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10 Healthy Pregnancy Recipes For You

A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. The first step to achieving this is to have the right recipes at your fingertips, because you’re actually eating for two.

Healthy, nutritious and good food keeps you healthy and supplies your baby with the necessary nutrients while he/she waits to join you in this world.

Woman preparing recipe for pregnancy

To eat healthy, your meal must contain an appropriate blend of the following group of foods:

  • Dairy (milk)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Proteins such as meat, fish, poultry, cereals and legumes.
  • Carbohydrates

In this article, we’ve compiled 10 special and healthy recipes that’d keep you nourished and active all through pregnancy.

Our Healthy Recipe List:

1. Cabbage Rice

The first on our list is the simple recipe for cabbage rice.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Powdered pepper
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pasteurized cheese
man carrying cabbage in a pack

Process:

Melt the butter in a pan, add the onions to be sautéd as well as the cabbage and capsicum. Cook the mixture until it becomes tender. After this, add the rice and seasoning then garnish the dish with cheese.

2. Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir-fry

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Baby corn
  • Capsicum
  • French beans
  • Corn flour
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Toasted Cashew
  • Sugar
  • Black pepper powder Oil
  • Salt
Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir-fry recipe for pregnancy

Process:

Heat the oil over a high flame in a wok. Add garlic and then cook for a minute. Next, add all the vegetables and stir-fry for some time. Mix the corn flour with water and add it to the vegetables. Add seasonings too & cook the mixture for a minute before serving with toasted cashews.

3. Chicken and Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Penne pasta
  • Snow peas
  • Tomato pasta sauce
  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper powder
  • Salt
chicken and tomato pasta recipe for pregnancy

Procedure:

Cook the pasta in boiling water until it is soft enough. As the pasta boils, add the snow peas and stir lightly. Brush the chicken with oil, season with salt and marinate with seasoning & pepper as desired. At this point, you can cook the chicken fillet in a large pan until a tender consistency is attained.

After cooling, slice the chicken diagonally and mix it with the pasta in another pan as you heat the pasta sauce. Once all this is completed, mix everything thoroughly and your meal is ready to be enjoyed.

4. Cream of Celery Soup

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Potatoes
  • Celery stalks
  • Onions,
  • Corn flour
  • Milk
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh cream.
celery soup on a platter

Procedure:

Sauté the onions and potatoes in butter for few minutes before adding the celery to the mixture. After this, add two cups of water and leave to boil.

Allow the mixture to cool and then blend. Drain the contents from the blender and then pour the soup into a pan for heating. Mix the soup with the corn flour and milk. After mixing, season your soup until it thickens.

5. Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • Kidney beans
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Coriander
  • Oil
  • Salt.
Bean soup ingredient for pregnancy recipe

Process:

Soak the kidney beans overnight. Chop the onions and cook with oil in a pressure cooker until the onion becomes transparent. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic and allow the mixture sauté for few minutes.

At this point, add the beans and water and let it pressure cook for 15 minutes. Once the beans has cooled to a decent temperature, use a blender to churn it. Heat up the soup and add lemon juice to it. You can now garnish it with the coriander leaves.

6. Mixed Vegetable Cutlet

Another important part of your recipe list during pregnancy are the veggies, and by extension, the mixed vegetable cutlet.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • French beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Pepper
  • Turmeric powder
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Oil
  • Salt

Process:

Heat the onions in oil in a pan until they become translucent. Add the French beans, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and salt, mix well. Add the pepper and turmeric powder. After thoroughly mixing, add some water and allow to cook over a low flame until the vegetables are soft and well-cooked.

vegetable cutlet been cooked

Mash all the vegetables and divide into ball-shaped proportions after it has cooled. Flatten the ball-shaped mix and roll in breadcrumbs. Place in a pan & fry until the skin turns golden brown. Drain the excess oil by placing them in a plate layered with kitchen tissues.

7. Sprouts Cutlet

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Coriander
  • Cashews,
  • Corn flour
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt

Process:

Mash the already boiled potatoes in a bowl & add salt, coriander, corn flour, sprouts and cashew into the bowl. Make small cutlet from the mix and coat them with crumbs. Coat the surface with oil and then shallow fry them until they turn golden-brown.

8. Banana Walnut Pancakes

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this recipe is for you!

walnut banana on a table

Ingredients:

  • Banana puree
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Wheat bran
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Banana slices
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla essence.

Process:

Mix all the ingredients (excluding honey and banana slices) in a bowl, then add a cup of water.  Melt some butter in medium heat and pour the mixture into it. Toss the mix so that both sides cook evenly.

You can serve the pancakes with the banana slices and honey.

9. Date and Banana Shake

Ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Banana
  • Milk
  • Ice cube
woman trying to eat banana

Process:

Soak the dates in warm milk for about 30 minutes and blend along with the other ingredients.

10. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

peanut butter

Ingredients:

  • Roasted peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Dates
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla essence,
  • Oats,
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sunflower chips
  • Salt

Process:

Blend the oats, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, peanuts and dates thoroughly. Mix the eggs, vanilla essence and salt in a separate bowl. Add both mixtures together and blend to make a paste.

Fold the paste into chocolate chips & bake for 35mins in an oven at 200 Degrees Fahrenheit

At this point, your peanut bars are ready to be consumed after cooling.

An Extra Tip

Wash your food products thoroughly before preparation. Also, remember to maintain a good hygiene while cooking. Finally, as healthy as this recipe list is, remember to consult your doctor before making any major dietary changes during pregnancy.

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