Does your pregnancy diet need a pick-me-up around the middle of the day? Sick of the same old cold sandwiches for lunch? Why not find some new ways to jazz up your table with healthy lunch ideas during your pregnancy?
Heat Up Some Leftovers for Lunch During Pregnancy
One of the best ways to eat leftovers is to warm them up for lunch the next day. Use your weekends to double-up a recipe and then portion out some leftovers to eat at lunchtime. Warm foods often just taste better than cold foods. Not to mention, most of the time you will not have the energy or motivation to do a lot of cooking when you are pregnant, so heating up a leftover is a time-saving way to eat healthy at lunchtime.
Some favorite leftovers that make great healthy lunch ideas include meat and vegetable stews, pot roasts with roasted vegetables or fish (such as salmon or tilapia) with a salad or vegetable.
Warm Soups and Fruit or Salad Be a Healthy Lunch Ideas
Soups are a comfort food no matter what season of the year it is. Since expectant mothers need to be sure they are getting enough protein in their pregnancy diet, soup recipes should include a protein source such as beef, chicken or beans.
If you are making your own soups, you can soak the beans overnight and then simply add broth and vegetables to a crock pot to enjoy them for dinner as well as lunch the next day. Some soup ideas for a healthy lunch include lentil soup, black bean soup, chicken and rice soup or chili with or without meat. Pair the soup with a tossed salad or fresh fruit and it’s a great healthy lunch for pregnancy.
Try a Wrap or Burrito for Lunch During Pregnancy
A new twist on the traditional lunchtime sandwich is to put meat or beans with other favorites in a wrap. Leftover slices of grilled chicken, hummus, avocados and chopped vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers, and onions are great to fill inside a wrap.
Or why not try to make your own burritos with beans or meat, rice, salsa, guacamole, and lettuce? The wrap or burrito includes fewer carbohydrates and can cut out some of the fat from dressings or mayonnaise. Remember to be careful about eating deli meats during pregnancy. Expectant moms need to eat deli meats prior to eating to avoid getting sick from listeria.
Quiche Makes a Nutritious Lunch, Breakfast or Dinner for Pregnancy
One of the great things about quiche is that it works no matter what meal of the day you are preparing. Quiche is also versatile and just about any meat or vegetable can be added to the eggs and cheese to make unique pairings of flavors.
You can try a spinach and bacon quiche or even a ham and broccoli quiche for lunch during pregnancy. Quiche is also a great leftover meal that you can heat up and enjoy again.
Pregnancy can be a time when you have little energy or motivation to cook. Yet every day, expectant moms need good, healthy meals in order to have a healthy pregnancy.