When it comes to eating healthy during your pregnancy, a number of natural options provide an assortment of health benefits for both mom and baby. Here are some that you might want to stock up on the next time you are at the store.
Guest author: Vanessa Liney
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium and folate. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. It is rich in fiber which can help eliminate constipation, which is very common during pregnancy.
Dates are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They’re a great source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are also found in dates and they contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
The highest amount of vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety. Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits.
Vanessa Liney is a wife and very proud mum of two gorgeous children. She is also the creator of The Pregnancy Pantry blog, a site dedicated to nutrition, recipes and a blend of lifestyle, well-being and health throughout pregnancy.
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