Pregnant women are all well aware of the value of folic acid but finding ways to get it into your system can be challenging. There are plenty of multivitamins, and even prescription prenatal vitamins that boast necessary levels of folic acid but let us not forget just how many foods are replete with the critical mineral. Next time you’re looking to feature some folic acid in your diet, consider these three foods:
Dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. These legumes are all amazing natural sources of folate. Use these in salads, as side dishes or even as a main course. The versatility of beans is infinite, so explore more than pea soup or three-bean chili (although those are fantastic uses of beans).
Dark green vegetables. Broccoli, asparagus, and leafy greens are all not only great sources of folate but also easy, common foods to cook with. Wilt spinach over a low flame and dress with warm balsamic vinegar for a sophisticated salad, or sauté asparagus and broccoli together with lemon and olive oil for a simple side dish packed with folate.
Eggs. Rich and flavorful and just about as versatile as a food can be, eggs lend themselves to creamy desert custards, savory soufflés, and light fluffy omelets. Keep a few of the hard-boiled variety in your fridge for a protein-packed snack featuring 24 mcg of folate per serving.