Your baby is on the way and you can’t to meet him/her. While you wait, you have to ensure that you eat nutritious foods that will give you and your baby enough energy to grow and develop. It is also important to make sure that you don’t eat anything that may harm the baby. After s/he is born, you will have to run after them, to make sure they don’t run into trouble and you are going to need a lot of energy to do that. So it is important to eat power packed foods starting now!
Here are a few power foods that you should eat while pregnant:
1. Soaked Lentil Salad
While you are pregnant, you should make it a point to eat a lot of protein rich food if you want to stay energetic throughout the day. This is why you should eat a cup of dal every day with your meals. As an additional snack, you can try soaking some lentils (like green gram or any other dal) overnight. You can then eat it in the morning along with some chopped tomatoes, onions, a few drops of lemon juice, salt and pepper.
During pregnancy, bananas are going to be your best friend. They will help fight off any morning sickness or nausea that you may face. It can also be used to prevent fatigue which is common during pregnancy. You could add some sliced bananas to your bowl of yoghurt, oats or your favourite breakfast cereal. You could even make a smoothie if you’d like.
You would be delighted to know that eating cheese is particularly good during pregnancy. It contains all the fats and proteins that you will need. Consuming cheddar and mozzarella will help meet your calcium requirements.
This is a wonderful nutrient rich food that you must consume during pregnancy. It is especially good for vegetarians since they miss out on the amazing proteins and fats that are provided by meats. They also contain vitamins and minerals, making it perfect for when you are tired. If the smell of omelettes makes you feel nauseous, you can opt for having hard boiled eggs instead.
5. Whole grains
It is important to incorporate a variety of grains in your meals. So mix up your carbs - eat ragi, oats, brown rice, whole wheat, etc. When buying bread for sandwiches, opt for whole grain or multigrain breads. This will be much healthier than the regular white bread.
6. Dry fruits and nuts
When you are out and about, carry along a mini box full of dry fruits and nuts. Again, keep a variety so that you don’t get bored of eating the same ones and so that you will reap the benefits of different kinds of dry fruits and nuts.