Healthy Pregnancy Snack Ideas
Staying active and healthy while pregnant can be a challenging gig. Mainly because you’re ravenous AF but tired at the same time. And while there are a ton of benefits to staying active while pregnant, what about staying fueled?! I’m a foodie so when I was pregnant, I was all about having healthy, pregnancy snack ideas on stand by – and I wanted to share!
When it comes to pregnancy snack ideas, the trick is to keep them healthy. It’s easy to grab an ice cream in the drive through but it’s not exactly fueling.
Your babe is in need of a lot of nutrients to grow, and let’s face it, you either want to eat everything in site or vomit, so having healthy pregnancy snacks on hand can be a savior.
There are a few things to look for if you’re making a list of your pregnancy snack ideas
- Healthy fats
- A stabilizing protein
- Nutrient dense
- Low in processed sugar
I always find it a bit odd that our society shied away from fats for so long. It’s just not that we’re shifting our mindset and screaming “fat is okay!”. And thank effing god.
Fats, healthy ones of course are a staple when it comes to pregnancy snack ideas!
Fats help you keep your calories high (growing a baby!) while aiding in brain development. They help your skin, help you stay full and make everything yummy.
Don’t shy away from fats- just make sure they’re healthy ones!
Nuts, seeds, avocados, quality oils, all of these should be staples in a pregnant lady’s diet. Plus, when paired with a fruit, fats will also help control the sugar release and keep you full a bit longer.
Protein Packed Snacks
Protein is a crucial macronutrient that most females don’t eat enough of. Most of us know that protein helps your muscles grow but it does so much more than that!
Protein helps your babe grow strong, it helps boost your immune system and it aids in daily function. You need protein!
But most pregnant mamas overlook it because they think you need to binge eat chicken breasts to get enough it (heck no!).
Focus on protein loaded snacks because they help your baby grow, they aid your own immune system and best of all: they help keep you full!
Protein takes longer to digest so you won’t get a burst of energy followed by a quick crash. Instead, you’ll get lasting energy and stay a bit more full for longer.
This is something we need to focus on even when we’re not pregnant. Choosing snacks that are high in quality nutrients is important- especially when you’re expecting!
Your baby needs a lot of vitamins and minerals to grow and to develop its own immune system. You can’t build a solid house off of termite ridden wood.
Focus on the quality of your food choices before as much as you can.
Low In Processed Sugar
Oh sugar, how we love and hate you at the same time.
Sugar is yummy, I’ll be the first to admit it. But it’s also very detrimental to a developing babe. You’ll never omit is completely (and it would be even harder to do while pregnant, though here’s some tips to cut back your sugar intake) but ensuring that the majority of your pregnancy snacks ideas are quality based will make a huge difference.
Simple swaps like using plain yogurt and adding in you own fruit and nuts make a huge difference to a growing babe. It’s not easy and it may require some habit shifts but it’s worth it!
When I was pregnant, snacks were life (maybe that’s why my girls are such crazy snack fiends?!). I got too full eating actual meals and thus I lived off eating small snacks eight times per day haha
Having healthy pregnancy snack ideas in the back of your mind will help stop you from grabbing the first Danish you see in the window.
That said, every expecting mama is different! Below is a list of my go-to pregnancy snack ideas but keep in mind that our bodies crave and enjoy different things. Take it day by day and do what you can.
The important thing while pregnant is to stay fueled, hydrated (here’s some fun preggo, low sugar mocktails!) and enjoy that growing belly of yours!
- Plain yogurt with fruit, nuts and honey/maple syrup
- Homemade muffins (I love these chocolate ones or carrot spice)
- Cherry Vanilla Protein Bars
- Veggies and hummus (this green hummus is even better!)
- Fruit and nuts (we love almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts!)
- Trailmix (toss some nuts, dried fruit, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and coconut together)
- No bake energy balls (chocolate ones, banana ones, cherry ones.. all of them!)
- Cottage cheese, fruit and flax meal (plus a sweetener)
- Smoothies (all of them!)
- Avocado toast
- Chia pudding
- Overnight Oats
- Healthy cookies (yes, cookies are totally part of healthy eating!)
- Sticky chocolate pudding (almond butter, cacao, maple syrup)
- Crackers, hummus and avocado
- Crackers and nut butter
- Fruit and nut butter (banana and almond butter was always my favorite)
- Hummus and veggie wraps
- Granola bars
- No bake energy bars
- Hard boiled egg and fruit or veggies
- Veggies and Greek yogurt dill dip
- Egg muffins
- Mini pancakes (I kept these pumpkin pancakes on hand!)
- Healthy chocolate pudding
Don’t forget to pin these healthy pregnancy snack ideas!
Eating while pregnant can be tricky. You want to fuel your babe, but you also have to combat food aversions. Do your best to focus on quality, healthy snack ideas and keep some no bake snacks on hand for when you get ravenous suddenly. But don’t stress over it, do what you gotta do mama!