Health Boosters: Superfoods – Part 2

You thought you knew them all… Wrong!

Almonds

 

When it comes to almonds, the nuttier the better. Full of unsaturated fats, protein and vitamin E, they’re great for your little one’s brain development.

 

Avocados

 

As well as being a source of vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K, plus carotenoids, fibre, folate, lutein and magnesium, avocados are also great for morning sickness.

 

Blueberries

 

These little guys are powerhouses of antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C. What’s more, a single serving is the equivalent of your 5 A Day quota! They’ve even been proven to slow down mental ageing. They’re the fruits that keep on giving.

 

Cabbage

 

The good outweighs the bad when it comes to this veggie. Get your fill of calcium, fibre, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, thiamin and vitamins B6, C and K. (Try saying that in one breath!) It’s also great for producing healthy breast milk. And speaking of… Chilled cabbage leaves in your bra are great for soothing the breasts post-pregnancy.

 

Chia Seeds

 

These grains are full of fibre and omega-3 but some say they prevent prenatal depression. They’re also good for slowing down sugar absorption.

 

Chickpeas

 

These little guys are full of fibre, so they’re great for balancing glucose levels. Plus folic acid, iron and magnesium.

 

Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)

 

This works wonders for lowering blood pressure and is a great source of antioxidants.

 

Pomegranate

 

Teaming with antioxidants, iron, potassium and vitamins A, C and E, this beauty will have your immune system in tip-top shape.

 

Prunes

 

 

Full of fibre, these work wonders for your digestive system. Try 25g a day for a healthy delivery.

 

Spinach

 

Spinach is a great source of folic acid, known to help protect against spina bifida. Plus it tastes amazing. Try blending with apple juice and mangoes for a healthy and tasty smoothie.

 

Tomatoes

 

Get ‘reddy’ for a controversial fruit (some would still argue for its vegetable status) full of vitamins A and C able to reduce stress, stop headaches and regulate blood sugar.

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