5 Pregnancy Snacks that Are Healthy AND Delicious!
Congratulations – you are now eating for two! During your pregnancy, your body needs extra fuel to nourish both you and your baby, so it’s important to keep healthy snacks on hand. Experts recommend that you continue to eat a normal balanced diet, with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats, but there are certain nutrients that are especially important for your baby’s development.
Here are a few simple, nutritious and delicious pregnancy snacks that you’ll love and are rich in folic acid, calcium, vitamins, iron and protein.
1. Homemade Trail Mix
Make a custom mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits for a protein- and iron-rich snack you can enjoy on the go. Combine a big batch of walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, raisins and any other favorite ingredients, and store in an airtight container.
2. Berry and Yogurt Smoothie
Store-bought smoothies often contain a lot of added sugar, but you can make fresh, healthy blends of your own that are perfect pregnancy snacks. Throw a handful of fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries all have vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants and more healthy goodies) in a blender with plain or Greek yogurt. Add a bit of honey for a little extra sweetness.
Avocados are delicious, filling and packed with folic acid and heart-healthy fats. Mix up a quick batch of fresh guacamole, combining avocados, lime, cilantro, garlic and a little salt, cumin and hot sauce for seasoning. Eat with whole-grain pita chips or chopped carrot and celery sticks.
4. Spinach Scramble
Leafy greens are high in folic acid and iron, and eggs contain necessary vitamin D and protein. Cook up a quick healthy scramble using fresh or frozen spinach, an egg or two and some of your favorite herbs and spices – such as crushed red pepper or basil.
5. Apples and Peanut Butter
This classic childhood snack is just as tasty as you remember it. Wash an apple well, cut into slices and spread each one with a thin layer of natural peanut butter for a great dose of fiber and protein.