Eating healthy foods during your pregnancy can take a little bit more thought, as your body needs more nutrients and energy. And if you already follow a certain way of eating, like a plant-based vegetarian diet, there are even a few more nutrients to consider. To make meal planning easier, we created this one-day plan of healthy vegetarian meals for pregnancy to help you get the nutrition you need. We made sure to hit the daily recommended amount for each of the important nutrients during pregnancy—protein, folate, iron, and calcium.
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but for many women the thought of gaining weight leads to mixed feelings. How much is too much? Where does all the weight go? Will I hold on to the baby weight forever?
No matter how much time you carve out for grocery shopping, it seems any trip to Trader Joe's will be cramped and crowded, with long lines and the disappointment of your favorite items being out of stock. But apparently there is a little-known secret from employees to make your next haul easy, breezy and worthwhile: shop on Tuesday or Wednesday.
You may be wondering "What the heck is a hasselback?" Here is a quick history lesson to bring you up to speed. Our concept of "the hasselback" was inspired by the crispy, accordion-like potato developed in a Swedish restaurant. The idea is simple: you take a potato and make thin slices crosswise toward the bottom of the potato—but not all the way through—so as it bakes the slices fan out while keeping the potato whole. With the flesh of the potato exposed, you're free to douse it with butter or oil and whatever seasonings you like.
Getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies is easy when it's as delicious as the recipes in this vegetarian meal plan.
Pickles, lemons and ice cream—these are just a few of the foods commonly associated with pregnancy cravings.
According to research from the 1970s through today, 50 to 90 percent of women experience cravings for specific foods during pregnancy. The most commonly craved foods include sweets like juice, candy, ice cream, chocolate and fruit. Fatty, starchy foods—think pizza, fast food and bread—also rank high.
Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu) and added other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flaxseed.