Eating well during pregnancy is not only important for your health, but also to ensure your baby has the best start to his or her life. Of course, planning healthy meals can be hard to manage when nausea, cravings, or aversions seem to dictate what you can and can’t eat, but having good intentions - and a well-stocked fridge and pantry - can definitely help.
Starting to incorporate nourishing foods into your diet, like the 5 highlighted in this recipe, even before conception can be helpful so you are familiar with their tastes and can find a few recipes you like. Adding nutrient-rich foods into your diet will also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight before you get pregnant, which increases your chances of delivering a healthy baby.
Read about 5 of my favorite foods to have on hand for a healthy pregnancy diet, combined into one delicious recipe!
Healthy Mama Lentil Soup with Spiced Yogurt
This soup is simple and hearty and is packed with protein, iron, calcium, folate, and many other vitamins and minerals to support your growing baby. The spiced yogurt adds a creamy consistency, a little more spice, and more health benefits.
Yield: 4 servings Preparation time: 35 minutes
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed 1 cup lentils 4 cups vegetable broth 4 cups fresh spinach salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 teaspoon cumin
Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and sweet potato.
Cook until vegetables begin to brown, about 5-8 minutes.
Add lentils and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted. Remove from heat.
Mix the yogurt and cumin in a small bowl and stir until well-combined.
Serve a hearty portion soup with a spoonful of cumin-spiced yogurt.