Before I became pregnant, I had no idea how important protein is for a developing fetus! Actually, I didn’t know a lot of things. Of course I thought it was crucial to eat well-balanced meals — and it is — but I really had no idea that consuming high amounts of protein is up there on the most-important-things-to-do-during-pregnancy list, right next to folic acid.
There’s no denying that meats and animal products — liver, beef, chicken, fish, eggs — contain the highest levels of protein. Nor is there any denying that I absolutely love all of those. I am definitely an omnivore. I love all foods (except green peppers). And there’s little I won’t try. But as much as I love my meat, I need my veggies, too. So it’s great to know I can meet my daily recommendations of protein by supplementing my intake with some roughage!
After the jump, check out 10 Protein-packed Veggies (OK, and some legumes too…) to Eat During Pregnancy! And remember what your momma told you: EAT YOUR VEGGIES!
Broccoli 1 of 10
Corn 2 of 10
Potatoes 3 of 10
Chickpeas 4 of 10
Spinach 5 of 10
Lentils 6 of 10
Artichokes 7 of 10
Beans 8 of 10
Peas 9 of 10
Asparagus 10 of 10
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