As I recently shared, healthy snacking has been my secret weapon against nausea, irritability and general moodiness. Although eating specific amounts at specific times has helped, ensuring my snacks are nutritious and delicious is equally important.
The problem is too often we equate snacking with packaged and processed foods that are not good for us or our growing baby.
A quick trip down any supermarket aisle is proof of the endless plastic wrap snack options, anything from granola bars, to 100 calorie snack packs to cut-up apple slices that never seem to turn brown.
The clever marketing machines behind many of these products would have us believe they are “healthy,” “low-calorie,” and “100% natural.” Unfortunately these quick and convenient choices come at a cost. Often full of hidden sugars, high amounts of sodium, trans fats and preservatives, the high health cost far outweighs the low price tag.
So what should a mama-to-be do? Well these are my top Superstar Snacks, that are quick, nutritious, delicious and perhaps most important portable.
Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Banana with almond butter – this is my favourite sweet treat snack. Take a banana, cut it in 1/2 spread almond butter down one side close it and you have the most amazing and natural sandwich ever.
Apple and cinnamon – I love cutting up a cold organic apple and sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on top, simple but satisfying.
Homemade trail mix – let’s be honest most of the trail mix out there is full of junk and who knows how long it has been sitting on the shelf in a plastic bag. I like to make my own trail mix using fresh almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and a bit of dried fruit. Making your own trail mix lets you be creative and in control of what makes the cut.
Veggies and hummus – a go to for many, this is a great option because along with all the nutritional benefits of fresh veggies a fresh chickpea hummus is high in fibre while also packing a protein punch, helping to keep you feeling fuller longer.
Sauerkraut – sauerkraut should not be saved for sausage or Oktoberfest, it actually has many health benefits. You want to choose a high quality sauerkraut and ensure it is unpasteurized and uncooked. Not only does the fermentation increase the bioavailability of nutrients actually making it more nutritious than the original cabbage, it also contains probiotics helping to improve digestion and the growth of good gut bacteria. Bubbies is a great brand and can be found in the refrigerator of most health food stores.
Avocado and Mary’s Crackers – I’m not going to lie, I have a Mary’s Crackers addiction and have been known to put anything and everything on them, but avocado is a personal fav, high in healthy fats and fibre, this snack is a regular in my rotation.
Kale chips – I know not everyone is a fan of kale chips but I personally love them. They are easy to eat on the go and there are countless recipes that you can experiment with until you find the one for you. Here’s a great recipe and some tips on how to make flawless kale chips from one of my favourite blogs.
What’s your favourite snack? What do you choose when you are craving an afternoon sweet treat? Please share you snack ideas and tips below.
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