Healthy Foods for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

I was so honored when Ergobaby asked me to be a guest blogger for their wonderful website! I love this company and their products so much, as well as the amazing community Ergo has created. My name is Carly and I have an Instagram blog all about having a healthy pregnancy and raising a healthy baby. It is ever evolving and I have met some amazing people through social media. I love that you can find like minded individuals at your fingertips! We can all learn so much from one another, which is one of the reasons I decided to start my blog. I taught special education for 12 years and I knew when my baby was born I wanted to take some time off of my career to raise my son. I’ve always been interested in health, wellness, and nutrition and thought this would be a great time in my life to learn more about how to do the best things possible for the growing baby inside of me. There is so much information out there about what to eat, vitamins to take, how to exercise, what type of birth you want, etc. Research can be very overwhelming for a pregnant mama! I decided to find the things I love the most and share them with my followers. Thus, The Preggers Pantry was born!

When I found out I was pregnant I started looking into how I could grow the healthiest baby possible. I’ve always been health conscious, but even more so now that I was eating for two (not literally!)

It is so important to have a healthy diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I primarily eat vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and healthy grains in that order. Here is my grocery list. The foods with an asterisk next to them are foods I eat pretty much every single day! Of course I eat more than just these foods, but these are my staples, my must haves. Hope this helps! Eat healthy for you and for your baby!

*Avocado oil
Sweet potato
*Romaine lettuce
*Green smoothies (example: kale, chard, spinach, banana, strawberries, dates, almond milk, chia, flax, hemp seed)
Almond milk
Almond butter
Whole grain bread
Black beans
Olive oil
*Coconut oil
Coconut butter
Grassfed butter
Wild caught Salmon (never farmed)
*Dark chocolate

Quick health tip

Start your day with warm lemon water, then a green smoothie. Here is my favorite pregnancy smoothie recipe:

The Preggers Pantry Green Smoothie

-4 handfuls organic kale, spinach, collards, chard (or a mixture)
-1 banana
-1 handful frozen strawberries
-2 dates
-1/2 avocado
-1 tbsp ground flax or hemp hearts
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-1 tsp spirulina
Blend and enjoy! You can also freeze your smoothies if you don’t have time to make them daily!


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Carly Zuffinetti earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Ball State University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has an Autism Authorization from Cal State San Marcos. She is a special education teacher and is currently on sabbatical to be with her new baby boy. She created her Instagram account, @ThePreggersPantry, during her pregnancy hoping to connect and share ideas with other health conscious, like-minded mamas. She is involved with Miracle Babies, SAY San Diego, and The Friends of San Pasqual charities. Carly lives in Rancho Santa Fe, CA with her husband Adam, son Rio, and 13 year old Brussels Griffon, Mayzie. She loves yoga, animals, and all things baby. Carly will soon launch The Preggers Pantry blog to help inspire women to have the healthiest pregnancies and lives possible.