The Best Healthy Snacks For Pregnancy

Snacking has a bad reputation. But during pregnancy if it is done right, it can be a life saver

Snacking during the day has become a part-time job for me. At 33-weeks of my pregnancy, acid reflux and heart burn has been a constant; instead of eating full size portions during breakfast, lunch and dinner, I am only eating about half. This means I am hungrier during the day. This is when it becomes very important to be mindful of what you eat because you can either not eat enough, which doesn’t help your already low energetic state, or you can eat too much and gain unnecessary weight.

It is also important to stay away from snacks with too much sodium or sugar. In your third trimester you are prone to bloating and swelling. A healthy low-salt and low-sugar diet will help you reduce the added water weight you will gain in the final weeks of your pregnancy.

Here are three of my favourite healthy snacks that satisfy both salty and sweet cravings.

Organic hummus with pita and peas

Hummus is such an incredible source of protein and carbohydrates that will give you that boost of energy that you need. Pita can often have quite a bit of sodium in it so try to look for a low-sodium brand at your local organic market. I often prepare this snack in advance and bring it to work. It is light and very filling. Just three tablespoons of hummus, 1/2 whole-grain pita (cut into pieces for easy dipping) and 1/2 cup pea pods will satisfy your hunger pains.

Total calories: 180

Sliced apples with organic peanut or almond butter

This has been the perfect mid day “pick-me-up” snack for me. Nothing beats a sweet and crunchy Honey Crisp Apple dipped in peanut butter. There is a big difference between natural peanut butter and regular peanut butter. Simply put, natural peanut butter is healthy and regular peanut butter is not.

Natural peanut butter typically consists of no more than peanuts. Sometimes it may contain extra vitamins or natural sweeteners, like molasses. Regular peanut butter, on the other hand, contains large amounts of filler ingredients, such as sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils. So, if you want your apples with peanut butter to be truly a healthy snack, avoid regular peanut butter and go with the natural.

Total calories: 250

Ezekiel toast with avocado and cayenne pepper

As mentioned in a previous post on the best foods to eat during pregnancy, avocados are packed with nothing but the best sources of protein, natural fat and loads of folic acid.

Ezekiel bread is different for several reasons. Whereas most bread contains added sugar, Ezekiel bread contains none. It’s also made from organic, sprouted whole grains. The sprouting process changes the nutrient composition of the grains significantly.

In contrast to most commercial breads, which consist primarily of refined wheat or pulverized whole wheat, Ezekiel bread contains several different types of grains and legumes:

  • 4 types of cereal grains: Wheat, Millet, Barley and Spelt.
  • 2 types of legumes: Soybeans and Lentils.

I like to sprinkle just a little bit of cayenne pepper on top for a savory kick but that is completely optional.

Total calories: 125 

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