Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is essential, and will benefit both you and your unborn baby. Eating a balanced diet is important as it will not only aid your baby’s development, but will also help to keep you in the best possible health.
Pregnancy is a super exciting time, but it can also be exhausting, so it is crucial to provide your body with the fuel that it needs to function at its best. Many women worry over what they should and should not eat during pregnancy. In general, the guidelines for a healthy eating plan in pregnancy are much the same as before you got pregnant. However, it is vital to familiarise yourself with the foods that you need to avoid during pregnancy. It is also important to maintain high standards of food hygiene, and to ensure that the food you eat is thoroughly cooked.
1. Apple Porridge
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
- 50g porridge oats
- 1 dessert apple, diced
- Cinnamon (1 pinch)
- Pour the milk, porridge oats, and dessert apple into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Lower the temperature and simmer, stirring frequently.
- Serve and then sprinkle the pinch of cinnamon over the porridge.
2. Banana Smoothie with Oats
- I ripe banana
- 100ml of semi-skimmed milk
- 2 tablespoons of oats
- Peel and chop the ripe banana and add to a blender.
- Pour the milk into the blender and spoon in the oats.
- Blitz in the blender until the mixture looks smooth and frothy, and then serve.
3. Smashed Avocado and Tomato on Toast
- 1 ripe avocado
- 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Handful of basil leaves
- Toast of your choice
- Start by scooping the avocado into a bowl and removing the stone.
- Smash the avocado in the bowl using a fork.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
- Scoop the avocado onto the toast and top with the tomatoes and basil.
- For extra zing you could drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the smashed avocado, tomato and basil.
Black Bean Beef Stir Fry
- 300g minute steak, cut into strips
- 2 handfuls of green beans
- Grated ginger
- 4 tablespoons black bean sauce
- Rice or noodles to serve
- Add oil to a wok and heat, before adding ginger.
- Next, add the steak and cook until the beef starts to brown.
- Add the green beans to the wok and cook for a further minute.
- Pour the black bean sauce into the pan and stir to ensure that all ingredients are covered by the sauce.
- Cook for a further few minutes until the steak is cooked through and then serve with your choice of rice or noodles.
- 600ml milk
- 400ml reduced salt vegetable or chicken stock
- 200g sweet potato, diced
- 1 carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon corn flour
- Pour the stock into a large saucepan and then add the vegetables.
- Bring the pan to the boil and cook until the vegetables are tender (approximately 25 minutes).
- Blend together the corn flour with 3 tablespoons of the milk and mix them until they form a smooth paste.
- Add the remaining milk to the saucepan containing the vegetables and stock, followed by the corn flour paste.
- Stir the pan continuously to combine all the ingredients and continue to heat to allow the soup to thicken.
- Season to taste before serving.
These are some amazing and healthy pregnancy meal ideas to try.