Here is another one of my favorite breakfasts! If you have read a few of my other recipe posts, you’ll know I have 5 chickens. That means we usually always have fresh eggs on hand. Plus, I love gardening so I can always throw in whatever veggies I have growing in my garden. I love meals that you can customize just how you like it. So if you love peppers, add a bunch of peppers and if you don’t like spinach, then choose another veggie that you like. This is especially helpful when you are pregnant and are really craving one food or another.
Veggie Breakfast Burrito:
1 whole-wheat tortilla
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped veggies (peppers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, etc.)
1 tsp. canola oil
Directions: add oil and veggies to skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally until tender. Beat eggs together. Add egg mixture, and cook until mixture has set. Spoon into the tortilla.
I love eggs because they are full of high-quality protein and fats. If you can afford it, I recommend buying DHA-enriched eggs. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is often deficient in our diets, with the most common sources being seafood. DHA is especially important during pregnancy, lactation, and throughout childhood. It is essential for brain growth and development. It is important for adults too, and research shows a positive correlation with many diseases including depression, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, eye diseases, and cancer.
Eggs are also a great source of choline. Choline is a water-soluble vitamin that is also deficient is most of our diets. Like DHA, choline is critical during pregnancy as low choline intake is linked to neural tube defects and poor memory development in the baby. Choline is also important for heart health, is an anti-inflammatory, and may help prevent breast cancer.
I like to use whole-wheat tortillas for my breakfast burritos because I love the nutty flavor they add, but also because of the health benefits of whole-wheat. There are 2 main reasons to switch to whole-wheat products: fiber and micronutrients. There is significantly more fiber in whole-wheat products—often more than 5 times the amount of fiber than it’s refined product. Fiber is important during pregnancy to maintain a healthy digestive tract and prevent constipation. Constipation affects nearly 50% of pregnant women because of hormonal changes that relax the digestive tract as well as the pressure of your growing uterus. The main thing you can do to prevent constipation is to eat plenty of fiber and drink enough water. Physical activity is also important. Whole grain products also have significantly more essential fatty acids, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium.
Veggies are an important part of any diet but even more so during pregnancy. They are full of fiber and many other nutrients but low in calories. Making veggies an important part of your diet will help ensure you get the nutrients you need without overeating and gaining too much during pregnancy.
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