As an expecting mum, your nutrition has never been more important, as what you eat will feed you and your growing baby.

Here are some kitchen and shopping tips and tricks to help you have your healthiest pregnancy yet.

Get your kitchen sorted

It’s great to take stock, give your pantry and fridge a clean-out and make room to stock it with ingredients that will make preparing healthy, nutrient-dense meals easy.

The vast majority of what you prepare should be created from the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, plant proteins, avocado, nuts and seeds.

It’s all in the planning

There’s one simple way to avoid falling victim to having no food in the fridge and heeding the siren call of takeaway. Get ahead when you have a window of opportunity and usually that means the weekend. It will make a huge difference to your week if on Saturday or Sunday you put the slow cooker on or prepare a few of your favourite snacks. That way you will never get stuck with nothing to eat, especially between meals as your hunger increases.

Simple strategies you can utilise include freezing smoothie ingredients in ziplock bags so you can add them to the blender with water or your choice of milk, and preparing serving sizes of trail mix and vegetable sticks to eat with hummus or guacamole.

Use your freezer

If you know you’re going to be working late during the week or have an exercise class you’d like to attend, it can be a huge advantage to cook meals early in the week and freeze them. Before you leave in the morning, put the dish in the fridge to defrost while you’re out and you’ll have a meal on the table 10 minutes after you arrive home. This can be a complete life-saver if you’re low on energy and motivation after a full day in the office!

Buy in bulk

Buying your pantry staples in bulk can really help your time and your back pocket. Staples like almond flour, coconut, and nuts and seeds are far more cost-effective when purchased in larger quantities. Rather than relying on the health food aisle of your local supermarket, check out a bulk wholefood store.

Treat yourself

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to suddenly be 100 per cent perfect with your nutrition, but it is important to remember that quality counts. Why not add some 70+ per cent dark chocolate to your shopping trolley the next time you’re at the supermarket and pick one night a week where you take the night off cooking and order in your favourite meal. It’s all about balance after all.

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