And a few delicious ways to enjoy them!
You probably know the list of foods you should avoid while pregnant almost by heart; but it can be a little harder to identify the ones you should be eating tonnes of. We’ve rounded up five foods that might seem unimportant, but that become must-eats during pregnancy. Here’s an overview of each, as well as a few creative ways of eating them.
So fresh: this citrus is one of the best sources of Vitamin C around. Lemon contributes to boosting your immune system, and is a star food when it comes to detoxifying your body and warding off free radicals (the riper it is, the higher its antioxidant concentration). Plus, when combined with hot water, lemon juice helps to calm nausea. It is also known for its antibacterial properties.
On your plate: Lavender lemonade – via Pinterest
Ginger is used to avoid motion sickness, and also helps calm nausea. Plus, it has energizing and antibacterial properties. Gingerol, the element that gives the food its spicy taste, is responsible for the latter. It can be eaten in cookies or as a soda, but the ideal scenario is to consume the root in its raw state. Choose one that looks juicy and not too fibrous, and that has shiny skin: simply grate, and brew.
On your plate: Ginger and lemon tea – via Pinterest
Kale has become an essential lately, and it’s also good to eat while pregnant. Like all leafy green vegetables, it is rich in antioxidants. It also contains a good number of vitamins, calcium, fatty acids, fibre, and protein, just to name a few benefits. Choose darker leaves for maximum Vitamin C, and save the outer leaves, since those are the ones with the most nutrients. Try eating it raw, lightly steamed or sautéed.
On your plate: Kale chips – via Pinterest
Garlic is famous for protecting us against colds thanks to its antimicrobial properties. What isn’t necessarily common knowledge is that the spicy food contributes to good blood flow, since it relaxes and dilates the blood vessel walls. That being said, garlic has the effect of thinning the blood: so try not to eat too much of it during the weeks right before your due date in order to avoid excessive bleeding while giving birth.
On your plate: Grilled zucchini with garlic, lemon and Parmesan – via Pinterest
Those of you who miss sushi dearly during pregnancy will be happy to know that seaweed is actually a great food to eat when you’re expecting. It contains a remarkable amount of Vitamin B12, which has a positive effect on cell growth, among other advantages. Seaweed increases energy—it’s even known for its anti-depressive properties. It also helps with digestion and fights constipation. In total, seaweed contains 23 different minerals, including iodine, calcium and magnesium. It is also rich in fibre and protein. So reach for vegetable rolls that contain it, or add a few sheets to your soups and sautéed dishes.
On your plate: Korean-style miso soup – via Pinterest
For further reading, we suggest browsing through Super Foods for Pregnancy by Susannah Marriott.