Chicken: Your Top Source of Protein during Pregnancy
It probably is your first time pregnant. That’s why you clicked on this specific article. Many people have a different opinion on what can or cannot be eaten during pregnancy. Among these foods, we would like to talk about chicken. While most people may not be used to it right off the bat, due to unfamiliar rules and also a strict diet that isn’t always clear. One common dilemma during the pregnancy period is regarding what you can’t eat.
Chicken is one of the most widely consumed meats in the world and the most consumed in Singapore. It is also the most consumed white meat, by far. I guess we really do love us some chickens. After all, we probably could not survive with some good chicken rice once in a while. For the daunting question: is it ok to eat chicken during your pregnancy? The answer is: yes. Not only will chicken not bring any sort of harm to you during your pregnancy, it could also be beneficial when prepared properly.
During pregnancy, your body is basically going into overdrive, in order to produce enough energy and nutrients for both yourself and your baby. During this period, protein is of utmost importance to the body, as it looks to keep up with the intense demands of your body during pregnancy. Chicken is considered “white meat”, as opposed to “red meat” which includes beef, pork, and other similar animals. One benefit of white meat over red meat is the lower fat content in general, which makes it the ideal choice of protein for mothers who are looking to keep their body fat low while still getting a healthy dose of protein. But do note that white meat also has lower levels of iron zinc, which can also be obtained from alternate sources such as vegetables.
Of course, we could not just have you reading this article without leaving you this simple yet tasty recipe, perfect for pregnant mothers. Contrary to popular belief, there are more ingredients than just sesame oil and chicken. The ingredients required are 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, some ginger peeled and cut into strips, around 350 grams of chicken, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine, half a cup of water, and some ground white pepper to taste. Heat up a skillet or wok over high heat and add the sesame oil. When the oil is fully heated, add the ginger strips and stir fry until light brown or aromatic. Add the chicken and stir fry for about 10-15 seconds before adding the soy sauce, wine, and ground white pepper. Add the water and do a few quick stirs. Cover the skillet or wok with the lid and turn the heat to low heat and let the chicken cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the meat becomes tender. Dish out and serve immediately.
Next time you hear someone asking can we eat chicken after delivery and also during pregnancy, you now know the answer and can help a sister out! And if you are wondering what happens after pregnancy and want cooking done by professionals, check out Tian Wei Signature to elevate your confinement culinary experience!