Tips to Pack Protein Into Your Pregnancy (Despite an Aversion to Meat)

We are less than a month away from the release of The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New MomThe recipes in the book will not only please your cravings, but they will also provide essential nutrition for you and baby. Featured, as well, are tips for food prep, meal planning, and preparing for life with a new baby.

Did you know that meat aversion is one of the most common food-related complaints in early pregnancy?

Iron deficiency is common in pregnancy (up to 20 percent of women will experience it by the third trimester). It can make you feel unwell — weak, exhausted, dizzy — and may increase the risk of a preterm birth. 

⁠Getting in enough protein is super important, no matter where you are in your pregnancy. ⁠If meat is off the table for you, here are 3 ways to make sure you are getting enough protein each day.

Grab a protein-based snack that’s ready to go: think ready-to-eat trail mix or frozen peas straight out of the freezer.⁠ ⁠

Build a veggie-packed meal around a plant protein, such as beans, quinoa, or nut/seed butter. You can also use nut/seed butter as a delicious base for a sauce over noodles or stir-fry. ⁠

stir fry with nut base

Last minute add-ons: Sprinkle your meals with nuts and seeds, or sip on a cup of bone broth. ⁠

Food aversions are completely normal during pregnancy. Meat is a common one, but there are many others. In the The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom, author Lindsay Taylor provides excellent guidance for obtaining optimal nutrition throughout your pregnancy, despite any aversions you may have.

We’d love to know if you had/have any food aversions during pregnancy. Comment below. ⁠

To pre-order your copy of The Food Doula Cookbook, click here. To follow Lindsay Taylor on Instagram, click here. ⁠

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