Eggs, lentils, beans, oatmeal, avocado, Greek yogurt, salmon, sweet potatoes, berries, an array of vegetables, lean-meat proteins, nuts and lots of water. With my latest pregnancy, I was a research fanatic to ensure my unborn baby was benefiting from a nutrient-rich diet. Throughout the day, I aimed to eat meals rich in fiber, antioxidants, protein, calcium (the most difficult for me), vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. All essential elements for growing a healthy baby over a 40-week time period.
My diet was by no means perfect. I still had chocolate with my morning decaf coffee and every once in a while, I would break down and buy a bag of salty kettle potato chips.
I would like to say my diet was so healthy because of my exceptional willpower, but I would be lying. In fact, my body naturally rejected any foods that were heavy, greasy or too rich. A chuck/sirloin/brisket blend burger from my favorite neighborhood sports bar resulted in a swift case of debilitating nausea that had everything to do with grease and fat and not an unfortunate case of food poisoning.
Maintaining a healthy diet wasn’t always easy or fun. But, when I delivered my beautiful baby I was healthy and happy.
Here’s some of my favorite pregnancy dishes that were nutrient-dense and delicious:
Main Courses and Sides
Snacks and Desserts
RESOURCES FOR PREGNANCY NUTRITION
Big Nutrition, Small Packages (whattoexpect.com)
The 10 Best Foods For Pregnancy (babyCenter.com)
15 Pregnancy Power Foods (parents.com)