Low Calorie Fertility Foods Suitable Throughout Pregnancy
Whether you are trying to conceive and need to keep your weight down or you are pregnant and want to enjoy guilt-free snacking then this article is for you
All too often you naturally crave food that triggers your secondary senses: fat, sugar and salt.
You can crave these out of habit because on one level they can make you feel good by satisfying an urge, and on the other it is driven by the fact your body is missing important nutrients from your diet.
Either way, wouldn’t it be good to know what foods you can happily snack on that are low in calories and help to boost your body’s vitality and sustained energy?
Snacking on potato chips or chocolate?
If you are craving potato chips, crisps, chocolate, etc. then you are missing something that your body needs to function optimally.
Stress plays a major role in affecting how your body absorbs food, uses nutrients and needs replenishing.
When we are stressed it is natural for our dopamine levels to drop. It is natural for your body and brain to crave a “quick fix.”
Sugary, fatty food literally ‘hits the spot’ and instantly makes you feel good so that is why it is common to crave chips, crisps, doughnuts etc.
You will get an instant “aaaah” moment, but then your energy levels will plummet and you will soon feel sluggish. These snacks are very high in calorie and have virtually no nutritional benefits.
Instead, opt for home made sweet potato chips (see why in the table below) or get our fantastic recipe ebooks with hundreds of recipes for optimal living and energy (left) or recipes for fertility for £9.99.
Craving chocolate? 4 reasons why you do
Chocolate triggers the brain to release a huge amount of feel good hormones. Therefore it is no wonder you can literally crave the stuff because it triggers the brain to release:
- Endorphins so your pulse speeds up and you feel ‘high’
- Anandamide so you have a feeling of wellbeing
- Contains stimulants theobromine and phenylethylamine which stimulate the same hormones as lovemaking and they can also raise serotonin to keep feelings of depression at bay
- Oxytocin that induces a relaxed feeling, released by the brain after orgasmic sex
To fill the emotional buzz that chocolate delivers it can be helpful if you look at ways to minimise stress and find ways you can add more joy to your life. (Read more ways you can boost positivity, here).
Why popcorn is bad for fertility and pregnancy
Most people consider popcorn as a healthy snack option because of its low calorific content and it can be cooked fat-free.
What is wrong with this way of thinking?
- Fat is not the enemy, sugar is. (Yes there are good fats and bad but sugar prevents your body breaking down fat, sugar is highly addictive and depletes your body’s energy reserves after spiking it with an insulin rush)
- Corn is one of the most genetically modified crops in the world (along with soy and cotton). GM foods inhibit fertility and mutate genes so it is never okay to eat, especially if you are pregnant. Eating organic corn means it is guaranteed to be GM free.
- Your body cannot digest corn. If something is undigestible it puts strain on your digestive tract (making you feel more tired and drained of energy).
So what is a low calorie, guilt free snack?
When I lived in Japan I kept hearing the phrase “Zero Calorie!” This phenomenon is huge over there! They have fantastic sea-weed coagulants (konyaku) that are filling but are literally so low in calories they are claimed as having zero calorific content because your body utilises more calories to burn off the food than it can absorb.
Below are some fantastic fruits and vegetables that are low calorie fertility foods suitable throughout pregnancy too:
Fibre, Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, protein
This means –
Speeds the metabolism of toxins including alcohol (essential if you are trying to conceive because alcohol reduces your rate of falling pregnant by 50%)
Fibre, iron, folate and potassium
This means –
A sweet treat that purifies the blood and is rich in anti-oxidants
Fibre, Vitamins A, C and K, folate
This means –
Essential for healthy bones, healthy pregnancy, is a natural form of salt – ideal for when you have salt cravings without the added sodium (or toxic anti-caking agent added to common table salts on the market)
Fibre, Vitamins A and C, folic acid, licopene (red/pink varieties), potassium
This means –
Grapefruit helps facilitate healthy system function – cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems which aid your wellbeing
Interesting Fact –
Grapefruit, when included in your regular diet can reduce BMI by up to 6%
Fibre, B Vitamins, Vitamin D, copper, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin
This means –
Essential nutrients for your body’s defence system, prevents anemia and helps to block absorption from toxins (toxins lower libido) and gives you bountiful energy
Interesting fact –
Mushrooms do not contribute toward thrush
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Fibre, Vitamins A, C, K, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, potassium, zinc
This means –
Essential nutrients for your body to pass onto baby, prevents neural tube defects in newborns, creates strong healthy bones, strengthens body’s defence system, prevents anemia and helps to block absorption from toxins (toxins lower libido)
Fibre, Vitamins A, B, C, high in iodine, calcium, magnesium, iron, protein, alpha linoleic acid, EPA
This means –
Seaweed is classified as a SuperFood. It improves metabolism, thyroid function, memory, creates a healthy immune system, prevents allergies, supports the digestive system and is one of the best nutrient dense sources on the planet
Fibre, Vitamins A, B, C, antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium, iron, potassium
This means –
Sweet potatoes not only stabilise blood sugar (i.e. sugar cravings) and elevate your mood but they also help to break down fat
Interesting facts –
Sweet potatoes help cervical fluid and follicle development, regulate hormone production and menstrual cycles, strengthen immunity, prevents inflammation in the body, alleviate symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis
Fibre, Vitamins A and C
This means –
Helps your body’s metabolism and the absorption of essential nutrients into your body. Keeps your immune system healthy as well as heals cellular damage
How do these translate to healthy snacks?
