Chef Kathy Fang Shares 6 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

 
Staying fit and healthy during pregnancy can be a challenge, even for professional chefs. Executive Chef Kathy Fang, two-time CHOPPED champion and mom-to-be, has a unique perspective on what it takes to stay healthy during pregnancy. As the co-owner and executive chef of Fang Restaurant, located in San Francisco’s SoMA district, as well as an up-and-coming culinary star, having appeared on a number of Food Network shows, Chef Kathy knows that food has to taste good in order to ensure moms-to-be meet their nutritional requirements.

As an example of changes that may be needed, Chef Kathy ate little to no carbs and sugar in her pre-pregnancy diet, eating mainly a very high protein diet with lots of veggies. Once pregnant, she upped her carb intake and increased her fat intake. For carbs, she sticks to mostly bran cereal and oatmeal in the morning, as well eating more high-fiber fruits.  

Here are some of Chef Kathy's tips for a nutritious and delicious pregnancy:  

Portion your food: When following this diet, portion your veggies, fruit, carbs, and protein intake daily. Kathy likes to use a measuring cup and measure 1 cup at a time so she knows by the end of the day if she has hit her target. My Fitness Pal can also be used to track intake.  

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Smoothies in the A.M.: Homemade smoothies are ideal additions to your pregnancy diet and are a terrific way to get large doses of fruits, veggies, and calcium in before you start your day. Kathy's  favorite recipe includes:

  • 3 cups of raw baby spinach
  • 1 banana for potassium
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ice if you like

Eggs are ideal: Eggs are an incredible source of nutrients. Chef Kathy likes to eat two eggs every day. It can be in the morning scrambled or hard boiled as a snack later in the afternoon.

Carbs/Fiber: All bran fortified cereals are great carb boosters with fiber and they include iron and zinc, which is beneficial. Chef Kathy's recipe for high fiber bars are a great go-to resource when you need more fiber in your diet.

Snacks: Snacking is a great way to increase your macronutrients. Snacks like baby carrots for vitamins and fiber, low-fat mozzarella sticks for calcium and protein, and assorted nuts are Chef Kathy's go-to snacks. For fruit, stick to less sugary options like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and apples. 

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Curbing sugar pangs: Be wary of sugar pangs. Curb your sweet tooth with these tips:

With a little thought, you too can be eating well for two!

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Chef Kathy Fang Shares 6 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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