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nutritious food during pregnancy
nutritious food during pregnancy

Five homemade nutritious food items that should be consumed during pregnancy

5 Simple And Nutritious Meal Ideas To Give You A Strong Start

Eating right during pregnancy is really important. As a modern day mother, you want your child to get the very best, right from the start. You also do not want to compromise on you tingeing taste buds.

Below you will find five different snack recipes. Try them out, they are healthy, tasty and easy to make.

Spinach, Cheese And Tomato Omelette

This is a very nutritious dish for the mother to be and her baby. It is high on protein, folic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Magnesium.

Preparation - In a small mixing bowl beat 2 eggs with about 3 tablespoons of milk. Add a cup of roughly chopped spinach and ½ a diced tomato. Add salt and pepper as per taste. In a non-stick pan, heat olive oil and add the above egg mixture. It would take about 2 minutes to set. Once set, place 2 slices of Swiss cheese on one half of the omelette. Gently fold over the other half to cover the cheese from top. Allow the cheese to melt a little in about a minute. Serve with whole wheat toast.

Variation- Add any vegetables you like. Replace with other pregnancy safe cheese.

Tropical Smoothie

This thick protein packed drink is easy to make and easy to carry.

Preparation - In a blender add about 1 mango, 6 ounce tofu, 2 slices pineapple, 2 kiwis, and ½ cup orange juice and blend well. Add ice cubes depending on preferences.

Variation- Instead of tofu try rice milk or soy milk. Replace orange juice with pineapple juice or guava juice. You could even add fresh strawberries.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These high in protein and yummy to eat pancakes are a no compromise nutritious treat.

Preparation - In a small bowl beat 1 egg until creamy. Add ½ cup strained cottage cheese and mix. Add 3 tbsp whole wheat flour and 1 tsp canola oil and mix further. In a heated skillet, pour the batter to make about 4 pancakes. Serve with apple butter or any jam you like.

Chickpea And Apricot Tagine

Preparation – To hot olive oil, add chopped tomatoes, chopped onion and garlic cloves and fry for a while. Add chopped red chillies, cumin, chopped dried apricots and mixed vegetables like baby corn, carrots and courgettes. You may add water to make it the consistency of a sauce. Simmer it for about 15 minutes. Add chickpeas and cook again for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander. Serve with brown rice.

Lettuce, Avocado, Spinach And Citrus Salad

This salad is rich in potassium, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid and vitamin B6.

Preparation - Place the lettuce and spinach leafs in a bowl. Remove the membrane of the grapefruit and add it along with avocado to the bowl. Add walnut and toasted almonds.

For the vinaigrette add 2 tbsp of grapefruit juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ table spoon vinegar, 2 ½ tbsp olive oil, finely diced shallot and black pepper to taste and shake rigorously.  Drizzle this over the salad.