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EmPOWERing foods! Who knew?

~We’ve all heard about the importance of eating well in pregnancy. Women need more protein, more iron, more calcium, more calories, more, more, more…

It can be overwhelming to think about how to actually achieve this.

Try thinking quality—not quantity. It is possible, and simple, to incorporate a few nutrient-dense “power foods” into your diet each day. Try these tasty, highly nutritious foods…Pregnancy is the best time to try something new!

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  • Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, collards) – Delicious sautéed in a little olive oil or water, or try adding to soup, quiche or meatloaf. 
  • Sweet potatoes – Try cutting them up like home fries, drizzle with olive oil and bake.
  • Yogurt – Beneficial for digestion and intestinal balance. Pick a variety with live cultures and without high-fructose corn syrup for optimal nutrition. power1
  • Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) – This South American seed cooks up just like rice but it’s packed with protein and iron. Simply add 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups boiling water, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Avocado – Add sliced avocado to salad or mash up some avocado mixed with salsa for a tasty veggie dip. power2
  • Almonds – Raw almonds can ease heartburn and make a delicious snack, or, try roasted almonds.
  • Berries – Filled with antioxidants and just plain yummy. Enjoy as a snack, added to cereal, yogurt or in a smoothie. 

Try them….you might just love them!

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