Quick, delicious, and easy: the three words that every pregnant woman wants. Well, that’s what this article is about. It will help you satisfy your cravings and also give you the much-needed nourishment.
Food is one of the most important things to be taken care of during pregnancy. In this article, you can read about some good, tasty, and at the same time, healthy lunch ideas for pregnant women. So read on, and you can take your pick from any of the following delicious lunch options during your pregnancy period.
Sandwiches are the perfect option for a quick, yet healthy food for lunch. Given below are a couple of fantastic ideas for yummy sandwiches which will fill your tummy and help in giving you the necessary nourishment for your baby as well.
Get some fresh sprouts. Any sprouts of your choice will do. Put them in a bowl and squeeze the juice of a lemon on the sprouts. Sprinkle it with a little pepper powder and add some coriander or spearmint for flavor. Mix this mixture thoroughly using a spoon. Now take the slices of bread and make yourself some delicious sandwiches using this mixture as a filling!
Everyone loves chicken! Pregnant women are generally advised not to eat meat that has been precooked and frozen, unless, it is thoroughly heated and gives out steam. Fast food joints generally freeze meat for quite some time before actually cooking it. But here is a better option. Instead of wondering about the freshness of the chicken from a freezer, why don’t you use some chicken that you cooked the night before? Yes, I’m sure you use only fresh chicken to cook. And since you’ve already cooked it once, you know that it’s been heated well. So, just take it out from your fridge, heat it once more (thoroughly) and use it as a stuffing in your sandwiches.
Fruits And Vegetables
The all-time favorites! Pregnant or not pregnant, eating your daily share of fruits and vegetables is very important for a well-balanced diet. Read the options below for tasty treats you can make from fruits and veggies!
Gather up all the fruits that you’re allowed to eat. Many women wonder, is it safe to eat papaya during pregnancy. Avoid eating it if you’re not sure that it’s fully ripe. Take fruits like apples, dates, peaches, raisin, etc. and others which contain high quantities of vitamin C and folic acid. Put them in a bowl and sprinkle some sugar powder on it. You can mix vanilla flavored ice cream in the fruit bowl and have a yummy, tummy-filling lunch idea for all expecting women with a sweet tooth!
Vegetables and Lentils
Steamed and boiled vegetables are one of the best lunch ideas for pregnant women. Pack yourself a lunch box with boiled lentils. Any type of lentils works well when the right seasoning is added. Add bits of cheese if you’re craving for some carbs! Fresh cottage cheese is a great addition to this too.
Juices And Yogurt
If you’re not in the mood for solids, try out different juices instead. Mango, peach, lemonade, pomegranate, and orange are some of the best juices for pregnant women. Or you can try different flavored yogurt instead. Have the yogurt with berries, cherries, or any other fruit you wish, for a wholesome lunch!
And when you’re terribly bored of the fruits, veggies, and juices, you can try out some ideas given below. They’re quite tasty and don’t take to long to prepare either. Plus, they’re healthy too!
Crackers And Cheese
The thing about food cravings during pregnancy is that they may be totally bizarre. So, even if you’re not a regular cracker eater, you might find yourself eating them. So, make sure you have a pack of delicious (low sodium) crackers at hand. You may or may not want to add a dollop of cheese to it. Totally your call.
Soups and Bread
The next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you pick up some packs of instant soup powder. These are extremely easy to make and taste great too. You can make the soup within a quarter of an hour and by the time it simmers, you can chop up some fresh veggies or cut and boil small chunks of meat to the soup. Season, garnish, and gulp it down!
What you can do is cook a whole lot of pasta and keep it in the refrigerator. Keep the sauce separate from the pasta though. Make different sauces according to what you feel like. Then, at lunchtime, all you have to do is heat up the pasta in the microwave and add the sauce to it. You can also add some herbal seasoning like oregano for more flavor.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.