It is well documented that including more fresh fruit in your diet[Healthy Balanced Diet] is important during pregnancy, for several reasons.
For one fresh fruit contains a lot of the essential nutrients that a pregnant woman and her unborn baby need, and also because many fruits can help one stay regular to help avoid the constipation that many women develop for the first time during their pregnancy.
2 to 4 servings of fresh fruit a day are a great idea. Avoid the canned variety: they have fewer nutrients and a whole lot of added sugar.
Citrus fruit, different kinds of melons and berries, bananas can all be a delicious addition to your diet. If you already like them then you can increase their intake.
Smoothies: In a variety of delicious combinations to tickle your taste buds, you can experiment and try different permutations and combinations to your heart’s delight.
Smoothies can be as simple or as exotic as you want to make them. By adding milk you can increase their nutritional value as well as appetizing quotient.
Yoghurt is another great ingredient for a smoothie. Smoothies are generally simple to make: add cut fruit, and other ingredients such as milk, sugar, or yoghurt, ice and give it a whizz in the blender.
You can add flavorings of your choice: vanilla, honey, maple syrup, you can be as creative as you want so that your options for smoothies never run out and you never have to see the same boring drink twice! Some spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon etc also go great with a smoothie and can be delicious additions.
The great thing with smoothies is that children also enjoy the colorful and delicious concoctions, so young children in the house can also be involved in the preparation or consulted about favorite ingredients!
Juices: Store bought juices may not be the best thing either because one does not enjoy the taste or because they often have loads of added sugar. It is better to pure or liquidize your juices at home if you have the time.
Since homemade juices do not have added sugar you may find that you need to add a bit of sugar to make them palatable, which is fine as long you don’t need to add too much of it.
You can also substitute the sugar with honey. (Honey is quite safe for pregnant women to eat, though it is recommended that it not be fed to infants less than one year of age.)