Any pregnant mother knows how important her diet is during pregnancy. Honestly, it is important before, during and after your pregnancy, especially if you are breastfeeding. When you are pregnant all of the nutrients, or junk, that you are absorbing through food is also being absorbed by your unborn baby. A study done at Adelaide University claims that moms who fill their bodies with junk food and sweets during pregnancy may pass that along to their kids. This could potentially lead to childhood obesity which isn’t something that no parent wants to experience!
So, how to you stick to eating a healthy diet while pregnant? You need to include healthy fats, lean meats, fruits and veggies into your daily diet. Including healthy fats, like coconut oil, into your daily meals will help in keeping your fuller, for longer. This will help with an sugary cravings that you may get after lunch! Coconut oil is also a natural energy source which is great for your first and third trimester when you are feeling a bit sluggish. This oil also helps with regulating your digestive system and the anti-bactarial properties help support your immune system when you need it most. Some healthy meals to incorporate to your pregnancy diet include the following:
- Pistachio Encrusted Salmon – If you’re looking for a gourmet recipe filled with a good source of omegas and healthy fats look no further than this recipe! Serve with steamed broccoli.
- Heart Healthy Overnight Oatmeal – Not only is this a healthy meal but it’s also so simple to make the night before. This recipe is loaded with many health benefits.
- Copycat Chickfila Chicken Nuggets – A healthier alternative to the fast food favorite, these chicken nuggets are cooked in coconut oil instead of peanut oil.
The main point in the reasearch done about what pregnant woman eat during their pregnancy is that you want to keep a well-balanced diet. This will help your child develop a taste of the nutritious foods that he or she needs for adaquete nutrition. Also, if you chose to nurse your child be sure to keep eating your well-balanced diet so that even out of the womb they can receive all of the good nutrients to grow big and strong. Please remember that sweets in moderation are ok! You don’t have to completely eliminate sweets and sugar from your diet but limit them or eat fruits to consume the natural sugars to satisfy your cravings.
What was your favorite meal during pregnancy?