The healthy foods you eat during pregnancy help the baby in your womb get all nutrients deemed necessary for his growth. So by the time you reach your second trimester get ready to add 300 extra calories to your daily intake!
To help you and your baby benefit the most of these extra calories, we recommend that you chose them from the following checklist of superfoods:
Yogurt: Yogurt can be a great snack for pregnant women, as it is high in Protein and Calcium (calcium is a necessary mineral to build a baby’s bones and teeth). If you want, you can eat yogurt aside or have it with a dab of honey, some fresh fruits, dried fruits or crunchy breakfast cereals.
Eggs: Eggs are a great source of proteins and amino acids that every pregnant body needs. Eggs also contain Choline which promotes fetal brain growth. So don’t prevent yourself or your baby from these benefits and try to eat eggs at different times, whether boiled, fried or as scrambled omelet!
Broccoli: Broccoli is an excellent source of Folate, fibers, Calcium, Potassium and Carotenoid which plays a vital role in vision. Broccoli also stimulates the body to produce vitamin A. So don’t hesitate to add it to your dishes and soups!
Avocado: Give yourself the permission to enjoy eating avocado during pregnancy especially that it’s a whole fruit rich in non-saturated fats, along with a wide group of essential nutrients like fibers, Potassium, Folic Acid, vitamins C and B6.
Whole grain products: Compared to white bread, white rice and white flour, this group of food contains a high concentration of Folic Acid, Iron, Zinc, B complex and fibers. Try of these foods the oats, the brown rice and the quinoa!
Beef meat: Beef meat provides your body with Protein, Niacin, Iron, Zinc and vitamins B1 and B6. If you want, you can eat it grilled or cooked with your favorite dishes.
Pasteurized cheese: If you don’t find a difficulty eating and digesting dairy products, have the pasteurized types of cheese added to your daily diet, as they contain Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and many other nutrients deemed beneficial for you and your baby’s bones.
Grain legumes or pulses: Lentils contain a great amount of Folate, Iron and Protein, while the different variety of beans contains high levels of minerals and vitamins, in addition to fibers and magnesium, which is known to supply the body with energy and strengthen the nerves and muscles.
Berries: All of the berries are a good source of fibres, Potassium, Folate and vitamin C. Incorporate berries into your daily diet by adding a handful of same to your pancakes, smoothies and other home-made snacks!
You may not find the entire above checklist delicious and tasty. You may even exclude two or more of the items! It’s okay, as long as you take care of your food safety and make sure your daily intake is balanced between fruits, veggies, carbs and proteins.
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