Power foods are foods that give you that extra nutritional boost that are a rich source of nutrients your body needs. The most healthy diet you can have is one with which you optimize your food intake while staying within the recommended caloric intake. Here are five power foods you needs to keep you super healthy when pregnant.
Made from garbanzo beans, hummus is high in protein and low in fat. Eaten with bread or crackers, the lower the impact is has on your blood glucose levels. This aids in the prevention of or at least lowering the risk of gestational diabetes.
Avocados are one of those super awesome foods that supply your body with healthy fats key in the development of the brain. Eating one avocado gives you a third of the daily required of folate. It is also a great source carnitine (metabolizes food into energy) and potassium (lowers risk of high blood pressure). Add avocado to your smoothies to give it a very creamy texture.
3. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are full of iron and magnesium the body and the baby needs. Rich in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds are key in the development of the baby’s brain and eyes.
4. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is very high in protein, which is important because pregnant women need about 50% more protein in their diet than nonpregnant women. Yogurt is also a great source of probiotics or healthy bacteria. Healthy bacteria helps to overcome unhealthy bacteria, reducing the risk of early labor, prenatal infection, eczema and allergies in babies up to 5 years later.
The health of you and your unborn baby is very important. Incorporating power foods in your diet helps to maximize the nutritional benefits of everything you consume. Take advantage of these foods for yourself and baby.
Photo source: pregnanyandbaby.com