Last week I started my 28th week of pregnancy. Why hello there, third trimester! Nutrition is always an important thing for me. If you’ve spent any time around here you know I like healthy, natural foods. Now there are times that I break from this and eat less than healthy things. Raised donuts with chocolate frosting or brownies come to mind. Pregnancy has been no different. The bulk of my food consumption is healthy, nutrition packed foods with some “other stuff” thrown in here and there. I am human after all.
As my belly expands with my growing baby girl there is less and less room for food. I just can’t eat as much at one time. Making every bite count is more important than ever. Baby girl needs nutrients to grow and I need them to stay strong and healthy. There is a long list of things I am supposed to be eating every day according to my midwife and my birthing class. Dairy, leafy greens, eggs, healthy fats, fruits, citrus, whole grains, veggies and protein – lots and lots of protein – are all on the daily eating to do list. I’ve developed a few tricks to consolidate my food intake to make the most of what I am eating. One way I do this is yogurt. Yogurt is very healthy and provides me with needed dairy and protein in one bowl. Mix in some kiwi and strawberries and I am also getting my fruit and citrus too!
Many yogurts found in the grocery store are loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors, and preservatives. I’m not naming names or pointing fingers but not all the yogurt you see in the grocery store is created equal. I make it a point to buy dairy products without rBGH or rBST ( recombinant bovine somatotropin and recombinant bovine growth hormone) and all the artificial ingredients that make it into so many yogurts unnecessarily. As a Mountain High Ambassador I genuinely appreciate that I can feel comfortable feeding my family, including my unborn baby, a quality yoghurt without all the unwanted “extras” found in some other brands. I don’t need artificial sweeteners and flavors when real fruit, cinnamon, and homemade granola do the trick.
With just a short time left to help this baby have a healthy start, I am feeling more and more focused on being as healthy as possible. I love it when foods I love, such as yogurt, are so good for pregnant women to eat.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mountain High Yoghurt. I received a gift card to purchase yogurt, a product kit, and a promotional item to thank me for participating. All opinions are my own.