Energizing and Healthy Foods to Help Pregnancy Fatigueby Elizabeth MacDonald
Exhaustion is inevitable with pregnancy, but there are times when it feels overpowering, right? Even if you are getting enough sleep and exercising, your energy levels may not be where you want them to be. This may web and flow throughout each trimester, but you can also work on boosting your energy by intaking supportive foods.
Processed foods such as boxed items, fast foods, some meats, and even some jarred items are all culprits of draining your energy. They attack your gut, which is connected directly to your brain. You will feel heavier, slower, and more fatigued than you should. Toss these items immediately and fill your fridge with foods that not only taste good but help you feel good, too!
Energizing and Healthy Foods to Help Pregnancy Fatigue
Eggs are high in protein, healthy fat, and vitamins. You can keep them boiled and grab them any time throughout the day, or you can prepare them in whatever way you love the most. Try to eat free-range organic eggs whenever possible.
Berries of all kinds help fight oxidative stress and cell damage within the body, which may help lower your chances of pre-eclampsia. They are also a great source of energy-boosting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The darker berries tend to have more anti-inflammatory and energy-boosting powers than the lighter berries, but all berries are a great addition to your diet right now.
Wild Caught Seafood
Keep those Omega-3’s coming! They are linked to lowering the chance of pre-eclampsia and also fight inflammation. While fish and seafood may not be your first thought for a snack, it should be eaten several times throughout the week. Seafood is prepared quickly and is easy to season, so don’t skip it!
Nuts and Seeds: Make a Trail Mix
Pick our your favorite nuts and toss in a bit of dark chocolate and dried fruit. You want to keep those add-ins minimal, as they are full of sugar, but they’ll help meet those sweet cravings if needed. The nuts provide great sources of protein, fiber, fat, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and minerals that are needed to keep the performing well and energy levels high.
Legumes: Lentils, Beans, Chickpeas, and Peas
If you aren’t wanting to prepare meat throughout the day every day, keep some legumes handy for snacks and side dishes. Heck, you can eat these for your main course, too! You can still get your protein in easily, which will keep you full longer and help boost your energy. Lentils, black beans, kidney beans, butter beans, chickpeas, soybeans, and even peanuts are all part of the legume family. (Get those black beans in for an extra iron source!)
This salad is quite possibly addicting, especially during pregnancy! You will love the combination of red beans and chickpeas with the garlic, dill, and lemon. Freshly baked pita chips can serve the purpose of a spoon if you want to get really fancy, but there’s no need.
Enzyme-Rich Foods: Pineapple, Papaya, Kombucha, Fermented Foods, and Avocados
These are just a few options to snack on to boost your energy while pregnant. Fermented items provide loads of great bacteria for your gut while the rest aid in digestion, granting your body the chance to work more efficiently.
Try one of these amazing pineapple and yogurt snacks and you’ll be hooked.
While not technically a food, coconut water will quench your thirst and boost your energy throughout the day.