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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:

Avocado

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.

Leafy Greens

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.

Nuts

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!

Berries

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.

Eggs

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

Banana

Spinach

Orange juice

YUM!

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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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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Maya

thanks for your post very much

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Avery Grey

I am about two months pregnant and I can testify that the cravings are real. I have been doing my best to eat healthy but sometimes a woman just needs fried chicken at two in the morning! I have been thinking about talking with my OBGYN on what is the best to eat so I will have to talk to her about these. I am a huge fan of avocado so I will have no problem eating that one! Thanks for the great tips and advice.

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Aspen Bowen

I like your idea to use nuts to satisfy salty cravings. I am always craving salty things, and I also love cashews. After reading this, I’m going to go and stock up to prepare for my next craving.

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You are welcome!

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Deanna R. Jones

I’ve been craving a lot of junk food once I found out that I was pregnant. I know that my baby needs different nutrients to be healthy, so it helps to have a list of the foods that I should be eating right now. I’ve been craving salty food like nothing else, so I like your tip to replace the fries I’m craving with nut butter. Nuts seem to have a lot of protein that my baby needs, so replacing all of the fries that I eat each week with nut butter seems like a much healthier alternative. Thanks for the tips!