some of these kebobs on the grill for a healthier alternative to standard BBQ fare. Cut 4 ounces of pork tenderloin or boneless top loin roast into 1.5 inch pieces. In a zip-lock bag add juice of 1/2 a lime, 1/2 clove of chopped garlic, 1/4 cup juice from pineapple canned in its own juices and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Cut 1/2 of a medium red bell pepper and 1/4 of a medium onion into 1” pieces. Thread pork, pepper, onion and 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks in their own juices, onto 2 skewers. Grill on a medium high flame until pork is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Serve over 1.5 cups cooked bulgur wheat tossed with 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 640.6
Protein: 35.6 g
Carbohydrate: 86.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 15.2 g
Total Sugars: 28.6 g
Total Fat: 19.2 g
Saturated Fat: 3.429 g
Cholesterol: 71.4 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .187 g
Calcium: 75.1 mg
Iron: 4.212 mg
Sodium: 366.8 mg
Vitamin C: 103.2 mg
Folate: 101.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 101.5 mcg

Quick and Easy Pizza and Salad

You’ve probably heard that when you’re pregnant you need more iron, but did you know that pizza is a great place to find it? Heat an Amy’s Organic Single Serve Pesto Pizza according to instructions. Serve with a salad made with 1 cup mixed greens, 1/2 of a sliced cucumber, 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, 1/2 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 2 teaspoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar and garlic powder to taste.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 640.4
Protein: 21.1 g
Carbohydrate: 85.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 13.6 g
Total Sugars: 9.939 g
Total Fat: 24.1 g
Saturated Fat: 5.74 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .087 g
Calcium: 316 mg
Iron: 8.733 mg
Sodium: 1059 mg
Vitamin C: 31.9 mg
Folate: 92.3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 92.3 mcg

Dinner Nachos

By using reduced-fat cheese and non-fat yogurt, we turned a traditional junk food into a calcium-rich dinner. Layer one ounce of corn chips with 1/3 cup kidney beans, 2 tbsp chopped olives and 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese. Bake in oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are hot and cheese is melted. Top with 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup salsa and 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 656.8
Protein: 36.9 g
Carbohydrate: 70.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 11.9 g
Total Sugars: 9.806 g
Total Fat: 29 g
Saturated Fat: 7.082 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .44 g
Calcium: 712.1 mg
Iron: 4.461 mg
Sodium: 1517 mg
Vitamin C: 9.557 mg
Folate: 140.6 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 140.6 mcg

Calcium-Rich Snack: Crackers and Cheese

Soft cheeses may be out of your diet while pregnant but pasteurized and harder cheeses are a great way to get the extra calcium you need. Spread 5 Triscuit whole grain crackers with 2 Laughing Cow light cheese wedges and top with 1 tbsp dried cranberries.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 202.2
Protein: 7.205 g
Carbohydrate: 24.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.017 g
Total Sugars: 4.561 g
Total Fat: 8.394 g
Saturated Fat: .855 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .096 g
Calcium: 133.2 mg
Iron: .806 mg
Sodium: 685 mg
Vitamin C: .014 mg
Folate: 7 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 7 mcg

Calcium-Rich Snack:  Peachy Crunchy Yogurt

If you weren’t a yogurt fan before you became pregnant, now is a great time to convert. I love nonfat vanilla yogurt with granola.  A nonfat yogurt will provide you with lots of protein and calcium, but not a lot of sugar — a perfect combination. Mix some flaxseeds into 6 oz container of non-fat peach yogurt with 2 tsp flaxseeds and 1 tbsp granola stirred in.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 198.7
Protein: 15.7 g
Carbohydrate: 25.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.002 g
Total Sugars: 19.1 g
Total Fat: 3.854 g
Saturated Fat: .503 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 1.065 g
Calcium: 216.2 mg
Iron: .543 mg
Sodium: 67.1 mg
Vitamin C: 1.298 mg
Folate: 9.679 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 4.06 mcg

Calcium-Rich Snack: Blueberry Almond Smoothie

Store-made smoothies can be loaded with sugar and often lack nutritional value. Replace the traditionally high-in-sugar frozen yogurt — a smoothie staple — with unsweetened soy milk. Blend 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, 2 teaspoons almond butter, 1 teaspoon honey, and 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 202.5
Protein: 6.878 g
Carbohydrate: 25.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.758 g
Total Sugars: 6.495 g
Total Fat: 9.478 g
Saturated Fat: 1.004 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .045 g
Calcium: 271.2 mg
Iron: 1.835 mg
Sodium: 68.4 mg
Vitamin C: 1.895 mg
Folate: 25.3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 25.3 mcg

Calcium-Rich Snack: Chocolate Chunk Luna Bar

Nutritional bars can be kept in your bag or in the car for the perfect on-the-go snack. There are lots of bars on the market, but Luna Bars are made specifically for women with all natural ingredients, 70% of which are organic.

Calories: 180
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 26 g
Fiber: 3g
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Calcium: 350 mg
Sodium: 210 mg

Another great snack is Peanut Butter and Crackers

If you’re not a big meat eater, it’s important to find other places to get your protein. Peanut butter is full of it, but it is also high in fat, so make sure to measure out a portion instead of eating it from the jar. Evenly distribute 1 tbsp peanut butter on top of 7 Kashi TLC snack crackers, then top each with another cracker to make 7 sandwiches.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 206.1
Protein: 7.748 g
Carbohydrate: 20.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.76 g
Total Sugars: 5.208 g
Total Fat: 11.3 g
Saturated Fat: 1.647 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .012 g
Calcium: 44.2 mg
Iron: 1.307 mg
Sodium: 152.1 mg
Vitamin C: 0 mg
Folate: 11.8 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 11.8 mcg

Soup and Bread

When you are getting ready for baby’s arrival you may feel more fatigued so keeping it simple is important.  Try 1 cup ready to eat minestrone soup with 1/2 whole wheat English muffin and 1/2 teaspoon whipped butter.

NUTRIENT TOTALS

Calories: 200.7
Protein: 7.689 g
Carbohydrate: 33.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.416 g
Total Sugars: 2.67 g
Total Fat: 4.44 g
Saturated Fat: 1.277 g
Cholesterol: 3.283 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .892 g
Calcium: 126.4 mg
Iron: 2.498 mg
Sodium: 625.9 mg
Vitamin C: .723 mg
Folate: 76.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 4.82 mcg
Food Folate: 71.6 mcg

Dark Chocolate for a treat!

Take a break from building the crib and prepping the nursery with two or three pieces of dark chocolates. And because dark chocolate is packed with natural antioxidants, you don’t even have to feel guilty about it.

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