It is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you are pregnant it’s even more important, because you’re not only trying to replenish your supply of nutrients, vitamins and minerals but also your baby’s. You may live a hectic lifestyle and constantly think you’ll just have something to eat later on; however, research studies show that pregnant women who skip a morning breakfast tend to snack on the wrong foods throughout the day.
Maybe you think you can skip the added calories by not grabbing something quick and save yourself from putting on additional weight, think again. Because your baby is constantly taking and using the nutrients it gets from you, your body requires you to replenish yourself nutritionally every few hours. To do this consistently, you just need better choices and come up with better pregnancy breakfast ideas.
There are alternatives to eating a quick unhealthy breakfast every morning while you’re pregnant. By just surrounding yourself with healthier food it will be easier for you to make a good choice of what to eat first thing every morning. Hopefully by now that you are well on your way down a healthy road of pregnancy, and have already stopped drinking anything that has caffeine in it. For a “pregnancy breakfast” drink think water, or orange juice are nice herbal tea.
Developing a pregnancy breakfast meal plan doesn’t have to be complex. You can begin each day with a whole wheat English muffin with a scrambled egg, and add a slice of tomato if you’d like. Or make yourself a quick egg omelet with spinach which will give you a healthy dose of calcium, zinc, magnesium, folic acid, protein and iron that only has 40 calories for every egg you put in your omelet.
On days you absolutely have to treat yourself consider making yourself whole wheat waffles or pancakes with a small drizzle of syrup (preferably organic, natural maple syrup) and some fruit like blueberries, peaches or strawberries (fresh fruit is nutritionally better than canned or frozen, a good decision while you are pregnant).
But those meals take time, and maybe time is not something you have first thing in the morning. Just make sure you always have a nice sampling of melons (honeydew or cantaloupe), strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or papaya on hand every day. The nutrients you can get out of any of these fresh fruits will help you and your baby maintain your optimum health.
When considering what to eat for your “pregnancy breakfast” each morning it’s just as imperative that you make the same good quality decisions when you eat lunch or dinner. Coming up with healthy pregnancy dinner ideas and pregnancy snack recipes are an additional way to guarantee that you are helping your baby grow to its potential. When making a healthy good-for-pregnancy dinner for yourself each night, consider making enough for the next morning’s breakfast. It may seem odd to eat lasagna or a nice lean chicken pasta dinner for breakfast, but because you made it with your baby in mind, you’ll know it’ll be a healthy decision to eat for breakfast.
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