Pregnancy is a special time, one that involves a lot of love and care. When you’re pregnant, you should take the best care of yourself - and that involves eating good food, being mildly active and getting enough rest. A healthy momma is a route having a healthy baby!
As you are now feeding two people everyday while you eat, your body needs a whole meal’s worth of extra food. In the midst of this calorie and nutrient need, you should really make sure you eat healthy - and one of the most important healthy eating habits is eating breakfast every morning, because breakfast is what keeps you going all day, while you take care of yourself, your growing little one and your other responsibilities.
But breakfast needs to be a balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats and fiber. A nourishing breakfast makes a great start to the day. But knowing what to eat can be quite confusing sometimes, so here are some of the healthiest breakfasts you can try:
1. Omelettes and whole grain toast
Why: Eggs are an excellent source of a wide variety of nutrients and protein. They are also great to keep you healthy during your pregnancy, because it contains amino acids that are essential for you and your baby. Choline, a trace element in eggs is an important nutrient for your baby’s brain development.
When paired with the vitamins and fiber of whole grain toast, this breakfast becomes a balanced meal. Pair it with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to add a vitamin boost.
2. Fruit and nut oatmeal
Why: Oatmeal is a great source of protein, energy and fibre. It keeps you full and gives you energy. Fruits and nuts are also nutrient dense, packing in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
A great combination would be to cook the oats in milk and water, and top it with banana slices, chopped berries, and chopped almonds or walnuts. Drizzle the oatmeal with a little honey or maple syrup if you want it to taste sweeter.
The bananas will give you a mood boost as well as potassium which may help you with the swelling that’s so common during pregnancy.
3. Avocado toast
Why: Avocados are a source of healthy fat - primarily Omega 3s, which are very important during pregnancy, as fatty acids play a role in the development of the nervous system and brain of the baby during pregnancy.
Use a spoon to scoop out avocado and spread it on toast. You can top this with a hard boiled egg, sliced and seasoned with some salt and pepper.
The meal will give you a balance of energy, fiber, healthy fats, protein and vitamins.
Avocado is also a source of folate, a type of B vitamin that keeps you healthy during pregnancy.
4. Multigrain breakfast cereal with milk
Why: Muesli is a multigrain cereal, and choosing the healthier, no added sugar or lower sugar options can give you a good dose of fiber and vitamins, and healthy fats from the dry fruits and nuts mixed in the muesli. You can top this with fresh fruits like chopped bananas or berries.
Moreover, milk is also a powerhouse of nutrients, and has numerous benefits during pregnancy for your health as well as your baby’s bone and teeth development. If you need more reasons to include milk in your diet, read this to know!
Muesli tastes great with cold milk, but during pregnancy, make sure that you’re boiling the milk first and then chilling it if you prefer it cold.
There are many more great breakfasts you can try for the best nutrition to kickstart your day. Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast which includes a variety of nutrients. You also need to ensure that you eat a healthy lunch and dinner, and eat healthy snacks in between so that you can meet your and your baby’s nutrition needs during this critical period.