Hello!! Just 3 more days and then I will be 24 weeks! Can’t wait!!
So I am trying to write recipes on anti-stretch mark food, because as well as putting creams and oils on your body- what you eat is just as important for the health and elasticity of your skin! See my 1st post on the vitamins and minerals needed to help prevent stretch marks here.
All the recipes I will post have been researched by me, and consist of foods known for their vitamins and minerals in fighting stretch marks, but MOST importantly all have the vitamins and minerals a growing baby needs
So first up- what I had for dinner last night! ~ Prawn, Noodle and Watercress Salad.
Watercress (a very large handful!) (Vitamin C & A, Calcium, Iron)
Small handful of rocket (Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C)
Small handful of baby spinach (Vitamin A, B9, Folic Acid)
Handful of prawns (I chose these because I’m trying to increase my intake of Iron, but don’t eat them too often, you can replace prawns with chicken or cheese easily) (Prawns have Vitamins A, C and E, Iron, Zinc, Omega 3)
Red Chicory/salad leaves (Vitamins B9 and C)
Edamame Soy Beans (small handful) (Calcium, Vitamins C, K, Iron, Folic Acid, Omega 3)
Finely sliced red pepper (1/2 a pepper) (Vitamin C and A)
Sugar snap peas (Vitamins B6, C, A, K, Iron)
Cucumber sliced (Vitamin B, A, Folic Acid, lots of water content!)
Few sprigs of coriander – rich in anti-oxidants
Egg noodles (Iron)
Soy, chilli and ginger marinade (to make, mix 1 table spoon of soy sauce with 1 table spoon of olive oil and 1 of water, then add finely shredded chilli (I used 1 birdseye chilli) and grated ginger to taste). Olive oil has vitamins E & K and ginger has many good properties for your skin, especially helping circulation! and chilli has lots of vitamin C!
Then mix it all up!!! Salt and pepper to taste….
Now, last week I had a scare, a friend of mine caught Parvovirus B19 (aka Slapped Cheek/5th disease) so whilst waiting for my blood test results to come though I decided to try and get as much Iron as I could!! (as this virus stops iron getting to your baby causing anaemia and or hydrops fetalis). My results came back as ‘normal’ which I guess means I’m OK, although will find out in more detail on Wednesday when I visit the doctor …………..Anyway, I’ve been investigating the benefits of watercress and ended up eating loads of it lol…as it turns out- it’s super good to eat when you’re pregnant!!
Watercress has large amounts of Vitamins C and calcium. It has four times as much vitamin C as lettuce. Its calcium content is even more than milk!!
Other vitamins and minerals found in watercress include iron, sulphur, manganese, folic acid, zinc, phosphorous, vitamins A, K, and B vitamins. Watercress also has phytochemicals and antioxidants like carotenoids, isothiocyanates and flavournoids and regular consumption of watercress can increase antioxidant activity which helps to keep your eyes healthy (and baby’s!). Eating watercress also helps the body absorb protein and purifies the the blood and helps build cells….important when making a baby!