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7 Must-Have Prenatal Pantry Staples

Stock your kitchen with these non-perishables, and you’ll always have a healthy meal on hand.

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There’s no shame in eating a bowl of flakes or puffs for dinner. “Fortified cereals are packed with important prenatal nutrients, such as calcium, iron, and fiber,” explains Raynelle Shelley, R.D., a dietitian and diabetes educator at Scott & White Healthcare in Round Rock, Texas.

Scout out a brand that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid per serving—and you’ll get two-thirds of your daily recommended amount of this vitamin, which is crucial for fetal neural development.To bulk up your bowl, top it with fresh or dried fruit and nuts.

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