One of the biggest sources of nutrition for an expecting mother and her baby is Protein. The role of protein is well-known as are the sources. However, usually we tend to stick to the regular sources and at times the intake is also lower than what is needed.
Two portions of protein are a must during pregnancy for your baby’s development since they form the building blocks. Here are some usual as well as not-so-known sources of protein that can make for meals themselves or accompaniments in meals.
Lentils – These are known for high protein content. They are usually consumed during a meal with rice or chapatti in India. But you can also pre-soak a mix of them and make high-protein pancakes if you are bored of eating them as is.
Chicken – One of the non vegetarian sources of protein is Chicken. If you do eat non-vegetarian food you can factor this into your diet in different ways, whether it is as a curry, cutlet, baked item and roasted or grilled.
Yoghurt or Curd – Many people find their meals incomplete without curd or yogurt in it. So including a bowl of it as is or with additional things such as grated carrots or cucumber, can help you add that extra bit of protein in your nutrition.
Eggs – If you eat eggs , this gives you an additional ingredient to include in your protein list. Sometimes you might eat it as breakfast. However, if you want a break from the routine of eating eggs for breakfast, you can eat mildly spiced scrambled eggs or even baked eggs for a lunch or dinner.
Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is a great source of protein particularly for those who do not eat eggs or chicken. It is extremely versatile so it can be made in many ways. If you are in a rush and want to grab a bite, simply sauteing cubes with a bit of oil, salt and pepper ( and any other seasoning that you like), can make for a great snack itself.
Nuts – A huge source of protein, nuts are often neglected when it comes to inclusion into our diets. So we must make a plan which includes nuts as snacks – you can have them as is, or you can have them as an additive in homemade biscuits.
These are some key ingredients to include in your protein rich diet so that you have a healthy pregnancy.