When pregnant, it seems harder to get those needed nutrients and minerals into your body. Whether it be nausea or fatigue, or simply cravings, it can be tough to choose the foods that are good for you and baby! Here is a great list of some simple “fast food” ideas that are great for on the go, and nutritious for you and baby!
Grab an apple, banana, pear, orange, or another favorite fruit.
A small box of raisins provides a little boost of fiber, iron, and potassium while satisfying a sweet tooth. I prefer yogurt covered raisins!
One container of this classic nutritious-and-convenient food can provide 25 percent of your daily calcium requirement, as well as protein and several necessary vitamins and minerals.
4. Make-it-yourself trail mix
Keep it in a resealable bag in your desk or car for a handy, crunchy snack. Here is a handy Autumn Trail Mix recipe:
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup whole almonds (toasted)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup candied ginger (cut into 1/4-inch pieces)– great for digestion!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine pumpkin seeds and olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with coarse salt. Toss to combine. Spread in a single layer. Toast, stirring halfway through, until golden, about 8 minutes
Place toasted pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, almonds, dried cranberries, and candied ginger in a bowl. Mix to combine. Divide among jars, containers, or bags.
5. Salad bar
Some fast-food restaurants and many grocery stores have salad bars where you can serve yourself practically a whole day’s worth of fruits and vegetables. Load up on spinach, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, and zucchini. Add nuts, chickpeas, and kidney beans for a protein boost, and top with raisins for iron, fiber, and potassium. I tend to stay away from the sliced deli meats though- due to the chances of listeria.
6. Baby carrots
Carrots are full of vitamin A and fiber! Dip them in hummus, salsa or yogurt for an extra dose of nutrition!
7. String cheese
Low-fat mozzarella sticks are full of calcium, and one stick provides the same amount of protein as an 8-ounce glass of milk. Plus there are different varieties: Provolone, cheddar, even Colby Jack!
8. Orange juice
Just half a cup provides half the daily requirement of vitamin C and about 15 percent of your calcium needs.
9. Whole grain cereal or instant oatmeal
Stash a few single-serving packages in your desk at work for a quick, filling snack. Almost all breakfast cereal is now fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid.
10. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and a fair source of calcium. Top with fruit or throw in a handful of nuts and dried fruit to make things more interesting.
Now on top of the daily nutritious snacks, every mom-to-be and new mom, needs an extra boost in vitamins. If you are breast feeding, you are not only eating for yourself and your nutrients, but also your sweet newborns nutrients as well! Doctors around the world suggest a prenatal vitamin with a daily dose of folic acid and DHA. BrainStrong is a month long prenatal vitamin that gives you two supplements that are a complete prenatal multi vitamin with the highest level of folic acid and DHA available without prescription. That means no co-pays (BrainStrong costs less than most copays– my copay is $40– so the cost of about $18 is definitely cheaper!), no prescriptions from your doctor, but the very best for your baby! It also contains 75% more DHA than other leading over-the-counter prenatal vitamins.
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