From energy boosters to nutrition tips – we’ve got you covered
There are buzz words and then there are words you should take as seriously as "SALE". We know you're probably sick of the word 'superfood', but as a mother-to-be, this word is your saviour. You're eating for two. That means now, more than ever, is the time to step away from that double chocolate muffin and into the light…
When it comes to pregnancy, consider the dried apricot your new BFF. These little gems contain folic acid (AKA vitamin B5, AKA massively important for the healthy development of the foetus), potassium (invaluable for functioning organs), calcium (great for ‘them dry bones’ as well as the heart, muscles and nerves) and magnesium (maintains normal blood pressure). Just a handful provides 10% of your recommended daily iron intake.
Bananas are another great source for potassium. They’re great at reducing fluid retention (did someone say ‘cankles’?) and contain tryptophan, an amino acid which helps you sleep, something which will become a distant memory once baby’s born…
More than just another fad, omega-3 fatty acid is an absolute wonder in nutrition and should be worshipped. Fighting the good blood-cholesterol fight, a tasty source for this heroic entity is salmon, which also contains protein and B vitamins. These all help with brain development and vision in babies. We thank you, oh, wonderful omega-3.
Brimming with calcium, magnesium and folic acid, broccoli is invaluable when it comes to bone development. Try steaming them rather than boiling to preserve the nutrients. Goes down well in a stir fry or pasta dish.
Forget everything you’ve heard about carbohydrates. They are not the devil, but your energiser – when used responsibly. Prevalent in bread (wholemeal is best), pasta and potatoes to name a few, carbs are a great source of energy, which is vital during the later stages of pregnancy. For a lovely snack, try slicing sweet potatoes into wedges, coat lightly with olive oil and roast on a baking sheet at 200ºC for around 20 minutes.
With all of these marvellous, mouthwatering recommendations, the one thing they should all have in common is being organic. Opting for organic produce is the best way to give your baby a chemical-free, healthy start. Made without pesky pesticides, harmful herbicides and funky fertilisers, organic may cost a bit more. But the knowledge you’re doing everything you can to help your little one is priceless – and benefitting your own health is a bonus.