Guest Author - Vanessa Pruitt
Keep these foods on hand during pregnancy. They are great for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day when you are fighting that pregnancy exhaustion. If you are dealing with morning sickness, these foods will help to keep your blood sugar stable; Low blood sugar can make your morning sickness worse. Best of all, they are full of vitamins and nutrients for you and your baby.
Nuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E, which is good news for your heart. They are high in good fats that offer a great boost of energy. Just be careful not to eat too many, as they are high in calories, too. Aim for about a ¼ cup.
Raisins are cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and totally fat-free. They provide many necessary vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, and certain B vitamins. They are a good source of fiber and rich in antioxidants. They are also easily digested, for quick energy. A ¼ cup of sun dried raisins is about 130 calories, and the perfects portion for a snack. Try mixing raisins, mixed nuts, and a few other dried fruits for a great take-along.
Milk contains 9 essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, protein, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and phosphorus. This powerful package of nutrients does more than just build strong bones. 8 ounces of low-fat chocolate milk will give you the sugar you need for energy, and the protein to sustain it.
Yogurt is an outstanding source of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins B6, B12, niacin, and folic acid. It contains just as much potassium as a banana does. This special dairy product contains a lot of friendly bacteria that benefit your health tremendously. I recommend buying an all natural or organic, “no sugar added” variety.
You may want to go for fruits that are high in natural sugar. Grapes, bananas, cantaloupe, and watermelon are all good choices. These fruits supply a nice boost of energy. Cut up some pieces of fruit to add to your yogurt for a nutritiously packed afternoon goody.
Mix up your snacks a bit, so that you never get bored. Try new fruits, yogurts, and nuts often. Try out different foods together to reap the benefits of a diverse diet.
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