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12 Tasty & Nutritious Snacks For Pregnant Moms

by Katlyn Joy | September 21, 2013 12:00 AM
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Your tummy is growing and so are its demands. You may find you need to not only take in more calories but snacking has become a must-do. Many women find they become nauseated if they allow their stomachs to become empty. Also, you will find your energy lagging if you don't eat more often than you're used to.

Snacks however shouldn't consist of heavy sugar content or grease and fats. You need the calories, yes, but you want those calories to deliver more than a filling up; you want them to pack a powerful nutritional punch as well. Here are some ideas for snacks that will ward off the growls and gurgling but also grow a healthier mother and baby.

1. Sparkly apple-grape drink.
Avoid the nutritional pit of sodas, and opt instead for a glass of club soda over ice, mixed with 100 percent apple and grape juice. You'll get some vitamins from the juice and water you need, as pregnancy makes you more prone to dehydration.

2. Vanilla yogurt sprinkled with sweet walnuts and a few semisweet chocolate bits.
If you are craving a hot fudge sundae, try this healthy but sweet compromise. You can use the dairy and the walnuts provide healthy omega 3 oil and protein.

3. Popcorn and pretzels mixed with parmesan and garlic.
For best health results, avoid fatty microwave popcorn. Make your own version with a brown paper lunch sack, a bit of olive oil and a handful of popcorn kernels. Add in some pretzels and sprinkle with a dash of garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Or try your own seasoning sensation. This is a much better choice than fatty chips that only give you empty calories.

4. Banana orange smoothie.
Combine a cup of frozen vanilla yogurt or fresh yogurt, a tablespoon of honey, one ripe banana, and a cup of orange juice with as much ice as needed to give you a consistency that's pleasing to your palate.

5. A whole wheat bagel with low fat cream cheese and peanut butter.
This is especially nice with a cup of chamomile or cinnamon tea right before bed. The warmth, subtle sweetness and healthy taste will fill you up without overstuffing you before bed.

6. A veggie plate and ranch and plain yogurt dip.
Wash and peel a nice colorful variety of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers and whatever else suits your fancy. Then mix together a zesty dip using ranch and plain yogurt as a base. You can season with dill or Italian seasoning mix.

7. Pita pocket bread and roasted tomato hummus with some cabbage mix.
Instead of going for coleslaw, take the bag of shredded cabbage and carrots and red cabbage and slip into your pita bread along with a generous heap of hummus. This will give you a boost of healthy grains and fiber, as well as some protein to boot.

8. Tuna salad tortilla roll up.
Mix up some tuna with a tablespoon of mayo, a teaspoon of mustard, and a squirt of relish then spread on a whole wheat tortilla. You may want to add some extras like a bit of red leaf lettuce or fresh spinach.

9. Graham crackers crumbled into a bowl of skim milk.
Sometimes the simplest of snacks are the ones that hit the spot. This is another perfect bedtime snack that won't leave you struggling with in the middle of the night indigestion.

10. Mix some juice into a popsicle mold and freeze for a cool treat.
You can avoid preservatives and extra sugar but still feel like a kid.

11. For an easy treat, keep a variety of fruit in the freezer.
Something about a chilled strawberry or banana is better than a regular room temperature one.

12. Make your own trail mix with your favorite dry cereal, nuts and dried fruit.
Keep in baggies and grab for snacks on the go when you might get stuck at the doctor's office, in traffic or you can't get to lunch soon enough.


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Guest Jul 22, 2014 05:16:01 PM ET

Three months ago, i decided to switch to healthier food choices. one of my friends recommended luke's organic chips and crackers and i decided to give them a try. i must say, they are the best organic snacks i've ever had. my favorite is the brown rice chips (tastes better than it sounds) and my 4yr old loves the sea salt crackers.

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