Packed Lunch and Snack Ideas for Work Days – A Surrogate Mother’s Guide

By April 26, 2018

For pregnant working women, eating properly and staying healthy while working is vital. They not only need to get maximum nutrition to the baby but also maintain energy for their, often rushed, work days. Food options for pregnant women should provide ample amounts of protein, carbohydrates, healthy types of fat, vitamins, and minerals to maintain pregnancy fitness.

Here are some great food options for you to consider when packing your lunch for work. These are easy to cook and are packed with the nutrients needed during pregnancy.

Hard-boiled egg

An egg contains high-quality protein and fat, as well as many vitamins and minerals. It is also a great source of choline, which is essential for the fetus’s brain development and health.

#Egg Salad

#Egg Salad Sandwich

Salmon

Salmon is a kind of fatty fish that is lower in mercury than many others. It is very rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, which helps build the developing baby’s brain and eyes. By eating salmon two or three times a week, pregnant women can get the necessary omega-3 fatty acids without worrying about mercury, which is usually found in fatty fish.

Whole Grains

Grains are an important source of energy and nutrients. Whole grain products must be unprocessed and natural. Unprocessed whole grains are rich in fiber, vitamins, and healthy plant compounds.

#Whole-Wheat Bread Sandwich

#Whole-Wheat Pasta

Avocado

Studies show that an avocado is a healthy source of fat. An avocado is also loaded with folate, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and other nutrients. These nutrients benefit both the mother and the fetus. Scientists suggest making avocados a staple in the pregnancy diet.

#Avocado Salad

#Avocado Toast

#Chicken Avocado Salad

Broccoli and Dark, Leafy Greens

Broccoli and dark, leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, include fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate, and potassium. These vegetables help prevent constipation, which is a very common problem among pregnant women.

#Broccoli and Chess Soup

#Spinach Soup

#Kale Chips

In addition to regular meals, the surrogate mother should also have healthy snacks available at all times. According to diet routine during pregnancy. It ensures the mother’s and the baby’s nutritional needs are met, while helping minimize many pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, mood swings, and nausea.

Here are some snack options you can easily find in stores or make at home:

When choosing foods for work during pregnancy, surrogate mothers should avoid fast foods and frozen meals, which tend to be high in calories, saturated fats, and sodium.
In fact, some ingredients can actually be harmful to pregnant women if not cooked properly. Therefore, pay close attention to what you cook and eat and try to minimize or avoid the following foods during pregnancy:

  • Undercooked or Raw Meat/Fish
  • High-Mercury Fish (such as Shark, Swordfish, King mackerel, and Tuna)
  • Raw or soft-boiled eggs
  • Unwashed Produce (veggies and fruits)
  • Unpasteurized Milk, Cheese, and Fruit Juice
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

If you are using fresh fruits or vegetables, be sure to wash them thoroughly under running water.

It is important to keep food fresh and cold. If reheating food, make sure to heat these foods thoroughly before eating.

How does Joy of Life help our working surrogate mothers eat healthier during busy workdays? Our licensed nutritionist will give our surrogate mothers a comprehensive and personal nutrition plan based on their own individual needs and preferences.

 

If you have more questions? No worries, please contact us for more details.