Monday, April 12, 2010

Pregnancy Nutrition--it's like fuzzy math

Examples of completely balanced meals (per my 4th grade instruction of the Food Pyramid, which I understand has been changed since then, but I’m operating from the 4 basic food groups):

Tacos: whole grain shell, taco meat, lettuce and tomato, and cheese (easily converted to be burrito or wrap)

Supreme Pizza: pizza crust (even better if whole grain), tomato sauce and veggie toppings, pepperoni or other meat toppings, and cheese

Homemade enchiladas: tortilla (even better if whole grain), chicken, veggie filling (i.e. ro-tel), topped w/ cheese (optional addition: whole grain brown rice)

Chips and salsa: tortilla chips (whole grain), salsa, bean and cheese dip

Spaghetti and meatballs: spaghetti (even better if whole grain), marinera sauce, meatballs, topped w/ cheese

Cheeseburger: hamburger bun (even better if whole grain), lettuce and tomato, beef patty, cheese

Mixed salad: salad veggies, tuna or boiled egg, shredded cheese, and handful of nuts

Lasagne: noodles (even better if whole grain), meat, egg cooked in, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese

Hoagie/Sub sandwich: sandwich roll (even better if whole grain), deli meat (properly heated), sandwich veggies, sliced cheese

Meatball sub: sandwich roll (even better if whole grain), meatballs, tomato/marinera sauce, topped w/ cheese

Mom's fabulous no bake cheesecake dessert: pastry crust with nuts (even better if whole grain flour), cream cheese/whipped topping mix, topped with fruit (canned or fresh)

And those are all ideas for single dishes that include all 4 food groups! (And yum, yum, yum! I love it that half these ideas are for Mexican food or pizza!) :) Here's where it pays off that we need all the nutrition, but have to pack in a few extra calories! This is closed case in my mind: I've already made a mental note saying "healthy" beside all these meals in my head--at least for the next 6 months!

1 comment:

  1. Mmm... and stuffed peppers would count too, as long as you stuffed w/ rice, some kind of meat, addt'l veggies (although the pepper itself counts!), and topped w/ cheese... Ooh... This may turn into a very fun and long post as I get to just sit and daydream about all kinds of food!