Pregnancy is a time which comes with both happiness and uneasiness. There would be a lot of things that you would wish to do but wouldn’t be able to do because of the small human growing inside you. The top one in that list would be food! There would be so many items that you want to have, but you might feel full to eat anymore. When hunger hits between meals, it’s tempting to take a bag of chips or a candy bar. But healthy homemade snacks can be just as quick and easy as those prepackaged options. Try these nutrient-packed treats.
If you feel like grabbing some nachos from outside, remember that they are loaded with calories, fat, and sodium. Try making a healthier version at home whenever you’re craving for it. Just take a handful of baked tortilla chips, sprinkle with some shredded cheese, and microwave a few seconds until the cheese melts. Top it with a salsa and your favourite snacks is ready in a healthy and safe way. You can even prepare your own salsa with fresh tomatoes.
If you have no time to make something for yourself or if you are too tired for it, then grab a box of cereal. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals, making them a simple snack that provides lots of nutrients. Pregnant women are advised to drink a good quantity of milk. So pour some milk over the cereal. You will also get the calcium both you and your baby need. Top the cereal with fresh berries, raisins and some fresh fruits for additional vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants.
Make sure to carry healthy snacks where ever you go. You can pack some of such healthy snacks beforehand and store them in your fridge or pantry.
Fruits, as you know, are the best snacks you can have. They are loaded with a lot of essential nutrients, vitamins and fibre. Whip up your own smoothies at home using nonfat yoghurt and your choice of fruit, and you’ll get a healthy serving of protein, calcium, and other important nutrients. Don’t go to the store bought ones as they are loaded with sugar. However, keep an eye on the juices. The calories and sugar in juice, even 100 percent fruit juice can add up quickly.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a very old saying. But it is so true as Apple is good for everyone, including pregnant women. Apples are a great source of both insoluble fibre, which fights constipation, and soluble fibre, which can help lower cholesterol. Combine a small slice of protein-rich cheese for an even more satisfying snack.
Try to switch to baked chips rather than fried ones. They are not only crunchy but also healthy. Also, sweet potato is loaded fibre, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and B6. Coat them with a little cinnamon and sugar instead of salt, and then bake.
Oatmeal is perfect for any time of the day. Full of heart-healthy soluble fibre, oatmeal is easy to make and portable. Just combine water or milk and microwave. Avoid flavoured instant oatmeal, which is rich in sugar and may have artificial flavours and/or colours. Instead, flavour your oats with raisins, which have fibre and potassium, a mineral that regulates fluid balance in the body and helps nerves and muscles work properly.
Cheese will help you meet your protein needs almost 50 percent higher during pregnancy. Cheese is also high in calcium — another nutrient that’s especially important during pregnancy. Try topping your muffin with cheese and some fruit slices. Most English muffins and other bread are fortified with iron, vitamins, magnesium, and zinc, and the whole wheat version will also have several grammes of fibre.
Eggs are the best food that will not only keep you healthy but also serve your hunger easily. They are high in protein. While the white is rich in protein, the yolk is full of essential nutrients, including choline, which plays a role in fetal brain and nervous system development, and folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects. Cook up a batch of eggs once a week so you can easily grab one when time is short. This is ideal for carrying in small boxes when you have to rush out of the door with no time for proper food.
Bananas are naturally higher in sugar than some other fruits, which makes them a little higher in calories as well. It helps in digestion, and the high fibre content keeps you full for longer. This helps you avoid unhealthy snacking in between meals. Bananas give you a good dose of fibre, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps form red blood cells, and some studies have shown that it may help with morning sickness. Roll your banana in a little wheat germ, and you’ll get additional B vitamins, the antioxidant vitamin E, and fibre.