It can be tricky knowing exactly what to eat during pregnancy. Besides longing for carbs and craving all sorts of naughty foods, it’s important to try and cram in the good stuff. We’ve put together a list of the tastiest superfoods to indulge in during your pregnancy, and ps – these are the ones you’ll actually want to eat!
Regardless of being pregnant or not, no summer would be complete without enjoying a delicious bowl of strawberries! They are also an amazing superfood during pregnancy as they contain calcium, folate magnesium and vitamin C among other things.
Of course, the humble egg is a fridge fundamental all year round for most people, but deserves special mention as it is applicable to so many great summer dishes and loaded with nutrients that are vital for a healthy pregnancy such as fats, protein and vitamins A and D. However make sure they are fully cooked and avoid raw or soft boiled eggs.
Any green leaf is a healthy antenatal choice, but spinach is a power house when it comes to superfoods. It has really high levels of folate (folic acid) which help to reduce the chances of birth defects. It is also claimed that spinach has every vitamin and mineral you need during pregnancy.
It’s a good idea to stick to hard cheese when you’re expecting and avoid soft cheese. Hard cheeses definitely deserve to be on the list because they are such a great source of calcium, fats and protein. Another fundamental food type that plays a big part in many dishes, especially during the summer.
This is a traditional Korean dish made by fermenting vegetables and it’s easy to make at home. Not only can it help to prevent yeast infections but it is also loaded with the good stuff like antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.
Blueberries are a classic superfood and with good reason as they are packed with goodness and of course offer lots of nutritional value for pregnant women. For one thing they are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, folate, and the skin of the berry is loaded with fibre.
Another usual suspect when it comes to recommended superfoods, and no summer barbeque is complete without a bowl of homemade guacamole. Avocados contain folate, vitamins C and B6 and potassium.
The wonderful orange colour of sweet potatoes comes from carotenoid which is a type of plant pigment. This is a great source of vitamin A, which is brilliant for the immune system for mother and baby.
Chickpeas are a brilliant source of fibre. They are also a necessary dietary requirement for pregnancy as they help to regulate the body’s glucose levels. They also contain iron, folate, and magnesium. Chickpeas are also a light, non-processed carbohydrate so if you add to a salad, they can help make you feel fuller for longer.
As we all know orange juice is high in vitamin C. However, did you know if taken with a meal it can improve the absorption of iron into the blood? It also goes without saying how important it is to drink plenty of fluids whilst pregnant.
For a full rundown of the top superfoods of 2016 check out Buyagift.com’s selection of the best.