When you are eating for two, it is especially important to make sure that the food you provide for your baby is of high nutritional quality and that he or she is getting of all the nourishment and vitamins they need to be healthy. It’s not about eating twice as much; it’s about providing food for health with the best nutrition possible with all the essential food groups.
So what foods are good for pregnancy?
First on the list is to make sure that you eat foods that are rich in folic acid, vitamin B12, calcium, iron, essential fatty acids and biotin (important for bone formation, and to utilise essential fatty acids for the growth of healthy nerve tissue).
Luckily, the healthiest foods are often the tastiest. Great food choices include wholegrains, depending on individual tolerance of grains (such as wholegrain rice, quinoa, 100% rye bread, wild rice, oats, oatcakes and muesli), dried figs and apricots, fresh vegetables and whole fruits, green salad leaves, hempseeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, just to name a few!
Yummy and nutritious meal recipe ideas
To get you started, here are some simple meal ideas that not only taste amazing, but provide you and your baby with everything needed to contribute towards health and happiness.
- Orange and Banana Porridge, a combination of oats, and chopped orange and banana
- Fruit & Nut Smoothie, a puree of fruit (try peaches, strawberries, banana, or blueberries/blackberries), ground flaxseeds, or shelled hempseeds, and either almond milk or rice milk. Whizz up and serve in a tall glass!
- Puy Lentil Soup, a thick, nourishing combination of puy lentils and onions seasoned with vegetable stock. Vegetable-based carton soups are quick, fresh and usually a healthy alternative to homemade – however do check labels for unnecessary sugars or allergens. Serve with a salad of green leaves, chopped white and red cabbage, and carrot with an olive oil and balsamic dressing.
- Filled Baked Potato with organic baked beans, chickpeas, and chopped tomatoes and corn.
- Spaghetti Neapolitan, using wholegrain spaghetti or a rice/corn/buckwheat pasta with a sauce of chopped onions, garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms, grated carrot, flavoured with fresh herbs. Serve with a watercress salad and avocado salad.
- Stir-fry vegetables and rice or steamed quinoa.
- Raspberry Sorbet with frozen raspberries and bananas liquidised to a smooth puree.
- Baked Apple with a little honey and raisins for the stuffing.