Healthy Foods to Eat During Pregnancy
Healthy eating is always important, but when you’re eating for two, it’s twice as important! The right foods can help boost your energy level and mood, while minimizing the negatives that come along with pregnancy, such as morning sickness. Below is a list of 10 foods that are excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients for you and baby:
Broccoli: Rich in fiber, abundant in calcium and fuels the body with disease-fighting antioxidants, broccoli is a vegetable that packs a nutritious punch. It is also a good source of vitamin C.
Bananas: These yellow fruit staples are rich in potassium and offer a quick burst of energy that can help fight off fatigue. Bananas are also easy on the stomach so if you’re feeling nauseated they are a great option.
Berries: Packed with water, healthy carbohydrates, vitamin C, fiber and best of all, antioxidants, berries are tiny superfoods that are perfect for snacking or to add to salads, smoothies or cereals. You can head to your local berry farm and pick from an array of in-season berries while spending the day outside with family and friends.
Sweet Potatoes: Vitamin A is another essential vitamin for you and baby. Sweet potatoes are an easy way to get a good dose of vitamin A. They are also high in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber, which are all important nutrients for any stage of pregnancy.
Whole Grains: Whole grains are high in fiber and nutrients, including the antioxidant Vitamin E and various minerals. There are lots of different options to choose from such as barley, buckwheat, oats and spelt. Today you can find a variety of whole grain breads and cereals as well, just be sure to choose products that have not been processed.
Greek Yogurt: Did you know Greek Yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt? Many brands also offer half the sugar too. Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics and calcium. Calcium helps keeps bones strong and contributes to the growth of a healthy skeleton for your baby.
Eggs: These protein powerhouses have amino acids that are the building blocks of cells in your body and your baby’s body. Egg yolks also contain choline, which helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord develop.
Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your baby’s neurological and visual development. Best of all, salmon is a mood booster that is a low-mercury seafood option.
Lean Meats: For high-quality protein, turn to lean meats such as skinless chicken and turkey, pork chops, and lean beef.
Avocado: Considered a superfood, avocados are full of healthy fats and offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving including potassium, which helps control blood pressure, lutein, which is great for eye health and folate, a B-vitamin which assists with cell repair.
There are many delicious and healthy food options to choose from when eating for two. Check out recipes online to find new ways to prepare these nutritious staples and enjoy every bite during your pregnancy journey.