Almost every pregnant woman will experience cravings. Moms-to-be are more focused than ever and have singled out types of food that not only satisfy your taste buds but add nutritional value for your growing body!
1. Sweet Potatoes
It’s not only sweet and delicious but it is also loaded with potassium, copper, fiber, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A. It contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A, which is great for the development of an infant’s bones, eye and skin. Sweet potatoes are easy to cook and they taste great too! Just stop by your local grocery store and pick up a bag of sweet potatoes. You can mash them, bake them or fry them. Whichever way you decide, they are nutritious and delicious for you and your baby.
Eggs are a great source of protein! Whether you like them sunny side up, scrambled or even hard-boiled, eggs are great no matter how you make them. They are filled with choline, which is ideal for fetal growth and brain development. Select eggs that include omega-3s and provide your baby with an extra boost for greater brain and vision development.
Did you know that yogurt contains more calcium than milk? Yogurt consists of nutrients that essential for your baby’s bone growth. Eating yogurt allows you to consume a good amount of protein, B vitamins and zinc. Although most types of yogurt are generally good for you during pregnancy, the one you should aim for is Greek Yogurt! It has twice the amount of protein compared to plain yogurt and the calcium is a great for your baby’s teeth as well.
Apple Crisp, Cinnamon Roll and Banana Bread are just a few options that many oatmeal brands have to offer. Oatmeal contains a great amount of protein and vitamin B6 that are low in saturated fat and high in fiber. Made with 100% whole gain, oatmeal is easy to make and it’s a quick breakfast that provides you with a boost of energy to start your day right!
Salmon contains low amounts of methylmercury, which can be harmful to your health when consuming king mackerel, wordfish, and tilefish. Salmon contains a high amount of protein and it promotes the baby’s brain development. Although salmon has a lot of healthy perks, the FDA only recommends that you eat no more than 12 ounces per week to prevent consuming too much mercury.
Beans contain the most fiber and protein of the vegetable family. They are a great option for vegetarians as well. Rich in zinc, eating beans are beneficial in consuming the right minerals that result in a lower risk for preterm delivery, low birth weight and prolonged labor.
Whether you like walnuts, peanuts, almonds or cashews, nuts are all in all a great source of protein (and by now, I think we know all how important protein is for expecting moms-to-be). Nuts provide you with a great boost of energy and they make an excellent addition to a side salad or a cup of yogurt. Grab a handful of nuts before you head out the door and give your baby and your body the protein they deserve!
8. Leafy vegetables
Try a spinach salad or some kale mixed with tangerines and sweet dressing. Green leafy vegetables are full of beneficial minerals like folate, vitamins A, C, and K. Vegetables have also been found to promote healthy vision and growth.
Enjoy a light buttery snack at the movies or just in the comfort of your own home with a bag of freshly popped popcorn! This favorite movie-theatre snack contacts a great deal of nutrients that are ideal during pregnancy. Popcorn contains whole grains that are high in fiber. Vitamin E, selenium, and phytonutrients are just some of the great nutrients found in popcorn.
10. Lean Beef
Although some meat is not recommended during pregnancy, lean beef is found to be high in iron, which is a crucial component in the development of red blood cells. Be sure to stay clear of mystery meat found in hot dogs! In addition, undercooked or rate beef or poultry should also be avoided due to the risk of contamination in the formation of bacteria. Consult your health care physician if you are faced with any further questions or concerns regarding meat consumption during pregnancy.