6 Superfoods to Try During Pregnancy

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Food during pregnancy is a contentious issue which has a lot of people divided on opinions. For the lucky few who have cravings for fresh fruit and vegetables, it might be more of an easy ride, but for some, eating anything, especially in the first 8-12 weeks can be a struggle. Nausea and a change in your tastes in food is unfortunately very common especially in the early stages of pregnancy which can make healthy eating a real challenge. So, sit back relax try some of these superfoods while you play your favourite new uk casino slots.

On the other end of the spectrum, someview pregnancy as a time to ditch the diet, eat for two and give in to your cravings. If the baby wants a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, with Oreos and a family share bag of Doritos while you pass the time on slots at 666 Casino, that’s what baby’s going to get. I feel you, and while treats are good in proportion, pregnancy is a unique opportunity to give your baby the nutrients she needs to grow and develop, as well as the opportunity to shape your baby’s taste buds.

With this in mind, see if these pregnancy super foods tantalise your taste buds and help curb pregnancy cravings. Before you do however, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty if you have treats and don’t plan your entire weeks shopping around super foods. Maybe even just incorporate one or two superfoods into your diet a week or try 1 new good food a week. Little changes make the biggest impact on your your baby, so just do your best and enjoy the discovery!

  1. Oranges

Jam packed with flavour, fresh and delicious these underrated balls of sunshine will help to curb your sweet cravings and help to make you feel calm according to a recent study into the benefits of the fruit. Not only this but oranges are rich is folate which is essential in the first trimester especially for the development of your baby and reduce the risk of any birth defects. So not only are you helping yourself but you’re also helping baby along her way.

  1. Salmon

Not only is salmon delicious it can be cooked in so many different ways and used in myriad recipes and delectable dishes. Grilling or BBQing with fresh herbs and lemon is the perfect way to bring out the salmon delicate flavours especially when paired with dill or rosemary. For an Asian twist salmon is perfect with rice and sautéed with stir fry vegetables, soy, garlic and ginger. Salmon is considered a super food because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which as the latest research suggests can help to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Omega 3 doesn’t just help you, but also helps your little one. Foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids have a positive effect on both the visual and cognitive development of your little one, so fill up on salmon and other omega 3 rich foods throughout your pregnancy.

  1. Ginger

Ginger has long been used for its medicinal and holistic properties and ginger is also extremely good for curbing those awful waves of nausea that some women experience throughout pregnancy. I’m not even going to call it morning sickness, because let’s face it, that is a big fat porkie as most women experience nausea throughout the day. Although it may be tempting to run for the biscuit aisle to stock up on ginger biscuits, a healthy alternative is to make your own ginger infused teas with fresh ginger, or to grate fresh ginger into natural yogurt with a pinch of cinnamon.

  1. Beetroot

Let’s face it ladies, everyone loves a root. They’re pretty good for you too and if one of your pregnancy cravings is pickles you’re in luck because picked beetroot is both delicious and very good for you. If you love baking and are looking for a healthy alternative you could even give making beetroot brownies a whirl with some rich dark chocolate. Just don’t eat too many as you may give yourself a bit of a fright when you go to the bathroom!

  1. Avocado

Now I’m not just telling you to eat avocados because it’s the in thing or because adding an avocado to your meal makes it effortlessly instagram worthy. Avocados are not only delicious but are also full to the brim with good fats, are very high in dietary fibre and last but certainly not least, are a fantastic source of folate. The great thing about avocados is you can incorporate them into any meal, they go perfectly with eggs or toast for breakfast, are delicious in salads, blended in smoothies and you can even oven grill them in olive oil with pinch  of pepper to make moreish avocado chips. However, avocados are high in calories, so be sure you’re eating the right portion size which is roughly ¼ of an avocado.

  1. Kale

Before you start yawning and skipping reading this one, I will admit I used to hate kale and thought it was just a very pretentious form of cabbage. But, when I discovered how great it was for you especially during pregnancy I was coaxed into giving it a try and now it is a staple on my shopping list. In just one cup of kale there is an amazing 4 grams of protein as well as 150 mg of calcium which of course is just perfect for growing a little person that needs strong and healthy bones. It also contains 491 mg of potassium and heaps more than your daily requirementof Vitamin A and K.  The lost just goes on, but the bottom line is that kale is king superfood! I stick make in stir fries, curries, crock pot slow cooker meals and just about any meal I want to bulk up. It’s also great to add to smoothies or sautéed in some butter with a delicious runny tolled egg on top. Be creative and trust in kale!

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