During pregnancy your goals should be to provide a healthy stream of nutrients throughout the day to both yourself and your unborn child. Pregnancy is a time when a woman can struggle with morning sickness, crazy cravings and changing tastes which can make incorporating nutritious foods into your diet a struggle. I personally always had room for Ben and Jerry’s but seemed to struggle in finding room for spinach. Read on to find a list of 5 pregnancy super foods that you should incorporate as part of a healthy pregnancy diet.
- Avocado – Avocado is a top pregnancy super food because it contains healthy omega-3 fats which are good for a baby’s brain development. If sliced avocado does not fit your taste buds, try some guacamole; just be careful to not overdo it on the chips.
- Broccoli – Broccoli is packed with nutrients such as calcium and folate as well as fiber and disease fighting antioxidants. Broccoli also contains vitamin C which will help your body absorb iron when broccoli is eaten with an iron-rich food. Broccoli is great by itself, raw or steamed, or can be incorporated into your favorite whole wheat pasta dish.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are nutrients that can prevent or repair damage to body’s cells. These anti-oxidant properties can reduce future cancer risk, heart disease and diabetes as well as improving the body’s immune system. Blueberries are great by themselves, added to oatmeal or incorporated into a Greek yogurt parfait.
- Prunes – Prunes are packed with fiber and help keeps your digestive system running smoothly.
- Spinach – Spinach is loaded with folic acid, iron and magnesium. Spinach is great leafy green to incorporate in salads or add some steamed spinach to an omelet for an added boost.
Be creative and find new ways to incorporate and enjoy these 5 pregnancy super foods as part of your pregnancy diet.