Pregnancy can have quite an effect on your appetite, and you might find yourself hungry again after just eating breakfast. While you should eat when you are hungry, you need to remember that you only have a few extra calories added to your diet per day when pregnant, so you need to make sure that the snacks you choose are nutrition-dense. To help make this a little easier for you, here are some quick and easy pregnancy snacks, which are not only quick and easy to whip up, but which contain essential pregnancy nutrients, while only holding between 200 and 300 calories.
Homemade Trail Mix
To make your own homemade trail mix, use ½ cup of pumpkin seeds, ½ cup dried cherries, ½ cup almonds, and ½ cup dark chocolate pieces. This will make 2 cups, which will be 4 servings. There are many different trail mix recipes to use, but this one gives good calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. Once you have mixed all the ingredients together, you will have a serving of 4 snacks to enjoy over the next few days.
Apple and Cheese
All you need to whip up this snack is 1 medium apple and some hard cheese, such as Swiss or Monterey Jack. Slice up the apple and cheese and either eat them together or separately. This is a great way to include some extra fibre in your diet, and pregnant women need around 30 grams of fibre per day. The cheese includes calcium which is also necessary for both your and your baby’s bone structure. One slice of cheddar cheese has 200mg of calcium, which is already 20% of the daily requirement.
Veggies and Guacamole
There are very few people who don’t enjoy some guacamole, so this is a perfect pregnancy snack. You can either choose to slice up some cucumber, carrots, and celery to enjoy with the guacamole or low-sodium tortilla chips. Make sure to avoid salty tortilla chips as the excess sodium could cause bloating, as your body will hold on to more water in order to balance the sodium levels in your body.
Waffles with Pear and Almond Butter
Don’t worry about mixing up waffle batter at home, you can use a whole-wheat frozen waffle, or even a slice of whole-wheat toast to make this snack. Top it with 2 tablespoons of almond butter and some pear slices. This is for when your sweet tooth comes calling and is a healthy way to satisfy it. Almond butter contains some good protein, and the pear slices add in some natural sweetness and much-needed fibre.
Melon and Lime
You can use watermelon, which is 92% water and good for hydration, or sweet melon. Chop up the melon and blend some fresh lime and lemon into the bowl. You can also blend this all up to make a chilled smoothie if you don’t feel like eating it whole. It is sweet and tart with the lemon juice, and great to keep hydrated if water isn’t your favourite.