5 Easy, Healthy Snack Ideas for Pregnant Women

5 Easy, Healthy Snack Ideas for Pregnant Women

As any pregnant woman knows, treating your body well is key for your growing baby’s development. When you’re feeling good, that means baby’s also feeling good. Which is, well, good!

Eating healthily is just one way you can treat your body right. That means nixing foods that are high in preservatives, skipping the fast food joints and monitoring what you put in your body. Think of food as the fuel that keeps you and your new best friend in pristine condition.

Today we’re sharing five snacks that are as healthy as they are easy to create. And each and every one of them are approved for pregnant women. Happy eating!

1. Mashed Avocado and Feta on Toast 

Avocado is an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats. According to BestHealthMag, avocados even help you get more nutrients from other foods and help you feel fuller for longer.

Here’s the best part, though: “One cup of avocado provides almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of folate, a vitamin which cuts the risk of birth defects. If you’re pregnant—or planning to be—avocados will help protect your unborn baby.”

To make, mash one medium avocado with two tablespoons of pasteurized feta cheese. Spread on top of whole grain toast and place slices of cucumber and tomato on top.

2. Frozen Peanut Butter & Banana Bites

We love this idea because it’s a sweet treat that cools you down at the same time. Additionally, bananas are a good choice throughout your pregnancy because they help ward off fatigue and can settle an upset stomach. You can add them to pretty much anything: a sandwich, yogurt, a smoothie.

We like the idea of combining them with peanut butter — which is high in protein and delicious — and then popping them in the freezer.

To make, chop a banana into coin-sized pieces. Place a dab of peanut butter on top of one piece and then place another banana slice on top. Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet (or plate) and pop in the freezer for about an hour to harden. Remove from the freezer and place the bites in an airtight storage container and snack whenever you want.

3. DIY Trail Mix

Forget about picking out the parts of a store-bought trail mix that you don’t like. Customize your own DIY trail mix and you’re on the road to snack heaven. What you put in the trail mix is up to you, but follow this basic recipe:

– 1 Cup of whole grain cereal

– 1 Cup of dried fruit

– 1 Cup of unsalted nuts

You can mix and match the fruits and nuts for even more variety. Dried cherries or raisins are a great choice for pregnant women. We also recommend walnuts, pumpkin seeds or almonds as your nut choice. As for cereal, try something unsweetened and high in grains, such as multi-grain Cheerios, Corn Flakes or Raisin Bran.

Portion out your trail mix into little baggies and carry them with you on the go for a power boost.

4. Healthy Mango and Coconut Smoothie

If you’re in need of a refresher, we suggest catapulting your mind somewhere tropical via a delicious coconut and mango smoothie. This recipe calls for Greek yogurt, which is a great option for pregnant women since it has twice the protein of regular yogurt and is rich in calcium.

“The goal during pregnancy is to make sure you provide everything your baby needs without sacrificing your own health and nutrition,” says Elizabeth Ward on BabyCenter.com.

Ward is a dietitian and the author of Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy. “Calcium will help keep your own bones intact while laying down a healthy skeleton for your baby.”

For this recipe, which comes from JustOneCookbook.com, combine one cup of frozen mango, 1/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1 banana, and 1 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk. Blend together and drink chilled.

5. Twice-Baked Potato With All The Fixings

Potatoes are a wonderful option for pregnant women because they’re high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate and iron. Fiber helps keep you regular in the bathroom, folate and iron are pertinent to fetal development, and the vitamin C helps you body absorb all that iron.

Today we’re teaching yo how to make an easy twice baked potato in less than half the time. How? Your microwave. You can totally microwave that potato to get a “baked” potato. Then, when you pop it into the oven to cook for about 15 minutes after re-stuffing it, you’ll get that yummy crispy texture. Genius, right?

To make: Clean your potato, poke some holes in it and wrap in a clean, wet rag. Place in the microwave and select the potato option. This should take anywhere from five to 10 minutes. While it’s cooking, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Let the potato cool and then gently scoop out the insides. Whip the potato insides with whatever toppings you prefer, such as pasteurized cheese, milk, green onions, bacon or sour cream. Also add a dash of salt and pepper.

Re-stuff the skins with your mixture and pop back into the oven for 15 minutes.

This page was last updated on 06/2017
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