Especially, in the first few weeks of pregnancy when you feel like carbs and comfort food, this is a healthier snack or breakfast alternative to a white-flour bagel or muffin.
The protein in the nut butter will help balance blood sugar levels, to help prevent nausea. Even if you're not battling with morning sickness, the protein will also keep you full for longer.
Meanwhile, the chia seeds are a great source of fiber to keep you regular 😉 and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids are a great way to boost your baby's brain development.
The key step to making this a healthier choice, is to choose whole-wheat bread rather than white bread. Unlike white bread, whole-wheat bread has fiber and some nutritional value because the grain hasn’t been stripped of its outer bran layer where all the nutrients are. It's the fiber in the grain that will prevent insulin spikes. This is key to avoiding accelerated weight gain, even if you’re not pregnant.
Oh, and beware of bread or bread products that have “wheat flour” instead of "whole wheat flour". Wheat flour is just another name for white flour… so sneaky!
What you need
Whole-wheat bread (an even better option is sprouted whole-wheat bread like Ezekiel)
Peanut or almond butter
1 banana, sliced
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
What to do
1. Toast your bread. While you’re waiting, slice that banana.
2. Spread your nut butter of choice on your bread.
3. Arrange the banana coins on your toast, sprinkle chia seeds and enjoy!