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. You'll find a variety healthy foods that give your body and growing baby what it needs, while keeping your taste buds happy. The recipes meet our Healthy Pregnancy nutrition parameters, meaning they deliver healthy nutrients moms-to-be need more of and they don't have any off-limit foods like alcohol or unpasteurized cheese. This meal plan is set at 2,500 calories, but you may need more or fewer calories depending on your unique nutrition needs. Talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian about altering this meal plan to best suit your needs.
Breakfast (520 calories)
Avocado Toast with Pumpkin Seeds
• 2 slices whole wheat bread
• 1/2 avocado, mashed
• 1 tsp. olive oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
• 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Toast the bread slices then top with the mashed avocado and olive oil. Squeeze lime juice over toast and top with pumpkin seeds.
• 1 cup blueberries
A.M. Snack (422 calories)
• 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
• 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup granola
Top strawberries with Greek yogurt and granola.
Lunch (545 calories)
• 2 cups Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
• 1/2 avocado, diced
Top chili with diced avocado.
• 1 orange
P.M. Snack (238 calories)
• 1/4 cup plain hummus
• 1/2 whole wheat pita (6-1/2-inch), cut into triangles
• 1 cup carrot sticks
Dinner (766 calories)
• 1 serving Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans and Almond Pesto
• 1/2 whole wheat pita (6-1/2-inch), toasted & drizzled 1 Tbsp. olive oil
• 1 1/2 cups grapes to enjoy after dinner
Daily Total: 2,491 calories, 85 grams protein, 68 grams fiber, 663 mcg folate, 20 mg iron, 997 mg calcium, 2,104 mg sodium
Please Note: This meal plan is controlled for calories, sodium, protein, folate, iron, and calcium. If you are concerned about any nutrient in particular, talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to alter this meal plan to better suit your needs.