Baby on board? Congratulations! We know you’ve got plenty on your mind already: nursery decor, names, nailing those preschool admission essays (kidding!), but if you know us, you know we’re all about making life a little easier and a lot more delicious. Not only does Artizone offer the ability to shop the finest artisanal food purveyors without schlepping bags all over DWF, but you can create lists of menu staples—and maybe a few luxuries—and arrange for convenient regular delivery.
So what to put on that list when you’re eating for two? Here are a few ideas:
Eggs. They’re only about 90 calories a pop and packed with protein, which will help as baby’s cells are growing. Hard-boiled eggs are great to keep on hand for a quick snack, or you can whip up this healthful, easy Garden Veggie Omelet.
Salmon. Salmon is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which also are good for your baby’s development. Salmon also is relatively low in mercury, especially compared with swordfish, mackerel and shark. Still, the USDA recommends eating no more than 12 ounces per week. For something quick, this Honey Balsamic Salmon recipe takes about 11 minutes from prep to serve.
Greek yogurt. It’s got twice the protein as regular yogurt (noticing a pattern here?), but it’s also a good source of calcium, which is important not only for the development of your baby’s bones, but for your bone health as well. To avoid the sugar, eat it plain and add your favorite fresh fruit, or use it as a substitute for sour cream.
Beans. In addition to having a high protein content, beans are a fantastic source of dietary fiber. During pregnancy, the gastrointestinal tract tends to slow down and constipation can become an issue. This Fried Polenta and Mixed Bean Salad is a hearty and beautiful vegetarian favorite.
Dark, leafy greens. Spinach, kale and any of the other heartier salad greens contain vitamins A, C and K, plus folate, which helps with the formation of the baby’s brain and nervous system. If you find yourself tiring of salads, a green juice from Green Grocer or Vim+Vigor is an easy way to get in those nutrients. Or, try this recipe for Cheesy Kale Chips.
Water. The always essential H2O helps deliver nutrients to the baby, carries waste away from the baby, helps you regulate your body temperature and helps keep water retention under control. If you’re feeling a little queasy, you might like sparkling water, as the carbonation can settle upset stomachs.