It’s essential for your own health as well as the health of your baby to eat nutritious meals during your pregnancy.  For your sanity it’s best to have a few go-to easy, healthy meals.  While the additional calories you need during a healthy pregnancy are reasonable during the second and third trimesters, it’s important to make those additional calories count.  As much as you’d love a Five Guys burger or a triple chocolate sundae with a pickle, neither of these cravings offers any important nutrients to your healthy diet while pregnant.  They will however add more pounds to your hips.  Want to know a few secrets for easy, healthy meals?  Here you go:How Can I keep a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

Breakfast

  • Invest in a quality smoothie maker.  Blend Greek yogurt and kefir with leafy greens, bananas, berries, and nuts.  Chia seeds are a wonderful addition as well.  The wonderful thing about smoothies is you can enjoy a different one every morning; they are never boring.
  • Skip box cereal and make steel-cut oatmeal.  Packed with fiber and other good stuff, it can even cook in a crockpot overnight on low.  Make it delicious in the morning with fresh fruit, flaxseed, and maple syrup.  You can also freeze single portions to defrost later in the microwave.

Lunch

  • Wraps are a wonderful way to eat salad without thinking you’re actually eating salad.   Include avocadoes, nuts, and seeds as well as a variety of greens.  Varying the ingredients to include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is a must.  And don’t forget to vary the wrap flavors to keep it interesting.  Your local grocery store should offer a variety such as spinach, sun-dried tomato, and Tuscan herb.
  • Soups!  Soups and stews are a wonderful way to sneak extra servings of vegetables into your diet without having to really acknowledge them.  A delicious root veggie bisque or summer garden noodle soup can be tasty as well as filling.  Considering adding whole wheat noodles for additional nutrition.  Best of all? You can make a big batch and freeze the remainder to enjoy quickly at a later date.

Dinner

  • Although you should be aware of fish high in mercury, eating the recommended weekly allowance is a good idea; cold water fish are excellent sources of DHA.  Pair the fish with a trio of steamed veggies topped with a tropical fruit salsa and a side of seasoned quinoa.
  • Vegetarian Chili.  Skip the meat and create a delicious three or four bean chili packed with vegetables including potatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, and cauliflower.  Top with cheese for calcium and avocados for healthy fats.  A great chili is delicious with eggs the next morning!

Dessert

  • Skip the pre-packaged stuff and go for the all-natural stuff instead.  Consider a triple berry parfait layered with Greek vanilla yogurt, granola, and toasted almonds instead.
  • Fire up your oven and bake apples or pears.  Core the apples and fill with berries, maple syrup and a tad of brown sugar.  Halve the pears, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and bake until soft.  Enjoy!

Healthy pregnancy eating doesn’t have to be difficult; it does have to be conscious.  When shopping, try to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store—that’s where most of your healthy choices can be found.