During Pregnancy , maintaining a healthy diet to suit your and your growing baby need is very important as your body needs additional nutrients. But in addition to that you need to make sure to keep your diet healthy and balanced so as to stay fit and fine.
Here is a list of five super healthy and nutritious foods to fight your quick hunger pangs that most of us have during pregnancy.
Most women don’t like to consume meat during pregnancy due to the smell of meat. Eggs are a great alternative source of prenatal protein and they also have good quantities of folate , iron and choline. Egg yolks contain Choline, which is critical for fetal brain development. Eggs are relatively cheap and a very easily available source of protein. Just make a quick omelette for yourself combining eggs with cheese or a handful of veggies and it will serve as a super quick breakfast for you!!!
If you feel sick due to cooking aromas, boil few eggs and stack them in refrigerator – Eat them whole for snacks, or chop them up and combine with green salads.
Bananas are potassium rich and contain good amount of Vitamin C . Bananas serve as a quick energy source when you feel tired and nauseated and they also help to fight morning sickness. Whip them into a smoothie with yogurt, ice, and some fruit juice!!.
Nuts , particularly Almonds and Walnuts contain unsaturated fats which are healthy for the heart and they are critical for the brain development of baby. It also serves as a source of energy for the Mom as it makes you feel full. Walnuts are also one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3s. Grab a handful of nuts for a quick snack whenever you feel those hunger pangs.
Start your morning right with a nice bowl of oatmeal. It will give your day an energizing start if you are drained out with morning sickness. It contains carbs to keep you full for a long time plus the fiber will help you to fight constipation. It also contains vitamin B6 ideal for development of baby. To make it healthy ,instead of the sugar flavoured oatmeal go for the plain one with milk, nuts, jelly or maple syrup.
Yogurt contains calcium and essential bone-building nutrients, including protein and Vitamin b. Many of us do not like to drink milk. In that case Yoghurt will meet your body’s growing calcium needs during pregnancy. Pregnant Mothers should get 1,000 mg of calcium a day to reduce the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. If your calcium levels are low, your body will take the calcium from your bones, increasing your chances of bone disorders at a later stage. Yoghurt is a healthy source of calcium.Gulp on a bowl of yogurt topped with fruit and nuts for increased fibre and calcium for your body.
Apart from all the above, during pregnancy, your blood volume increases and it’s very important to stay properly hydrated to prevent Morning sickness,
headache , tiredness and bad mood.Increasing your water intake will also help to relieve constipation.
Stay Healthy and Eat well!!!