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Pregnancy Recipes to Put the Brakes on Hunger

by Katlyn Joy | March 12, 2014 1:11 PM
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Do you feel like eating everything in the house? Feeling full during pregnancy is a different type challenge in each trimester. However, overeating can lead to unwanted weight gain. By eating the right food combinations, you can put the brakes on the hunger and feed your body a diet that is rich in nutrients rather than extra calories. Here are some ideas for you to make each meal multitask for you.

Lunch and Dinner Recipes

Honey mustard baked salmon, baked potato topped with broccoli and cheese and a salad of red leaf, green lettuce, carrots and celery.

Ingredients

4 salmon fillets
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Italian breadcrumbs

Directions

To prepare the salmon, mix together 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon honey. Set oven to 400 degrees. Place salmon in a oil sprayed baking dish, and spread the honey mustard mixture on top. Add a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the salmon is baked to flaky perfection. Check for doneness with a fork.

Bake potatoes and top with steamed broccoli and top with melted cheddar cheese.

Toss salad ingredients and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

Toasted cheese with turkey bacon, cream of tomato soup, whole wheat pita chips, and fresh veggies with dill dip.

This simple lunch requires you to only prepare the turkey bacon in the microwave first. Next place bacon on top whole wheat whole grain lightly buttered bread, add a couple slices of your favorite cheese and broil in the oven.

For the soup, use low sodium canned condensed tomato sauce and instead of adding water, add 2 percent milk. Add some basil to taste.

Instead of saltines, go for whole wheat pita chips. Add your favorite veggies and mix a cup of plain yogurt, dried garlic powder, onion salt and dill for a creamy dip.

Ground turkey meat loaf, mashed sweet potatoes, and honeyed peas.

Ingredients

2 pounds of ground turkey
Small can of tomato paste
15 ounce can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar,
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce,
1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper
2 eggs
2 cups crushed crackers

Directions

Prepare 2 pounds of ground turkey by mixing with a small can of tomato paste, tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper. Add eggs and crushed crackers. Mix well then shape into little shapes to fill a greased muffin pan. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until done in the center.

Heat peas with a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of honey, salt and pepper to taste.

Bake sweet potatoes by first partially baking in microwave for several minutes, then finishing in oven. Top with butter, salt, pepper and cinnamon.

Breakfasts

Prepare oatmeal for breakfast, but add some special touches like a sliced banana, brown sugar, chopped walnuts or pecans, wheat germ, 2 percent milk, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add a whole wheat bagel with low fat cream cheese, and drink a glass of orange juice.

Make scramble eggs and sprinkled with cheese with half a grapefruit sprinkled with brown sugar, a piece of whole grain bread with honey, and a glass of milk.

Have a bowl of vanilla yogurt, sprinkled with your favorite crunchy healthy cereal. Blend a cup of low fat milk, a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a breakfast smoothie.

Snacks

Top graham crackers with peanut butter thinned with milk and top with raisins.

Make hummus wraps with a tortilla spread with hummus, shredded lettuce and carrots.

Spray very thin slices of potato with vegetable spray or olive oil spray. Microwave until crisped. Sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add a dusting of Parmesan.

Make a simple fruit salad by taking bananas, apples, raisins, pineapple chunks and stirring together then topping with grated coconut.

Slice apples, top with cheddar cheese and broil in the oven.

Keep a bowl of veggie sticks in a bowl of water in the refrigerator for a quick grab. Dip in ranch dressing.

Top a whole wheat English muffin with spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese and slices of yellow and red peppers. Heat in oven.

Pop a third of a cup of popcorn in the microwave in a lunch sack. Top with whatever seasonings sound good, from taco seasoning, to olive oil and sea salt, to chili and garlic powder to Parmesan and Italian seasonings.


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