When I started researching foods I should be eating during my pregnancy I was quite happy to note that most of it was grub I actually like and eat anyway.
However I knew that during the next few months these items would have to be more prominent in my daily diet. Not only do I want to avoid unnecessary weight gain – an experience I had while I was pregnant with Georgie- most importantly I want to be as healthy as possible and I want my baby to be as healthy as possible.
So I made a weekly pregnancy supermarket list. The items I included can be used as snacks that don’t require too much preparation and also as dinner and lunch options. All are basic items and easy to find.
Here’s what’s on my list:
- Avocados. Oh my do I love avocados! And its a good thing too because they contain, among many goodies, folic acid, vitamins, calcium and good fats which are essential for baby’s brain development. Sprinkle it with salt and olive oil, add it to a salad or sandwich, whip it into guacamole or spread it on some toast and top it off with anything. Even with the next item on my list.
- Eggs. Another absolute favourite of mine. I love so many things about eggs. The fact that you can use them in a million different ways, that they are so cheap and of course that they are an excellent source of protein. One of the easiest ways to enjoy eggs is by boiling a batch and then using them throughout the week. Either as a snack-on-the-go or in salads and sandwiches.
- Yoghurt. This is one of those foods that I do not eat as regularly as I should. The probiotics in yoghurt will keep your immune system nice and healthy, build strong bones, promote vaginal health and will also do wonders for your gut by releasing a bunch of good bacteria to fight off intestinal infections. Go for the greek type which does not have to be named Total, by the way. I like Riverland’s organic sheep and goat yoghurt. Mix it with fruits and granola or warm some whole wheat pitta bread and use it as a dip.
- Peanut butter. Its a great source of protein, it can improve your heart health, contains potassium, is a great source of fibre and a fantastic energy booster. Need I say more? Add it to smoothies, use in these amazing no-bake energy bites or just spread on some toast.
- Nuts. In our house we go through a surprising amount of nuts. I like to keep a mixture in the pantry including walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pecans. They are a huge part of my diet and I love adding them to my porridge in the morning. Remember my grab and go quick and healthy breakfast? Still a favourite! Keep in mind that most nuts are loaded with minerals, are a rich source of energy and will keep hunger at bay.
- Almond milk. Georgie is a huge fan of coconut milk, as are most people I know. I was too before I was pregnant. For some reason now I can’t stand it so I have switched to lovely almond milk which contains all the vitamins I need and calcium not to mention the ever-important omega three fatty acids.
- Cheese. Again a really great source of calcium which, however, contains quite a few calories so stick to a few cubes. It’s perfect with some apple slices as an afternoon snack or of course melted on toast.
- Whole wheat bread. This is one of those foods that I simply cannot live without. How could I enjoy my avocados or peanut butter or melted cheese? I make sure I buy whole wheat bread that is rich in fibre and always try to get my hands on some whole wheat pitta bread which you can get at most bakeries.
- Salmon and chicken. Included in at least three dishes throughout the week in our house, salmon and chicken are a fantastic source of protein and rich in iron too. I love how easy they are to prepare but I also try and cook them at least one new way each week. Roast chicken breasts with nothing but olive oil, some salt and pepper and then tear or shred. You can toss the pieces in a salad, a sandwich or just use as a snack.
- Fruits and veggies. The only way to have these goodies fresh and on hand is to go to the market at least twice a week. Always included on my list are leafy greens such as spinach, kale and lettuce; other veggies like broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, beetroots, peas and beans; and of course fruits such as apples, oranges and anything else that is in season.
Everything I have included on my list can be found at supermarkets and health food shops like Be Natural in Nicosia, a great store where I do most of my weekly shopping.
I would love to hear the items included on your supermarket pregnancy list and even some great snack ideas.