Roasted asparagus, avocado, rocket and pine-nut salad
Sweet potato dip with celery
Blend 350g of boiled organic sweet potato with skins on to:
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp tahini
- Juice of 1 organic lemon
- Celtic Sea salt
Cut organic celery, dip and enjoy
Why eating whole food is best
Nature made whole foods complete foods – meaning your body can absorb all the goodness that the food has to offer. Processed foods, on the other hand, put in added vitamins and minerals to foods to entice you to buy it for ‘better health benefits.’ However, let’s take “ADDED CALCIUM” as an example: If you are not consuming calcium with magnesium (which your body needs to absorb calcium) then the calcium will float around your body forming painful calcium deposits. Nature’s calcium-rich foods have naturally occurring magnesium, e.g. sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables, etc.
Nature’s whole food is balanced and bio-available (meaning it can be absorbed by the body because it is not synthetically made in a lab or factory). When you eat balanced food your body gets more energy and it reduces cravings.
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About the author:
Fiona Boulton is a Fertility Specialist
(An expert in her field since 2007) and leader in Fertility Mind Mastery, Fertility Meditation, Fertility Yoga and Fertility Coaching –
helping people take back control of their fertility, faster.
Fiona is the founder of Awakening Fertility – Harley Street (Harley Street Fertility Clinic), London; Concept Fertility Putney; Chichester, West Sussex and Perth, Australia
- Huffington Post Fertility Writer
- Fertility Coach
- Fertility Support Group Co-ordinator for Harley Street Fertility Clinic and Infertility Network UK
- Nutrition Counsellor
- Public Speaker
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- Fertility Practitioner Training Co-ordinator
Through Fiona’s “transformation guaranteed” Fertile Lifestyle courses, Fiona helps navigate major transitions to detox your mind and body to help you effectively ‘think yourself fertile’; to change the map your mind has of your body and therefore change your physiology by clearing mental and emotional blockages to having your baby. Fiona’s work focuses on you taking back control by changing the internal and external environment of your cells so you can improve chances of fertility success.
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Low calorie foods – there is more of a selection than meets the eye! Thank God I dont have to stick to celery sticks. Thanks for the effort you went to Fiona – love your articles and our regular fertility coaching sessions, you are amazing :)
Why does each article always deliver more than the title? Love that about your articles Fiona.
Love the fact I now know where I can get good sources of folate and calcium from in whole foods.
Since following your Fertility Recipe Book my life has changed for the better – so much more energy and a deeper sense of wellbeing (I combine my new diet with the other ways of living a fertile lifestyle you taught me) – Thank you (y)
Never knew to avoid popcorn until I started your fertile lifestyle programme – thanks for the reminder about positive snacking!
Mmmm, yummmm! Tried this recipe, it’s delish
I am a big fan of Shield – although expensive it has made a huge difference with my immunity and my fertility. My follicles are in a much better way and I put it down to Shield and your mindfulness techniques.
I highly recommend living healthy, getting superfoods like Shield in your diet and practicing Fertility Mindfulness because it honestly gets results.
Thanks for making such a positive change in me Fiona. Love your work and your posts.
Thanks for the recipes! The food is delicious!!
Great to have ideas for snacks- I find that’s when I crave a sugar fix so to have these ideas is perfect so I can avoid giving in and be prepared!!!
Hey very helpful article! Thank you
Great to hear Janice :)
Did you know I offer free daily fertility tips, techniques and genuine heart-felt support in my “Fertility Help” group which you can join here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/fertilityhelp/
You are welcome Janice :)
This Low Calorie Fertility Foods Suitable For Pregnancy Too
article is great
I’m so happy now! :) Kisses to you all!