What to eat during pregnancy: how to include fruits and vegetables in your diet

Fruits and vegetables in your pregnancy diet

There’s no doubt that fruits and vegetables are essential to our everyday diet and much more when you’re pregnant. They are the best source of nutrition.

Here are 5 easy ways to keep up your intake of fresh produce every single day –

  1. Buy pre-cut, pre-washed fruits and vegetables. Nowadays departmental stores sell pre-cut pre-portioned fruits and veggies on their produce aisle. Or if possible, hire someone to cut them up for you.
  2. Add frozen vegetables to soups, casseroles, rice and pasta dishes. For example, when you’re making a one pot meal, throw in a handful of frozen vegetables to maximize your veggie intake. To your favourite pasta sauce, add sautéed carrots, onions, and mushrooms or any veggies that you have on hand.
  3. If you don’t like “eating” vegetables, “drink” them in soups or shred them into your favourite dishes. Broccoli, butternut squash, ginger, carrots, tomatoes, etc. can be made into simple and healthy soups. Consider adding shredded carrots or broccoli as a topping to oatmeal, instant soup etc. to get your daily fix of fresh veggies.
  4. Add fresh fruit to your yogurt. Parfaits having fresh fruits are an excellent way to satisfy your sweet tooth craving and get both calcium and fruit servings. Slices of fresh bananas, strawberries and other berries, and pineapples can be topped over good old yogurt. Also top with granola for a crunchy element that’s also healthy.
  5. Use pureed fruits with your mains. Cooked and pureed fruits like apples, plums or pears can be used as a side sauce with chicken or turkey.

Eat a large variety of fresh produce in different colours - red, yellow, orange and green. Also, when possible, eat whole fruits and vegetables rather than juicing them as whole fruits will also help you get enough fiber. When possible, go organic.