In all the rush of getting ready for baby’s arrival, are you taking care of you? A simple way to take care of yourself is to eat a balanced meal. Providing your body with the foods and nutrients it needs will:
- help you feel energized
- nourish your body
- help you make a healthy baby
Preparing a balanced meal doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to mean cooking over a hot stove, or take hours and hours to make. It can be as easy as putting a few simple ingredients together.
Aim for Balance
What makes a balanced meal?
Choose ingredients that are already ready for you to use. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are great time-savers, have just as many nutrients as fresh produce, and take the work out of meal prep.
Here are 3 no-stress meal ideas to try:
- Bean salads – Get a colourful punch of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre by mixing beans, cheese, and vegetables together. Top it off with a simple, homemade dressing to add flavour and healthy fats to your meal.
Try this combo: black beans, tomato, green pepper, and shredded cheddar cheese with a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Wraps – Start by adding your favourite protein (for example: canned salmon, eggs, chicken) to a whole wheat or whole grain tortilla. Add vegetables and fruits, and wrap it up! You have a protein-rich, satisfying meal to keep you going.
Try this combo: canned salmon, mango, and red bell peppers in a whole wheat wrap.
- Flatbread pizza – What’s more delicious than a fresh pizza? Make your own with your favourite flatbread (for example: naan, pita, tortilla) and layer it with vegetables and fruits, and a sprinkle of cheese or nuts. Heat the pizza in a toaster oven or a microwave and you’re done!
Try this combo: peaches, arugula, basil and mozzarella cheese on naan.
What are some easy meals you like to prepare? Comment below!
Have more questions about meal preparation? Speak to a dietitian by calling Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. For other pregnancy-related questions, talk with a Public Health Nurse on eChat or call (416) 338-7600.