Should I Buy Items Marketed As Pregnancy Foods?

There is something about being pregnant that seems to turn a woman into a much more vulnerable version of herself. While the reason is no doubt a desire to do the best thing possible for her growing baby, the idea of purchasing pregnancy foods is not only silly, it is likely to be expensive. There are no foods that are specifically designed for pregnancy, although there are certainly those which should be avoided during gestation.

This article will look at both those foods that will help you get through a healthy pregnancy and those that you should avoid.

What makes for a good pregnancy diet?

Just as in any other time in your life your goal during pregnancy is to eat a wide variety of healthy foods. This means you want to fill your plate with things such as whole grains, plenty of fresh organic produce, lean meats, organic eggs and poultry, wild caught fish and heart healthy fats. All these ingredients are essential building blocks for your baby.

Of course, now that you are growing a baby you want to make sure that you get all the calories your baby needs, but it may not be as much as you think. A baby only requires about 200-300 additional calories per day, although that will go up to about 500 calories per day in the last couple of months.

To deal with the occasional munchies that will no doubt hit at the least convenient moments, make sure to carry along some raw nuts, dehydrated berries and water. That will keep you going in a healthy manner until you can get home and make something more substantial.

Keep Away from These Foods

There are foods that you should avoid while pregnant. Fish that are known to be high in mercury, such as shark, orange roughy or some kinds of tuna are inadvisable. Raw meat or undercooked poultry, eggs and fish are all to be avoided as well.

Raw milk and raw milk cheeses should be eliminated, even if you do enjoy them periodically when you are not pregnant. You also want to resist any supplements that are encouraged by friends and people who arent involved in your care. Many supplements can be more harmful than helpful and it just makes sense not to take anything that your caregiver hasnt approved.

Focus Upon Your Nutrition

The fact is that you can eat just about anything you want to eat when you are pregnant, but that doesnt give you license to eat everything you want. If you dont want to end your pregnancy weighing a lot more than you did at the start, you need to temper your intake appropriately.

Enjoy your food, use common sense in your selection and consider eating several smaller meals each day rather than a few large ones to accommodate the shrinking space in your stomach and to keep your energy levels up all day long.

If there are any foods that can be considered pregnancy foods it would be those that are nutrient rich, tasty and easy to digest. Other than that, enjoy your pregnancy and accommodate any reasonable cravings. It wont be long before you are holding your little bundle of joy and worrying about something else completely.
Indian Street Food – 10 of the BEST Foods To Eat in Mumbai, India!

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There are dozens of Indian street foods you can eat when you’re in Mumbai, there are delicious looking delicacies everywhere you look in the city. But in this video you’ll discover a top 10 list of a few of the best Indian street food dishes that you don’t want to miss when you’re in Mumbai.

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1. Vada Pav – One of the most popular Mumbai street foods is vada pav, a spiced mashed potato patty that’s deep fried and stuffed into a bun along with chutney. Although it sounds simple and it is, it’s one of the greatest vegetarian burgers you’ll likely ever eat. Also, when you eat vada pav, don’t miss eating some fried chili’s to go with it.

2. Bhelpuri – Another of the of the foods that’s iconic in Mumbai is bhelpuri, a snack made from puffed rice, mixed with chutney, and onions and tomatoes. It’s an Indian street food in Mumbai that’s especially common at beaches, and it makes a fantastic beach food. I tried the bhelpuri in this video at Juhu Beach.

3. Sev Puri – This is one of my personal favorite Indian street food chaats, a combination of little crispy disc chips topped with mashed potatoes, onions, and a variety of delicious chutneys, and a handful of sev, which are the all the little crispy things on top. When you take a bit of sev puri, the entire little disc will explode with delicious flavors, and it’s all about that chutney!

4. Pav Bhaji – Originally made from leftover vegetables that were mashed up, mixed with some butter and spices, and served with bread to mop it all up, pav bhaji is pretty much exactly that today, and it’s an Indian street food known for being popular in Mumbai. At some of the famous pav bhaji stalls, the mixture of potatoes and tomatoes is mashed up on a big hot plate, mixed with spices and butter, and then served with buttered fluffy buns.

5. Kebabs and Rolls – For any meat lovers, kebabs and rolls are one of the best things to eat in Mumbai. I especially enjoyed the bhuna roll in Mumbai, a wonderfully flavorful chicken curry packed into a thin rumali roti.

6. Chai – It’s not a food, but it is one of the joys of being in India, and that is drinking cups of hot chai on the side of the street. You don’t want to miss it when you’re in Mumbai.

7. Pani Puri – Popular as a street food snack across India, pani puri is the combination of little puris (hollow sphere chips) filled with potatoes and chickpeas, and then filled with chutney and flavored water. Each bite is a burst of incredible flavor and water.

8. Bombay Duck Fry – Although it’s commonly eaten at indoor restaurant, because of it’s importance in Mumbai, and since it’s served at local restaurants, I had to include it on this list of Mumbai food. Known at Bombay duck or bombil, it’s actually a type of lizardfish which is often deep fried and served with rice and side curries. It’s something you should try when you’re in Mumbai.

9. Mumbai Sandwich (Bombay Sandwich) – You don’t usually think of sandwiches when you think of Indian street food, but in Mumbai, the sandwich is one of the most popular roadside snacks. Often times pure vegetarian, a combination of masala potatoes, tomatoes, onions, beetroot, cheese, and chutney is pressed between bread, and grilled over fired. The result is a fascinating street sandwich you’ll never forget.

10. Dosa – Although from South India, Mumbai is a hub of Indian food, and you’ll find dosas all over Mumbai as well. The classic traditional version is a masala dosa, but there are also fusion types of dosas, including the paneer tikka dosa, which is absolutely magical.

Thank you for watching this video about the top 10 Indian street foods to eat when you’re in Mumbai. Hope you have an amazing time eating!

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