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Ask Thea: Pregnancy-Friendly Lunch

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Q: I’m pregnant and my appetite has doubled (fine, tripled). What’s a quick work lunch that I can make at home the night before, that’s a lot more filling than the average salad? – Katherine O.

A: I feel you, girl. Having just gone through the roller coaster ride of pregnancy food cravings myself, I can totally relate. If you have a mini crockpot or a way to heat up food at work, this chana masala is really nice. It’s easy enough that you can actually prep it after work and simply let it cook overnight. Just buy some cooked brown rice or quinoa at the salad bar and add the spinach in the morning when you wake up.

If cold lunches are your only option, I highly recommend this hearty lentil and kabocha squash salad. The healthy fats in the avocado, protein-packed lentils, and beta carotene-rich kabocha make for a nutrient-dense and totally satisfying lunch that held me over between breakfast and first snack many a time. If you’re not a vegetarian, add some rotisserie chicken, too – you’re eating for two, after all!