Healthy Foods To Snack On During Pregnancy
Nourish yourself and your growing baby with these hunger-crushing, pregnancy diet-approved snacks that are both delicious and healthy.
Sliced vegetables and Greek yoghurt dip
Keep a container of chopped vegetables ready in your refrigerator for whenever you need a snack with some crunch. Pair your crudités with plain Greek yoghurt seasoned with spices, like cumin or simple salt and pepper, stirred in to add much-needed protein and calcium.
Trail mix is an ideal snack to have when you are on the go. Slightly sweet and very filling, keep a ziplock bag in your purse or desk drawer. Choose a trail mix that is low in added sugars and full of natural ingredients. Better yet, make your own by lightly toasting some oats, adding in your favorite nuts, and finishing with some dried fruit. The carbs in this snack will give you an energy boost for the remainder of your afternoon and the protein in the nuts will keep you feeling full longer. The healthy fats in nuts like walnuts and almonds are great for baby’s brain (and yours as well!).
You don’t have to save sandwiches just for lunch. Make yourself a healthy half-sandwich to get you from breakfast to lunch. The combination of carbohydrates, veggies and protein makes for a healthy snack that beats a greasy bag of chips or sugary candy bar any day.
Apple and nut butter
It’s hard to beat the classic combination of apples and peanut butter, but surprise your taste buds and load on the omega-3s with almond butter or cashew butter. The sweetness of the apple combined with the creaminess of the nut butter can help your late-night sweet-salty cravings.
Sweet potato fries
We always need antioxidants and vitamins, but never quite as much as when we are expecting a new little one. You are your baby’s sole source of nutrition while you’re carrying them inside you, so be sure to look for vitamin-packed, antioxidant rich foods like sweet potatoes. Make them snack friendly by cutting them into small wedges. Toss with olive oil and the seasonings of your choice. Roast until crispy.
Avocado and red pepper
This snack is a nutritional powerhouse. Omega-3s, antioxidants, vitamins and fibre – this one packs in a multitude of nutritional benefits for moms-to-be. Plus, it’s delicious and easy to throw together when hunger strikes.