10 Superfoods for Pregnant Women {or Anyone}!

Happy Sunday, friends!!!  Hope you’re all able to enjoy the nice, sunny weather this weekend! 

So the other day, I was online about to order Organic Burst Baobab Powder but like I do with most new foods, I googled it to make sure it’s safe to consume while pregnant.  Well, not only is it safe but it’s also a superfood!  Say whaaaaat?!  Here’s exactly what the internet says about Baobab Powder:

‘Made from the baobab fruit, the baobab powder contains high amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It has about ten times more vitamin C than the oranges. The African women enjoy eating the baobab fruit pulp during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The powder can be added to desserts, drinks, and snacks.’

Obviously, I quickly ordered this powder and now I’m {im}patiently waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Yay, for superfoods!

While I’m no expert on what you should and shouldn’t eat while pregnant, I do know which foods are super-healthy and should be kept in your kitchen throughout your pregnancy.  And if you’re not prego, these foods are still awesome and should be included in your diet. :)  

Here’s a list of some of the superfoods you should consume during your pregnancy:

Avocados are loaded with potassium, folic acid & ‘good fats’.  You can add them to your sandwich, salad or just cut it in half, toss some salt & pepper on it and grill it up for a tasty ‘lil snack.

Beans provide you and your baby with fiber, protein, iron, folate, calcium, & zinc {<— I actually didn’t know about all of these benefits until recently…  I’m definitely adding more beans to my diet!}  Simple add the beans {navy, pinto, black, garbanzo beans, etc.} to your salads, soups or stir-fry.

Berries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate & fiber.  Plus, they’re delicious!  So add a bunch of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries to your meals & snacks.

Dark Greens such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard and other dark-colored greens are a great source of vitamins, minerals and valuable plant compounds that fight disease.  A great way to sneak these greens into your diet is by adding them to your smoothie!  

Eggs contain a lot of protein which provides amino acids to you and your baby.  They also have more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for baby’s brain development.

Greek Yogurt is high in protein, calcium, vitamin B & Zinc.  So start your morning off with a greek yogurt or enjoy it as an afternoon snack.

Nuts & Seeds are are full of fiber, vitamin E & magnesium.  I always keep a bag of trail mix at home and at work for when I’m craving a sweet & salty snack.  

Salmon (wild-caught) contains omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your babies brain and eyes.  Make sure you eat wild caught salmon and not farm-raised {yuck}.  And read the labels carefully when buying salmon – sometimes they trick you by saying ‘fresh salmon’ but in the little print below it says ‘farm-raised’.  So ‘fresh’ does not always = healthy.

Sweet Potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate & fiber.

Whole grains are loaded with folic acid, iron & have more fiber than white bread and rice.  Try eating whole-grain cereals, oatmeal, brown rice or pasta on a daily basis. 

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Do you eat these superfoods?  

What are your other favorite superfoods not included on this list?

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