What You Should Eat When Pregnant
May 13, 2015
Pregnant? Although you won’t be able to hold your baby during those nine months of being pregnant, you already are taking care of baby LONG before they arrive. Your diet is an important element to baby’s growth and development. We’ve put together a list of important nutrients to include in your diet while pregnant:
Did you know avocado contains fiber, potassium, folic acid, and several other vitamins, like Vitamin C and B6? An easy way to get a handful of healthy nutrients. Make guacamole or squeeze fresh lemon juice on it with sprinkled sea salt.
Speaking of green food, think extra green like spinach and kale to get the ultimate source of fiber, folic acid, and iron. Mix these leafs together with your favorite vegetables to create a salad. Or, you can even juice or make a smoothie with these greens if they are difficult to eat.
Craving something salty? Skip the French fries and go for almonds, cashews, or walnuts. Keep these out for an easy way to squash the salty craving but a great way to get healthy fats in your diet. Or, if nuts are another food you just can’t stomach, try a nut butter. We love apple slices dipped in almond butter. Yum!
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are ALL delicious and contain fiber, potassium, folate, and Vitamin C. Add them to your yogurt for breakfast or a handful is a great way snack option too.
What’s for breakfast? Fill up on omelets, scrambled eggs, or hard-boiled eggs to get essential vitamins and minerals, including a big dose of protein. Just be sure to cook your eggs thoroughly to avoid possible salmonella exposure.
Looking for a way to get a lot of these nutrients in one dish? Try this recipe:
Super Food Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to pack in several pregnancy super foods into a fast, healthy breakfast option. (You don’t need to be mindful of measurements, just make sure you add enough liquid to get it blended well.)
Plain Greek Yogurt
Frozen mixed berries
A couple tablespoons of peanut butter
Although we focused on what you CAN eat while pregnant, there are foods that you should NOT eat while pregnant too. We collected a handful of great articles that address this topic on our Pinterest board here: http://bit.ly/1AXvqHC.
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