20 Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be an excellent way to feel better and be healthier during your pregnancy. Thoughtful eating of high protein and nutrient dense foods during pregnancy can make pregnancy more comfortable, enjoyable, and may even help you can have the birth you want. Here are some snacks that are filling, contain protein, and are fairly easy to make. This list of 20 healthy pregnancy snacks can help you eat great and feel better. Most of these ideas also happen to be vegetarian!
1. Celery with peanut or almond butter or cream cheese
This crunchy snack idea helps you get fiber, protein and veggies, all in one easy snack. Cut celery at the beginning of the week and place in a jar with a little water in the bottom in your fridge to keep it fresh.
2. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is packed with protein and easy to top with healthy fruits or vegetables.
3. Boiled eggs
Eggs are easy to prepare in advance and can be added on top of salads, wrapped up with greens for an easy sandwich, or eaten plain.
4. Vegetable frittata
There are so many yummy ways to eat eggs! They are great with sauteed greens like spinach and chopped vegetables. Mix the eggs with some plain greek yogurt for some added protein and a light and fluffy texture.
5. Apple with peanut or nut butter
Nutritious and filling, this snack will feel like a treat and can help curb sugar cravings.
6. Raw nuts
You can get nuts in bulk at your local health food store or packaged at most grocery stores. Almonds, walnuts, pecans and other nuts are all wonderful and easy snacks to throw in your purse.
Seeds are a nice snack but are also easy to add to other foods. Add coconut, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and raisins or dried cranberries to your morning oatmeal or granola, or just mix some of your favorites together for an easy trail mix. This is an easy snack to bag ahead and take to work. Keeping your favorite seed on hand is a great idea and can help you eat healthier without much work. You can even add them easily to baked goods!
8. Cheese sticks
These are easy, contain about seven grams of protein, and are also great to share with children if you are already a mom of littles.
9. Plain yogurt (Greek for higher protein)
Top with some honey or fruit and some raw seeds like sunflower or flax and you will have texture and protein with some natural sweetness.
Buy or make your own granola with some added seeds and nuts. Granola can be eaten plain or added to yogurt or with milk for a quick and filling breakfast or snack that packs a high protein punch for your pregnant body..
11. Fresh vegetables with hummus
You can make your own hummus with garbanzo beans, buy it dehydrated and just add water and olive oil, or buy it pre-made. It is also a great alternative to mayonnaise as a spread for wraps and tastes yummy as a dip for pita chips.
12. Fresh greens or sprouts
Top with olive oil or your favorite dressing and some raw nuts and seeds and cheese for a natural energy filled snack food or as a side dish. This is easy to add protein to and the greens can help you absorb some of the nutrients in your protein snacks.
13. Whole grain crackers
Combine with cheese or hummus- yummy!
14. Green smoothies
Try some kale leaves with a banana and molasses to sweeten, enough ice to make it a smoothie, and water, juice, yogurt or milk to make it creamy. It is easy to add other whole food supplements to this too.
15. Air popped popcorn
Top with butter, olive, or coconut oil, then sprinkle nutritional yeast on top. This is an awesome treat that the kids will gobble up right along with mom and it is much better for you than microwaved popcorn.
16. Bean dip with whole grain chips
You can use canned re-fried beans warmed up or, health food stores have yummy organic dried bean flakes with seasonings that you just need to add water to. Top with some cheese and greens (think cilantro or a spicy salad mix), add tomatoes on top and you can get some of the veggies you need for your growing baby.
17. Trail Mix
Easy to grab and go at your local health food store bulk section, trail mix is a nice mix of nuts, dried fruit and other treats. Try to grab one with less of the treats and more of the nuts.
Find a healthy, natural meat jerky for a portable and yummy pregnancy snack. Sounds good!
19. Garbanzo beans
Garbanzo beans make a lovely and easy pregnancy snack with just a little bit of olive oil, sea salt, and a dash of pepper. You can just use the canned ones or cook your own in your crock pot over night. Eat them alone, or throw on top of a green salad. These are easy and kids like them too. Keep them in the fridge so they are ready when you get hungry.
20. Spinach dip with veggies or crackers
Spinach dip is easy to make with plain yogurt, water chestnuts, green onions, some onion soup mix seasoning and a frozen or raw spinach. A family favorite that makes you want more veggies!