As my pregnancy continues, I am fighting against my huge appetite. While trying to follow healthy diet as much as I can including a lot of vegetables, grains, meat, fish, and fruits, I wonder how much and what of fruits and veggies as a pregnant woman. I love fruits and can keep eating fruits even right after regular meals!
Fruits and veggies contain full of fibers, minerals, and rich nutrients. Pregnant women can and should have fruits as your snack, such as a slice of cantaloupe and a bowl of strawberries. Having these fruits with protein such as cottage cheese can boost your sustainable energy.
So, how much is enough for your baby and yourself during pregnancy? According to the article, pregnant women should aim to have 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of veggies a day. For example, here is what counts as a cup:
- 1 cup raw or cooked veggies
- 2 cups raw leafy greens
- 1 cup raw, canned, or frozen fruit
- 2 small bananas or 1 large one
- 1/2 cups dried fruit
- 1 medium to large piece of fruit
- 1 cup 100% fruit juice, veggie juice, or fruit-veggie juice
For some of you, it sounds like too much to consume a day but I am confident I can eat more than 2 cups of fruits and veggies per day.