Healthy Eating During Pregnancy Made Easy

Eating healthy during pregnancy isn’t always easy.

Between morning sickness in the first trimester to your stomach getting squished down to the size of a pea by your growing baby in the third, eating “right” can be hard when you’re just trying to get through a pregnancy.

Here are a few tips to make healthy eating during pregnancy easier.

#1. Blend Blend Blend

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When you’re just too tired to chew, blend!

When you don’t feel like having a salad, enjoy your burger with a steamed kale-filled smoothie!

Craving something sweet? Make a milkshake with steamed spinach, a date (lots of minerals), a banana (sweet and loaded with potassium), and molasses (even more minerals and nutrients).

Drinking your meals is an easy way to get tons of nutrients in your body with very little effort.

Throw in some coconut butter or avocado to make it more filling. Both contain healthy fats that are excellent for both you and baby.

If you HATE cleaning your blender (like I do!), get a personal-sized blender so you can blend-and-go and just wash your cup later. It’s a minor investment in something that will have a huge impact. It’s absolutely worth it!

#2. Snack Snack Snack

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If you can’t gobble whole meals in one sitting like you used to, don’t discount the power of the nutritious snack. Repeat: NUTRITIOUS snack.

When you’re having trouble committing to healthy eating during pregnancy, you need to make every bite count.

Nuts with dried fruit, yogurts and cheeses, olives, and hard-boiled eggs are all nutrient-dense and filling.

Use honey, maple syrup, or dark chocolate to tame the sweet tooth. Add molasses and dates for minerals.

These aren’t to replace high-vitamin vegetables and high-protein meats in your diet, but if you’re going to snack do your best to choose healthy ones.

Larabar snack bars are a great option when you’re on the go so you don’t forget to feed yourself (and baby) well. The only thing worse than being tired and pregnant is being tired, pregnant, and hungry!

#3. Don’t Fear the Fat

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Guess what, Momma?

Your body actually needs fat, especially while pregnant!

“Omega-3 fats are known as essential fatty acids because the only way you can get them is via your diet. In pregnant women, consuming enough omega-3 fats is especially important, as they’re important for the baby’s visual and cognitive development.

In the US, most Americans’ diets are seriously lacking in omega-3 fats. Women tend to become further depleted during pregnancy, as the fetus uses omega-3s for nervous system development. After birth, omega-3s are again used to make breast milk, and for women on their second or third pregnancy, levels may be extremely low.” // Mercola.com

Low-mercury fish like sardines, anchovies, and herring are excellent sources of omega-3’s.

In addition, avocados, coconut oil, pastured butter, and olive oil are all loaded with healthy fats that are good for you and necessary for Baby!

Keep it simple, Mom. Eat good, healthy, “real” food (not packaged, processed, or refined) and you don’t have to worry about a pregnancy diet or fancy pregnancy nutrition guidelines.

Healthy eating during pregnancy really is that easy.

Yum!

 

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Reese

Reese Leyva is a first-time mom whose countless hours of reading about and researching pregnancy, birth, and gentle/respectful parenting have led her to one inevitable conclusion - moms and babies are amazing! When she's not writing or studying to complete her certification as a Childbirth Educator, she's playing in the dirt with her super cool infant daughter or cooking alongside her nifty artist husband.


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