Six Stellar Superfoods For You and Your Baby

Eating for two is not easy and there is a lot of pressure to get the right nutrition. Especially when there is so much information out there about the things you should or should not be eating. So,let me make it easier for you by giving you the right, precise information about the 6 superfoods that should including in your daily diet.

1. Leafy greens

Leafy greens pack a ton of nutrients in every bite; high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber,

protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and a very good source of

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Don't be afraid to the add these superfoods in your diet. You can have them raw, steamed, or

cooked. Here is a list of some leafy greens:

• Kale

• Collard greens

• Spinach

• Beet greens

• Swiss chard

• Arugula

2. Legumes

A lot of people confuse legumes with grains. So, let me explain to you what legumes are:

legumes grow inside pods, and it may surprise to know this includes peanuts. Yes, peanuts are legumes and not a type of nut. Legumes are packed with protein, are great source of dietary fiber, Copper, Folate and Manganese. Folate is a very important nutrient early in pregnancy that helps prevent neural tube defects.

Here is a list of some legumes:

• Chickpeas

• Lentils

• Pinto beans

• Fava beans

• Black beans

• Lupini beans

3. Fish

Eating fish during pregnancy can be confusing. You hear and read it’s good eat more fish during pregnancy but remain aware of mercury. Well, yes, this is true. Eating fish is important because of the omega-3 but at the same time you have to be careful of mercury levels. I recommend you always use this simple rule; stick to eating small to medium size fish and when you are at the seafood counter, opt for wild over farm-raised fish.

Omega-3 is important, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This fat is vital for your baby’s

brain and eye development. Pre-natal vitamins now include DHA.

Stay away from these fishes:

• Swordfish

• King mackerel

• Sea bass

• Mahi Mahi

• Grouper

• Fresh tuna

• Amberjack

4. Beef

Beef is an excellent source of Iron and Zinc. During pregnancy zinc levels are 11 to 13 mg, they are 3 to 5 mg more than during non-pregnancy. It is crucial for cell reproduction and normal brain development of your baby. As a pregnancy develops and a mom’s blood supply increase,the need for iron also rises. Pregnant women must consume an additional 700 to 800 mg of iron throughout their pregnancy.

Choose lean cuts, with fat trimmed off. Be mindful that during pregnancy you cannot eat deli

meats, especially raw or undercooked selections.

5. Yogurt

This delicious creamy food will give you and your baby a good amount of calcium, protein and folate, not to mention the gut helpers (probiotics) in yogurt that will help you with pregnancy GI symptoms. You need around 1000 mg of calcium a day. The majority goes to your bundle of joy and the rest is stored in your bones for future use during lactation. Add some yogurt to your smoothies and oats, or better yet- substitute sour cream with plain greek yogurt.

6. Eggs

This small, misunderstood, powerhouse will give you a good amount of Lean Protein,

Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Zinc, Calcium and all of the B vitamins. Eggs are a good source of Vitamin B2 and B12. Egg yolks provide essential nutrients and antioxidants that support brain and eye health. Choline, for example, plays an important role in brain development and function. Lutein and zeaxanthin are strong antioxidants that help protect your eyes. Hard boil some eggs and stash in the fridge for a quick, powerful snack or add them to your salads.

Complementing your diet with a good pre-natal multi-vitamin is important. Women looking to

become pregnant, or are already pregnant, should take a pre-natal multivitamin to supply your body with the right levels of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.

Keeping these six stellar superfoods in mind will make it easier next time you go grocery

shopping or choosing a dish when eating out. Don’t be afraid of trying new recipes that include these six superfoods. You know what you and your baby need most.

Be well and be happy!