I can say that I have not always been conscious of the foods that I eat. I, along with many others, don't always think in terms of things like carbs, proteins, and fats but these things are very important. Sometimes we just grab whatever is fast and convenient. We all have busy lives so we eat on the go. We often don't have time to spend in the kitchen cooking meals everyday. We want the cookies, the crackers, the burgers, the lovely candy bars, and sodas. The thing about these foods is, (besides the fact that they contain sugar, hydrogenated fats and those not so healthy food dyes) while they give you an energy boost, you aren't getting any real nutrients. Nutrients are important, especially during pregnancy. The good news is there are ways to eat healthier even if you don't have much time.
Tip #1. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and fiber. You can eat as many veggies as you want without worrying about gaining weight. You can cut up carrots, broccoli, and sweet peppers and keep them in a sealed container so you can have a quick snack. You can eat a salad everyday. Yes! Everyday! The greens with the deepest colors are the most nutritious (fun fact). You can add things like tuna and lean chicken for protein. You can also eat fruit for breakfast. Try putting some bananas in your cereal or putting some strawberries in some yogurt.
Tip #2. Make your changes......slowly. Little changes make a big difference. Choose yogurt that is healthier. You can change your yogurt that is filled flavored fruits and try plain or vanilla yogurt. This way you can add your own fruits to like, berries and peaches. If you're baking your foods, try using whole-grain wheat flour instead of white flour for your recipes.
Tip #3. When you go out to eat, make healthy choices. Restaurants have menus have healthy options now. Yay! Drink water, juice, or milk instead of a soda. You can ask for whole grain wheat bread if you order a sandwich or whole grain tortillas if you've decided on Mexican. Order a salad with your meal and skip the other side options. If you have a large portion of food you can share or get a to go box. Tada, there goes dinner for the next night. When you choose your meats ask for grilled or broiled. Try not to go for the fried or sauteed.....key word in that sentence TRY and one important thing, remember the restaurants have those healthy options so you can visit them again.
Choosing healthier options isn't as complicated as some of us think. Give it shot! You and your baby are worth it!
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach