Potato Diet for Pregnancy + recipes you can try!

by - November 29, 2018

I’ve been a mom for more than 10 years now and one thing that I realized is that, us moms always try to make sure that our kids eat right. No matter what age they may be, we look out for them every single day. Nurturing and eating well starts for us as soon as we were or are pregnant because it really has a great impact on the health of our babies even if they are still in the tummy.

Did you know that a pregnant woman should have about 2 ½ to 3 ups of vegetables consumed daily? With today’s diets, lifestyle choices and distractions, most women go with just a little over a cup of veggies a day.

That being said, if you have a little one on the way, it’s not ideal to just eat random food or junk food. You need to get enough of all the important nutrients like potassium. One of the known foods that give us potassium is bananas, but the best source is actually potatoes!

Potatoes rank highest in potassium content. A medium-sized US potato at about 5.2 ounces packs 620 mg of potassium, way more than a banana! If you prepare it with the skin on, you’ll only get only 110 calories.

Other benefits of potatoes:

·      Potatoes have no fat, sodium or cholesterol
·      Has loads of Vitamin C, B6
·      Has loads of fiber which helps in digestion and lower blood cholesterol
·      High in Folate – important for normal fetal brain and spinal cord development

When I was pregnant, I remember having leg cramps, but having enough potassium in my diet actually helped in lessening it. Also diet wise, potatoes are not only healthy, but they make you feel fuller faster and thus, gives you a much better control of how much food you eat.

Food preparation is another important thing to any pregnant woman. You have to avoid too much sweets, salty and fried food. You need to choose less processed dishes, liked boiled potatoes seasoned with spices, olive oil and vinaigrette.

You can also try baked potato with cheese or combine potato in your other vegetable dishes or even in soup!  My ultimate favorite would have to be mashed potatoes! Yum!

Potatoes are a rich source of vitamins and nutrients for expecting moms and for any woman who hopes to be pregnant someday. Like any food, though, over-consumption can lead to potential health issues. It’s always best to plan your pregnancy and diet well with your doctor or nutritionist.

For mommas out there who want a yummy potato recipe, try out this PICKLED GREEN OLIVE AND POTATO SALAD and EASY SOUTHWEST BAKED POTATO BAR

Being healthy is never hard or too expensive. We just have to know what’s good for our body and the long-term benefits it will give us. Always EAT RIGHT!

Potatoes USA, an organization that has brought US Frozen, US tablestock (fresh) and US dehydrated potatoes to our shores, offers a lot of options for potato meals. If you want to learn new potato recipes, click on https://www.potatogoodness.com/potato-recipes. :)

High quality US potatoes can be purchased from major supermarkets and groceries nationwide! For more information visit www.potatogoodness.com or LIKE and FOLLOW Potatoes USA- Philippines on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines.

Artsy Ava

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