Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life. It can also be very taxing and exhausting on your body, mind, and spirit. Prenatal vitamins and yoga aside, superfoods are another way to help your body feel better. By nourishing your body with superfoods, you can feel more energized, strong, and ready to welcome your pending bundle of joy. We’ve put together a list of some of the best superfoods that can help you along your pregnancy journey.
Bone Broth– Rich in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous, bone broth also promotes joint support and healthy connective tissue. Bone Broth is essentially gelatin, which contains collagen. Collagen, also considered a superfood by some, is known to help tighten loose skin and encourage growth within our hair, skin, and nails. Some have said that bone broth helps relieve early pregnancy nausea because of its soothing tea-like substance and it’s easy to digest.
Almonds– Almonds contain a necessary amount of protein needed in your daily intake. Filled with healthy fats, they will give you the burst of energy during that mid-day slump. Almonds are high in Vitamin E which contributes to your infant’s brain development.
Eggs– We’re talking the whole egg here- the yolk and the whites. Choline is an important mineral found in the yolk of an egg which is said to help improve your baby’s brain health. Eggs contain healthy fats and proteins needed in your nutritional daily intake.
Whole Grains– It sounds like part of a regular diet, but what make grains a pregnancy superfood is that they’re a great source of fiber, minerals, protein and B complex vitamins. You can include plenty of whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, and oats. It’s best to look for the least processed grains you can find (shop organic or non-gmo), since many of the commercially prepared grains have had the nutritional and beneficial germ and bran removed.
Dark Leafy Greens– Pregnant or not, this is a staple for a healthy diet. However, when pregnant or lactating, dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, and spinach as well as veggies from the cabbage family (broccoli and brussels sprouts) are especially important because they supply so many vitamins and minerals. These include vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron. Dark leafy green vegetables are also rich in phytochemicals like beta carotene and lutein which protect against many forms of cancer. Dark green leafy vegetables and cabbage family vegetables provide important nutrients that help to promote a plentiful milk supply for your baby.
Although some of these might seem like everyday components to a healthy lifestyle, they can be especially important to include in your diet while pregnant. It’s necessary to keep an eye on your diet when you’re pregnant because after-all what you eat directly contributes to the development of your baby.