In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, sliced pears, and chopped walnuts.
To make the dressing, whisk together the maple syrup, vinegar, and canola oil
in a small bowl.
Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss until it's coated.
Top with the cheese, and serve.
Nutritional analysis (per serving):
3.5g sat. fat
Serving size: About 1/2 cup
This recipe has important nutrients for mom and baby, including:
Folic acid helps the healthy development of a baby's brain and spinal cord. It
is also needed to make red and white blood cells. Good sources of folic acid include
fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and nuts. Women who
get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of folic acid daily prior to conception and during
early pregnancy can reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a neural tube
defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord).
Healthy fats (unsaturated fats) are used to fuel a baby's growth and development.
They are especially important for the development of the brain and nervous system.
Healthy fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, and salmon.
While fat is necessary in any healthy diet, it's important to limit fat intake to
30% or less of your daily calorie intake.