Part of being pregnant is feeding your growing baby—with every bite of food you eat. It can be hard to pay attention to what those bites should consist of, especially when you’re both nauseated and hungry. Most pregnancy books and blogs suggest the usual: a diet of fresh, whole foods—and lots of them.
But what does that mean, practically? Even if you can only keep down the tiniest bit of food these days, here are five real foods to eat when you’re eating for two people—for nutrients as well as flavor. (For five more ideas) Don’t forget that taste matters. Tremendously. It may even serve to train baby’s taste buds in utero. Eating a wide variety of flavors may help create future eaters who could instinctually seek flavorful food and reap the benefits it offers! How cool is being a mammal?
As always, we recommend seeking out organic ingredients whenever possible. And talk to your OB or midwife if you have any questions.
5 Foods to Satisfy Mom and Growing Baby:
Turn this source of key nutrients like folic acid and B6 into guacamole. Don’t forget the flavor—onion (if you can stomach it), tomato, cilantro, lime, and try some smoky chipotle powder.
Eat beans with abandon in everything from burritos to lentil soup; they supply vital iron, folate, and zinc. Flavor them from Indian to Mexican and every country in between to entice those forming taste buds.
Dark Leafy Greens
Eat your spinach, and your kale, and your collards, and your mizuna. Can’t keep these iron-, calcium-, and Vitamin A-, C-, and K containing gems down? Try blending them into a smoothie. Or maybe it’s the cooked texture that’s setting you off. Toss them raw in a salad.
Lean Organic Beef and Pork
Meat provides vital protein, iron and vitamins like B12. Depending on your pregnancy, you may be a vegetarian who suddenly cannot get enough burgers. Or the smell of cooking meat can send you fleeing to lie on the cold bathroom floor. Ask your partner cook when you’re not at home and don’t have to smell it. When all else fails, nutrient-containing bone broths can be used in sauces, soups or as a liquid agent when cooking veggies and grains.
One of the many oddities of pregnancy is that being hungry can actually make you nauseated. You might be sleeping with crackers or bananas beside your bed. Stash some nuts there—and in your purse. They’ll give you energy when it’s lagging and contain a variety of nutrients. Walnuts also provide a type of omega-3s!
Written by Plum Organics
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