The third trimester can be emotionally and physically challenging for the mom to be. The baby grows faster during this stage. His eyes, bones, and organs are developing, and his nutritional needs increase. Since eating for two is an outdated concept and the average woman only needs about 300 extra calories per day, a lot of them are focusing on eating healthier, heartier meals packed with nutrients.
Aside from all the vitamins and supplements you need to ensure the healthy development of your baby, your body also needs nutrient-packed foods to keep up with your daily tasks.
Here are five healthy and light recipes to help you get through your third trimester easier.
The Ultimate Protein-Packed Lunch
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Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan. Place some mushrooms in the pan and stir-fry until there is not much liquid left. Add cooked green lentils (from a can or pre-boiled) and keep stirring for a couple of minutes.
In a separate pan, toast a handful of nuts with one teaspoon of honey and transfer to a bowl.
Add leafy greens like baby spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or mustard greens to the mushroom lentil mix. Season to taste and cook until the greens are softened.
Top with honey-glazed nuts and a soft boiled egg.
Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, rich in B vitamins, potassium, and protein, and excellent for your body. Lentils have a high content of iron, fiber, calcium, and they make a solid source of plant-based protein. Nuts are full of healthy fats, such as omega-3, protein, and fiber. Not only are eggs cheap and versatile, but they also make a great source of protein, choline (which is imperative for fetal brain development), iron, vitamins, and minerals.
Pregnant or not, a woman should enjoy her French fries nonetheless. Use sweet potatoes to alleviate your appetite. They are rich in fiber, vitamin B6, more potassium than bananas, beta-carotene, iron, and vitamin C. They are also good for skin, bones, and eye development.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into thin sticks. Season with canola oil, sea salt, pepper, a dash of sweet paprika (or other spices of your liking), and toss until coated evenly. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 F until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.
Serve the sweet potato fries as they are or next to a hearty red lentil stew topped with fresh parsley.
Oatmeal and Juice
According to a study by Harvard University, whole grains might be the key to living longer. Oats are gluten-free and contain plenty of fiber, vitamin B6, protein, and antioxidants. You can use them in porridges, muffins, granola bars, and cookies. Orange juice is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid all essential nutrients for preventing congenital disabilities.
For a creamy porridge, bring water or milk to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. Add oats and a pinch of salt. Transfer to a bowl, add honey and top with nuts or fresh fruit. Pair with a glass of fresh orange juice.
Quick Protein-Packed Veggie Burger
Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or barbeque season, this easy to make veggie burger will treat your baby bump like royalty. It contains potent ingredients, such as brown rice, walnuts, black beans, and healthy oils.
Brown rice is rich in selenium, manganese, fiber, and naturally occurring oils. Black beans contain protein, fiber, folate, copper, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins, all very important for a healthy mind and body.
You can’t replace fresh fruits with anything else. Eat them as they are or blend them with oats, almond milk, and nuts for nutritional-dense smoothies. Combine fruits with yogurt and homemade granola for a quick breakfast or toss with avocado, cucumber, and sprouts for a nourishing salad. Load on fruits like oranges, mangoes, bananas, berries, and apples.
Eat loads of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts during the third trimester of your pregnancy. They are all rich in fiber, vitamins, and other essential ingredients that help with constipation, boost the immune system, support bone, and tooth development, and help with proper DNA formation. Plus, they help maintain an overall healthy and balanced diet.