Anyone who has ever been pregnant knows there’s a lot of information on eating healthy while you’re growing that little babe. The do list, the don’t list, the healthy recipes and even how often you should eat and drink. But sometimes all of that is easier said than done. I get that, really I do. When you’re eating every couple of hours or less, it can be hard to plan all that out. Eating that often means you need lots of snack ideas that are low-prep or you’ll be in the kitchen for the remainder of your pregnancy. I’ve got just what you need…
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS DURING PREGNANCY
I’m 8 months pregnant with my 3rd baby. I’m not a newbie to this pregnancy thing.
This wasn’t an unforeseen complication. It could have been prevented.
I know all the do’s and don’t’s. I know the importance of staying hydrated and fed.
But, last week I ended up spending about four hours in the hospital.
It was a busy morning getting Big J off to preschool and Little J had absconded with about half my breakfast… because, it’s always better off Mommy’s plate, or something. I was so busy I didn’t realize what I was depriving myself – and my baby – of. Food. Fuel.
PRIORITIES DON’T HAVE TO BE TIME CONSUMING
It can be so easy to get so busy that things just slip by us. Mom life is a busy life. It can happen to any of us. So, learn from my oversight, my busy mistake, my imperfect mom life.
And keep this list of healthy, low-prep snack ideas on hand for the next time you make out your grocery list or just need some ideas.
It’s the perfect solution when nothing really sounds good. Or maybe you’re so full of baby, you don’t feel hungry. Whatever the case, pregnancy can be hard enough – let’s make it a little easier.
After some research and brush up from all those health classes I took once upon a time, I came up with a list of snacks that are easy to make with little to no prep and are healthy. I’ve divided them into categories: high in iron, high in calcium and high in protein. Some of them appear in more than one section.
Snack Ideas High in Protein
– Cottage Cheese and Fruit
– Jerky (choose a low-sodium, low-sugar brand or make your own)
– Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix
– Deli Meat (choose one low in sodium and preservatives. Put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to be safe, if you’re pregnant)
– Protein Shakes or Bars
– Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (here’s a Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe, a Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookie recipe and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookie recipe – try them all! The cranberry almond is my favorite though. And hang on to these after baby is born. Oatmeal can give you a boost while you’re lactating too!)
– Hummus and Veggie Dippers
– Cheese and Crackers
– Chocolate Milk
– Greek Yogurt and Fruit
– Peanut Butter or other nut butter (low-fat and crunchy is best)
– Soy Nuts
– Roasted Edamame
– Tuna (eat sparingly while pregnant)
– Lentils (a yummy, pre-cooked bean salad, perhaps?)
– Oatmeal (pre-packaged flavored packets are super simple and quick!)
Snack Ideas High in Calcium
– Leafy Greens
– Low-fat Cheese
– Yogurt or Greek Yogurt
– Green Beans
– Fortified Cereals
– Fortified Orange Juice
– Enriched breads
– Cream Cheese on Enriched Bagel
Snack Ideas High in Iron
* If you eat high vitamin C foods with these, your body will better absorb the iron.
– Raisins and Peanuts
– Whole Grain Cereal
– Protein Bars and Shakes
– Meat (Chicken, Beef, Fish – Add these to meals or salads)
– Dark Chocolate (at least 80%)
– Dried Apricots
– Beans (black, kidney – on Nachos made with whole grain chips and low-fat cheese or in a salad)
– Enriched Pasta
– Dried Fruits
What’s your favorite, easy snack? Give me your ideas in the comments!