National Nutrition Week: Healthy diet for Pregnant ladies
What is the need?
When National Nutrition Week is celebrated?
What should be included in diet?
Make healthy food choices for healthy you & baby:
- Make half your plate fruits & vegetables: Choose fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice. Include dark-green, red, and orange vegetables; beans and peas; and starchy vegetables. They provide vitamins, iron & folic acid.
- Make at least half your grains as whole grains: Try oatmeal, popcorn, whole-grain bread, and brown rice. They are good sources of carbohydrate & proteins.
- Move to low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or cheese:Take milk and dairy products like curd, buttermilk, paneer-these are rich in calcium, proteins and vitamins. Fortified soy beverages also count.
- Vary your protein routine: Choose seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
- See the Nutrition Facts label and ingredients: List to limit items higher in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Choose vegetable oils instead of butter.
- You need to eat one extra meal a day during pregnancy.
- A handful (45 grams) of nuts and at least two cups of daal provide daily requirement of proteins in vegetarians.
- For non-vegetarians, meat, egg, chicken or fish are good sources of proteins, vitamins and iron.
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