Nutrition is one of our key initiatives at Pregnancy Awareness Month because it’s a crucial part of taking care of yourself and your growing baby. Eating well is also essential while nursing, especially if you have other small kids underfoot, look out!
Kristen Bocanegra, the owner and chef of momme meals, was inspired to launch to her company after her best friend had a baby. Her BFF’s favorite new baby gift: nutritious meals delivered by Kristen. To help all new and expecting moms stay on track with healthy eating and feeling great, she offers these simple nutrition tips.
Top 10 Food Tips for Pregnant & Nursing Moms
Always carry a bottle of water, fruit and herb flavored water, decaffeinated tea, or coconut water. If you’re a juice drinker, begin pouring yourself glasses that are half water – half juice to help reduce your sugar intake while increasing hydration.
Work With Whole Foods:
Make meals that begin with as many foods in their natural state as possible. Buying plain frozen veggies and fruits are an excellent health conscious option especially in the winter months or when getting to the store on a weekly basis seems impossible.
Choose Better Ingredients:
Choose dark leafy greens (over lighter leaf lettuce); whole/pseudo grains (over white rice),;fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy oils like avocado, olive and coconut.
Always Carry a Snack:
Small healthy snacks throughout the day keep your energy levels up and your metabolism moving. Carry healthy snacks with you so you are never without. Try dried fruits, seeds, nuts, Go Chews and all-natural granola.
Try Spice Before Salt:
Incorporate fresh herbs, spices and citrus – like lemon, orange & lime juice or zest – to infuse life into dishes before adding more salt.
Keep it Sweet, Naturally:
Sweeten dishes with all natural sugars including dates, molasses, honey or maple syrup.
Know What You’re Buying:
Always – I repeat – Always, read the ingredient list when buying prepared foods. If you don’t know an ingredient or can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.
Eat Seasonal – Buy Local:
Seasonal produce is less expensive, tastes better and tends to be more nutritious. Getting produce, proteins and dairy from your local farmer means that you are also supporting the local economy. Read some great tips for buying at your local farmer’s market.
Time is the number one reason many of us don’t eat healthy. Give yourself an advantage by preparing grains, vinaigrettes and proteins at the beginning of each week to make mealtimes quick and healthy. If you are making a meal, cook multiple portions and freeze extra for easy meals down the road. If your fresh fruit is starting to turn, freeze it for smoothies. If your veggies are about to go bad, sauté them with garlic and olive oil and freeze them for a quick side anytime.
Get Back to the Basics:
We began growing food without chemical pesticides or genetic modifications and it’s how we should be eating today. Making this choice can be financially challenging but it is better for our health, the health of farm animals and our environment. Whenever possible buy organic produce, wild caught fish and grass-feed beef and dairy.
Kristen Bocanegra is the owner and chef of momme meals, an organic food company providing delicious and nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for moms and their growing families.
For more information on foods that are great for pregnant and nursing moms as well as seasonal whole food recipes, check out the momme meals blog.
DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written by a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014 – Momme Meals, and edited by Team PAM. The opinions expressed by Momme Meals, Kristen Bocanegra, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Momme Meals. Always consult with your medical provider regarding any personal health questions or decisions (including nutrition, diet, and exercise).