Healthy Snack Ideas for Pregnant Women
When pregnancy hunger pangs strike, it can be far too easy to snack on choccies, chips and other quick snacks. However, eating healthy pregnancy snacks can be just as quick and easy as 'junk food' options. Check out these nutrient packed ideas ...
Avos are great for pregnant mums providing a healthy amount of good fats that help cell and brain development. Avocados also contain Folate and vitamin K. The vitamin C found in avocados also helps the body absorb iron.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. This helps regulate your blood pressure. They also contain Tryptophan, which promotes a restful sleep. Bananas are full of carbohydrates, fibre and antioxidants.
Walnuts are a great source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Walnuts offer a great mix of protein, fat and fibre, and they also contain good nutrients like Magnesium, Iron and Folate.
Melon & Lime
Try some melon with a dash of lime. Watermelon is over 90% water, so it'll keep you nicely hydrated. Melons also contain potassium to help with blood pressure. Make a tasty juice - blend some melon with some fresh limes or lemons. Strain the blend through a fine mesh sieve and serve chilled.
Eat a lot of fresh raw veggies. Try snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, cucumber and celery - and dip them in some organic hummus or natural Greek yoghurt to add some protein.
Cooked or pasteurised eggs are a great source of protein, fats and minerals. They are also rich in Selenium, Zinc and Choline, They also provide vitamins like A, D and B-complex. Have one or two hardboiled eggs with a piece of fresh fruit. Always store your eggs in the fridge and always eat cooked eggs.
Dark leafy greens are packed with a lot of fibre, and are also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, Iron, Potassium and Folate! The fibre in leafy greens can help relieve constipation during pregnancy.
Yoghurt, Nuts & Fruit
A daily intake of dairy is good. This can help you and your growing baby to obtain calcium for strong bones & teeth. Try Greek yoghurt, it has more protein than regular yogurt. Add some tasty walnuts for extra protein and fiber. Sprinkle a few berries and raisins over the top, add a dash of lime. Yummy!
Its a great idea to have a go-to stash of tasty trail mix with you in your bag. It will help with food cravings, as its high in protein. Create your own favourite blend with any combination of walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and pumpkin seeds, mixed with dried & unsweetened cranberries.