Are you expecting a new addition to your family soon? Congratulations! But as exciting as this news may be, it also means you'll have to make some changes in your lifestyle and in your diet.
Yes, that's right – you are now responsible for growing and nourishing another human being! So let's talk about one of the best sources of nutrition for both mommy-to-be and baby: hummus.
What is Hummus?
If you're not familiar with this delicious dip (which might seem strange), then prepare yourself for an adventure in taste. Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas blended together with tahini (a paste made from sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. The result is a creamy spread with a nutty flavor that's perfect for dipping veggies into or spreading onto sandwiches.
But what makes it so great specifically during pregnancy?
Benefits of Eating Hummus When Pregnant
Hummus isn't just yummy – it also packs a lot of nutritional value. Here are just a few reasons why every pregnant momma should add hummus to her diet:
High in Protein
Chickpeas contain high levels of plant-based protein. During pregnancy, additional protein intake helps support fetal growth, development an ensures there is enough nutrition circulating throughout your bloodstream which supports the overall health status needed by moms during their pregnancy.
Folate plays an important role in preventing birth defects like neural tube damage.The levels found within humus provide nutrient security which can induce affectionate moments such as feeling happy or content.:joy::woman-shrugging:
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial building blocks brain structure and neurological function . It helps combat low mood , decline risk associated with heart disease and contributes to good eye health. The vegetable oils of tehina, coupled with chickpeas and extra-virgin olive oil offer the essential fatty acids necessary for pregnant moms to stay sharp all day long.
High Iron Content
An iron deficiency during pregnancy can lead to anemia, which is associated with fatigue and weakness. Chickpeas contain high levels of non-heme iron which helps maintain oxygen distribution in blood circulation especially important whilst being active or busy throughout the day.
How You Can Enjoy It
So now that you know how great hummus is, let's talk about some delicious ways to enjoy it:
As a Dip-Get those carrots ready!
Hummus pairs perfectly well with fresh vegetables like carrot sticks and cucumbers – as many lunch options seem bland this dips adds another layer experience.:upside_down_face:
In Sandwiches -Yummy!
Instead of mayo, spread hummus onto your sandwiches for a healthier alternative & a flavor explosion (try This: Hummus + Roast Beef + Colby Jack cheese):yum:.
A YUMMY HUMMUS RECIPE
If you're feeling daring or adventurous enough to make homemade hummus from scratch with all its added benefits Try it out:
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup tahini,
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon Juice
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsps Extra-Virgin Olive Oil,
Salt To Taste
1) Blend Together Cooked Chick peas , Tahini , Lemon Juice &
Garlic Until Smooth.
2) Add Oinon Powder And Salt For balance Of Taste. Season Only If Needed!
3 ) Drizzle Over With Olive Oil Before Serving
When Should You Avoid Hummus?
Seasonal cravings can tempt anyone into indulging but although chances are you won’t have difficulties fallig prey when digested in excessive quantities, hummus may carry potential pitfalls for pregnant people. Being a legume , chickpeas can spur allergic reactions to some individuals . If you experience digestive difficulties after consuming hummus and/or another food; it is recommended consultation with medical professionals prior to consumption next time.
In conclusion,hummus is a great addition to any diet but especially during pregnancy! Just be sure that when you consume it in moderation an dingredients are organic and freshly procured. Don't deprive yourself of the joys of hummus just because you are expecting – let it become part of your joyful adventure towards childbirth :exclamation:.