Everyone knows that when you are pregnant you have to be a little more responsible about what you put in your body. There are of course some foods that are to be avoided completely such as unpasteurised cheese and pate but this does not mean your diet has to be completely boring. Here are some ideas for some great meals that not only do good for mother and baby but are a little out of the ordinary.
Wraps – Wraps are a great alternative to sandwiches or soup at lunch time and you can fill them with loads of interesting things. When it comes to protein, which is imperative during pregnancy, you can go for chicken, but not just plain chicken breast, why not try a southern fired coating. Humus and falafel are also great sources of protein and the fatty acids essential to healthy energy storing and are something out of the ordinary.
Whole Wheat Pastas – They might take a little longer to cook than normal pasta but whole wheat pastas are much higher in fibre than their counterpart, the same goes for brown rice. If you are looking for something interesting to go with your pasta, you can make a really easy creamy sauce from crème fresh, garlic, white onion and any type of mushroom.
Warm Salads – warm salads can be a great meal when you are looking for something new. If it is summer when you notice the first signs of pregnancy you can get straight onto the light healthy salads. But by the time winter comes around you can be a little sick of the greens and in the mood for something a little heartier. Try the addition of warm fried salmon chunks or lightly boiled green beans.
Get Baking – When you bake your own food you know exactly what is in it so you can be sure there are no strange additives or preservatives and this is a benefit to those women who are trying to detox from these types of substances. There are some great recipes for during pregnancy on the Bounty website and you can make make everything from cakes and scones to a variety of different types of bread. Baking is also a really soothing pastime for those days during your maternity leave but before you have given birth and you are at a loss as to things to do.