A Week of Delicious Pregnancy Meals and Snacks

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Jason Donnelly
Eating healthy when you're pregnant can be hard: You have crazy cravings and an even crazier schedule. But eating right is important for your growing baby, so check out these nutritious, dietician-approved meals. There's even fro-yo!
Shannon Greer
Shannon Greer

Your Pregnancy Meal Plan

This plan is designed so that you can pick a different meal and snack for each day of the week; we've counted the calories for you. And you get to eat lots -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks (one calcium rich, one regular), and a treat. Woo hoo! All recipes are single servings, so this is a total no-brainer. The recipes here are an average of 400 calories more than a non-pregnant woman eats (exactly what you need during your second and third trimester).

Total daily calories: 2200

If your doctor says you are underweight, you'll likely need about 2400 calories a day: Add an after-dinner snack from the snack list or double the size of one snack during the day.

If you started your pregnancy overweight, you'll likely need about 2000 calories a day: Only choose one snack each day.

Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Breakfast 1: Classic Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Remembering to prepare these oats before bed may not be easy, but you'll love waking up to a pre-made breakfast. Pour one cup of nonfat milk over 2/3 cup rolled oats and stir in 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and a small apple (chopped).


Calories: 448.3
Protein: 19.6 g
Carbohydrate: 65.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.148 g
Total Sugars: 24.2 g
Total Fat: 13.8 g
Saturated Fat: 1.84 g
Cholesterol: 4.94 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 1.43 g
Calcium: 560.1 mg
Iron: 3.147 mg
Sodium: 132.1 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 47.7 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Evan Sklar
Evan Sklar

Breakfast 2: Egg Wrap

Craving some Mexican? This egg wrap will satisfy your early-morning munchies. Scramble one egg and one egg white in 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add 1 cup baby spinach and sauté until just wilted. Put egg-spinach mixture on a 10-inch whole wheat tortilla, along with 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese and 1/4 cup salsa. Roll up and enjoy.


Calories: 453.4
Protein: 26.2 g
Carbohydrate: 44 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.86 g
Total Sugars: .941 g
Total Fat: 21.2 g
Saturated Fat: 5.989 g
Cholesterol: 231.5 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .164 g
Calcium: 353.8 mg
Iron: 4.448 mg
Sodium: 856.6 mg
Vitamin D: .438 mcg
Folate: 123.6 mcg
Folic Acid: 16.8 mcg

Marty Baldwin
Marty Baldwin

Breakfast 3: Pear and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

An English muffin turns this traditional lunch-time sandwich into a fun breakfast option. Separate the two sides of a whole wheat English muffin. Place 1/2 of a large pear, sliced, on one half and top with a 1-ounce slice of cheddar cheese. Put both halves under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the top browns and the cheese is melted. Sandwich the two halves together. Serve with the remaining half of the pear spread with 2 teaspoons almond butter.


Calories: 447.5
Protein: 15.1 g
Carbohydrate: 64.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 12.6 g
Total Sugars: 23.2 g
Total Fat: 17.5 g
Saturated Fat: 6.914 g
Cholesterol: 29.8 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .149 g
Calcium: 314.7 mg
Iron: 2.688 mg
Sodium: 397.9 mg
Vitamin D: .085 mcg
Folate: 88.7 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Christopher Gallo
Christopher Gallo

Breakfast 4: Crunchy Pumpkin Spice Parfait

This breakfast is so tasty, it practically doubles as dessert. If you've got a sweet tooth, then you're in for a treat. Stir 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling), 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup into 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt. Put half of the pumpkin-yogurt mixture into a mug or glass, top with 2 tablespoons granola, 1 tablespoon raisins and 2 teaspoons chopped cashews. Pour on remaining yogurt mixture and top with another 2 tablespoons granola, 1 tablespoon raisins and 2 teaspoons chopped cashews.


Calories: 455.4
Protein: 20.7 g
Carbohydrate: 68 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.357 g
Total Sugars: 21.9 g
Total Fat: 13.7 g
Saturated Fat: 2.825 g
Cholesterol: 4.41 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .027 g
Calcium: 552.2 mg
Iron: 3.727 mg
Sodium: 199.5 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 71.2 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

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Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Breakfast 5: Bacon and Egg Frittata

With this baked dish you get two breakfast faves -- bacon and eggs -- in one portable package. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl whisk together 8 eggs with 1/4 tsp. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; set aside. Cook and stir 1/4 lb. chopped lower-sodium bacon in a 10-inch non-stick, oven-safe skillet over medium until crisp. Pour the eggs over the remaining bacon in skillet. Sprinkle evenly with 1 Tbs. finely chopped chives. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Makes 8 servings. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Enjoy with a medium (16 ounce) nonfat decaf latte and an orange.


