Nutrition

Your Secret Pantry Stash for Pregnancy

So you are pregnant, and want to eat healthy, but…

  • Maybe you cannot eat very much at a time because of pregnancy nausea.
  • Maybe you don’t have the energy to cook your normal foods because of pregnancy fatigue.
  • Maybe food aversions make it difficult to find palatable meals.

Ideas to share

The following list is a compilation of suggestions from mothers about the foods they kept in their homes to ensure healthy eating despite pregnancy nausea, fatigue, or aversions. Some of them were quick and easy to prepare as small snacks. Some of them could be made into a meal with little preparation time. Some of them were bland enough that they didn’t set off food aversions.  Some of them may work for you.

Choose the foods you like the best and that fit your budget and make your “pantry stash”. Then get creative: make a sandwich, add toppings to a salad, or just eat one food plain. The point is to find a way that works with the foods you like (and can eat), and the time you have.

Meats and Protein Foods

Canned Tuna
Cooked Shrimp
Peanut Butter
Sliced Turkey Breast
Cheese (sliced)
Cheese (shredded)
Tofu
Eggs
Dried Beans
Canned Beans
Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast
Canned Chicken
Frozen Fish Fillets
Milk
Chocolate Milk
Lactose Free Milk

Fruit and Vegetable Foods

Apples
Oranges
Orange Juice
Grapes
Bananas
Pears
Strawberries
Raisins
Applesauce
Tomatoes
Salad Greens
Salad Toppings
Melon
Cucumbers
Broccoli
Spinach
Carrots
Frozen Peas
Frozen Corn
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

Grain Foods

Oatmeal
Bran Cereal
Whole Wheat Bread
Barley
Brown Rice
White Rice
Wheat Crackers
Whole Wheat Pretzels

Jennifer (Author)