Healthy pregnancy diet superfoods, in addition to being highly nutritious, provide an abundance of the extra iron, protien and calcium that are so vital. Foods containing these are important in your pregnancy diet in order to aid your health and the health of your baby.
Quinoa is quite the super food if you can stomach it's slightly bitter flavor. One cup contains 16 mg. of iron, 102 mg. calcium, and 22 grams protein! This is compared to 1 cup brown rice which contains .8 mg. iron, 19.5 mg. calcium and 5 grams protein. Quite the difference!
A couple of suggestions for quinoa is to rinse it before cooking with cold water for about 3 minutes - this helps take away the bitterness. Also, it's very quick to cook - the white cooks a lot quicker than the red, and works well in the morning as a cereal or in the evening to replace rice. Oh, and the best part is that it's a complete protein all by itself!
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Yogurt is fabulous because 1 cup contains 14 grams protein and 488 mg. calcium. This is a lot more than a cup of milk (8 grams of protein and 300 mg. calcium in whole milk)!
What makes yogurt even more special and different to other dairy foods is the healthy bacteria it contains - probiotics. This is especially good to address all the digestive issues you pregnant ladies have.
Nut butters and seed butters which can be bought at health food stores as well as some grocery stores also deserve special mention. This is coming from a busy mama who doesn't love spending lots of time in the kitchen working up lots of recipes. Pumpkin, sunflower, almond, peanut, sesame (tahini) butters contain iron and are packed with protein. Also, almonds, sesame and sunflower seeds are great sources of calcium.
Using these foods in the form of butters makes them very versatile. A spoonful of any of these butters can be added to cereal, soup, stew or just eaten off the spoon for a quick high value boost.
Broccoli provides plenty of fiber and calcium among other good nutrients. Broccoli is quick and easy to prepare in soups or stir-fry.
Berries are packed with vitamin c, potassium, folate and antioxidants. Blueberries, cranberries and blackberries rank the highest for antioxidants.
Salmon is high in protein, B vitamins and omega-3 fats. These encourage brain development and vision in babies.
Learning about some of the "better" foods to consume for your pregnancy diet is important. These foods have much higher than average iron, protein and calcium - critical to building a healthy baby.
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These healthy pregnancy diet superfoods can contribute to better health for you and your baby - now and long-term.
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