Calories: 184
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrate: 1 g
Fiber: 0 g
Fat: 11 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Sugars: 0 g
Calcium: 38 mg
Sodium: 456 mg

Robyn Lehr
Robyn Lehr

Lunch 1: Egg-cellent Veggie & Hummus Pita

This pita has veggies, eggs, hummus -- and tons of flavor! Fill a 6-inch whole wheat pita with 1/4 cup hummus, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg plus one hard-boiled egg white, 1/3 cup chopped tomato, 1/2 cup baby spinach, a sprinkle of paprika and 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts. Serve with a cup of grapes.


Calories: 553.8
Protein: 22.4 g
Carbohydrate: 81.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.963 g
Total Sugars: 28.3 g
Total Fat: 18.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.116 g
Cholesterol: 212 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .172 g
Calcium: 104.6 mg
Iron: 5.154 mg
Sodium: 620.7 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 125.4 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

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Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Lunch 2: Colorful Crab Salad Sandwich

While some seafood is off-limits during pregnancy, you can relax and indulge in any seafood cravings with this safe and tasty crab salad sandwich. Mix a 6-ounce can of crab meat (drained) with 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, 1/4 cup shredded carrot, 1/4 cup diced celery and 1 tablespoon chopped red onion. Spread mixture onto a slice of whole wheat bread and top with second slice of bread. Serve with 1/2 cup rinsed, drained canned white beans tossed with 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.


Calories: 564.4
Protein: 33.2 g
Carbohydrate: 69.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 11.9 g
Total Sugars: 9.441 g
Total Fat: 20.8 g
Saturated Fat: 2.286 g
Cholesterol: 110.5 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 1.186 g
Calcium: 183.2 mg
Iron: 6.462 mg
Sodium: 1103 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 87.6 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Lunch 3: Fiesta Salad

Hold the margarita (only for a few more months!) and enjoy this fun, Mexican-inspired salad. Top 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce with 1 cup canned black beans (rinsed, drained), 1/2 a medium baked (or microwaved) sweet potato (cubed, with skin), 1/3 cup diced tomato and 1/4 cup frozen and thawed corn kernels. Drizzle with lime vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic and salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle with 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese.


Calories: 542.7
Protein: 27.4 g
Carbohydrate: 66.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 20.7 g
Total Sugars: 7.892 g
Total Fat: 21.4 g
Saturated Fat: 5.26 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .401 g
Calcium: 360 mg
Iron: 5.411 mg
Sodium: 394.3 mg
Vitamin D: 0 mcg
Folate: 415.8 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Andy Lyons
Andy Lyons

Lunch 4: Loaded Pesto Veggie Burger

Skip the fast-food restaurant and make this burger at home to save time, money and lots of calories. Cook a veggie burger according to instructions. Using a grill pan sprayed with cooking spray, grill a thick slice of yellow onion and a Portobello mushroom cap. Place veggie burger onto half of a whole wheat hamburger bun spread with 2 teaspoons prepared pesto. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese, Portobello mushroom and onion and the second half of the bun. Serve with 2 carrots, cut into sticks and dipped into 2 tablespoons hummus.


Calories: 549.1
Protein: 33.2 g
Carbohydrate: 55.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 11.8 g
Total Sugars: 13.3 g
Total Fat: 22.2 g
Saturated Fat: 7.257 g
Cholesterol: 30.1 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .356 g
Calcium: 413.5 mg
Iron: 3.905 mg
Sodium: 867.8 mg
Vitamin D: .312 mcg
Folate: 125.3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Gemma Comas
Gemma Comas

Lunch 5: Panera Bread "You Pick 2" Menu

Choosing a healthy meal when you're out can be daunting, but Panera Bread's "You Pick 2" menu makes it simple and easy to eat right. Order half a Napa Almond Chicken sandwich, half a Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken salad and eat half an apple side.

Calories: 550
Total Fat: 20 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 60 mg
Sodium: 780 mg
Carbohydrate: 72.5 g
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 29 g

Kritsada Panichgul
Kritsada Panichgul

Dinner 1: Stuffed Acorn Squash with White Beans, Mushrooms & Wild Rice

Stuffed acorn squash has tons of nutrients that all pregnant women need, but it's especially great for expecting vegetarian mamas. Cut 1 medium acorn squash in half horizontally; remove seeds. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, cut side down. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. While squash is cooking, sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped mushroom, 1/3 cup white beans and 1 clove chopped garlic in 2 teaspoons olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add 1 cup cooked wild or brown rice and 1 Tbsp chopped pistachios to mixture and continue to stir until heated through, about 1 minute more. Set aside. Remove squash from the oven, stuff each half with the rice and bean mixture, then top each half with 2 tbsp parmesan cheese. Place in oven again and cook an additional 10 minutes.


