Ever feel like there is endless content on what not to eat while pregnant? You’re not alone. Nutrition really should be inspiring, energizing and encouraging, especially when you’re eating for two!
Here are three easy energy boosters to help through pregnancy and to help kickstart postpartum weight loss. Always check with your doctor first!
Wake up with warm lemon water
Staying hydrated is the first rule in pregnancy 101. Water helps deliver nutrients through your body, which is as important now as ever. First thing in the morning, even before breakfast, add about half a lemon* to 8 ounces of warm/hot water.
Lemon contains vitamin C and will give your body a little immune boost. When mixed with warm water, it aids in digestion, can increase your energy and speed your metabolism.
* Gradually increase from a sliver of lemon to ensure no allergic reaction.
Add coconut oil to your lunch
Healthy fats are a necessary addition to your diet, while being essential for baby’s development. However, the source of your fat and calories matter. Cheese fries, for example, will affect your body differently than healthier fat sources.
Replace greasy fats by smearing a tablespoon of coconut oil on your toast. You will feel fuller longer and you’ll have increased energy without feeling deprived.
* Coconut oil is great to use in place of synthetic ingredients in moisturizers and even as a topical soothant after nursing.
Use apple cider vinegar to keep nausea away
Adding one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water has been shown to help ailments from morning sickness to heartburn.
Used topically, it can increase circulation (mix some in your lotion and massage swollen ankles after a long day).
* Pasteurized apple cider vinegar can be consumed safely while pregnant and/or nursing. However, discuss unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with your doctor.