Protein Hacks During Pregnancy (and Beyond)

We have all probably heard it said a time or two that a pregnant mama should be
getting enough protein. Just how much protein is enough though? And what’s the big
deal anyway?

The recommended DAILY amount for a pregnant woman is around 80
grams. To put it in perspective, one large egg is 7 grams and a 4-ounce chicken
breast contains around 35 grams of protein.

It is important to get enough protein throughout your pregnancy because the amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks for you and your baby. The recommended amount promotes healthy
development.

Below you will find several hacks to help you sneak in that extra protein to keep you
energized and healthy throughout your pregnancy.

  1. Upgrade those oats: add a scoop of Greek yogurt and a fistful of sliced
    almonds to make your breakfast even more luxurious.
  2. Opt for eggs (over cereal): two eggs in the morning will begin your day with
    approximately 14 grams of protein.
  3. Beans, beans, beans: throw some beans in that salad (or in that taco) to
    increase the yummy-ness factor.
  4. Power Up Those Smoothies: Throw in some extra greens, flax, and chia seeds
    in the blender for an even healthier treat.
  5. Energizing Snacks: Cheese, Boiled Eggs, Nuts/ Nut Butters, Beef Sticks. These
    are all excellent and portable protein options.
  6. Guava Goodness: This is the most protein rich fruit containing almost 5
    grams. Add it to a salad, eat it as a snack, or in a smoothie!

But…there will be days where you may not reach those 80 grams. It is ok. You have
not failed yourself or your baby. Just try again the next day.

“Be kind to your body, gentle with your mind and patient with your heart. Stay true to
your spirit, cherish your soul and never doubt yourself. You are still becoming, my love,
and there is no one more deserving of the nurturing grace of your love.”
-Becca Lee

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