Calories: 641.7
Protein: 23.6 g
Carbohydrate: 110.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 16.2 g
Total Sugars: 6.101 g
Total Fat: 16.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.59 g
Cholesterol: 6.8 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .438 g
Calcium: 362.5 mg
Iron: 7.457 mg
Sodium: 763.8 mg
Vitamin C: 55.4 mg
Folate: 198.2 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 198.2 mcg

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Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Dinner 2: Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Pregnant women need at least 60 g of protein each day, which shouldn't be a problem since this parmesan chicken is packed with it -- more than 50 g! Preheat oven to 475. Bread 5 ounces of chicken tenders by dipping in an egg wash made with 2 egg whites lightly beaten with a fork, then in 2 tbsp bread crumbs (preferably whole wheat) mixed with 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Bake chicken tenders on a wire rack or baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 165 degrees internally. Serve with 4.5 ounces baked Alexia sweet potato fries (about 18 fries) and 1 cup steamed broccoli drizzled with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.


Calories: 649.2
Protein: 50.9 g
Carbohydrate: 69.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 10.7 g
Total Sugars: 19.7 g
Total Fat: 22.8 g
Saturated Fat: 4.002 g
Cholesterol: 92.5 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .222 g
Calcium: 231.4 mg
Iron: 3.678 mg
Sodium: 1171 mg
Vitamin C: 68.1 mg
Folate: 86.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 11.1 mcg
Food Folate: 75.4 mcg

Marty Baldwin
Marty Baldwin

Dinner 3: Pork and Pineapple Kebobs

Throw some of these kebobs on the grill for a healthier alternative to standard BBQ fare. Cut 4 ounces of pork tenderloin or boneless top loin roast into 1.5 inch pieces. In a zip-lock bag add juice of 1/2 a lime, 1/2 clove of chopped garlic, 1/4 cup juice from pineapple canned in its own juices and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Cut 1/2 of a medium red bell pepper and 1/4 of a medium onion into 1" pieces. Thread pork, pepper, onion and 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks in their own juices, onto 2 skewers. Grill on a medium high flame until pork is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Serve over 1.5 cups cooked bulgur wheat tossed with 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 640.6
Protein: 35.6 g
Carbohydrate: 86.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 15.2 g
Total Sugars: 28.6 g
Total Fat: 19.2 g
Saturated Fat: 3.429 g
Cholesterol: 71.4 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .187 g
Calcium: 75.1 mg
Iron: 4.212 mg
Sodium: 366.8 mg
Vitamin C: 103.2 mg
Folate: 101.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 101.5 mcg

Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Dinner 4: Quick and Easy Pizza and Salad

You've probably heard that pregnant women need more iron, but did you know that pizza is a great place to find it? Heat an Amy's Organic Single Serve Pesto Pizza according to instructions. Serve with a salad made with 1 cup mixed greens, 1/2 of a sliced cucumber, 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, 1/2 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 2 teaspoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar and garlic powder to taste.


Calories: 640.4
Protein: 21.1 g
Carbohydrate: 85.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 13.6 g
Total Sugars: 9.939 g
Total Fat: 24.1 g
Saturated Fat: 5.74 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .087 g
Calcium: 316 mg
Iron: 8.733 mg
Sodium: 1059 mg
Vitamin C: 31.9 mg
Folate: 92.3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 92.3 mcg

Lucy Schaeffer
Lucy Schaeffer

Dinner 5: Dinner Nachos

By using reduced-fat cheese and non-fat yogurt, we turned a traditional junk food into a calcium-rich dinner. Layer one ounce of corn chips with 1/3 cup kidney beans, 2 tbsp chopped olives and 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese. Bake in oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are hot and cheese is melted. Top with 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup salsa and 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt.


Calories: 656.8
Protein: 36.9 g
Carbohydrate: 70.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 11.9 g
Total Sugars: 9.806 g
Total Fat: 29 g
Saturated Fat: 7.082 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .44 g
Calcium: 712.1 mg
Iron: 4.461 mg
Sodium: 1517 mg
Vitamin C: 9.557 mg
Folate: 140.6 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 140.6 mcg

Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Calcium-Rich Snack 1: Crackers and Cheese

Soft cheeses may be out of your diet while pregnant, but pasteurized and harder cheeses are a great way to get the extra calcium you need. Spread 5 Triscuit whole grain crackers with 2 Laughing Cow light cheese wedges and top with 1 tbsp dried cranberries.


