Hello moms (and mothers to be)! As your stomach starts losing the competition for space in your increasingly cramped abdomen, polishing off the pasta or chowing down on chicken can definitely seem unappetizing and physically impossible. Fortunately, these healthy snacks can step in to save the day, while supplying all the nutrients you need to put those important finishing touches on your baby.

  1. Baked potato with yogurt and chives

Okay, so we know it’s not your typical afternoon snack, but the creamy, rich mix of the potato with yogurt (in place of sour cream), will satisfy any craving.

  1. Banana and peanut butter

A midday banana and peanut butter treat is the perfect pick-me-up you get in fruit and protein servings, all in one fell swoop!

  1. Dried fruit and nuts

Pre-packaged trail mix sounds like an easy on-the-go snack, but be careful you’re not overdoing it on the sodium. Instead, get a lightly salted or totally unsalted mix of dried fruits and nuts — they pack a heart-healthy punch and will keep you feeling fuller and longer than a carb-heavy snack would.

  1. Popcorn

Skip the movie theatre popcorn and make your own at home to save calories — and avoid the butter-and-salt bloat!

  1. Whole grain cereal

Cereal isn’t just a breakfast thing. Pour yourself a bowl anytime you’re craving a crunch. Make sure it’s whole grain: you can get as many as 9 grams of protein, 8 grams of fibre and 16 grams of whole grains in every bite.

  1. Avocado and crackers

You’ll get tons of heart-healthy, unsaturated fat from an avocado pear. We love it with whole grain crackers for a healthier take on chips.

  1. Whole grain waffle with peanut butter

Another breakfast snack you can enjoy later in the day? Waffles! We love them right out of the toaster, when they’re still hot, with a scoop of peanut butter (protein!).

  1. Yogurt and fresh fruit

It’s quick and simple to pack for the office. We recommend Greek yogurt, since it’s a great source of calcium and protein.

  1. Hard-boiled egg with crackers

While it won’t win an award for best-smelling snack, a hard-boiled egg is loaded with 2 per cent of your daily calcium, 6 per cent of your daily vitamin A and 6 grams of protein. It’s a total win for moms-to-be.

  1. Sweet potato chips

The potassium and magnesium in sweet potatoes help control your blood pressure, (reducing your risk of pregnancy complications) and they’re a tasty, crunchy snack you can feel good about eating.

  1. Apple, almonds and cheese

Say hello to the snack-time triple threat. You’ve got something crunchy, something tart and something creamy, plus a dozen nutrients to keep your energy up all afternoon.

  1. Whole wheat bagel and almond butter

You don’t have to ditch bagels just because you’re expecting. Just substitute whole wheat for your typical plain, and stick to half. It’s fibrous, filled with proteins and comes without all the saturated fat. Skip the cream cheese and try nut butter in its place.

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