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Any good meal side suggestions?

i am stumped on what to eat healthy with my meals that are under 200 calories. i just found out that i was pregnant so i need the extra calories unlike what salad can give you... any ideas would be helpful

Wed. Feb 22, 9:01am

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pierogies (they are pasta with cheese and potato "dumplings". They sound fattening but they are only 1/3 fat and you can have 7 of the mini ones for 180 calories. I loved them when I was pregnant. the best brand is Mrs. T's and they're in most freezer sections.

I'll think of more.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 9:10 AM

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Potatoes! A regular baked potato is 145 calories or so plus 5 grams of protien, and a medium-sized sweet potato is 103 calories with 4 big grams of fiber. And that's before you top them with anything, so you have room to make additions, like low-fat sour cream.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 9:28 AM

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spinach! Sautee a bag of spiniach with 3 cloves of curshed garlic in 1 tsp. olive oil till it wilts just a little. Add a chopped tomato and 3 tbs greek style feta and heat through. SOOOOO good. the recipie for this says it makes 4 servings, but I always double it because you'll want more.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 9:58 AM

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Have a small side of whole wheat pasta w/ marinara. Yum!

Saute veggies in a little healthy oil.

Cottage cheese w/ fruit.

Salad w/ goat cheese and candied walnuts - yum!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 12:22 PM

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Yogurt & Fruit Salad:

Fage total 0% FF plain yogurt mixed with
cut up fresh fruit
a little bit of agave nectar
a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
vanilla powder or extract.

Veggies - Rinse some fresh veggies (broccoli, zucchini and Carrots). Zap in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes-- until the veggies are hot, but not discolored.

Sprinkle with salt & pepper (if desired)


EAT!

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:57 PM

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veggies and fruit are the way to go! Your growing baby can use all the vitamins and nutrients he/she can get!

Add nutella or peanut butter or almond butter or vanilla yogurt to fruit for a treat
eat two sides of veggies instead of just one
add some cheese or a handful of nuts to your salad
eat a serving of yogurt
asparagus - put in a shallow layer in a glass baking dish, spritz with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and then roast at 425 for a couple of minutes (add a tiny bit of parmesean for an extra tasty kick)
fresh veggie sticks (carrots/celery/cucumber/peppers/etc) with humus or peanut butter or plain yogurt

I'm sure starches sound appealing - mashed potatos, french fries, chips and dip, etc, but avoid the temptation! They're not nutrient-rich like the other suggestions people have made so far and they won't help your baby grow strong. (Potato skins are very full of nutrients...it's just when you fry them or only eat the middles that they are less healthy.)

And congratulations, by the way. Very exciting. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 3:09 PM

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In regards to grains and such,
try eating some whole grain cereals-- (steel cut oats, 7 grain hot cereals that require cooking, not the instant kind) those have lots of protein and are better for you than the boxed cereals made with flour. Your body will absorb the nutrients better and will also not have the same kind of highs and lows as in starches and things made with a finely ground flour.

For instance, replace spaghetti with whole wheat or whole grain spaghetti, or perhaps even "spaghetti squash" (a squash that separates like strands of spaghetti when cooked.)

These are all better for you! :-)

Feed yourself well, and you will have a healthier child.

Also, make sure to take a good multi-vitamin with plenty of Folic Acid for your baby's growth!

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 4:53 PM

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