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12 Great Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Eating while healthy while pregnant can be one of the hardest things for many women. A prenatal vitamin helps with the nutrition we may not be getting enough of. But is it enough? On it's own, NO. Pregnant women still need to get the additional vitamins and minerals to keep a healthy pregnancy. Put these 12 foods as a priority in your diet and you will easily get the right amounts of vitamins and minerals for your diet.

12 Great Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Avocados - This fruit is packed with folic acid, which helps in the formation of the baby's brain and nervous system), potassium, and vitamins C and B6. Make some guacamole or spread it on a piece of whole grain bread and enjoy.

Carrots - This vegetable is a great source of vitamins A, B6, and C, along with fiber. It not only helps the development of your baby's bones, eyes, and teeth, but also keeps things moving. Add it to a salad, dip in some dressing, or eat these by themselves, no matter what, they are great!

Broccoli - Another great source of folic acid and vitamins A and C, but it is also a good source of calcium. So many ways to eat broccoli; you can eat it raw, dip it in some dressing, add it to a salad, or cook it with your dinner.

DHA eggs - These eggs are a little different than typical eggs. These contain DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid essential for your baby's brain development and eye formation. They taste just like regular eggs too!

Mangoes - This delicious fruit is packed with vitamins A and C, along with potassium. It's great for a smoothie, add it to salsa, or just enjoy it by itself.

Red pepper - What a fantastic source of vitamins A, C, and B6. One of the sweetest vegetables around, it is great to enjoy cooked or raw on a sandwich. You choose how you want them.

Lentils - Packed with folic acid, protein, vitamin B6, and iron. They are great to help you avoid an iron deficiency.

Edamame - Filled with protein, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A and B. It can be eaten with almost anything. Eat it as a snack with some salt or throw in with your cooking.

Nuts - What a better way to get those important minerals and Vitamin E. They are high in fat (the good kind) too. Nuts are always a great on-the-go snack.

Oatmeal - Oats are full of fiber, vitamin B, iron, and minerals. It's easy to just grab a bowl of oatmeal, but you can also throw oats into cookies, muffins, and pretty much anything you bake.

Yogurt - Calcium, galore! But it's also packed with protein and folic acid. Add some oats and knock 2 super-foods off your list for the day. The active cultures can also prevent tummy troubles and yeast infections.

Spinach - Packed with folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin A. Great for adding to a salad or stuffing in chicken breasts, it will also help prevent an iron deficiency.

Many other foods are out there that are packed with vitamins and minerals important during pregnancy, but these are just a few of them to get you started on the road to a healthy pregnancy. And not all these foods are seen in the video, but all those foods are great as well. Just be sure to moderate and make sure each food is healthy for your situation.

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