What are some healthy, on-the-go breakfast choices for a busy pregnant woman?
I commend you for recognizing that a healthy breakfast is important when you are pregnant! When you're pregnant, you need to eat an additional 300 calories per day. This is especially important during the second and third trimesters.
For breakfast, you should aim to have one serving of fruit, two servings of grain, two servings of protein and one serving of dairy. Here are some quick breakfast ideas:
Instead of buying diet shakes, make your own. Try blending together yogurt, fruit and peanut butter. For extra calories, take along a bag of trail mix with dried fruit to eat with the shake.
If you make waffles on the weekend, freeze the leftovers. In the morning, pop them in the toaster or oven. Or buy frozen whole grain waffles to take on the go.
The night before, make a yogurt parfait with a layer of vanilla yogurt, cut fresh fruit, granola and slivers of almonds.
Try a whole-wheat bagel with natural peanut butter. Slice a banana to top off the bagel for extra flavor.
Bran muffins are a good choice. Buy them at the store or bake them early in the week to take with you in the morning.
Freeze blueberries or grapes in individual servings to grab on your way out the door.