Healthy Pregnancy Diet Tips (and a Bonus Nutritious Snack Recipe) by Elisa Schmitz

Healthy Pregnancy Diet Tips (and a Bonus Nutritious Snack Recipe)

Some of us may think (or wish!) that being pregnant is a license to “eat twice as much,” but Veronica del Real, a nurse practitioner, says that's not the case. "Although there is somebody else on board, it isn’t eating for two; it’s only a few more calories per day, which pretty much involves a healthy snack a day.”

Specifically how many extra calories should moms-to-be should be eating?

Veronica recommends eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Calcium-rich foods include: 

  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese 
  • leafy greens

In order to get enough vitamin D, Veronica suggests eating fortified foods and getting enough sunlight (yes, sunlight!).

Check out this sample of a healthy daily eating plan during pregnancy:

The yogurt parfait is simple and delicious.

Yogurt Parfait 


  • plain or vanilla yogurt
  • fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries
  • granola

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Put some yogurt at the bottom of a glass, sundae dish or mason jar. 
  2. Add some fruit, then granola. 
  3. Add more yogurt. 
  4. Top with more fruit and/or granola.

Watch Veronica and I make the yogurt parfait by watching this video

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Elisa Schmitz
Yes, Veronica really shed some light on how many calories, and what kind of calories, expectant moms should be eating. Thank you, Ann Marie Patitucci !
You gotta make those few extra calories count.

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