Nutrition is a vast subject and I love discussing it at all times. Since I got pregnant I have completely changed my ways of eating and my personal opinion over food has changed a bit as well. There are some foods that I am considering healthy and very important for a pregnant woman to eat on daily basis, here’s top 10 from my list and why I love them so much:
- Oatmeal – I never liked oatmeal and have struggled my whole life to eat it. It’s important to eat a good amount of fibre during pregnancy to avoid constipation, hence – the reason I have included it into my diet and actually invented my own recipe that works for me and I think it tastes amazing! Here it is: My Ultimate Breakfast Oatmeal Recipe!
- Chia Seeds – I honestly would not have survived without them, great source of fibre with almost no calories. Loaded with antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids!
- Lemons – A whole lemon will keep you healthy during winter. I eat it fresh and sliced in circles with the skin on, making sure I am rinsing it very well beforehand. I skip eating lemons during the days with lots of heart-burn to avoid making it worse.
- Watermelon – During the summer days it’s one of the best ways to stay hydrated and also it keeps you away from snacking on junk foods.
- Apples – Apples are a great source of fibre and also helpful for the heart-burn.
- Raspberries – Great way to help constipation and also a good choice for longer snacking,
- Some kind of protein – Protein is very important during pregnancy. Once a day I am having a protein based meal such as fish or poultry, less often pork as it is a bit more fattier meat. Eggs are also a great source of protein, and the great news is that you can skip the egg yolk if you don’t like it – as I do!
- Veggies with my protein – I prefer my meat with lots of veggies due to the fact that I love volume in my meals in general. Cucumbers, tomatoes, leafy greens, I love them all – a big bowl of salad with some meat is my happiest part of the day! Or steamed vegetables such as broccoli and baby carrots.
- Some good quality wholegrain bread – Bread actually keeps me satiated and provides me with some extra fibre on top of everything else I have already mentioned above.
- Nuts – A handful of nuts (almonds mostly) is all it takes right before I go to bed to keep me away from eating that whole bag of chips sitting in the cupboard! Also a great source of fat!
Bonus Tip: I avoid junk food and hardly ever eat sweets, but in case I feel like eating either of the two, I never restrict myself from doing so! Pregnancy is a wonderful part of every woman’s life and I do believe restrictions are absolutely unacceptable unless there are medical reasons for it! So, enjoy your midnight cookie snack in piece, my friend!