Here is another quick meal idea that works great for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. It has a satisfying mix of complex carbs, fat, and protein and helps keep your blood sugar stable for longer. And it has just the right amount of sweetness.
1 whole wheat tortilla
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tsp. honey
2 tbsp. granola
Directions: Spread peanut butter on tortilla. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with granola. Wrap up banana.
The core of this wrap is a banana. Bananas are a staple in our house for multiple reasons, including their taste, their cost, and their nutrition. We use bananas in smoothies, on sandwiches, in baked goods, and plain. They are also my go-to before working out in the morning, so I always try to have them on hand. Compared to other fruits and vegetables, bananas are one of the cheapest produce items. When it comes to nutrition, bananas are well known for their high potassium content, which is important to maintain normal blood pressure levels. They are also a great source of fiber for bowel health and vitamin C.
At one point in time, it was thought that eating peanuts during pregnancy increased the risk of a peanut allergy in the baby. However, that thought has since been debunked by a large study that showed women who actually ate peanuts during pregnancy had a decreased chance of having a baby with a peanut allergy. This is lucky for us because peanut butter is rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. It is also very high in niacin, magnesium, and vitamin E. Eating peanut butter has also been linked with better weight management and decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
I top off this wrap with granola because it gives me the crunch and sweetness that I crave. I usually make my own granola, but if you prefer to buy it I would recommend choosing a variety that has nuts or seeds and dried fruit, as well as simple ingredients. Granola is calorically dense so you don’t need a lot of it, but it’s also nutrient dense. It is high in fiber, which is especially important during pregnancy to prevent constipation. The nuts and seeds also provide healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for fetal brain growth and development.
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