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Top 10 Healthy Snacks for Pregnant Women

Due to the increased appetite during pregnancy you may continuously feel like eating something or the other. Find out top 10 healthy snack options for pregnant women right here.

Are you feeling like munching on at least something every 2-3 hours after getting pregnant? Are you fine for a minute and starving the next minute? If yes, then you need not be surprised because this is very common for a pregnant woman. But it is also important that you are balancing your diet with the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Here are top 10 healthy snack options for you which are having a balanced proportion of all three food groups.

10 Healthy Snacks to Eat While Pregnant

Have a quick look top 10 healthy snack options which you can eat during pregnancy.

  1. Prepare Your Own Natural Fruit Bowl

Add apple, banana, orange, pear, or any of your favorite fruit. They are naturally high in sugar and give you a good amount of fiber, potassium, vitamins C and B6, along with iron and more. You can even blend your fruits with some peanut butter or a small slice of proteinaceous cheese for even more satisfying snack

  1. Run-the-Trail Mix

Make your own favorite trail mix with a cup of wholegrain cereal and a handful of dried cherries, almonds, dried cranberries, dried walnuts and apricots, cashews, pistachios, and raisins as well. This will act as a nutritional powerhouse filled with fiber, iron, potassium, and other minerals and vitamins as well, with a lot of protein and essential fats.

  1. Wholegrain Cereal Is a Must

Replace those refined grains like with wholegrain snacks, like oatmeal, broken wheat meal, etc. They are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, including folic acid and potassium, and also antioxidants. You can flavor them with raisins and berries or whip in a little yogurt for an extra dose of nutrition.

  1. Keep Energy Bars Handy

Keep granola bars packed with seeds, dried fruit and nut butter handy. These salty-sweet snacks are filled with fiber and healthy fats that keep you energized.

  1. Sip on Smoothies

Smoothies are very easy to prepare. You can load up on your favorite fruits and vegetables in few minutes and whip up for a snack-on-the-go or just like an energy-booster. You can also whip your favorite varieties of fruits with yogurt to make a healthy smoothie as yoghurt provides calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

  1. Keep Your Salad Bowl Ready

Load up on spinach, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, and cabbage – this is a full source of fiber, iron, and vitamins and other minerals. Sprinkle some olive oil on it along with rock-salt or top them with nuts and raisins for more iron, fiber, and potassium.

  1. Munch on Baby Carrots

Baby carrots are sweet, crunchy, on-the-go snacks, and loaded with fiber, Vitamin A, and antioxidant beta-carotene. Dip them in low-fat sour cream or low fat cream for an extra dose of nutrition.

  1. Bite on the Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-cooked eggs are a great snack if you top them with a little fresh cracked sea salt and black pepper. The egg white gives you protein and the yolk loads you with valuable nutrients, including choline that helps in developing fetal brain and nervous system and folate that helps prevent neural tube defects.

  1. Cookies On-The-Go

Look for the cookies made up of wholegrain and eat them with low fat cream for more nutrition. Check out the Ragi cookies or the oatmeal cookies as they would be loaded with iron and fiber.

  1. Carry String Cheese

These low-fat mozzarella sticks are packed with calcium and protein, and keeps your belly smiling.

If you intake snacks throughout the day supplying all the nutrients to bring those finishing touches on your baby, then you never need to worry. You can avoid bloating and other similar problems if you eat at least five times a day in small quantities than eating heavy meals three times a day. Whether you name it big snack or mini-meal, make sure it has the maxi-nutrition!

What are the causes of increase in appetite during pregnancy? Is it ok to eat junk food in moderation during pregnancy? Which snack items can be consumed by pregnant women?
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Shanti.4 years ago
My mother in law says that eating eggs is not safe during first 3 months of pregnancy. But in this article it is said that it is ok to eat eggs, why is that so?
Prema.4 years ago
I am 5 months pregnant and I like to munch on bananas and nuts. I crave for potato chips a lot but I control my cravings because potato chips are not healthy.
Ashwini.4 years ago
It is very important to eat healthy during pregnancy. Avoiding junk and eating healthy snacks during pregnancy is good for mother's as well as baby's health.
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