Being pregnant means avoiding certain foods, or eating them at moderation as you now have to mind your infant’s development. You may have been more used to fast food, but who ever said that just because you are pregnant, you cannot enjoy terrific foods anymore? There are a wide array of delicious yet healthy choices that would surely satisfy your taste buds while providing you with all the nutrients your baby needs. Check out these food ideas for each meal of the day, and have your pick.
They are truly palatable, but make sure not to overeat. You must not go beyond the caloric intake recommended. Also, it is a good idea to cook the food yourself because the quality of ingredients are important now that you are pregnant. You cannot trust anyone more than you trust yourself, right? So you do not have to search for the recipes anymore, we have included them here. Make sure not to miss them out!
Oatmeal with banana and honey
Whole-grain food like oat meal does wonders in helping you keep up with your recommended fiber intake. And because banana is a great source of potassium, you are surely on the right track to starting your day. Also, who doesn’t love honey? A good news to pregnant women, honey has antibiotic properties that help keep you and your baby healthy. This healthy and delicious food combination would make you forget about your fast food favorites.
How to make it? Easy! Simply cook your oatmeal according to the instructions on the packaging. Then, add a chopped banana and pour honey.
Roasted Shrimp and Veggies
Seafood is a hit no matter where you are in the world. However, there are some that you cannot eat at least for the time being. The good news is shrimp is not one of them. Shrimp is allowable in certain amounts because it does not have high levels of mercury. Moreover, it contains high levels of protein which is necessary for the development of your baby. Because of all the veggies, you are sure that your meal is well-balanced and that you do not eat too much shrimp. This all-time hit is a definitely a delivery of both nutrition and of taste. Check out this recipe to get a taste of this mouth-watering dish.
Chicken Breasts with Basil Pesto Pasta
Dive in to this delicious meal that will definitely fill you up. The carbohydrate content of the pasta as well as the protein in the chicken are both great energy source and will keep you going for the day. However, make sure that the chicken is fresh and well-cooked to avoid exposure to the diseases caused by the listeria bacteria. Pesto, because of the olive oil and pine nuts it contains, improves your cardiovascular health while strengthening your bones and joints at the same time. Truly, this lunch is as delicious as it is healthy. Satisfy your pasta cravings and prepare this meal for you and the whole family. This recipe from A Food-centric Life will surely help you make a delectable dish that everyone will love.
Greek Yoghurt Parfait
A great source of calcium, Greek yoghurt is essential in your pregnancy diet. Incorporate berries and nuts to add more benefit to the stand-alone food. Berries are packed with baby-building nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and folate. Also, studies show that eating nuts during pregnancy lessen the chance of your child having peanut allergy. Served cold and made better with the gifts of nature, there is no doubt that this is more delicious and more nutritious than your average ice cream. A spoonful of this treat will have you wanting for more.
If you want to make one for yourself, start with placing uncooked grano or any available grans such as barley and brown rice in 6 cups of water overnight. Then, with the water left after soaking, put it to a boil and simmer until the grano is tender. After that, you must drain it and mix with honey and salt. Next, put yoghurt in the glass followed by grano and berries. Repeat the process until the glass is full.
Pizza for dinner? It is a dream come true! This terrific recipe would guide you in making this delicious pizza that would surely make you come back for more. It is an explosion of many flavors in your mouth that keeps your hunger at bay. Since all the ingredients are vegetables (except for the dough), there is no way that this can possibly be bad for you. Just make sure everything is fresh. Bell peppers are super loaded with Vitamin C. Another pizza favorite, mushrooms, has a very low sodium content, but still adds more flavor and more texture to the whole thing. Cheese gives protein, which you will definitely need for muscle-building now that you are a vessel to another human being. Getting lots of protein without having meat? Now, that is a wow! The combination of all the greens and reds in this food will make you forget about your traditionally meat-packed pizza.
Beef and Broccoli
There can never be a match for this amazing duo. Pregnant or not, this is a classic meal that all people are fond of. Do not ever hide the recipe for this meal you are more than encouraged to eat this. Beef as well as other red meats have zinc, protein, and iron that aids in helping you reach your daily nutrient goals. As long as this meat favorite is properly prepared, you do not have to worry about food-borne bacteria. The calcium and folate in broccoli are necessary for a healthy pregnancy and for a no-guilt indulging. Also, it is rich in Vitamin C, helping your body absorb iron. If you want this mouth-watering meal, you can make one for yourself. This recipe will help you get started.
Dark Chocolate Frozen Bananas
Who doesn’t love these tasty treats? As kids, we cannot get enough of banana dessert from heaven and even as adults, the feeling never changed. I have a terrific news for you mommy-to-be. This dessert healthy and is good for you and your baby. The potassium in the banana should keep you filled and satisfied. Also, as long as you use dark chocolate, you’re good to go! It’s not pumped with a lot of sugar and it has all the benefits of cocoa: the antioxidants.
The best part is making this is as quick and as easy as one, two, three. One, stick a Popsicle stick at one end of a banana. Two, melt some dark chocolate and dip the banana in it until everything’s covered. For added nutrition value, roll it in some peanuts right after dipping it. Peanuts are great source of protein, and it also adds to the flavor. Three, Put it in the freezer until the chocolate gets hard.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Are you forever in a search for a dessert that is good for your body and for your taste buds? Being pregnant does not necessarily mean limiting yourself to the food you are not the biggest fan of. The avocado contains high levels of Vitamin C and of Vitamin B-6. Also, it contains lots of fiber and protein that you definitely would need now that you are eating for two. The chocolate, our favorite guilty pleasure, has antioxidants. Indulge in this sweet and flavorful treat that you would still love to eat even after you have your baby. Check out this great recipe from Fit Pregnancy and make one for yourself.
This dessert, if you do not plan to have a go at it immediately, can be placed in an airtight container and be stuck in the refrigerator for as long as two days. This means you can prepare dessert good for two days, and save yourself time in the process.
Thick Carrot and Potato Soup
Hungry but not feeling like eating something hard? Why not try a bowl of this yummy soup and be done with it? Aside from the fact that its main ingredients are carrots and potatoes, two winning food duo since time immemorial, the best thing about it gives you warmth. This is especially useful when you are carrying your child during winter. What carrots can give you is the high levels of Vitamin A and of fiber, while a potato offers Vitamin C and Potassium. Other ingredients such as spinach and onions also have nutritional value that you need to be sure of your baby’s development. Spinach contains all sorts of nutrition you need such as Potassium, Vitamin A, C, and B-6, Iron, Potassium, and Calcium. Onions, on the other hand, are a good source of dietary fibers, Magnesium, and Vitamin C. You can try this recipe and prepare this for your soup cravings. Since you will be preparing it, you are sure of what is in it.
Keeping you and your baby in top shape has never been easier. With a wide array of delightful yet healthy ingredients that you can experiment on, there surely would be something that will tickle your taste buds.