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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.
17 Feb 16
Golden Broth, Thick Carrot and Potato Soup by Tarla Dalal
This is one of my all-time favourite soup recipe which is also very nutritive as it is rich in vitamin A, fibre and protein. Instead of fried starters, this "sunny" soup is just perfect for a pre-dinner appetizer.
14 Mar 15
Jowar Upma by Tarla Dalal
Ready in a jiffy, Jowar Upma is a healthy snack you can whip up for breakfast, supper, or just any time of the day. A much healthier alternative to the traditional rava based upma, the Jowar Upma is made by replacing a large quantity of the refined semolina with fibre and iron rich jowar and green p ....
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
Barley Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of making a khichdi with barley? Try it once, and you will want to keep repeating this masterpiece in your kitchen. Made of barley and a horde of veggies, this tasty dish is colourful and attractive.
An exotic combination of veggies gives it a nice juicy crunch, while everyday ing ....
20 Aug 09
Watermelon Apple Drink ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy ) by Tarla Dalal
Watermelon apple drink, cool off on hot afternoons with this refreshing, icy and nutritious drink. Iron rich watermelon and fibre rich apple help maintain good bowel function. Those keen to lose weight will relish this healthy, fruity option to sugar laden high-calorie drinks. Easily made, quickly c ....
20 Aug 11
Strawberry Chickoo Shake by Tarla Dalal
Ah, this shake is just what you will need when you are too famished to cook, too nauseated to eat, but badly in need of a sumptuous snack.
Chock-full of nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin C and fibre too, this is as satiating as a snack can get.
At the same time, the peppy flavour ....
26 Nov 12
Spicy Kachumber by Tarla Dalal
A chatpata salad spiked with cumin and chilli powder. Vitamins A and C are the two important nutrients provided by this spicy kachumber. Serve it chilled with Dhan-Saak Dal, and Brown Rice, to complete a full meal on a lazy afternoon.
20 Aug 11
Til Chikki by Tarla Dalal
A nutritious treat for to-be moms, as the winning combo of sesame seeds and jaggery gives a good boost of iron, which is required to maintain healthy haemoglobin levels. Pop a Til Chikki into your mouth whenever you feel nauseous, and you are sure to feel better instantly. When making this chikki, f ....
10 Oct 14
Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
Need an iron-boost? Go for this soothing Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi! Made of a wholesome combination of dal, rice and vegetables cooked with aromatic spices, this traditional khichdi gives several nutrients including a significant amount of iron per serving. Flavourful and nutritious, this sum ....
11 Nov 08
Oats, Vegetable and Brown Rice Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
An all-in-one meal, which is not only satiating but also gives a bounty of nutrients like antioxidants vitamin A and folic acid to nourish the baby’s brain and skin, and good quality protein and calcium for strong bones, along with iron to build up your iron stores.
Brown rice gives you loads ....
12 Apr 15
Cabbage, Carrot and Lettuce Salad by Tarla Dalal
A healthier salad, the Cabbage, Carrot and Lettuce Salad is chock-full of the powerful vitamins A and C, which not only ward off the evils of pollution and stress, but also tone down the negative effects of high glucose levels. This healthy salad is also a treat to munch on, orange segments gives th ....
18 Oct 10
Carrot Methi Subzi ( Vitamin A and Vitamin C Rich Recipe ) by Tarla Dalal
Carrots are one of the richest sources of carotenoids after fruits like mangoes and papaya. Fenugreek too is high in antioxidants, vitamin a and c. A great recipe that boosts immunity, eat this often for a stronger you. Tastes delicious when served hot with phulkas and curd.
05 Jul 14
Tava Chana by Tarla Dalal
The very sight of sizzling chana being constantly turned around in the tavas of roadside chaat-wallahs is enough of trigger the gastronomic juices! would it not be wonderful to recreate that wonderful tava chana experience at your own garden cocktail party? cooked kabuli chana, prepared in a lip-sma ....
20 Aug 11
Cabbage and Moong Dal Salad by Tarla Dalal
Rich in protein, fibre, folic acid and iron, this simple salad is good for a mid morning or a late afternoon snack too.
Cabbage and Moong Dal Salad is sure to tickle your taste buds and satisfy your hunger pangs without giving you any empty calories. You can have it for lunch as a side dish or ....
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