Even before becoming pregnant, your diet and lifestyle choices can play a role in your baby’s future health – even influencing their health as adults. Making some simple changes now can really help to get your pregnancy off to the very best start.
The pumpkin in this soup provides beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A), which is important for healthy vision and healthy skin. Vitamin A also supports the immune system.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to making soup from scratch. It’s a basic soup recipe and once you get the hang of it, you can start to experiment with different combinations of vegetables and other ingredients such as chickpeas or cannellini beans. The Lentils used in this are a good source of protein and low in fat.
This soup makes 4-5 portions
Cost per portion (based on 4 portions) = €0.45
This frittata is packed full of nutrients, and toddlers, children and adults will all love it!
Makes 4-5 servings
This recipe is packed with vegetables, providing up to 2 portions of veg per portion. It’s also high in fibre, which is recommended by the FSAI to help prevent and manage constipation during pregnancy. It’s suitable for during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for toddlers.
Make 4-5 portions. Cost per portion (based on 5 portions): €1.00
Suitable for freezing
This dish is great served with new baby boiled potatoes in their skins and broccoli, or for a more casual meal, serve with pasta and some crusty wholemeal baguette.
This easy beef casserole is suitable for all the family. It can be pureed or mashed to suit the weaning stage (be sure to use low salt stock cubes for weaning recipes). You could add other vegetables e.g. parsnip. It always tastes better when served the following day so refrigerate overnight if you are not freezing it.
Makes 4 servings. Cost per serving: Approx €2.00.
The nutrition you give your baby in the first one thousand days, from pregnancy to 2 years could affect their health forever. Find out more here.
Delicious dips, perfect for serving with vegetable sticks (e.g. peppers, celery, carrots) or baked pitta bread at your Christmas parties.
This simple chicken curry recipe can be enjoyed by all of the family.
This recipe was chosen as a winning recipe in our Parents Recipe Competition
Author: Joanne Leonard, Meath
Note: This recipe is for planning pregnancy and breastfeeding. Smoked salmon is not suitable during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, use fresh salmon instead.