Expectant mothers need many vitamins and nutrients throughout the entire pregnancy to support the baby’s development and to sustain the changes that the mother endures too. I understand the “grab-n-go” lifestyle doesn’t go away just because you’re pregnant, so I wanted to give busy pregnant mom’s some foods that are healthy AND easy. Many of the foods listed below contain high amounts of protein, folic acid, and good fat which are all essential for the baby’s development, especially brain and nervous system development. Also, as the uterus grows, the back, abdominal, and hip muscles are forced to stretch in new ways, so the mother needs to be sure to get adequate protein to help the muscles repair and heal.
Here Are My Top Power Pregnancy Meals:
Start Your Day: To prevent nausea in the beginning of your pregnancy, start your day with ½ grapefruit, lemon & ginger water, and vitamins (prenatal, B-Complex, calcium, lecithin). Continue this regimen throughout your pregnancy, especially the vitamins, to help with healthy digestion.
Breakfast: Veggie Fritatta, minus the goat choose, as a “grab-n-go” breakfast/snack if made in muffin tins. It is loaded with enough protein and nutrients to sustain you until lunch.
Lunch: Collard Green Wrap as an alternative to whole-grain wraps that leave you feeling sluggish or bloated. Fill it with avocado, sprouts, basil, chicken, pumpkin seeds or any combination of ingredients that is packed with protein and good fat. Have it with a side of Vitamin A packed carrots and hummus!
Dinner: Salmon and Kale Salad. This go-to dinner is great because it takes less than 10 minutes to broil or grill salmon fillets and you’re able to make the kale salad beforehand so it’s ready when you are. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which also aids in brain development and kale is a great source of folate. Add Clean Cuisine’s Salad Booster on your salad to get an extra boost of nutrients! So this is a great, quick dinner to get all the nutrients you and your baby need.
Dessert or Snack: Snacking and cravings are huge during pregnancy. My Love Crunch is great because it’s crunchy, sweet, and nutritious. It satisfies sweet tooth cravings, as well as those cravings of just wanting to “munch” on something. Oats are a complex carb that keep you feeling fuller longer.