During the first few months of pregnancy, chances are you may not feel like eating much if you have morning sickness. Once this wears off, however, your body will start to crave foods you never thought you would like. Those cravings can also be incredibly unhealthy and not very filling. You also may not be able to eat much as your pregnancy progresses because your child will start pressing on your stomach. This will result in much more snacking as well as smaller meals. To remedy all these problems, try eating delicious, yet nutritional snacks to keep you fuller for longer as well as healthy as possible. Here are 12 great snack ideas to eat while pregnant.
Almonds are such a great snack because they are easy to eat, to take on the go, and they are very healthy for you. They are packed full of good fats and are a great source of protein. As a result, you can eat a handful and it will take the edge off of your hunger. Throw a bag in your purse for when you get hungry while you’re out and about and you’ll be full and happy.
Apples are a great snack option because they’re a healthy fruit and are easy transport when you need to throw a snack in your bag, but don’t want it to get smashed like bananas or peaches. Because they are sweet and juicy, they’ll also satisfy your craving for something sweet.
Grapes are another great fruit to eat as a snack because they are easy to eat. All you need to do is grab them out of the refrigerator, run them under the water and pop them in your mouth. They’re sweetness satisfies your craving for sugar and they’re nice and juicy. They’re also low calorie, yet high in vitamins and nutrients.
Cheese is packed full of calcium, which our growing babies desperately need to grow their little bones. You can snack on cheese sticks, or put some cheese slices on some crackers. They’re also great for adding a little bit of protein in your diet as well. I love eating a some cheese with apples. The combination is incredibly tasty and fills me up a little more than just eating an apple by itself. Just make sure your cheeses are all pasteurized!
Crackers can be a staple in a pregnant woman’s diet, especially during the first trimester to help with morning sickness. They are certainly healthier than eating chips, but still give you that crunch. You can also eat some cheese on the crackers, hummus and even peanut butter to add more flavor, all of which will give more nutritional value to your snack as well.
6. Peanut Butter
Some people may frown upon peanut butter because it is high in fat, however it can be a great healthy snack when used in moderation. It has a lot of protein which will keep you feeling fuller longer. Also, it’s perfect for those moments that you feel you need something a little sweet or dessert-like. You can eat it plain off of a spoon, slap it on some crackers, or even dip your apple slices in it for some added protein.
7. Granola Bars
Sometimes granola bars can be packed full of sugar, but buying healthy ones or even making your own can really cut down on all the added sugar. Instead, look for ones that have only natural sugar sources like maple syrup. There are a plethora of homemade granola recipes online as well. They are perfect for on the go and throwing in your bag for when you need a little snack while you’re out shopping for those baby items.
Yogurt is another food that can be a little confusing when it comes to if it’s healthy or not. Try to opt for yogurt with no added sugar and try to buy greek yogurt as well. It’s better for you and has a lot more nutritional value than other yogurts. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein as well which will keep your tummy full till your next meal. It’s also nice to add homemade granola on it, sliced raw almonds or berries for some added flavor.
If you’re really hungry and you’ve still got a while until your next meal, try snacking on some eggs. They are fat and protein-rich which will keep your stomach fuller for longer. They are also fairly easy to make and are good even by themselves. You can make them multiple ways, as well, which keeps things a little more interesting for your snack options.
Avocados can be another extremely filling snack since they are packed full of good fats. Since they are high in fat, try not to eat a whole avocado in one sitting. Instead, eat half. If you can’t stomach eating it by itself, try spreading it on some crackers or putting it on top of your eggs.
When you’re craving junk food, sometimes you need something reminiscent of those salty heart attack foods. Try eating some healthier popcorn like stove-top versions instead of microwavable versions. For flavor, top it off with a little coconut oil and a tiny bit of salt. It’ll satisfy your junk food craving without giving you all the extra calories and fat.
12. Carrot Sticks
Although carrot sticks may not be the most filling snack, they are easy to snack on. You can also eat a million without feeling guilty. For some added flavor try dipping them in some hummus or some salsa instead of using chips.