Pregnant and nursing mamas need extra nutritional support. And although we're often quick to put our children's needs before our own, if we don't take good care of our bodies than we'll be doing everyone a disservice. Breakfast is the foundation of your eating habits throughout the day. If you're pregnant, a good morning meal can keep nausea at bay. If you're nursing, taking time to fuel your body will help ensure an adequate milk supply for your baby. These recipes are packed full of whole grains (which boost milk supply), healthy fats (which are essential in both milk and baby production) and protein (a huge must while pregnant). Find the recipes after the jump!
Berry Breakfast Parfait
One 6 oz container of full-fat Greek Yogurt (2% is fine too)
Fresh berries (Organic, if possible)
1/2 to 1 cup granola (Purely Elizabeth is my favorite commercial brand)
Place above ingredients in a big bowl and enjoy! (Talk about mom-friendly!)
Avocado Egg Sandwich
1 Whole Wheat English Muffin
1-2 cage-free eggs (pregnant moms should lean towards two for extra omega fatty acids)
1/4 to 1/2 avocado, sliced
Toast english muffin. Scramble eggs. Arrange avocado and egg on english muffin...and you're good to go!
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 to 1 cup chopped bananas
In a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together honey, butter, buttermilk and eggs until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in chopped bananas. Allow batter to sit while you heat your skillet.
Heat medium skillet to medium-high heat. A drop of water should sizzle upon contact. Grease pan with either oil or butter (butter is my favorite, of course). Pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet. Allow to cook for approximately one minute. Bubbles should rise to the surface and the edges should be golden brown. Flip and allow to cook for approximately 30 seconds on the other side. Serve warm with maple syrup or strawberry jam.