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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Week 26 Day 6 - Eat Beans Pregnant Women!


If you read yesterday's post, you would already know what we had for dinner last night. But I wanted to explain why it is actually healthy for a pregnant women to eat Chipotle's food. As long as you pick the right ingredients. A few things that my wife likes to get on her Burrito Bowl, and that are very good for pregnant women to be eating, or anyone for that matter, are:

  1. Black Beans - Any legumes ((lima beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans or chickpeas, black beans, dried beans and peas, lentils, soybeans) are good for you, as long as they aren't altered in any way, like refried beans. Refried beans are one of the worst in terms of fat content. They are high in folic acid, which is vital to the development of the baby's neural tube. Also high in iron (development of red blood cells), and fiber (helps with constipation, a common problem amongst pregnant women).
  2. Avocados - The main ingredient in guacamole. Avocados are loaded with "good" monounsaturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol while also supplying the body with the essential compounds necessary for a baby's developing brain, eyes, nervous system and fatty tissues. Avocados are also rich in potassium, B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
  3. Corn - Chipotle has a medium corn salsa, which is loaded with folate (helps prevent spina bifida), fiber (constipation help), thiamine (boosts memory capabilities in new-borns later in life), zeaxanthin(protective affect against macular degeneration in the later years of your baby's life), pantothenic acid(helps in proper physiological functioning of internal organs during pregnancy).
  4. Fajita veggies - The bell peppers are loaded with vitamins.
  5. Grilled Chicken - High in protein, low in fat. Chipotle only uses all natural chicken breast too, no hormones or processing.

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