Whether they’re regarded as millennial fads or actual change-makers, Superfoods are the cornerstone of any healthy diet. Just a few of these elements in your everyday meals and you’ll see a difference in your appearance, health, and even just how you feel!
Pregnancy is the most important time you need to bring your Health A Game to the fore. With the help of these superfoods, we’re sure you’re setting the way for a happy and fit pregnancy and post-natal stage.
Mind Your Almonds!
This one had to make it to the list – after all, isn’t it what every mother stresses upon! Known for its dose of Vitamin E, a few protein-rich almonds will go a long way in your baby’s brain development.
If you’re not a fan of munching on nuts, you can opt a few tablespoons of almond butter on an apple or a piece of toast. A fun yet filling snack – and keeps you away from unnecessary sugar!
The very versatile sweet potatoes are a foodie millennial mom’s delight! Whether you fry, mash, or roast them, they taste good and look as pretty as a picture. After all, isn’t it so important that your healthy food looks good!
Rich in Vitamin A, nutritious fiber, potassium and vitamin B6, sweet potatoes are essential during the first trimester especially as your baby’s growing at the fastest rate. Wondering how to make the easiest yet healthiest version? Here’s one : an egg-white, kale and sweet potato casserole – all superfoods, all guaranteed to help on your pregnancy journey!
Lean On Me Meat
Apart from being packed with protein, Lean Meat is rich in iron and B vitamins, that your pregnancy body needs oodles of!
Protein ensures that your baby’s muscles grow properly while iron is beneficial to both baby and mama, ensuring the baby is healthy throughout and reducing the chance of anemia in the mother.
Jog to the Yogurt
We’re sorry to break this to you, but no, fro-yo doesn’t count. Plain yogurt is your BFF, as it contains calcium – slightly more than what’s in milk!
Calcium is integral for the mother to maintain their bone and teeth quality and helps the baby develop theirs. Pregnant mothers should get about 1000 mg of calcium everyday to reduce the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. If your calcium levels are low, the baby will actually absorb the calcium from your bones, putting you at a greater risk at osteoporosis.
Everything doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. Just top your Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and you’ll have a healthy yet delicious treat!
Love It, Leaf It
There’s no doubting the versatility and quality of leafy greens. Take your pick : spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli – all of them are rich with antioxidants and nutrients that support your daily meals admirably.
Apart from antioxidants, leafy greens supply calcium, potassium, fiber, fol-ate, and vitamin A. Now that’s a mouthful (literally and figuratively)!