Recipes Breakfast Pregnancy Superfoods

Having recently welcomed my second child, I can confidently say it is possible to remain healthy while still indulging the NFL-athlete-sized appetite that parallels pregnancy. Although occasionally giving in to the craving for that cheeseburger or milkshake is acceptable, ensure you’re properly nourishing your hard-working body by making recipes like these your day-to-day go-to. Packed with essential superfoods like sweet potato, whole grains, healthy fats and leafy greens, each option is sure to aid in your little one’s development. The even better news is they’ll remain delicious after baby has arrived!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Patty with Super Greens Salad
Insert_May_PattyMakes 3 entree servings or 6 appetizer servings

For patties:
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup mashed garbanzo beans
1/2 white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil for cooking
Salt and black pepper to taste

In a skillet, soften the onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat until the onion just turns translucent. Allow to cool. Mix all ingredients except the cooking oil by hand. Shape approximately six equal sized patties (more or less depending on desired size).

Heat the remaining oil over medium heat and cook the patties until golden brown on both sides. Reserve on a plate lined with paper towel.

For salad:

2-3 cups mixed leafy greens of choice such as spinach, kale and arugula
1/2 cup radicchio, shredded
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Toss the greens, radicchio and cheese with lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Serve the salad topped with one or two patties.

Popcorn Trail Mix
Insert_May_PopcornTrailMixMakes 8 cups

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1 cup dried fruit of choice; I chose apricots, cranberries, blueberries and bananas
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add popcorn kernels and cover the pan, leaving a small slit so some steam can escape. When you hear the kernels begin to pop, carefully shake the pot from side to side two or three times until the popping stops. Immediately remove the pan from heat and pour the popcorn into a large bowl and allow it to cool. Mix in the remaining ingredients.

Turkey Sausage, Egg, and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich
Makes 4 servings

8 slices whole grain bread of your choice, toasted
4 patties of turkey sausage, cooked
4 large eggs
2 large, ripe avocados
2 tablespoons butter, oil or butter substitute
Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to taste

Melt the butter or oil and cook the eggs in a nonstick skillet. Eggs can be cooked to your preference. To assemble the sandwich, mash 1/4 an avocado on four slices of bread, top slices with a piece of sausage, an egg, and finish with the other piece of bread.

toast the assembled sandwiches in the skillet over medium heat or on a tray in oven at 350 F until warmed through.

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