Monday, February 9, 2015

Vegetarian Meal Ideas and Snacks for Pregnancy

peanut butter, green apples, hard boiled eggs, seasoning salt
messy-veggie nachos: blue corn tortilla chips, tofu, cherry tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, corn, black beans, avocado, hot sauce
cacao chips, raw pumpkin seeds, shelled pistachios 
grilled tofu and bell peppers, raw coleslaw, tomatoes and basil in balsamic dressing, quinoa with peas, corn and peppers
strawberry, banana, mango, kale (just a little) smoothie with a coconut milk base, chia seeds and hemp protein powder
quinoa with tomato-basil sauce, fresh garlic and onions
I was asked the other day if I have chosen to do anything differently while pregnant because I'm a vegetarian. 

To answer the question: sort of. I am taking a daily prenatal vitamin as well as a calcium tablet, folic-acid tablet with vitamins B6 and B12 and fish oil (I only took calcium before). And, while I've always tried to have a balanced vegetarian diet, I do notice now that I make an extra effort to eat and serve foods that provide lots of protein and iron to avoid the anemia I am more susceptible to now. The foods I try to have on hand are nuts and seeds, oatmeal, eggs, beans, kale, spinach, fresh fruits and vegetables, quinoa (and quinoa pasta) and tofu. 

+Do you have any good protein and iron packed foods and snacks you'd recommend?  
+Any other people who ate vegetarian diets out there during pregnancy? I would love to hear from you!  
+Also, if you have any more questions, please feel free to leave them here in the comments or e-mail me
I hope to do a few more of these posts in the future.

5 comments:

  1. I love hardboiled eggs, but I never make them. Thank you for the reminder/inspiration. I always enjoy your food posts.

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  2. I was a vegan when I was pregnant, I tried to eat lots of iron rich foods too, things like broccoli (calabrese), figs, watercress and pulses. Fresh fruit is good to follow, as the Vitamin C helps with absorption of iron. The food you've been making looks absolutely delicious, as well as being lovely and healthy. You're doing a good job girl. CJ xx

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  3. These dishes look delicious, thanks for sharing, Devon :) x

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  4. your a vegetarian?!?!? how cool...I raised a vegan till about age 12.

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  5. I don't eat a vegetarian diet, but you and I definitely have some of the same favorite snacks. Yummy! :)

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