Happy #BumpDay! During pregnancy, it’s so important to provide your growing baby with essential nutrients. These seven foods will not only provide these important vitamins and minerals to your little one, but they also have more benefits for you to make your pregnancy easier!
Incorporate these power foods into your diet for a healthier pregnancy:
- Eggs are an excellent source of protein. They also contain all of the essential amino acids, so they’re a healthy way to keep you full!
- Fortified cereal usually contains vitamin B and folate, which are vital nutrients during pregnancy. Many brands have 400 micrograms of folate per bowl, which is the daily amount experts recommend you get from vitamins or fortified foods.
- Broccoli contains calcium, folate, fiber and vitamin C. It’s also rich in antioxidants and will help absorb the iron in other foods. Eat it with brown rice or whole wheat pasta for a balanced meal.
- Bananas give you the energy to fight that pregnancy fatigue, as they’re loaded with potassium! They’re also helpful with nausea. Chop them up in your cereal or blend some into a smoothie for a nutritional addition.
- Whole grain bread is also good for nausea, as it’s a bland food. It contains fiber, iron and zinc as well. Load it up with nut butter and bananas for a quick and healthy snack (which brings us to our next power food…)
- Nuts or nut butters contain good unsaturated fats to help your baby’s brain and eye development. Plus, they’re a great source of protein and fiber, making you feel fuller longer. You should aim for about a 10-ounce serving of nuts or two tablespoons of the nut butter of your choice.
- Beans and lentils are two other protein powerhouses. Since pregnant women need about 10 extra grams of protein per day, these are a smart addition to your diet. One-half cup also contains half of the recommended intake of folate, plus the fiber in them can help combat constipation.