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The joy and excitement of bringing a new life into this world is not only pleasurable but also demands a lot of responsibility. You should be ready to accept it as a challenge by maintaining a healthy diet so as to nurture the new life growing within you. All that you eat before and during the pregnancy is largely responsible for not only your health, but your baby’s too! Here’s a well-researched section on vegetarian foods and recipes for a mum-to-be.
A woman who is well nourished before conception (pre-conception) begins her pregnancy with reserves of essential nutrients like protein, iron, calcium, fibre and folic acid along with other vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B Complex and vitamin C to meet the needs of a growing fetus. And she needs to continue to have a constant intake of these nutrients throughout the nine months of gestation too.
The different sections in this category are for the various stages of your pregnancy keeping in mind your special nutritional requirements for each trimester starting from first trimester to second trimester and finally the third trimesterright till the time of lactation. As you travel through each of the 3 trimesters, some women experience certain discomforts like morning sickness, edema, acidity etc. Read ahead in the sections here to find ways and recipes to ease these situations too.
Sit back, turn through the various sections here, clarify your doubts and ease all your nutritional worries. After all, being pregnant is one of the greatest joys of all. However remember every pregnancy is different and your gynecologist is your best companion through these precious nine months.
11 Nov 08
Zucchini, Bell Pepper and Sprouted Moong Salad by Tarla Dalal
This is one of the most fabulous ways to consume sprouted moong. Teamed up with Vitamin C rich colourful capsicums, juicy zucchini and yummy apples, the fibre rich sprouts turn into a terrific treat for your taste buds.
Apple adds a nice fruity note to the Zucchini and Bell Pepper Sprouted Moo ....
11 Nov 08
Groundnut Tikkis by Tarla Dalal
Here is a unique tikki made with crunchy peanuts and vibrant spinach held together by whole wheat flour and besan. This tasty snack is loaded with vitamin B3, which is required for producing and utilising energy from the food that you eat.
With just a dash of lemon juice and green chillies to ....
20 Aug 11
Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Red Pepper by Tarla Dalal
Potatoes are an excellent food choice in you first trimester and even the pre-pregnancy period when you need to stock up on folic acid and iron. The skin of the potato (which we always discard) is edible and is a rich source of folic acid. If you scrub the potatoes really well before you cook them, ....
11 Nov 08
Mini Jowar Apple and Walnut Pancake by Tarla Dalal
These iron-laden pancakes are a smart and healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth during pregnancy. A batter of jowar flour is fortified with apples and nuts, and sweetened with jaggery to make delicious Mini Jowar Apple and Walnut Pancakes, which are not only sweet but also excitingly textured and ....
11 Nov 08
Chick Pea Tikkis by Tarla Dalal
Tikkis of various types are very popular in India. Here is a nutritious variant of this all-time favourite snack made with protein and calcium rich ingredients like chick peas and mint.
When you feel like having a snack, go for these tasty Chick Pea Tikkis, to help in the healthy development of ....
20 Aug 09
Subzi Kadhi ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy ) by Tarla Dalal
Subzi kadhi, in my variation of the gujarati kadhi, veggies add loads of vitamins, while the low amount of ghee keeps the calorie count down. Having it with khichdi or steaming hot rice makes this a complete meal. Avoid sour curds which may not suit the new mother.
26 Nov 12
Paneer Palak Koftas in Makhani Gravy by Tarla Dalal
Low-cal Paneer Palak Kofta in Makhani Gravy, anyone? The weight-watcher is usually terrified of words like paneer and makhani, but here is a low-cal version of this popular North Indian dish specially formulated to please food lovers without adding to their waistline. The innovative twist here is th ....
22 Jan 16
Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi by Tarla Dalal
An unusual combination of veggies makes this simple vegetable stir-fry seem quite exotic! Broccoli, carrot and paneer are a pretty sight to behold, with their contrasting colours, and quite exciting to munch on because of the varied textures they bring to the table.
Broccoli is a very good sou ....
10 Oct 14
Minty Soya Roti by Tarla Dalal
Vibrant mint and dill leaves add not just colour but also abundant nutrition to the Minty Soya Roti. The iron and folic acid in these ingredients work together to improve your haemoglobin levels. The dough for this flavourful and aromatic roti has further been fortified with soya flour, so you get m ....
21 Jul 16
Poha Phirni by Tarla Dalal
Poha Phirni, poha is a rich source of iron as the rice is beaten in an iron mortar-pestle. Besides adding a colourful touch to this unusual phirni, fruits like apples and bananas also provide vitamins, minerals and fibre.
30 Jan 17
Ginger Tea, Ginger Tea for Cold and Anti-inflammatory by Tarla Dalal
A soothing drink with the refreshing flavour of ginger, the Ginger Tea is sure to warm your soul and make you feel better.
Ginger has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties. From treating stomach upsets to certain types of cancer
11 Nov 08
Nachni Ladoos, Ragi Ladoo, Recipe For Pregnancy by Tarla Dalal
We are lucky because the Indian landscape makes available to us a wealth of healthy grains with immeasurable benefits. Most of these grains and their flours are so versatile that they can be used to make everything from khichdis to ladoos.
Here is a delicious Nachni Ladoo that proves our point ....
20 Aug 11
Jowar Bajre Ki Roti by Tarla Dalal
Jowar and bajra flour rotis flavoured with spring onions and green chilli. Jowar and bajra are rich in iron, protein and fibre. Being comparatively dry this roti is recommended for your first trimester as a it will relieve you of nausea. Have it as a mid morning snack or for lunch with the Usal.
29 Dec 14
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