Top 5 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Don’t you love how everyone seems to know what you should be eating when you’re pregnant? I am pregnant with beautiful baby #4, and I feel like I have a good handle on what to eat to keep my nutrition optimum for my growing baby. I think we can all agree during pregnancy, you should be very careful when it comes to the diet, you have to eat healthy to foster the growth of the baby. However, when hunger strikes between meals it’s tempting to eat something that is quick but might not very good for us, however I found that there is a variety of healthy and nutritious snack ideas that are full of vitamins for both you and the new baby to enjoy. My day has school, errands, ballet and karate lessons, and of course last-minute things that pop up. Having healthy snacks I can eat “on-the-go” are great to have, I wanted to share my top healthy pregnancy snacks I turn to.
Healthy Pregnancy Snacks That You Cook
One great option for a quick and healthy snack is some garlic kale chips, with just some olive oil, garlic, and salt you can bake deliciously healthy kale chips in about 5 minutes in the oven. These are a great alternative to the not-so-healthy potato chip, for a light and guilt-free snack. Tip: Buy organic kale, as MSG is sprayed on many plants during their growth so the MSG is actually in the plant and you cannot wash it off according to Dr. Katherine Reid. If you’re vegan, baked kale chips sprinkled with cashew cheese is awesome.
Soup + Thermos = Healthy Snack on the Go
Another option is soup, you can make this beforehand and store it in the freezer giving you an easy meal that only takes minutes to heat up. If you have a thermos you can also bring some with you to work or on the go, it’s easy to clean up and mess-free. Packed with all of your favorite vegetables and a rich and nutritious broth, soup is a great calorie-wise idea for a healthy pregnancy snack that is good for you and the baby.
Trail Mix: One of the Best Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Trail mix is a great healthy pregnancy snack idea for a quick and easy snack that can be filled with all of your favorite nuts and dried fruit like almonds, cashews, pistachios, dried apricot or cranberries. Loaded with vitamins and protein, trail mix is a great idea for a snack to keep your energy levels up, and it’s easy to transport; you can fill up a zip-lock bag with some and toss it in your purse before you leave the house.
Load Up On Fruit
Fruit cups and peel-able fruit are also great items to have for healthy pregnancy snack options. Fruit cups are an easy item to pick up on the go and toss in your bag, packed with natural and healthy fruits and vitamins. Peel-able fruit like a banana, grapefruit, or orange, are easy to carry, eat, and leave relatively no mess except for the peels. These are a great travel-friendly quick and easy healthy pregnancy snack choice.
Protein Pregnancy Snack
You can choose some apple slices and dip them in strawberry yogurt, peanut butter, or raw honey. These are an easy and nutritious pregnancy-safe snack. Another option is vegetables and dip, like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and ranch or Caesar dip. These healthy pregnancy veggie snacks can be transported easily in a plastic bag or Tupperware container.
You know as well as I do, throughout your pregnancy, it’s important to eat a well-balanced and nutritious meal to keep your baby in optimal health and to give them a good start in life. Homemade healthy snacks don’t have to take a lot of time or money to make, there are lots of fresh and fun healthy pregnancy snacks that you can make for you and your baby.