Healthy latin foods to eat during pregnancyLatin food is delicious and fortunately for those of us who like our comida latina on the daily, much of it is healthy. As a matter of fact there are some Latin foods that you should eat while pregnant because they are packed with nutrients for you and your growing baby. The best part is that these are all foods that you are already familiar with and readily available, so it shouldn't be a problem ... except ...

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Most people think of pregnancy as a time when you get cravings, but that's NOT always the case. Some people, like me, get aversions instead of cravings. Even foods you always loved sometimes become difficult to stomach while you are pregnant. It's okay to let go of some of those foods while pregnant, but you want to make sure you hold on the the good stuff and find ways to incorporate it into your diet for the healthiest pregnancy possible. I've put together this list of 10 Latin foods you should be eating while pregnant and included some awesome recipes to get them in your diet just in case you are experiencing some aversions.

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Avocados 1

Avocados

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Now, we all know avocados are full of good for you fats, they are also loaded with folic acid which is essential for your baby's healthy development and I'm sure you are aware that guacamole is delicious, but while you are pregnant, you may want to try eating avocado without the chips in order to avoid the extra calories and added salt.

Recipe to try: Avocado & Cucumber Salad

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Lentils

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Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein, they are also full of nutirents like folate, calcium, zinc and amino acids. All of this good stuff is in high demand when you are pregnant. So eat your lentejas!

Recipe to try: Abuela's Lentil Soup

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Quinoa 3

Quinoa

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I think quiona is underappreciated. It's a seed that you can use to replace rice in just about any dish. It's a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin B, E, antioxidants, folic acid and phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that help protect and build new cells.

Recipe to try: Easy & Fast Cranberry-Walnut Quinoa Salad

 

Citrus Fruits 4

Citrus Fruits

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All the vitamin C in citrus fruits help your body absorb iron and you need iron when you are making another human being.

Recipe to try: Ecuadorian Fruit Salad

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Pinto Beans 5

Pinto Beans

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Pinto beans are great for you while pregnant. They are packed with fiber and contain essential vitamins and minerals like copper, iron and phosphorus. Stay away from the kind that are refriend with lots of fat, though.

Recipe to try: Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño Corn Dumplings

 

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Pepitas

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I love snacking on pepitas. They are a good option while pregnant because they have five grams of protein per serving as well as being packed with fiber and containing essential vitamins and minerals like copper, iron and phosphorus. You can also sprinkle these lovelies on soups or salads.

Recipe to try: Roasted pepitas

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Popcorn

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Popcorn is awesome during pregnancy because it is a whole grain that is full of fiber and nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium and phytonutrients. Skip the high calorie chips and opt for popcorn that you pop yourself on the stove top. I can't vouch for some of the microwave versions because who knows what's added to that stuff.

Recipe to try: Popcorn with Smoked Paprika

Mangos 8

Mangos

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I love mangos with a passion. During pregnancy they are good for you because they are high in vitamin A and C and they also have iron. Woot! If you are having issues with anemia during pregnancy, enjoy some delicious mango.

Recipe to try: Avocado & Mango Sandwich

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Bananas 9

Bananas

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Bananas are full of nutrients and during pregnancy they can even help reduce swelling in your extremities because of the potassium they pack.

Recipe to try: Bolivian Peppery Pork with Bananas

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Red Peppers

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Red peppers are a great way to get vitamins A, C and B6 in your diet. They're also versatile because you can cook with them or snack on them raw.

Recipe to try: Spanish-style Stuffed Peppers