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Your Super Energy Meal Plan For Pregnancy

Your Super Energy Meal Plan For Pregnancy

Eat these meals and lose that lethargy

THE PERFECT BREKKIE

Scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast with grilled tomatoes: As well as containing four of the main food groups, the fibre and protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer and grilling the tomatoes helps release their natural antioxidants, such as lycopene, which protects cells and fights off infections. If you’re not keen on egg, go for reduced-sugar baked beans.

MID-MORNING SNACK

The humble, but mighty, banana Aside from coming in a neat package, these contain a wealth of nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium. The starch means they’re filling and fatigue-fighting, plus the fibre will help if you’re suffering from constipation. If you don’t like them getting squishy in your bag, buy a banana guard.

MINI LUNCH AND DINNERS

Smaller, more frequent meals release fuel slowly and steadily. Try whipping up these protein-rich suggestions for lunch or dinner (they tick lots of other bump-friendly nutrient boxes, too): a black bean and tofu stir-fry; mixed bean, chicken and quinoa salad, or go for reduced-sugar baked beans on wholemeal toast for a zero-effort option.

PRE-SLEEP TREAT

Dark chocolate. Babies develop a taste for foods in your tummy so, while you may be desperate for cake, it’s best avoided in large quantities. Instead, eat a few squares of good-quality, high-cocoa dark chocolate before bed – it’ll satisfy sugar cravings, while the flavonoids and catechins help strengthen your blood cells.
 

 
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