Snacking throughout the day and eating smaller meals is ideal when you’re eating for two. Meeting your nutritional needs during pregnancy means eating when hunger strikes. Limit your junk food cravings as gestational diabetes and other issues have been known to sneak up on mommy’s-to-be when they are not getting all of the nutrients they need from their diet. Try these delicious, healthy snacks to ensure that you and your baby get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals.
1. Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie!
What You Will need:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1 and 1/2 cup organic non-fat yogurt,
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup milk or orange juice
Blend banana, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, honey, and milk or orange juice in a blender until smooth. Adding more bananas or yogurt will make your smoothie thicker, and adding more milk or orange will thin it out.
Low Down: These ingredients work together to provide you and your baby with calcium, which can reduce the severity and overall risk of preeclampsia, Vitamin D, which can help increase blood circulation, folate, which can help the baby’s brain, skull, and spinal cord, Vitamin C, fiber, and folic acid, which can save the baby from having certain birth defects.
2. Baked Sweet Potato Chips!
What You Will Need:
2 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp dried rosemary
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes as thinly as possible. Toss the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with the melted coconut oil, sea salt, and cinnamon. Add rosemary for a delicious aroma and taste!
Line the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a rimmed baking pan. Bake for ten minutes, flip them over, and bake for another ten minutes. Watch them carefully the second time around. Some may brown faster than others. Once they are all nicely browned, voila! You have yourself the perfect balance of a sweet and salty treat!
Sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins and minerals! These include vitamin A, C, B6, iron, potassium, and fiber. Of course, everything in moderation. There are some risks associated with regularly eating sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes in moderation, however, can absolutely help you and your baby stay healthy.
3. Apples and Cheese, and/or Peanut Butter
What You Will Need:
Your favorite kind of apple. Your favorite kind of cheese. Peanut Butter.
Directions: Slice up the apple, slice up the cheese, add a dollop (or three) of peanut butter and you’re good to go.
Low Down: This is the simplest, healthy snack. Apples give you fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and folate. Wash your apple, and be sure to eat the skin! That’s where all of the vitamin C is. Get organic, unless you want to consume a pesticide-ridden fruit. Cheese gives you calcium and protein. Go for the non-pasteurized cheese. Peanut butter provides you with folic acid and protein.
Expert Tip: Mommy’s-to-be would be wise to plan meals and snacks in advance, so you can focus on your day to day responsibilities without fatigue, hunger, or stress!