Okay, so that old wives tale about eating for two isn’t exactly true. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t hungry! It doesn’t have to be difficult to create tasty snacks for pregnant women. Each one of these seven taste treats will cure cravings as well as nourish you and your baby. Get the nutrients, minerals and vitamins you need for a stress-free-as-possible pregnancy.
Snacks are a great way to avoid excessive hunger while pregnant. Instead of eating large meals, try incorporating a mini meal after breakfast and lunch. You’ll be less likely to feel famished and lightheaded. Most of these snacks can be carried on hand for the on the go mommy-to-be.
Homemade Trail Mix:
Trail mix is irresistible! The combination of salty and sweet makes this snack a real craving satisfier. Make your own trail mix by combining your favorite nuts like almonds, peanuts or cashews. Some research indicates that eating nuts while pregnant lowers the risk of your child developing childhood allergies. That sounds like a pretty good reason to enjoy trail mix to me! Add raisins and a handful of m&m’s to bring some sweet to the salty. This high protein snack is easy to carry in your bag and go!
Greek Yogurt with Banana and Honey:
Get the calcium and protein your body needs with Greek yogurt. This variety is a healthy alternative to the sugar-laden versions on the market. For a yummy dessert, try mixing in bananas and a bit of honey. Pop the yogurt in the freezer for an hour. The cool creamy version may have you forgetting about ice cream!
Ants on a Log:
You’ll probably be whipping up this childhood favorite regularly in a few years. Why not enjoy having the snack all to yourself? Chop up a celery stalk. Coat with natural peanut butter and top with raisins. You can easily store these ants on a log in a plastic container for a mid-day pick me up. The snack is sure to zap any hunger pains fast.
Frozen Grapes and String Cheese:
Here’s one of those snacks for pregnant women that caters to the crazy cravings. If you somehow want something sweet and creamy at the same time, this mix should do the trick! Place your favorite variety of grapes in the freezer for an couple of hours. When the craving hits, rinse the grapes and open a package of string cheese.
Salsa and Baked Tortilla Chips:
Suddenly love spicy? Break out some salsa. Salsa is low in calories but packed with flavor. If you don’t like spicy foods, there are mild versions and even fruit based salsas. Skip fat laden potato chips. Break out the baked tortilla chips instead. Blue corn chips and wheat tortilla chips taste delicious with a little salsa.
Pears and Mozzarella Cheese:
Anyone would love this sweet and salty mix! Slice up a green pear and add cubes of mozzarella. Mozzarella is a lower calorie option to get you daily dose of calcium. Pears are high in fiber, making them a good choice to beat the digestion problems that often come with pregnancy.
Stove Popped Popcorn:
Who doesn’t love popcorn? Microwave popcorn is loaded with chemicals and toxins that should best be avoided. Stove-made popcorn really doesn’t take much longer than the microwave kind. It generally has less calories and is less expensive. Pour a bit of oil in the pan and let the kernels sit on top. Cover the pan to prevent an explosive of popcorn. Allow the kernels to pop. Flavor as you wish and enjoy the tasty treat!
Keep your skin firm and toned after pregnancy with a few time-tested tricks. And don’t forget to stay fit during those 9 months with light exercise. Yoga routines will keep you limber and flexible enough to play with your on-the-move bundle of joy!