We all try to eat healthy. Some days we succeed and others...not so much. But when you find out that you are expecting, many women become acutely aware of everything they put on their plates. We strive to eat nutritious, high quality foods..but it's not always that simple. Between the nausea, cravings, and exhaustion, it becomes difficult to eat the way we know we should.
Here are the most nutrient-packed super foods all mama-to-be's need to get into their bellies!
Eggs are low in calories and high in protein. They also contain choline which amps up memory in
pregnant women (say bye-bye to pregnancy brain!) Have an omelette in the morning, an egg salad or have some hard boiled eggs ready for a quick snack.
A natural source of folate (think folic acid), iron, calcium, and Vitamin A. Make a salad, juice it, or throw a handful in the skillet with your eggs!
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and low in mercury, salmon is a great choice of fish during pregnancy. Omega-3's are good for baby's eyes and brain development. Try it grilled with veggies and rice, or throw on top of a salad.
Fiber, fiber, fiber! Help keep things moving along! Also packed with iron and B vitamins, oatmeal is a filling and nutritious breakfast option. Add some berries or nuts and you are good to go!
Berries are loaded with vitamin C, folate, potassium, antioxidants and fiber. Add to your oatmeal, yogurt, cereal or just eat a handful to boost your energy.
A great source of calcium for your baby's bone development! Also packed with protein and tons of active cultures to keep your stomach happy. Add it to your smoothie, have a cup with some granola and fruit, or add it to your favorite dishes instead of sour cream or mayo.
High in protein, antioxidants, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, walnuts do wonders for the brain and memory. They also boost melatonin levels which can help you get that much-deserved good nights sleep.
Loaded with fiber, protein, folate, tryptophan, and thiamin, beans detox sulfites and other impurities out of the body. Try some beans and rice as a classic side dish or make some hearty bean chilli.
9. Whole Grains
Rich in B6, fiber, folate, and iron, whole grains improve mental functioning. Whole grain carbs provide lots of energy and will keep you fuller for longer periods of time. Have whole grain bread, cereals, pastas, and oatmeals.