Its no secret that watching what you eat is important, and when you’re pregnant you especially want to be mindful of what you’re putting in your body for the baby. You also don’t exactly have the luxury of eating whatever you want, whenever you want (things like alcohol, sushi, and coffee come to mind).  Here is a list of five of the most important foods to eat while you’re pregnant that are also packed with flavor, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health.

Milk/ Dairy Products

Getting an appropriate amount of calcium when you’re pregnant is extremely important. Calcium helps build strong bones, and helps develop a strong skeletal system for your baby. Eating an adequate amount of cheese, yogurt, milk, etc. is crucial to the overall health of you and your baby. So go ahead, have another slice of gruyere.

Lean Meat and Eggs

Lean meat provides an excellent source of protein without the fat in regular cuts of meat. Protein helps develop muscles and cells and provides energy for the mother as well. Protein sources such as eggs provide omega 3 fatty acids, iron, choline, and folic acid , which keep the fetus strong while developing. Have all the chicken and omelettes you want to satisfy your savory cravings.

Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with high amounts of calcium, manganese and potassium and contributes towards stronger bone development in the fetus. Besides broccoli packing tons of vitamins, its also fairly abundant and inexpensive. Sauté it with a little garlic and herbs to bring out the flavor.

Bananas

Rich in potassium, bananas are good for maintaining a healthy fluid balance. Besides being a great starchy, energy-boosting snack, bananas contain tryptophan which helps to promote sleep. Slice up some bananas and eat them with plain greek yogurt (knocking out two essentials from this list at once).

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of both omega-3 and omega-06 fatty acids, as well as magnesium, vitamins A, B, D, E and K, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. They’re fairly cheap in large quantities, and fun to snack on!

Do you have suggestions on how to prepare any of the foods listed above? Let us know in the comments below!