What? You say this sweet tooth and craving for salty snacks can be kept at bay? Even while pregnant?
The answer is Yes! Even though you may be eating for you and baby, keep it healthy. You’ll feel better, think more clearly and continue to stay fit. Baby will have the benefit of growing and developing with rich nutrients. You’ll have more energy to continue doing all those things you love to do on any normal week. Your friends, husband and baby will all thank you! Here’s how:
Eat more often. That’s right – if you find that your energy levels are spiking and dropping, have smaller meals interspersed with a few snacks. Try a moderate breakfast about 20 minutes after you wake up, followed by a mid morning snack. Eat a healthy, lighter lunch, continue with a small mid-afternoon snack and finish off with dinner.
Eat foods that offer sustained energy. Loose the fast burning foods that are rich in simple sugars. Here are a couple ideas:
- Breakfast – oatmeal, or a few eggs and a slice of whole grain toast, granola with yogurt and some fresh berries
- Morning snack – a handful of almonds or mixed nuts, a banana
- Lunch – fresh salad with greens a few veggies of your choice and grilled salmon or chicken (if pressed for time, tunafish with salad is quick, easy and tasty
- Afternoon snack – a granola bar and apple, cut vegetables
- Dinner – lentil soup, chicken with brown rice and mixed veggies
You may miss those unhealthy snacks at first – but – rather quickly you will notice just how good you feel and those cravings will subside.
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