5 superfoods to eat while pregnant
We all know how important nutrition is for our babies.
That’s why we buy all those prenatal vitamins and supplements. Which I’m sure work. But it’s proven that vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in fresh foods have higher absorbency rate, than those introduced to our bodies through even the most natural supplements.
These 5 super foods are packed with nutrients you and your little bundle of joy need! And they are easily accessible in every grocery store.
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries. Take a pick! Being overpacked with Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium, the not only maintain healthy digestion, but also can keep your energy level high.
Just be careful to choose organic berries. As strawberries made it to the top of dirty dozen.
You’ve definitely heard about omega 3 and how vital it is for your baby’s brain development.
But it is also a great fish to eat due to its low mercury levels.
Just make sure you opt for wild salmon. As farmed salmon is usually raised using hormones and antibiotics. Yep, in case you didn’t know. And avoid consuming raw uncured fish. As it might contain harmful bacterial and even parasites!
First of all, it’s all about fiber. Quinoa contains two times more fiber than other grains. And fiber helps us to avoid constipation during pregnancy.
Surprisingly quinoa is a complete protein. Hello vegetarian mommies! It’s also rich in iron, manganese and magnesium.
Toss it in your salads, or use it instead of rice. I actually even had quinoa sushi few days ago.
The good kind of fat, you probably heard all about. Adding avocado to your diet will increase your HDL (High-density lipoproteins) levels! Which is awesome.
The HDL cholesterol particle is dense compared to other types of cholesterol particles.
According to the www.webmd.com cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, cholesterol is an essential fat. It provides stability in every cell of your body.
To travel through the bloodstream, cholesterol has to be transported by helper molecules called lipoproteins. Each lipoprotein has its own preferences for cholesterol, and each acts differently with the cholesterol it carries.
Experts believe HDL cholesterol may act in a variety of helpful ways that tend to reduce the risk for heart disease:
- HDL cholesterol scavenges and removes LDL — or “bad” — cholesterol.
- HDL reduces, reuses, and recycles LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver where it can be reprocessed.
- HDL cholesterol acts as a maintenance crew for the inner walls (endothelium) of blood vessels. Damage to the inner walls is the first step in the process of atherosclerosis, which causes heart attacks and strokes. HDL scrubs the wall clean and keeps it healthy
They are actually a large berry! No way, right?
One avocado also provides 1/3 of recommended daily intake of folate, which helps to form a baby’s brain and nervous system.
Lots and lots of protein, more than a dozen vitamins (including A and B12), minerals and choline! Which are absolutely vital.
Even though there is no official limit to eggs intake for a pregnant woman, specialist usually recommend not to exceed the amount of 1-2 eggs per day. Eggs do content cholesterol.
Superfoods are an awesome source of much needed vitamins. But pregnancy sometimes can be quite complicated. Especially when you become a big nose and your sense of smell won’t allow you to eat half of the products you used to eat before.
Juices and smoothies might become a great alternative and supply you with all those important nutrients.
Just make sure you get a good juicer. Masticating juicers are a huge thing right now.
And also find the right recipe.