Calories: 202.2
Protein: 7.205 g
Carbohydrate: 24.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.017 g
Total Sugars: 4.561 g
Total Fat: 8.394 g
Saturated Fat: .855 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .096 g
Calcium: 133.2 mg
Iron: .806 mg
Sodium: 685 mg
Vitamin C: .014 mg
Folate: 7 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 7 mcg

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Blaine Moats
Blaine Moats

Calcium-Rich Snack 2: Peachy Crunchy Yogurt

If you weren't a yogurt fan before you became pregnant, now is a great time to convert. A non-fat yogurt will provide you with lots of protein and calcium, but not a lot of sugar -- a perfect combination. Mix some flaxseeds into 6 oz container of Chobani non-fat peach yogurt with 2 tsp flaxseeds and 1 tbsp granola stirred in.


Calories: 198.7
Protein: 15.7 g
Carbohydrate: 25.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.002 g
Total Sugars: 19.1 g
Total Fat: 3.854 g
Saturated Fat: .503 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 1.065 g
Calcium: 216.2 mg
Iron: .543 mg
Sodium: 67.1 mg
Vitamin C: 1.298 mg
Folate: 9.679 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 4.06 mcg

Scott Little
Scott Little

Calcium-Rich Snack 3: Blueberry Almond Smoothie

Store-made smoothies can be loaded with sugar and often lack nutritional value. Replace the traditionally high-in-sugar frozen yogurt -- a smoothie staple -- with unsweetened soy milk. Blend 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, 2 teaspoons almond butter, 1 teaspoon honey, and 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk.


Calories: 202.5
Protein: 6.878 g
Carbohydrate: 25.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.758 g
Total Sugars: 6.495 g
Total Fat: 9.478 g
Saturated Fat: 1.004 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .045 g
Calcium: 271.2 mg
Iron: 1.835 mg
Sodium: 68.4 mg
Vitamin C: 1.895 mg
Folate: 25.3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 25.3 mcg

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Calcium-Rich Snack 4: Chocolate Chunk Luna Bar

Nutritional bars can be kept in your bag or in the car for the perfect on-the-go snack. There are lots of bars on the market, but Luna Bars are made specifically for women with all natural ingredients, 70% of which are organic.

Calories: 180
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 26 g
Fiber: 3g
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Calcium: 350 mg
Sodium: 210 mg

Calcium-Rich Snack 5: Parmesan and Black Pepper Popcorn

The next time you want to munch on something salty while in front of the TV, pick popcorn instead of potato chips. You'll satisfy your craving for some salt without the fat found in greasy chips. Toss 1/2 bag 94% fat free microwave popcorn with 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.


Calories: 208.4
Protein: 8.357 g
Carbohydrate: 30.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.026 g
Total Sugars: .091 g
Total Fat: 5.114 g
Saturated Fat: 1.731 g
Cholesterol: 8.8 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .019 g
Calcium: 111.3 mg
Iron: 1.199 mg
Sodium: 527.9 mg
Vitamin C: .021 mg
Folate: 1.01 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 1.01 mcg

Scott Little
Scott Little

Snack 1: Peanut Butter Crackers

If you'e not a big meat eater, it's important to find other places to get your protein. Peanut butter is full of it, but it is also high in fat, so make sure to measure out a portion instead of eating it from the jar. Evenly distribute 1 tbsp peanut butter on top of 7 Kashi TLC snack crackers, then top each with another cracker to make 7 sandwiches.


Calories: 206.1
Protein: 7.748 g
Carbohydrate: 20.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.76 g
Total Sugars: 5.208 g
Total Fat: 11.3 g
Saturated Fat: 1.647 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .012 g
Calcium: 44.2 mg
Iron: 1.307 mg
Sodium: 152.1 mg
Vitamin C: 0 mg
Folate: 11.8 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 11.8 mcg

Quentin Bacon
Quentin Bacon

Snack 2: Cashew Trail Mix

Heart-healthy unsaturated fats, like those found in nuts, help your baby's brain develop while keeping you full. Mix 2 tbsp cashew pieces with 1/2 cup whole grain cereal like Nature?s Path Heritage Flakes, and 4 dried apricot halves, chopped.


