What to Eat During Pregnancy: Nuts

In “The Healthy Pregnancy Book” Dr William Sears, MD and his wife Martha Sears, RN talk about the twelve super foods of pregnancy. We have already looked at how safe seafood is one of the best ways to give the omega oils to your baby in the womb. Today we are going to talk about the benefit of adding raw nuts to your pregnancy diet.

“Nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals you and your baby need.”

Along with being “one of nature’s perfect foods, containing the right balance of healthy fats, protein, and fiber” it also has another perk. It has a high satiety factor….which means that even just a palm full fills you up faster than a larger amount of high carb foods that have the same amount of calories.

 

How to Go Nuts

  • A great way to include nuts in your diet is to make your own trail mix. Different nuts have different nutrients in them so combining different kinds (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, etc) in a homemade trail mix is easy! Add some unsweetened dried fruit to it and you have a very easy and nutritious snack option.

 

  • Nuts are also a delicious topping on plain yogurt and frozen fruit (blueberries are my favorite). Add some eggs to your plate, and you have a wonderful breakfast

 

  • Salads can become way more interesting when you add chopped nuts to them. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds are especially good this way. Add some salmon or grilled chicken and boiled eggs for a healthy lunch, or add it without meat to your dinner plate.

 

How do you love to add nuts to your diet?