Calories: 212
Protein: 5.763 g
Carbohydrate: 30.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.869 g
Total Sugars: 11 g
Total Fat: 8.675 g
Saturated Fat: 1.571 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .028 g
Calcium: 15.4 mg
Iron: 2.36 mg
Sodium: 90.8 mg
Vitamin C: .14 mg
Folate: 13.2 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 13.2 mcg

Snack 3: Hummus

Many dips and dressings are loaded with unhealthy fats and not much else. Dip veggies or pretzels in homemade hummus instead. In a food processor puree 1 15 oz. can rinsed and drained chickpeas, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons sesame tahini, 3 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 clove finely minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Serve 1/4 cup with 1 oz. pretzels.


Calories: 210
Protein: 6 g
Carbohydrate: 32 g
Fiber: 3 g
Fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Sugars: 2 g
Calcium: 24 mg
Sodium: 597 mg


Snack 4: Heat and Eat

Getting ready for baby takes a lot of time and energy, which means you might not always have the time -- or desire -- to cook. For a microwavable but still healthy snack, try Amy's Light and Lean Pasta & Veggies dish.


Calories: 210
Protein: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 33 g
Fiber: 3 g
Fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 1.5 g
Calcium: 150 mg
Sodium: 470 mg

Scott Little
Scott Little

Snack 5: Soup and Bread

Preparing for baby means a lot of multitasking, which can quickly get overwhelming. The next time you need a break, have a snack that you can't eat in the car, such as soup. For a few minutes you'll be forced to sit down and just relax. Try 1 cup ready to eat minestrone soup with 1/2 whole wheat English muffin and 1/2 teaspoon whipped butter.


Calories: 200.7
Protein: 7.689 g
Carbohydrate: 33.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.416 g
Total Sugars: 2.67 g
Total Fat: 4.44 g
Saturated Fat: 1.277 g
Cholesterol: 3.283 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: .892 g
Calcium: 126.4 mg
Iron: 2.498 mg
Sodium: 625.9 mg
Vitamin C: .723 mg
Folate: 76.5 mcg
Folic Acid: 4.82 mcg
Food Folate: 71.6 mcg

Marty Baldwin
Marty Baldwin

Treat 1: Dark Chocolate

Take a break from building the crib and prepping the nursery with a square of dark chocolate. And because this treat is packed with natural antioxidants, you don't even have to feel guilty about it.


Calories: 168
Protein: 2 g
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Fiber: 3 g
Fat: 12 g
Saturated fat: 7 g
Sodium: 6 mg

Andy Lyons
Andy Lyons

Treat 2: Frozen Yogurt Pops

Every meal plan should include a creamy frozen treat. We like Yasso's Sea Salt Caramel Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops.


Calories: 100
Protein: 6 g
Carbohydrate: 18 g
Fiber: 0 g
Fat: 0 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Sugars: 16 g
Sodium: 130 mg

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Treat 3: Smartfood Popcorn

Save the microwave popcorn for movie night and grab a 1 oz bag of Smartfood popcorn when you're in a rush. Bonus: This white cheddar flavored popcorn is tasty as is, so you won't even consider wasting extra calories on salt or butter.


Calories: 160
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrate: 14 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugars: 2 g
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 3 mg
Total Omega-3 FA: 0 g
Calcium: 60 mg
Iron: .36 mg
Sodium: 290 mg
Vitamin C: 0 mg
Folate: 0 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg
Food Folate: 0 mcg

Bruce Wolf
Bruce Wolf

Treat 4: Creamy Strawberry Mousse

This 5-ingredient dessert tastes decadent, but is actually made with protein-rich Greek yogurt. The night before you want to serve, place 1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt in a strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator to drain. The next day place the strained yogurt in a large bowl. Add 1 Tbs. honey, 3 tablespoons orange juice, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir well. Puree 10 oz. frozen strawberries in a blender until smooth. Fold the strawberries into the yogurt. Taste for sweetness, adding more honey if you'd like. Divide between 4 glasses or bowls. Keep extras in the fridge for 2-3 days.

NUTRIENT TOTALS (with non-fat yogurt)

Calories: 132
Protein: 8 g
Carbohydrate: 25 g
Fiber: 2 g
Fat: 0 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Sugar: 20 g
Calcium: 105 mg
Sodium: 29 mg

Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Treat 5: Fresh-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie

Craving a chocolate chip cookie? Instead of whipping up a whole batch, where it can be tough to stop at just one cookie (or two, or four), break out the refrigerated dough and bake one or two cookies at a time. We like Just Cookie Dough from Hampton Creek. Since it's egg-free, you can safely sample a little raw dough without putting yourself at risk for food-borne illness. Yes, please!


Calories: 110
Protein: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 15 g
Fiber: 1 g
Fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Sugars: 8 g
Sodium: 70 mg

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